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Old 06-04-2002, 01:15 AM   #1
Scooby Newbie
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Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Buff and Yonkers, NY
94 ZJ
Hunter Green

Default Looking into an Outback Sport...

not a new one.. an old one with the 2.2....

Just wondering if the 2.2 is even work tinkering with (possibly even turboing).

If not, was wondering if a 2.5 swap or even a WRX swap would be possible.

Please be patient with me, I'm a Jeep owner, I know all about my Jeep and such, but very little about scoobys...

I tried using the search, but it yeilded waaaaaay too many results...

I also have a couple more questions, if someone would be so kinda to answer them.

How is the manual transmission in the Impreza outback sport...?
How much power can it handle before needed to be rebuilt and stuff?

Are there lots of suspension mods for the impreza outback sport?

Do 2.5 RS mods (suspension) fit on the outback sport?

All referalls to "impreza outback sport" are to the last gen (1998ish gen) not the most recent one.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-04-2002, 09:03 AM   #2
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Location: Charlotte, NC USofA
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Cheers, Howie. Nice choice by the way! I will now attempt to answer your questions:

1. You can turbo the EJ22 (2.2L) with very good success, you can see wac's website for more information. http://wac.addr.com/auto/obs/obs.html

2. Both the EJ25 (2.5L) and the EJ20 (2.0L turbo) swaps are possible, however if you are going through the trouble of an engine swap, I would suggest that you go for a JDM EJ20 swap. It will only be a little more involved than an EJ25 swap, it will be exactly the same as swapping a USDM EJ20 motor in and will net you 280hp right off the bat (as long as the donor car was 1997 or newer).

3. Your tranny questions all depend on how you drive and how hard you are on your tranny. Wayne (wac, the link above) is running 7 psi on his car, which I would assume is somewhere at 250 or so hp, maybe more. So, the trannies can hold a decent amount of power, but nothing is unbreakable.

4. Yes, suspension mods are plentiful, because anything that fits the old chassis Impreza will fit on the OBS. I would start first with tires (actually VERY first should be driver's school) then sway bars, rear strut tower brace, then springs/struts, etc.

Feel free to email me with more questions.

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Old 06-04-2002, 10:51 AM   #3
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2002 Escape No Bound
'98 Intrepid ES/R/T


Again very nice choice in vehicles!!

Besides the driving school, the very first thing to upgrade are the wheels and tires. I then added a front and rear strut bar and a 18mm rear sway bar from an RS. It made a huge difference in the handling.

I have found that unless you want to turbo the EJ22 to only other horsepower improvements come from an intake, header, and exhaust.

Good luck and welcome.
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Old 06-05-2002, 09:50 AM   #4
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I would add that there are a few supercharger projects underdevelopment currently. Within 1 year there should be that option as well.
Turboing and supercharging are fairly expensive as you need to address fuel management and delivery.
Check out member annointed's car. He did a JDM swap and is push 300+ hp.
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Old 06-05-2002, 09:54 AM   #5
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if you are going to swap suspension and wheels, you could just get an L wagon instead of an obs. It will save you a few bucks. You would be giving up the hood scoop, two-tone paint, roof rack and few other doodads.
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