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i found a decent ej22t from a legacy and i want to know what i’d have do before i buy it to swap it into my 2000 Impreza L automatic.
 

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Contact Iwire, they will let you know what it will cost.

Without a rebuild, that's a mighty old and crusty engine. I've gotten 5 - 5000 miles out of the junkyard ej22t's Ive used.

The couple that I rebuilt, I got 10's of thousands of miles out of them by the time I sold them.

Take it from me, that engine is too old to even think about running as is.
 

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Mike...you're too cynical (or maybe that's just experience talking). The handful of EJ22T's I've used never failed me! Well....except for the crank-walk on one (sold it as bare case halves), broken ringlands (JC sold me some replacement pistons), and maybe a head gasket issue after 200K miles on a third.

To the OP: Your '00 is a Phase 2 setup - heads/harness/etc. so as MT stated wiring will be another issue (besides refreshing>rebuilding the EJ22T).
 

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For a little more money you can get a used EJ205 or even EJ20G which will have many more parts readily available. That early 90s Legacy SS engine is pretty rare and will only get harder to find stuff for as its nearly 15 years older than the newest EJ205.
 

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Gotta root for the 22t, not because I just picked one up myself, but because they have a reputation for being long lasting and reliable. As far as parts availability, all you want is the bottom end so the heads are gonna be as rare or common as you choose. Aftermarket pistons and rods are readily available, and bearings are the same as other phase 1's.

As far as what you'd have to do... Well it'll be virtually the same as a WRX swap with different wiring diagrams and some other small differences so I'd say read up in the technical section bud. All the answers are there. Do you know anything about swapping motors already or are you starting from square one?
 

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I’d rather keep the 2.2L size of the engine because it’s the same as the stock model and everyone does EJ205 and EJ207 builds, and i thought i would be a bit different. those engines are great and full of opportunities as you already know but even thought it’s an old boi, i still want to use it.
 

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Gotta root for the 22t, not because I just picked one up myself, but because they have a reputation for being long lasting and reliable. As far as parts availability, all you want is the bottom end so the heads are gonna be as rare or common as you choose. Aftermarket pistons and rods are readily available, and bearings are the same as other phase 1's.

As far as what you'd have to do... Well it'll be virtually the same as a WRX swap with different wiring diagrams and some other small differences so I'd say read up in the technical section bud. All the answers are there. Do you know anything about swapping motors already or are you starting from square one?
I’d be starting from square one in this one
 

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or would it be easier to put in a turbo on my existing EJ22? i haven’t bought the engine yet, he’s holding it just in case i do end up purchasing so i’m just looking at all my options here.
 

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Tis a noble goal, to be a little bit different. Also a lot more difficult.

Without knowing your mechanical aptitude the safest bet would be a traditional WRX swap with a harness from iWire. It's tried and true, and absolutely not something you'll be disappointed with. Plenty of upgradeability too.

The best thing about the ej22t is the closed deck bottom end. The heads are meh, widely regarded as garbage compared to other Subie heads so right off you're looking at a Frankenstein motor to make it worth it. That'd be, like, EJ25 heads or EJ20 heads that you'd have to source and possibly mod for turbo oil/water. Not too tall of an order but a bit more than a straight WRX swap.

Alternatively, to turbo your engine you'd need to source the parts, if still recommend changing heads to drop Compression Ratio to run any worth while amount of boost, and THEN you still have to figure out engine management. Probly either a piggyback OR ....a WRX swap!

Not trying to discourage, but none of it is easy, and the father from the beaten trail the rougher the going. Like I said, do some research. Then do more research. Then lock yourself away and do nothing but research. This stuff might just come naturally to you.
 
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