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  1. inb4 the EJ25 haters... All phase 2 bits will interchange in terms of intake, etc. And yes, engine mounts should be the same. EJ22 (or EJ20) heads on a EJ25 is the easiest way to bump your C/R, but you may need to run a higher grade of gas (I am running 95 RON with a EJ22 using EJ20 heads, but I also have high-comp custom pistons), so if gas prices aren't cheap you may want to reconsider that. I am also running EJ25 HG's (Cometic C4578-032), but GD (amongst others) swears by the factory EJ25 HG's (I think it's the "777" ?), so I can confirm EJ25 HG's will work on a EJ22.
  2. According to the FSM, 4wd is 196 front and rear. 2wd is 78-98.
  3. For the mirrors, you could go back to stock which are easy enough to pull from any EA81 vehicle. The mirrors that are shown aren't originals (OEM JDM mount on the top edge of the fender, not from the side), so if you really want the JDM look but don't care about originality any eBay cheapies will do the job. If it's rust-free it's worth keeping. If the doors are full of filler and the sills are gone, it's only worth scrap metal.
  4. They posted about the stainless, but they haven't started tooling. I think the sticker shock would stop it from happening. I can only assume the cost is the tooling for the profile, and once that's made they can make any of the 4 pieces fairly easily. The problem with the tailgate is the market is miniscule (how many US guys are going to spend $1k on a tailgate once you cover shipping - when complete cars are only twice that). Even down under it's barely viable. I applaud the effort, but can't see the business case.
  5. Yes, Jeff packed it in a while ago. It was a well-engineered kit, except the hubs were a hybrid EJ design instead of XT6 and didn't have the hub-centric support.
  6. dfoyl

    1984 brat windshield and Molding

    Search for thread "Feeler: EA81 Reproduction Rubber Windshield Gaskets"
  7. I have 1/2 a dozen sedan/BRAT/wagon front seals sitting in the garage that are going to the UK, I could get the ok from the UK owner to ship one stateside. He was buying another 6 from Phil's Rotaries anyway, so I don't see it as a problem (would just make the order 7). If it's a hardtop it's a different story, you'd need to buy it and ship to me and I could on-ship (I could consolidate with some other items I send to the US frequently to save on the shipping). PM me for address details, etc.
  8. dfoyl

    What's with Subaru AC?

    Also the cabin window angles. Brat front window is far less tilted than your Lexus, and your back is vertical. So less heat getting in to begin with, and the AC doesn't need to run as hard to maintain the termperature.
  9. dfoyl

    Brumby converion

    If you really want to stick with an EA box, get the adaptor plate from sjrlink (member on here), that's what I used and it was perfect. The shipping cost down under isn't bad as it's quite light being alloy and only a very narrow section. Re-engineering it locally will cost a fortune. In terms of regs, it looks like NSW allows a +20% increase BUT only of the same family of engine available in that body design (which means any EJ, regardless of size, needs a certificate).
  10. dfoyl

    Brumby converion

    I'm not familiar with NSW regulations on engineering relating to engine size (not kW) - in Vic it's no more than 10% more than stock without an engineering certificate ($$), but I do know your power-to-weight ratio as a P-plater can't exceed 130kW per tonne, which for a Brumby is pretty much that figure. So in terms of engines you can probably install a N/A EJ25, certainly an EJ20 or EJ22. In terms of wiring, given what you want, I'd highly recommend having a chat to Gannon in northern NSW. I went for a relatively simple swap (no ABS or cruise control), and Gannon's work made it a lot simpler. I would also speak to an engineer about the ABS in particular, as there could be all kinds of requirements. Putting an ABS system designed for a 1400 kg Liberty into a 950 kg Brumby isn't likely to be as simple as just dropping it in. Unless you really want it, I'd skip it. Your braking should absolutely be upgraded. The front struts can come from your donor vehicle (with some mix-and-matching of CV's and the top hat), your rears can use the donor vehicle backing plates (need to be modified) and calipers/rotors but the hubs will need to be XT6 (as Bennie mentioned, I should still have a set available from the batch coming in). Your handbrake will also change from front to rear. You might get away with a 4-stud rear disc upgrade depending on the engineer and your engine choice - an EJ20 is probably borderline, an EJ22 or higher I would hope an engineer would require the 5-studs. I would recommend the EJ gearbox, most EA's are getting long in the tooth and if you want awd you need a Vortex or RX awd box (very tough to find). Your existing box is likely the 4-speed, which is barely adequate for an EA engine. The later 5 speed from a L-series is much better. I believe the earlier Impreza's used a 3.7 ratio, which can match with your diff (it will probably be either a 3.7 or 3.9, but both are easy enough to find). Later EJ's used a 4.111 I recall. I have seen complete Impreza dashes swapped across into Brumby's. More work in terms of fitting, but it's an option.
  11. Brisk driving - in a Forester with an EJ20 ? I briefly drove a 98 Forester with an EJ20 and brisk was not a word I would have chosen to describe it (though it was an auto)...
  12. The head bolts are 100% re-usable. I believe a 99 will have a phase 2 EJ201 or EJ202 engine, but any EJ20 should be able to-use the head bolts unless severely damaged. They can be a curse to remove (EJ20 isn't too bad compared to EJ25), but a long thinwall OD socket is a good investment.
  13. I will have 4-5 sets left from the final batch in the next few weeks, one set is already in the US and the rest are on the water to Australia.
  14. dfoyl

    2nd Gen custom double din console

    Bennie, try http://www.profileplastics.com.au/
  15. Jono, the ACL requires spare parts to be available for a "reasonable amount of time". Typical automotive spare parts worldwide is 10 years from end of production in my experience, which I think would be seen as reasonable in most cases (certainly for this part of the market, you might have a case if you couldn't get parts for a Ferrari after 11 years). The average amount of time from buying a new car to selling it is around 6 years, and the average car age is a little over 10 years. Subaru doesn't appear to be any better or worse than other auto-makers (hence the decision to stop supplying your EA82 oil pump).
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