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are EJ series engines (or the car itself) hard to work on?


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#1 JonOfScio

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 08:34 AM

I've had my EA81 hatchback for a while now, and I've rebuilt the engine, did a clutch job, done axles, fuel pump, stuff like that.

If I needed to, for some reason, would it be hard at all to work on this engine?

(like, cam replacement)

Is it hard to pull? replace heads? do exhaust work?

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#2 ScoobySchmitty

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 08:41 AM

As far as I can tell, it appears it is fairly easy to work on. I have had to pull the tranny only so far, and that wasn't hard, just time consuming. As far as the engine itself, it seems pretty simple, and similar in design to other pancake engines, besides the OHC system.

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:02 AM

From what I've noted in working on my car, anything that requires access to the head area (spark plugs, cams, etc.) is a bit of a pain on flat engines, but anything else is surprisingly easy. I swear a friend of mine's jaw was on the floor when he saw how easy the header bolts were to reach (as the exhaust ports are on the bottom of the engine, not the side like on an inline or even a "V" setup).

Removing the transmission (as stated already) is time-consuming but not particularly difficult. The fact that the drivetrain is longitudinal (i.e. the transmission is behind the engine instead of beside it) helps a lot in this area.

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 02:20 PM

I never did anything major to my 91, but the work that I DID do to it, was very easy. It will be a LITTLE harder than your EA81 due to the added complexity and stuff from the fuel injection, but it won't be a total pain in the butt.

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:10 PM

Originally posted by ScoobySchmitty
As far as I can tell, it appears it is fairly easy to work on. I have had to pull the tranny only so far, and that wasn't hard, just time consuming. As far as the engine itself, it seems pretty simple, and similar in design to other pancake engines, besides the OHC system.



Did you remove the trans. to replace the clutch? I've read that it's less time consuming to remove the engine.

Anyone care to comment? I'll be due for a clutch replacement before too long.

#6 JonOfScio

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:24 PM

It is easier to pull the engine...

there's generally, less work. (NA cars at least)

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:41 PM

If you have a working A/C Unit don't pull the engine....what a pain in the rear. I personally have seen a legacy trans ( 5 speed) on the floor in 20 min. Car was on a lift though.... I like the EJ's personally....but the EA81's are the best for being bulletproof in my book.

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 10:05 PM

Originally posted by subeman90
If you have a working A/C Unit don't pull the engine....what a pain in the rear. I personally have seen a legacy trans ( 5 speed) on the floor in 20 min. Car was on a lift though.... I like the EJ's personally....but the EA81's are the best for being bulletproof in my book.

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How does the A/C get in the way?

#9 DerFahrer

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 02:12 AM

After starting off with Scoobs in my Legacy, and now learning an 80's Scoob, my XT, I can assure you the Legacy is MUCH easier to work on. The axles are a snap, you only have one timing belt, FI is much simpler than carbs IMO, wiring is much simpler, no distributor, gear-driven (as opposed to cable-driven) window regulators, etc. etc.

I like my XT, but I LOVE my Legacy :D

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 03:15 AM

yeah, I need a new clutch sometime soon. also, my first cat kinda rattles of something bouncing around inside, so I need to replace that somehow too.

(Can you say Borla cat-back for $399?)

#11 subeman90

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 06:37 AM

The A/C gets in the way if you have to charge and recharge the freon....not to mention all of the electronics that have to be unhooked from the rest of the motor.

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 07:57 PM

It's quite easy to remove the EJ engine and leave all the AC components in the car. It's clearly designed that way. The OB is far easier to work on than the typical transverse engine car.




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