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  1. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hi all, just working through a number of issues on my recently purchased forester. One issue is that the car has a high pitched screech which increases/decreases when the accelerator pedal is pressed, and occurs when the clutch isn’t depressed. The noise decreases when the clutch is engaged...
  2. 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...
  3. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hey guys, I'm getting a randomly occurring misfire CEL in my 99, but I'm pretty convinced it's not actually misfiring. A few weeks ago it threw a P0301, single cylinder 1 misfire. I pulled the plug and it looked totally brand new still. Now about every hour or 2 of driving it throws misfires...
  4. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I have a 1999 EJ253 and as I've learned the hard way the temp gauge (which I believe is just oil temp?) isn't good for detecting when there's an actual head gasket threatening overheat until it's too late. I'd like to add some kind of aftermarket temperature sensor that would be better than this...
  5. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Doing head gaskets and just got the heads back from the machine shop. The thing is when I brought them there I left the cam gears on the heads but when I got them back the gears were off. Now, how do I know they're in the right position when I go to put them back on? Basically how do I know that...
  6. Motor Conversions
    Hello, I have just recently purchased a 2007 Subaru Forester with a N/A ej 253 and was wondering what kind of modifications could be done to the engine or the car. I have been reading around and heard of a raptor supercharger, but I cannot find a place to purchase one. I am really just wondering...
  7. Motor Conversions
    I bought an ej253 from a 1999 forester and was wondering if anyone knew if it would be direct plug n play or would i have to move stuff around. please help
  8. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hey guys, recently I made a post about putting a new engine in my 06 forester (ej253). Some of you guys recommended I go with an EOM short block instead of a JDM motor. Long story short I sent my heads out to be redone, ordered a Subaru short block from a local dealer, and finally ordered a...
  9. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Quick and dirty: Bought Forester in no start condition. Turns out belt stripped and caused some interference. Stock engine is EJ251 with EGR. Bought EJ253 replacement longblock. Uh-Oh..NON-EGR head. Here's the shake: Using DS side EGR head from the 251 on the replacement 253 longblock (including...
  10. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I have a 2009 2.5x subaru forester manual and I want to get a low mile used engine for it. I wanted to know what other years I could put into it without any modifications. The used 2009 engines from JDM are expensive relatine to 2010s.Thanks!
  11. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hey guys! I am changing my 2010 forester timing belt. I never changed a timing belt before. After rotating the crankshaft to align the timing marks. My right cam marks are not aligned as they supposed to. However, there is a white dot at 2'o clock that matched properly. Do you guys think timing...
  12. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hey everyone! I'm writing this on my cell phone but will update with more details once I get my laptop up and running. Ok, bought a '10 Forester MT 2.5L NA, 190k highway miles. Test drove ok and peppy. Once I bought it and got on the highway, burnt oil smell out exhaust. I was devastated...
  13. Motor Conversions
    Hello, So a few months ago my Forester engine got a rod knock...so the engine is toast...kinda. I am looking at a 2011 N/A Impreza engine from a wrecking yard to swap in (pictures show it was a rear end collision so it should be fine). Will it fit? I believe those are the ej253, but I only have...
  14. Motor Conversions
    Looking to swap a 06 manual EJ253 engine into a 2010 outback EJ253 that’s an auto. The outback has blown headgaskets and needs some other work. Would the engine from 2006 forester fit in the 2010 outback since they are both an EJ253? Or maybe at least the block? I know there was some changes to...
  15. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I feel that this is an ominous start for me on these forums. Despite not owning a Subie since 2013, I have enough co-workers with them that have required my emotional, physical and technical support while pulling engines and trans to get my Subie fix while owning several German cars. I am also...
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