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help with turbo motor swap

motor swap

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#1 nowhereman007



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 03:55 PM

I have a 1983 subaru brat 4x4 automatic 1.8 and I'm going to start looking for a turbo motor to swap,can anyone please help me, I know meny diffrent years and makes were interchangeable, when I start hunting this motor down I dont want to overlook one that would fit, and any other advice would be great and very appreciated.

#2 turbosubarubrat


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 04:03 PM

The ea81t and ea82t motors bolt right in(minus some wiring). Other wise you can do a turbo carb conversion, carb supercharger conversion, or "im not if any one has done this" convert to single port fuel injection off loyale and add a turbo.  Where do you live? There is a guy close to where i live who has a ea82t on craigslsit. Otherwise you will have to ej swap the brat and put in a better auto transmission to hold up against the bigger motor.

Edited by turbosubarubrat, 19 August 2014 - 04:04 PM.

#3 Gloyale


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 10:37 AM

Get an impreza and put a turbo motor in that.


The old EA turbo motors are weak, finicky, hard to find, harder to get parts for......Obsolete.....collectors items......make less horses than a stock 2.2


And any of the EJ turbos won't fit without chopping(except  EJ22t....hard to find, expensive when you do unless your lucky) and all of them you'd have to chop the crossmember.


You'd need a new trans too.....the 3at won't hold EJ turbo power


Not to mention that at this point it's a waste of a Brat.......which left alone or lightly modified will on;y get more valvuebale........


Hack it up trying to stuff some turbo EJ in there will decrease it's value.......


The suspension and brakes are not adequate for the performance of an EJ turbo motor.


If you really want to swap it and still be able to drive it nad actually be able to finish the project without running out of money or hacking the crap out of your brat put a Non-turbo 2.2 or maybe SOHC 2.5 but don't bother with turbo unless you have big $$$ and lot's of time, and you don't care about ruining the collector value of the car.

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