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  1. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I was trying to remove the screws on the back of the oil pump and two of them stripped out. No big deal, I'll just order a new pump. There is a 9 stamped on the front of the pump near the crankshaft position sensor. I assume from reading here that that represents 9mm? The car has 150K miles...
  2. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hello. Quick question. I've got a 2002 Forester EJ25 that I am replacing the head gaskets in. My specific question is regarding the camshaft plugs on the rear of the heads. I can't find much info regarding R&R for those. Are they like a freeze plug in that they are a metal to metal fit? Do...
  3. Sourcing Parts & Accessories
    Where can I purchase a complete OEM gasket kit for my non turbo EJ25? I see some listed here and there but they usually have the old non MLS head gaskets in the kit. So I'd appreciate any leads. Also do I really need to machine the cylinder heads if it has never been overheated? I've done a...
  4. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Wassup y’all, I got a 2004 Forester X all stock except for some exterior rally mods I put on but I’ve been waiting to get my wheels and tires to start adding some things to the engine. I’ve only had it for about 2 months and when I bought it I was told gauge cluster was changed and that It...
  5. Forester Shopping
    Hi all, Looking at two manual SH foresters which have similar kms, both in decent condition, and are similarly priced. The big difference is that one has the FB25 and the other has the EJ25. Which would you be taking and why? Which is more reliable and will last longer? Is either better...
  6. Motor Conversions
    Hi guys Im pretty new here and have found a 2010 forester with a blown engine. My daily is a 2006 Impreza and both are non turbo. I’m wondering about the logistics of putting the engine from my Impreza into the forester? Is it doable? If so, any complications that can come from this swap...
  7. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    EJ25 NA Having a new rattling noise I’ve never heard before. It’s at it’s strongest when in gear and the a/c is going. Sounds like a piece of metal bouncing against other metal. Recently changed the oil and the car has 130k miles on it. Here is a video with sound...
  8. Cooling Systems
    Few weeks ago I blew the lower radiator hose causing lots of coolant splashing all over the engine causing lots of smoke. I temporarily repaired the old hose waiting for a new one. However when driving, there's no overheating problem going higher speeds, but as soon as I go on lower speeds the...
  9. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    1999 Forester S 200,000 miles ej25. First Subaru. Car drives fine but idles terrible. Shaking misfire idle. I’ve been chasing the misfire for a bit now. CEL will say p0304. Compression test comes back 60ish psi. Leak down test has air leaking from exhaust. Timing is perfect. Belt is newish. So...
  10. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I recently got a 2006 Forester Base with 5spd, because I missed having an older Forester, but also it was my late mother’s and I wanted to keep it within the family. It has 163,000 miles, pretty well-maintained. Recently had the water pump and timing belt w/ tensioner done at 130k, oil changed...
  11. Motor Conversions
    Hello folks, I have a 2001 forester with a ej25 n/a motor and automatic transmission. I am going to be using a donor engine from a 2000 legacy but with a manual transmission. I am only swapping the motor but it does seem there are some things that will need to be swapped out. Can someone please...
  12. EJ25 - 2.5L Turbocharged (2004-2013)
    Hello all! I am looking for some help. Quick back story . . . spun main brgs in Apr 2020, full rebuild on my ej255, my first Subaru engine rebuild started Jan 2021. Issue: I am reassembling my intake manifold and the attached picture shows where I am fairly certain my return line is supposed to...
  13. EJ25 - 2.5L Turbocharged (2004-2013)
    Hey guys. i have a 2004 forester xt. every time i lightly drive it and come to a stop there is a transparent white smoke coming from the passenger side of my hood scoop. i open the hood and it looks like it’s coming from the turbo. i checked it out and didn’t see any apparent leaks or cracked...
  14. Transmission and Driveline
    I have a 2002 Subaru Forester that I just put a brand new engine in over 8 thousand miles ago. It has 228k on it. Since then it’s been a great car, besides the fact that the transmission acts up sometimes, and tonight it left me alongside the road. After going up a steep hill (55-60 MPH), and...
  15. Motor Conversions
    I was wanting to put a turbo in my 02 Forester (ej25) but I've heard they don't handle boost very well. So I was wondering if it's possible and what I would need to put a wrx engine from the same year in it.
  16. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hello all, I am in need of some advice (obviously), my foz is about to roll over 324,000 and I'm about to do the head gaskets. I bought the car a couple of years ago for $200 at about 300,000 miles. It was a steal! Needed a new alternator so I slapped a spare one I had on it and drove it home...
  17. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Long story short, I had the passenger side timing gear sprocket break off the camshaft while driving on the highway. Car was towed home obviously after that. (Link to that discussion and thread right here) After 5 months of pulling the engine and pretty much rebuilding the entire engine...
  18. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Here's a real quick background from this first time poster. I bought my teenage daughter a 2010 Forester 2.5X Limited (non-aspirated) as a repaired salvage title vehicle (this was my first Subaru) a little over a year ago. The vehicle ran and drove well upon before and after purchase. It...
  19. Members' Journals
    I have had a forester xt since June 2019, after spending too much on it and with plans to spend even more 🙄 I found a forester sti for sale for a what I believe to be a good price, after a trip to view it I left a deposit and I was a proud owner of a 2004 fsti. its at 340bhp at 1.3bar HKS air...
  20. Motor Conversions
    so i'm swapping in an ej20 for my ej25 (both turbo if that makes a difference), and i've gotten everything connected and all good. i ran over everything with a sensor and it does not detect the cam sensors. i am using the american cam sensors but they are noticeably shorter than the japanese cam...
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