1998 Forester Manual
Hi, all just thought I'd make my first post.
My 1998 Forester was acting with failing head gaskets. Of course I read up an found out this was very common issue with their engines.
I had a 1990 legacy wagon just sitting around the trans took a dump on me after about 8 months of owning it. But the engine was a solid runner with 0 issues.
. I read an read an came to the conclusion it was a very possible swap.
So I slowly took the engine out of the 90 legacy. Until the hesdgaskets on the ej25 finally crapped out. An the engine would hardly run. So I yanked the ej22 out the legacy. An swapped the entire harness an sensors an throttle body over along with iacv an other stuff. Took the ej25 out of the Forester. An set the ej22 in its place. After getting everything plugged up an everything bolted up. I sat in the seat an turned the key over multiple times to prime the fuel system. An finally turned it over. To my surprise it fired right up. An ran like a dream.
So now I have an ej22 Forester 0 headgasket issues 0 problems with interference. The only difference I notice is the torque isn't quite as strong as the ej25. But I'm hoping the gas mileage will be better. All in all for a very first motor swap. I'd say it's a success.