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Old 01-07-2011, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default 2000 outback motor swap?

i tried searching for this and couldnt really find much info, our shop just got in a 2000 outback wagon that snapped a timing belt, it crashed valves so the motors junk. the customer doesnt want to fix it and were thinking about picking it up cheap and throwin a motor in it for a shop beater. we were thinking a wrx motor/trans/harness/ecu...... how hard of a swap would it be?
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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im looking for same info for forester swap
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:19 PM   #3
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i put a built ej22t into my 03 bugeye, the stock 2.0 was veryyy tired haha, and a buddy has a 90s outback he'd sell me for 200 so i think ill rebuild my 2.0 and transplant it for a nice lil sleeper.

as far as everything boltin up it should be fine, but the only problems that should arrise will come from the wiring. a wrx ecu should be swapped in, or a stand alone unit, and it will need to be wired into the cluster, etc.

best of luck ill be followin along to gain insight for my possible future swap.
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:34 PM   #4
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im doing a 04 wrx swap into my 2000 outback and i have found it is easiest to change the crossmember, and power steering lines also along with the different wiring and ecu
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:41 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by built4boost View Post
how hard of a swap would it be?
No harder than doing a swap in an Impreza or Forester or Legacy. There may be some details that vary from one platform to the next, but overall the cars are more alike than they are different.
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:59 PM   #6
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Sorry for thread jacking but i also find this thread interesting. I have a 2000 Legacy Outback with 111,000 miles 5 speed manual tranny with the rear lsd (winter package) and I have found out some bad news as far as the likely chance that I will want to keep my current transmission is very slim even though minus its very recent (and now parked) life it has been a very smooth shifting car (minus the reverse syncros). So my question to everyone is what are my possible upgrades that I could do for the drivetrain seeing as I will be looking at some day down the road to swap in a EJ20G motor and I do plan to often times have the car fully loaded with gear (big camping fanatic and a nature photographer) and some times pull a small trailer (1500 lbs max) and a canoe on top. I would be curious as to know if there are any quality drivetrains from other years that I could look into that would basically bolt right up to my current rear diff along with possible full swaps available.

Thanks in advance and my search will now continue...

just realized i never gave the full problem, the center diff is shot and the car has torque bind after 20 min on the highway along with a bad clicking noise which we assume our the axel shafts (not sure exactly though it could be the rear diff) which is why I would like to try and find a swap that I could purchase new that would really be an upgrade as far as handling a load.

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