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Well, had an annoying monday to start off the week. Rear ended some old lady at a "red" light and crushed my fogs... No other damage as it was a rather slow collision, her car did almost only have a minor scratches after the bull bar and a small cut after the broken glass. Also some plastic thing on the bumper got losened alittle.

So now I'm fog less which is kinda weird, but still doesn't look too bad. Now the square led fogs might look better lol.







BUT, there are possible good news too. My buddy who is a tow truck driver for a big junkyard/partssale in Reykjavík, offered me a 2.5l na engine he owns for 150$ or so. I mentioned that I might go with turboing my ej22 and get a spare one in case it would blow up. He offered me a ej22 too along with the ej25 for cheap too, so that was really cool and I was really starting to plan on possibly dropping in a ej25 for some time and prep an ej22 for turbo in the meantime.

And then, a Tribeca popped up in the port at his work. I asked him if it had the engine still which it did. He checked the price for me and apperantly it can be had with the ecu for 500-600 bucks, which is waay cheaper than what I have seen online. On ebay they are usually listed for 1000$ and then plus shipping and 24% vat. Only thing is that the car doesnt have any collision damage or an obvious reason for being in a scrap yard. The dash was all teared out and nobody knows anything about the car or the engine. I'm gonna check with the previous owner tomorrow and see whats up with it. If the engine is good I'll probably jump on it. It's a 2006 245hp EZ30 as far as I know. Would be so freaking ideal for this car. I'll update you further tomorrow!





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Well, managed to get a hold of the previous owner yesterday. Apperantly the car had been having issues for years and as an attempt to fix the thing she spent about 5000$ or something on getting it fixed at a shop. She said the fixed everything but the engine and that the guys told here the head was either done or on its way out, cant remember. It was to expensive to fix so she decided to use the car until it would give up, did that for a year and then it stopped driving. She could reverse a little but not go forward, the engine would start and run. So I'm guessing it had transmission issues. When I asked her she said it never overheated and it never needed coolant added. At that point I'm not sure how the shop got to the conclusion that the head was done but I'd assume it needs new head gaskets. I've heard they are prone to fail but never heard of broken heads.

Now if its just the gaskets thats fine, cause I intended to change them out anyway. But since the engine isn't im proper condition I can get it for 350$, and if I come by myself I can take out the harness and keep it. Now I just gotta plan how/when I'm gonna get the stuff since its a 4-5 hour drive.


So, I'm buying a EZ30 :)

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Id forget about that EZ30, they had immobilzers, that swap would be a lot more work than you think
It's been done before, I think. I know it would be a pita, but I still don't want to bail on it. I had thoughts about running it off a spare ms2 I have sitting around, but it might not be able to control the VVT/VVL.. Still something that should be possible to get done I'm sure

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oh its doable, just figured I'd warn ya since your kinda on an island where getting parts isnt as easy as some places.
Haha, kinda on an island lol. That is true. Thanks for the warning, appreciate it. But yeah I realised it would be a difficult swap with a lot of wiring issues, and I would have prefered an EG33 for that aspect. But this is just a deal that I feel like I have to take, might be more along my budget even tho itll cost some work. Besides, I'm very used to buying stuff from overseas by now so that doesn't bother me

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if you could "borrow" the complete Tribeca it would be much easier. I think they are also open source tuneable.
I can get everything I want from it I'm sure, could you add to the list of stuff that would make this easier?

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youll need at least the igniton, the key, wiring from there to ecu, i beleives theres a seperate immobilzer box, and all that wiring. probably want the power steering pump and lines, exhaust naturally, wiring to the o2 sensors. Just a couple things i can think of. Ive never done a swap like that though but im sure theres some documented case around somewhere. Some outbacks used EZ30's pre emobilzer days, maybe an ecu from one of those could help lighten the process but im completely uncertain
 

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youll need at least the igniton, the key, wiring from there to ecu, i beleives theres a seperate immobilzer box, and all that wiring. probably want the power steering pump and lines, exhaust naturally, wiring to the o2 sensors. Just a couple things i can think of. Ive never done a swap like that though but im sure theres some documented case around somewhere. Some outbacks used EZ30's pre emobilzer days, maybe an ecu from one of those could help lighten the process but im completely uncertain
Yeah thats what I thought... The car still has all that as far as I know, will probably up the price a bit tho. A standalone will make all that stuff a lot easier I assume. But honestly my knowledge on these engines, and basicly newer subarus aswell is really limited. I'm gonna be doing alot of research either way

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Well, I got a new daily the other day, which I barely used cause the Outback is way more fun Its nice tho, a 98 Impreza GL, auto ej20 with 195k kms on it. No quarter or underbody rust. A couple minor things wrong with it, such as it tends to die when driving. Also sometimes it runs very rough for a few minutes after starting it.







I mounted my tow hook finally. Needed some modifcation to clear the exhaust










Flares came in finally. Haven't mounted them yet tho. Did some test fit and they're good up front but a tad small in the rear poke wise




Gave the car a nice wash and headed to Reykjavík to pick up my new engine!






Ripped as much as I could out of this Tribeca and loaded it in the Outback










Gonna be sitting here for some time tho




Aaand had some fun driving around in the rest of the snow at home, until I got stuck









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Nice!!

Haha I did not know they made the Tribeca outside the US.

Sad to say they are trying again. I'm sure it will flop too
Oh yeah they did. They're not to popular tho lol. Basicly only good for engine donations lol. And even then, these seem to have headgasket problems.

Still, not to bad for 350 bucks or so, even tho the engine needs work. Engine, engine harness and dash harness, ecu, dbw gas pedal, ignition and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting.

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