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Post by cexar08 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:42 pm


Anyone do any cheap rebuilds, or swaps? or both (EJ18)
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Post by STi2eNvy on Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:02 pm

Yes, text me ill get you hooked up. What happened to your engine?

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:43 pm

You of all people Don. How many engines have you gone through so far???? LOL! Razz

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Post by cexar08 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:43 pm

nothings wrong its just that i wanna speak to someone who will let me know what i can do to my engine or just to either rebuild it
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Post by WANTED on Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:21 pm

Auto or manual transmission?

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Post by cexar08 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:25 pm

WANTED wrote:Auto or manual transmission?
its a 5 speed its at 204k
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Post by WANTED on Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:46 pm

Unless you're absolutely passionate about that motor, I would not do a performance rebuild especially considering your mileage. As it stands, it will take a lot to make any sizable gains.

Your best bet is a swap. You have quite a few options as to how to crack this. Your only limiting factor is your engine bay, as it's smaller than the later years. What that means is a 6 cylinder swap won't fit without adjusting the firewall. Otherwise, you have a plethora of options for ej20/22/25, including the transmission.

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Post by WANTED on Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:48 pm

A couple of guys here did the swaps themselves and a few are doing hybrid builds. Chaz2.5 just did the swap in his RS himself and can tell you what to expect mechanically.

Wiring is a bit of a bitch. You'll have to redo you're entire wiring harness. If you're extremely familiar with the harness, it's possible to rebuild it in half a day. Otherwise, expect to spend the weekend redoing it, provided that you know what you're doing.


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Post by Chaz2.5 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:50 pm

I think the limiting factor is what will your budget be?

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Post by WANTED on Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:52 pm

Chaz2.5 wrote:I think the limiting factor is what will your budget be?

That too.

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:58 pm

I vote swap! It'll run ya about $1500 more than a rebuild. I'd be down to help if you want to do it yourself.

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Post by cexar08 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:12 pm

Chaz2.5 wrote:I vote swap! It'll run ya about $1500 more than a rebuild. I'd be down to help if you want to do it yourself.
yea swap sounds like agod idea and yea if ido then ill letyou knowha!as far as budget i gotta get mine still lol wht do u guys recomend for anice simple one?
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Post by WANTED on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:20 pm

Bear in mind that regardless of what motor you go with, it'll still take some massaging to get a few things to fit as well as a few supporting parts. Otherwise, EJ20 either JDM or USDM is my recommendation. for a basic swap were this my car.

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:21 pm

For turbo, cheapest is jdm ej20. However, not OBDII and if it goes good luck getting parts. USDM WRX would be the way to go for swaps. Wrx tranny $800-1000 shipped, engine $2500 for everything. $600 iwire harness merge. No wire merge necessary if you swap wrx dash.

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:34 pm

To the tune if "shots" by LMFAO. SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP. OK, I'm a little drunk.

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Post by WANTED on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:44 pm

Chaz2.5 wrote:To the tune if "shots" by LMFAO. SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP SWAP. OK, I'm a little drunk.

If I wasn't dieting, I'd be lit up myself.

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Post by cexar08 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:04 pm

haha welcome to the jungle! it shall be done haha but thanks for the info ill look into it:)
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Post by Chaz2.5 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:10 pm

Seriously though jdm swaps (engine and tranny) can be had for like 2000 shipped. Highly recommend Iwire for harness merge.

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