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  1. Engine & Drivetrain
    So the frame on my 02 outback is completely rotted out and unfixable, but the motor is still good. My dad found another car to swap it into but it's a 99 with a bad motor. So before we pull the trigger I have some questions. 1. Can I swap an 02 Motor into a 99 Outback? 2. Can I swap my 02 motor...
  2. Engine & Drivetrain
    Hey there, I am thinking on replacing the engine on my outback 2004, itas close to 200,000 miles and a horrible ratheling noice. I found a jdm engine for around 1500$ from ebay, is this a goos idea? Are they reliable? Thanks in advance.
  3. Head Gasket Issues
    Hi, New owner of a mint 2007 2.5 manual tranny garaged Grandma car that needs head gasket based engine swap done by my long time experienced mechanic in Boston. 130,000 What is the best route to swap/rebuild this engine for long term use? Will replace all motor based accessories (timing...
  4. Gen 1: 1995-1999
    --- 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L DOHC 4EAT AWD --- Hey all! In anticipation of a engine swap I was talking with my local shop that is insanely experienced and truly honest, fair and professional their name is Kaiju Motorsports here in Henderson, Near Las Vegas Nevada. Let me know if...
  5. Engine & Drivetrain
    --- 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L H4 DOHC 4EAT AWD --- Hey All!! I've looked through forums and other threads but cant find what I need. I might have to do an engine swap here soon depending on whether or not this engine is worth fixing. I really want to lift this thing about 1.5-2...
  6. Engine & Drivetrain
    Hi all.. I recently swapped a motor from a 2006 2.5i LTD Outback into a 2008 2.5i base model Outback and I'm running into some issues - not sure if they're related to the swap or just an issue, hoping someone here may be able to help. I swapped the entire long block including manifold but...
  7. Performance Parts & Accessories
    I've got a 2010 3.6L outback that is in need of an engine swap. I'd like to drop in as low mileage pulled engine as possible, and was wondering if a 5th gen 3.6L is "plug-and-play" with a 4th gen, or if the mounts/bolt patterns moved, or a significant wire harness change happened. I couldn't...
  8. Engine & Drivetrain
    I have been doing some research into new motors for my car which is a 05 2.5L without the EGR and found that you can get a motor from a newer outback e.g. a 07 that has EGR and cut and weld the EGR pipe shut and transfer the intake manifold from the original motor onto the new one. Can anyone...
  9. Engine & Drivetrain
    My 2005 Outback manual is in need of a new motor and I have done some shopping around and found a guy that will sell a 2004 forester auto motor. Will the motor bolt straight in or are there any differences between the two and if so is there any modification that can be done to make fit. I have...
  10. Engine & Drivetrain
    I have a automatic 08 2.5, I want to swap out the engine since it would be cheaper. But there's an 3.0 option for outback and have no idea if it would be a good fit or should I just stick with the 2.5?
  11. General Discussions
    hey all, i have a gen 3 outback with a blown 2.5 (head gasket, warped everything, radiator, timing, etc) and that engine is ridiculously expensive right now, not to mention underpowered and the head gasket blows all the time (i drive hard, it’s a manual trans lol). doing some research led me to...
  12. Problems & DIY Maintenance
    I am currently looking for a new ej253 for my outback as my previous motor had the timing belt snap and most of the valves are bent. I am wondering if the same motor from a Liberty/Legacy will bolt straight in? and also my car has a manual trans so will an automatic motor bolt straight in or...
  13. Gen 4: 2010-2014
    So I have a 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5l limited with a CVT. I, like most owners of this year, am experiencing excessive oil consumption and would like to replace my engine. I'm doing this as part of my high school senior project and I want an engine that wasn't affected by the lawsuit. Some places...
  14. Gen 3: 2005-2009
    So I just got a 1998 Subaru Legacy outback and I’m wondering what engines I’m able to swap with it. I was told it might be possible to swap it with a turbo charged wrx sti engine but I’d like to be 100% sure before doing it. So if anyone is able to help me out or give me some tips that’d be...
  15. Gen 2: 2000-2004
    My current outback isn't doing so hot, so I am looking into buying a new engine for it. However, I want an engine that will make it a little more fun to drive. As an automatic, what sort of engines can I swap into it? Anything with a turbo? Would really appreciate any help I can get!
  16. Gen 3: 2005-2009
    Hello guys, this is my first time in this group. I just have a lot of questions but not answers.😅 I do have an Outback 08 2.5 ll bean edition 166k miles that the engine have rod knock. The story is too long why i bought a car with rod knock. But because i was cheated. So far I just want to...
  17. Gen 2: 2000-2004
    My 2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean had a rear bearing go out a few months back. Long story short, I have only gotten to it in the last few weeks because I can't get anyone to work on it here. The hubs are rusted into the trailing arms on top of that. When I was removing the trailing arms to try...
  18. Gen 4: 2010-2014
    I did a autocross event in my car just for fun this weekend and I guess the car did not enjoy it. I wan't pushing the car too hard but it suddenly would not rev past 4k rev for 4 seconds max and then was fine after that until I reached the end of the course and it died quietly and would not...
  19. Gen 2: 2000-2004
    I've got a 2001 outback. The body and suspension is shot. The 2.5 engine and auto trans are good. I can pick up a 2001 outback with a blown 3.0 engine for cheap. (clean body, good suspension). How difficult would it be to swap in the 2.5 engine or engine and trans. (both are automatics).?
  20. General Discussions
    Hello all! I have a 1999 30th anniversary legacy outback limited someone grenaded the bottom end of a dohc ej25. I would really like to put in a jdm sohc 2.5 ej25 in it. Everything on top is good but my dohc block is not rebuildable. can I just pop the jdm sohc ej 25 in there using my intake...
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