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Curious About the ea82 turbo


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#1 DaGodfada

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 03:23 PM

Hello to all! I am now the proud owner of my first Subaru. An 88 GL wagon. The motor in this thing is about to die. I need to replace it, but while buying parts to try to nurse this old one along, I found out about the existence of an EA82 Turbo. So now my question is, how difficult would it be to replace the old EA82 with the EA82T? Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

Thanks... Shaun

#2 calebz

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 03:52 PM

A quick search will yield more detail, but heres the basics.


You will need to replace:

wiring harness
crossmember
exhaust system

End result, since you practically have to have a complete turbo donor car, it would probably be easier to go buy a new car...


Subarustyles recently successfully completed the swap you are considering.. I'm sure he can shed some more light on it.

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 04:06 PM

Hello to all! I am now the proud owner of my first Subaru. An 88 GL wagon. The motor in this thing is about to die.

Please tell us what makes you think the motor is about to die. Subaru engines last almost forever. Subarus with over 400,000 km (250,000 mi) are quite common.

Perhaps it's leaking oil or the valve train is noisy? A simple overhaul will cure most problems.

#4 DaGodfada

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 04:07 PM

Hey, thanks for the info, I just got excited when I heard that there was a turbo motor out there. But I have looked at my options and think that just another EFI EA82 motor is the way to go. Or Maybe I can repair this one.

Thanks Shaun

#5 DaGodfada

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 04:12 PM

Yeah funny thing about that, the motor has a intermitant lifter noise. Sounds like it is rattling and then smooths out. Also the check engine light comes on after about the first 5 minutes of operation. Usually right after I drop it into fouth gear. But you are right all in all for a motor with 211k on it it still runs like a champ. Any thoughts on that lifter Noise?

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 04:53 PM

i have a 86 spfi a/t fwd sedan that does the same thing , i tried mmo , helped alittle , i changed the oil to castrol dual blend 10-w -30 , 9.80 for 5qt jug at wa-mart , and it went away , other board members have there own opinion , just my 2 cents

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 04:58 PM

Replacing the seals in the oil pump usually do the trick. Not that hard a job but the parts have to come from the dealer.
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Posted 06 September 2004 - 05:07 PM

yes the oil pump seals like what Turbone said. My buddy Andrew (Hondasucks) put a new oil pump into an '86 XT MPFI and it solved the noise. The motor has over 200,000 on it:D




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