I am also interested in this swap, as I have a 99 forester with 453,000 on it and the motor has a knocking noise and misses only at low RPM's. Every filter in the book and new plugs/wires did not fix the problem, so I am now broke and the motor will soon be too. I have a friend that swapped a turbo motor from an older legacy into his 97 Legacy L, and now has an EJ22 with just about 200,000 and a new timing belt sitting on a crate in the garage. I would like to know what problems, if any, i would have while trying to put that EJ22 in my Forester. Will the engine bolt up? Will the wiring harness plug and play?
thanks for reply already installed ej22 ,its out of a 95 legacy,used ej22 intake and drilled top of intake for 2.5 map sensor also made a adapter plate to fit 2.5 throttle body to intake old 2.2 idle air control on side of intake and made block off plate for it.used the 2.2 injectors just had to switch injector connectors with 2.5 ones so i cound use 2.5 engine harness.2.2 only has 4 bell housing bolts and not 6 but four will i am sure .a little down on power but going to open up exhaust and cold air will gain some back.will find a 2.5 later got vehicle cheap and wanted to see how every thing else worked
Anyone have a write up on this? I got a 98 forester cheap last winter I knew the headgaskets were on there way out when I bought it. I was going to rebuild it, but I'm working alot so really don't have alot of time to do it myself. But i saw a complete motor at the junk yard out of a 95 Legacy for $300 with 80,000 on it. I was thinking if i could swap it and either leave it if I like it or rebuild the 2.5 slowly as i get time and swap it back.
I have an EJ25 DOHC Phase I motor with rebuilt heads (less than 10,000 on them).. I bought it for my 99 Forester, but i changed my mind because of the wiring issues.. It's out of a 98 Forester so it should fall right in.. Only kicker is I"m located in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada.. You can have the motor for 200$ if you want to get it to where you are on your own.. I know it's inconvenient, but if u want a good price on a good motor it's an option for you.