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What engine should I put in my car?

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After driving a 4.44 swap around for a while, I'm beginning to think 4.11 is probably the sweet spot between 3.9 or 4.44. At least as far as acceleration goes coupled with highway driving. 4k rpm at 80mph isn't as bad as I thought but man the Ej22 just guzzles gas at that speed.


Well, I'm def not building this for economy heheh. Is there a noticeable difference between 4.11 and 4.44 acceleration wise? Iwangofast! Should I hold out for a 4.44?

I'll probly go 4.11 for the meantime to get rid of the CHATTER.
Yep. You'll notice a big difference in acceleration.
 

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Well I guess I'm looking to go 4.44 then. In other news...

THIS MONTH:

GOALS
New steering rack
New DS control arm/ball joint
Rear sway bar
Rear strut bar
Front mount intercooler
Cruise control
Fog lights
EJ25D ecu swap(maybe)
Aaaaand I've got expensive things on the way for a PROPER motor build. :blow_money_original
:projectsti.com:
 

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Discussion Starter #203 (Edited)
I've been waffling around like crazy on what to do with all my cars, but I think I've got a plan nailed down. I'm gonna move forward as planned with my GM, she'll get a built 2.2 with early Legacy RS heads. The WRX will get a 22e short block if the heads are salvageable, and the RS will get a rebuild with STI rods and pistons, hopefully. The knocking is slowly but surely getting worse.

These finally showed up so I'll bring them to the machine shop first thing tomorrow!




EJ22G!
 

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Discussion Starter #204 (Edited)
Not as much progress as I would have liked, but that's life.


Picked up some Tiens on WRX struts for cheap. Turns out they're lowering springs, but that's fine with me.



Chopped out the lower section of the center radiator support bar thing, to make room for a front mount intercooler I've had sitting around forever. I used a bracket I found on a job site to stabilize the remaining portion holding the hood latch. Worked a treat, everything is sturdier than stock!



Scooped up a beautiful CSF aluminum radiator. Thanks GC Beater!


And after I order some ARP head studs, I'll begin my monster 2.2 build!
EJ22E Block
Wiseco Pistons
Manley Rods
ACL Race Bearings
EJ20G HUGE Port Heads
TD06-20G?

Should be good.☀
 

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Discussion Starter #205 (Edited)
Fmic

Got my front mount intercooler mostly mounted up. Once I add a support down from the crash bar, she'll be rock solid.



Also moved my power steering fluid cooler to one of the fog light holes. I may relocate it yet again if I decide I actually do want brake ducts...
 

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Random update:

Got my case halves back from the shop a little while ago, but they weren't hot tanked like I asked, only the head mating surfaces were cleaned, and, if the invoice is accurate, they bored the cylinders to the wrong diameter... It says 3.8385, which is the diameter of the poison. Being forged slugs, they need extra clearance, and I would've expected that to be included in the measurement under cylinder bore, no? So I think I'm looking for another machine shop, and the EJ22G build is postponed.

This shop looks good, anyone have any feedback?
Engine Rebuilding Performance Marine & Vintage - Automotive Machine Shop : MA,CT,RI,VT,NH,ME,NY,NJ

On the home front, I tapped a 98' 2.5 head for turbo oil return and coolant feed. Already has the port for turbo oil feed, just plugged with a bolt. I'm gonna use these DOHC heads on the '05 LGT(STI) short block I picked up a while back. Should be good.



And started mocking up my gauge pod. It'll be pretty simple, just a thin steel or aluminum half box, set into the dash in front of the removed center vent. I intend to keep the HVAC controls. I'm not much of a fabricator, but this seems simple enough, we'll see what happens.




Not sure what I wanna do today...
Clean-sand-paint wheels
Swap in new steering rack
Clean-disassemble-clean-sand-clean-paint-clean calipers
Redo engine wiring harness
Redo dash wiring harness
Redo ECU/FIC6 harness
Swap in Invidia DP
Sigh
 

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Got the engine harness done, just ran out of large plastic sheathing. Now it doesn't run directly over the turbo!






Also discovered what I HOPE was the cause of the full throttle hurkey-jerkey I was experiencing. This is where the returns from the fuel rails tee together and go into the fuel pressure regulator.


Yup, FPR is backwards. 🤦

Edit: also realised I forgot an O ring behind the oil pump housing. 🤦 🤦
 

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Welp, I can't stick to a plan to save my life. With the discovery of my new 1997 LEGACY GT-

-my plans have again changed for the little 2 door Impreza. I'll be putting the H6 back in and going for broke. I'm thinking FP Red, there's a Red and Green on eBay now, 1300 each. I'll be holding off for now, but I like to keep my eye out.

Anyway, I drove about an hour West to grab these!

That's a slightly modified RallyArmor skid plate for the 1g Impreza, and next to it is it's replacement, a very solid home made 'upgrade' that seems like it'll fit fine and is waaay more diesel.

...$50 for the pair, what now! AND he threw in a band new brake seal kit, brand new brake line, and a brand new O2 sensor for free! I could've died. He's still got a few things I may go back for.

Anyway, much wiring, welding, and general mayhem awaits my '95, and it's gonna be awesome.
 
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