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Has anyone used an EJ series engine with a RWD trans?


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#1 hankosolder2

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 08:42 PM

Hi,
I was wondering if anyone had heard of anybody swapping a subaru engine into any sort of rear wheel drive car? (I guess I should say "front engine rear wheel drive car" to exclude VWs, Porsches, etc.) I've looked around a bit and haven't come up with a thing! I don't have anything specific in mind just now, I'm just wondering if anybody's ever bolted some sort of exclusively RWD manual trans to an EJ series engine...

thanks,
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 09:50 PM

im sure someone out there has done it, wether it be a dune buggy kinda ting or in an actual car.~Josh~

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 02:14 AM

other than a VW or porsche trans, or a subaru trans converted to RWD, no not that I know of.
and frankly, whats the point? flat 4's do not fit in very many cars that well that would actually be worth swapping a 4 banger into, and there are plenty of 4 bangers out there that do fit.
yes, I know the EJ is the coolest 4 banger EVAR. but the logistics of both fitting one in an engine bay and adapting one to a rwd trans are just way more hassle than the benefit you would see.
its too bad really, they probably have one of the higher power capability to weight ratios of any assembled 4 banger. the long block is 139lbs, N/A ready to run say 240, turbo add 20lbs, and something like ej20k or RS-RA heads on a stock internals ej22t with the right management and turbo could make well over 400hp. 200hp is no sweat for an NA ej25 with a few tricks.

a 5mt with the center diff welded might handle the job well enough, and sure would be a lot easier and more proven than an adapter to an uncommon trans. not sure what kind of power they can handle in rwd though.

#4 GLCraig

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 08:59 PM

search the new gen forum. Someone about 3 years ago posted about making an adapter plate to bold a 2-speed powerglide to an EJ22.

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 09:09 PM

search the new gen forum. Someone about 3 years ago posted about making an adapter plate to bold a 2-speed powerglide to an EJ22.


One of those super rockcrawlers with the STI motors was bolted up to a powerglide, I believe.

#6 hankosolder2

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 09:33 PM

Good points. Yeah, I guess it's just the usual "I like the ej22, nice power to weight ratio, what else could I use it in?" There are a few cars which originally were supposed to have boxer engines (the Morris Minor, for example) but received inline fours due to parts-bin engineering compromises. So I was thinking it might be fun to play around along those lines. The Subaru manual transaxle (IMHO) is not particularly slick-shifting, so I was wondering if there were other possibilities which had been explored. Guess that other than a 2-speed powerglide, or a possible Nissan hoge-podge, the answer is no!

Nathan

other than a VW or porsche trans, or a subaru trans converted to RWD, no not that I know of.
and frankly, whats the point? flat 4's do not fit in very many cars that well that would actually be worth swapping a 4 banger into, and there are plenty of 4 bangers out there that do fit.
yes, I know the EJ is the coolest 4 banger EVAR. but the logistics of both fitting one in an engine bay and adapting one to a rwd trans are just way more hassle than the benefit you would see.
its too bad really, they probably have one of the higher power capability to weight ratios of any assembled 4 banger. the long block is 139lbs, N/A ready to run say 240, turbo add 20lbs, and something like ej20k or RS-RA heads on a stock internals ej22t with the right management and turbo could make well over 400hp. 200hp is no sweat for an NA ej25 with a few tricks.

a 5mt with the center diff welded might handle the job well enough, and sure would be a lot easier and more proven than an adapter to an uncommon trans. not sure what kind of power they can handle in rwd though.



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Posted 20 June 2006 - 08:22 AM

i had heard some years back about a company that was in australia that made a bell housing to fit a subaru block, but mated to a nissan 240z tranny..... i really wish i could remember who it was, cause i always wanted to make the rx a rear drive with an ej motor without having to frankenstien the center diff.....

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 10:47 AM

you can get kits from different companies that will convert the suby AWD trans to RWD... i can't remember who makes them but i saw it on nasioc.com...

not quite what you were looking for...:rolleyes:

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 07:39 PM

i'm dragging this one way out of the depths of USMB because i always see it at the bottom of my thread.

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