(It's technically going into the Baja but I know it will get more feedback here)
So as much as the wife loves the Baja she's never been happy with the power it has.
We've looked into a couple of ways (super charger, turbo swap) and keep coming up with the same result as far as being a daily driver: H6 swap.
Between the timing chain and the general maintenance free life they have until 225k+ the only downside is premium fuel requirement which isn't a big deal.
So I've been keeping an eye out here and there for an H6 01-04 Outback for the right price.
I didn't have a lot of luck. Kept searching for months.
Opened up my search some more to include Outback Sedans (I always forget about Outback Sedans) and still no luck.
The original plan was buy a running and driving car, swap the drive train into the Baja, then swap the Baja drive train back and sell the car to recoup some costs.
Then I found a listing for a VDC Sedan, rear end damage, 150k, runs and drives, and no title. (Certificate of ownership, salvage)
While I liked the idea of the wife having VDC I didn't like the idea of destroying a VDC in the process. This works out perfectly as the vehicle is never going to see the road again.
Paid the owner and drove it home last night.
VDC and ABS system appears to be fine. It does currently have a check engine light but the engine isn't making any strange noises and it happily chugged away for 150 miles without overheating or any smoke so I assume it's a minor issue. I will pull the code and make sure it's fixed before swapping into the Baja (why bring problems in?)
I also plan to do a refresh on the H6 while it's out of the car. Plugs, coils, etc. Any other major things others recommend I should do while I have the opportunity is welcome. Again, the engine is at 150k so I imagine it's got plenty of life at the moment.
The plan now is to just use the VDC as a donor vehicle and sell the unused components plus the excess Baja parts (EJ25, 4EAT) to recoup some build costs.
As it stands, the current plan is:
Swap the Engine, Transmission, and Rear Differential, Radiator, Condensor, Power Steering pump, and AC pump are all H6 specific.
Swap Brake Booster and Brake Master Cylinder (VDC has a specific one)
Swap the ECU, other computers, and ABS Pump (All H6 VDC specific)
Strip the interior completely and move the wiring harness over. Merge the VDC harness with the Baja rear harness (the cargo lamp and the rear brake are different, not sure what else yet)
Keep the 'normal' climate control and avoid the Auto one from the VDC.
Undecided on the McIntosh unit. It really is nice.
The front and rear hubs, strut assemblies, springs, and brake assemblies are all staying as they currently are on the Baja. They all appear to be the same.
The H6 front strut springs are different but the Baja is higher than the Outback, so I'm going to have to check into that.
This is likely going to be a winter project (Jan-March)
So I'll be posting more updates then but for now it's just a parts hunt. Since I have a running and driving car as a donor I don't figure I'll need a lot more parts.
Once I think I'm ready, the VDC is mostly disassembled, and I am wanting to jump into this project I plan to take a week off of work to hopefully finish the majority of it in that time. We'll see.
Just wanted to see if anyone has any feedback or anything obvious I'm missing currently.