So my 2005 xt just blew up and i want to put in a new jdm in it. Does anyone know what if anything i would need to switch over besides the intake manifold/ exhaust manifold/ turbo. Is any of the wiring differnet or cam shaft/ crank shaft??
Search some YouTube videos. There are some really good comparisons between the two engines. I considered going that route also, but decided to go with a junkyard engine. Not sure mine was the best choice as I'm having to work through some engine issues. Good luck and keep us updated.
If it helps, I only had to change the intake. Not a single wire was different. JDM engine will have engine plug intact, just plugged it in. I have the 3.0 however. I don't see why your 2.5 will matter assuming you pick the proper 2.5.