Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: Forester
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
These conversations always turn into why it is not worth the money. Sometimes money is not the issue. Sometimes it's just to see what can be done. I promise you that a turbo swap would have been much easier than what I did, but I didn't want a turbo. I wanted 230hp upgradable to 300hp and something a little different. I was able to do it for fairly cheap because I do all my own work. If I was paying a shop for this swap, $$$$$$$. If you have the wherewithal to do it, by all means do it. If you're looking for an inexpensive way to get another 50 hp, this won't be it. To do it right, I'd pull the motor and lower compression, stuff the block to fix the open deck issues. Just remember, there is no such thing as cheap hp, and high performance = high maintenance. That was another reason for the direction I went. My motor is bone stock at 230hp.
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