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syncro engine swap advice

Postby Robzinfin » 28 Dec 2019, 16:35

Gidday all,
I am an older aussie guy living in Finland and last summer i swapped my buick big block for a 1990 low 135k km syncro tin top twin locker.
The wbx is running really nice despite a couple of weeping coolant leaks as can be expected from an original DG wbx,
However my daily driver for many years has been a 05 Forester, SG motor i think , 2.0 n.a. automatic.
I am thinking of scrapping the car to fit motor in syncro, although I have some concerns.
The main one is the fact the subaru is an auto trans and whether this will complicate the swap into a manual trans with ecu management compatibility
Does anyone Know?
Thanks and HNY to all syncronaughts
Rob
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Re: syncro engine swap advice

Postby silverbullet » 29 Dec 2019, 17:45

Not 100% sure but I suspect that your 2005 Fuji Heavy Industries will be CAN-BUS vehicle, which makes life tricky/expensive as a potential donor.
I'm biased but I would boost the wbx up to a 2.1 DJ spec, even if still on the carb it will be a stronger performer than the 1.9 DG will ever be.
A wbx 2.5 is also an option if you want more torque but it must be run on VW Digijet or Digifant efi

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Re: syncro engine swap advice

Postby pkrboo » 30 Dec 2019, 06:36

Foresters up to 2005 are normally OK to use. The auto side of the loom can be removed by whoever converts the loom.

Post a picture of the engine and we can see if it is canbus

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Re: syncro engine swap advice

Postby Robzinfin » 31 Dec 2019, 09:37

Thanks to both for replies,

Yep if its a can bus, I will not do because electrical complexity is not only massive but reliability may also be compromised by the tiniest fault and without being a tech. this eliminates that possibility for me,

If it is not a can bus I will look further into it.
Unfortunately posting a photo is not possible for me at the moment
It might sound a bit crazy but I really my old 1800 NA air cooled in the t2 , and i really feel the same characteristics in this 1,9 dg syncro
Really its the reliability and simplicity I want,, not speed or mpg, so maybe the subaru is not the best engine for me after all,
the low exhaust is a real turn off for a syncro

so that makes me think on old 2.0, 2.2 l air porsche might be the go
Has anyone ever heard of this in a t3 syncro, the concern for me here is really only bellhousing clutch set up.
You know i am not totally against electronics but would like the extent of it be limited to transistorised igntion and not efi
At the moment the 2.1 carb wbx is looking good,
I will do more research on the can bus, I think the EJ203 sohc is can bus free
as said before HNY to all, drink but dont drive, cheers
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