So I picked up a 1997 Legacy Outback a couple months ago for $500 knowing I would have to change out a blown head gasket (driver’s side). It drives OK, but with a noticeable miss, until you have to go up an incline – then it starts to get hot. Water is not getting into the oil. Lucky for me the majority of the 50 mile drive home was down hill so it only got hot a couple times. The rest of the car is in very good condition. It is not my daily driver at this point, but it may be after I get it fixed.
I’m getting ready to figure out exactly what parts to order and I need to figure out a few things. From my reading here so far I should have the EJ25D 2.5L DOHC engine – is that correct? I can verify that by checking the timing cover design – is that correct too?
I plan on doing both heads and the timing belt as preventative measure since most everything will be off anyway. Anything else I should replace while in there?
Also, are there any simple items I might consider upgrading, or modifying, while I’m in there?
Is there anything I should be looking for once I have it apart?
Finally, if the head(s) need to be shaved how much is the max on these engines?
Links to threads that cover these things would be appreciated along with any other tips or info.
Edited by L5wolvesf, 17 March 2018 - 07:24 PM.