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2005 Legacy GT: replace engine with normally aspirated?

LGT turbo

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#1 jarl


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 06:45 PM

Hello people.


I'm looking for a newer car to replace my '99 OBW, and I just saw a Legacy GT not far from here with a snapped timing belt. I know I can rebuild the heads and whatnot, but to be honest I couldn't care less for the turbo' extra power, specially if it means using premium gas.


So... I'm entertaining the idea of buying the car and replace the engine with a normally-aspirated one (which can be found relatively cheap). The question I have for the local gurus is: how difficult would this be? Do I need to replace have the car if I decide to go this way?



#2 jarl


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:20 AM

Replace "half" the car. Damn autocorrection...

#3 Rooster2


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 11:48 AM

I think I have read that the wiring harness between the two is different, and prolly not easy to switch out motors. Other people on this forum know a lot more then me. I hope they chime in with more info for you.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 12:46 PM

You'll have to swap wire harness and ECU for non-turbo versions.
Will also need the cat pipe and y-pipe for a non-turbo.

#5 jarl


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:26 PM

Thank you guys. Wire harness and ECU is doable. As long as there's no fabrication...

Unfortunately the car is already sold, but there is an unusually high number of cars with snapped belts these days. I'll keep an eye open.



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