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Old 05-09-2008, 12:25 PM   #1
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My 85 GL-10 (EA82) is toast, cracked head, #3 plug is green from all of the antifreeze I've been burning. I want to swap in a 2.2L non-turbo (seems like it has plenty of power). From what people have said, I should go with a 92-96 legacy (OBD1), but is the late-model OBD2 that much more complex? I'm making a wiring harness anyway, ya know. I've come across two complete, totalled cars: a '97 impreza outback and a '99 legacy 2.2L, would either of these make good candidates for the swap? Should I just hold out for the OBD1? I kinda don't want the 2.5L because its a non-clearance motor. Anyway, since I have NO parts yet, what direction should I try and go. This will be a road-trip/ commuter/ camping car, basically very limited off-roading, just gravel roads. Reliability is what I really want.
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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OBD I is '90-'94 in the legacy and '93-'95 for the imprezas.

an OBD II harness (I've done 2 EA swap harnesses with '96 imp donor cars...) are not much more difficult than the OBD I. but it becomes more crucial that all the sensors are hooked up. with an OBD I setup, you can get away without the VSS, neutral switch, starter switch (to the ECU...), etc. but the OBD II system will be more sensitive to that.

also, '99 was the first year for phase II engines. they're a pretty different design. and anything after '96 is an interference motor. so if you're looking for non-interference, neither of the cars you're looking at fit the bill.
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:42 PM   #3
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Thanks!!, I will keep lookin'
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