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#1 NoahDL88

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Posted 06 November 2004 - 05:36 PM

I don't have too much info on this, thats where Austin and Mudrat come in but i'll be doing the coversion, and i'll have lots of fun pics of it once all the pieces come together.

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Posted 07 November 2004 - 08:32 AM

What car are you putting what engine into? Are you planning to lift it? Which tranny will you use? What fuel injection will you use?

I started a project a few years ago to put an EJ22 from a '97 Impreza into my '81 DL Hardtop. I was going to use a Legacy Turbo tranny. I didn't realize that EA cars with different trannies got different center tunnels. I would have to modify my 2wd 5spd center tunnel alot to get the AWD tranny to fit, so that temporarily halted the project. I did test fit the EJ22 engine into the car though. I was actually able to fit the EJ engine mount studs into the original holes in the EA crossmember. It took a little coaxing, so I'll probably slot out the holes a little, but it really wasn't that bad of a fit.

If you're going to use factory fuel injection, I recommend getting a very good wiring diagram. I was lucky and got a full factory wiring diagram with my '97 engine. I believe a diagram for the earlier engines is available from Kennedy Engineering (they sell them for people putting EJ22s into VW Buses, but I'm sure they'd still be helpful).

Good luck, and keep us updated.

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Posted 07 November 2004 - 03:37 PM

is this with the adapter plate to fit to a dual range tranny?

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Posted 07 November 2004 - 04:37 PM

I have been planning this for a while for my brat, you are gonna adapt a ej22 to a ea82 transmission then jam it into your car.

you need:
ej22 engine, ecu, wiring harness, fuel pump
EA82 transmission
mudrats adaptor kit
bratsrus tranny kit

and much much more! (not sure what though)

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Posted 10 November 2004 - 05:09 PM

Akira you have hit the nail on the head, its going into the 88 Wagon, the EA-81 plan has exhausted my every thread of patience, too many issues, i figure starting over isn't too much of a stupid idea.

XT-6 clutch is Highly reccomended, i'm only using a STD one because thats the one i already have lying around, but if i didn't i'd go for the XT-6. other than that my only worry is the engine mounts, and what radiator to use, that has got me in a conundrum.

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Posted 10 November 2004 - 07:45 PM

there have been some threads about this before, try searching in the old gen under engine swaps or something

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Posted 11 November 2004 - 02:12 AM

subarino has a really great post on this. it should be archived. where are the archives? they should be easier to get to :P

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Posted 11 November 2004 - 07:25 PM

Here is the thread for adaptors
http://www.ultimates...43&page=4&pp=10

Subarinos thread (this is the one)
http://www.ultimates...ead.php?t=17327

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 10:05 PM

This thread remides me how much I need to stop trying to sell my Loyal, and instead be trying to but it back together.:)

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 01:07 AM

This thread remides me how much I need to stop trying to sell my Loyal, and instead be trying to but it back together.:)

indeed, now get to work

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Posted 17 November 2004 - 02:22 PM

[quote name='CIS Subaru']What car are you putting what engine into? Are you planning to lift it? Which tranny will you use? What fuel injection will you use?



I'm going to do this swap over the winter Putting '95 Impreza awd in '83 Brat, the key to this was the total removal of the firewall and trans tunnel from the Impreza so all the mounting points are in their exact locations. I took it all, all wire harnesses, dash, console, front crossmember, rear crossmember, fuel tank, fuel pump, steering column, clips, bolts, carpet, seats, computer, shifter assy. This way I will have no surprises. I'm sure this still won't be easy but if you cover all your bases before starting you'll be more likely to finish it rather than give up half way thru. Gary

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 02:59 AM

Ok. I've been looking into this and doing alot of searches, but haven't found anything on doing this swap with an auto tranny. Would it be easier? Would I have to do anything with the flexplate? Should I use a torque converter from something else? I plan on making my own adapter, and have a pretty good handle on the wiring part.


The reason I ask about doing an auto is becuase my XT turbo needs an engine, and my Legacy turbo has a shot tranny. And I figure this would make for some serious fun! I'm sorry for hijacking, but I didn't think I should start another thread for this!

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 04:32 AM

i've never taken apart a subie auto, but i think the flexplate bolts on the same way the flywheel does. that might mean that you could enlarge the holes on an EA flywheel matched to the trans of course.




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