Ownership Verified: CraigB's Correct-Wheel-Drive Lesbaru (2013 Subaru BRZ)

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Rotary actually sounds ideal as it's lightweight, then slap some Mazda RX badges on it and confuse the heck out of people.

LS swaps have been done in Miatas before but I still think it's too heavy for something like this. That's assuming you could ever make enough space for a V8 to fit in.
 
EV conversion?
 
Do a ridiculous engine swap

Would love to and that's what got me thinking about the car again. I had decided I would put a Ford Ecoboost 2.3 in the BRZ. Figured that would be an interesting swap and would be pretty easy way to add 100+ horsepower. Start adding up the parts, used here, new there and we are back up to at least $10k again. I just don't have that sort of coin to throw at it.


EV conversion?

That is a great idea, but again, I'm not sure it's possible for the budget I have, which is, little to none.
 
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Mustang 5.0L with explorer GT40 heads? 😆
 
*Looks at conversation*

Jank-ass Junkyard GM truck small block.
 
That's fine, but it'll still cost at least $10k to make it work. I am not kidding.

$4000 for all the parts to make it fit.

A couple thousand for a decent 5.3 and a manual transmission. Then you need to at least swap the cam and valve springs to make any good power. That's $3000 for the engine/trans/cam. Trucks intakes suck, so a decent intake too, no idea but gotta be $500. Now we have to control it. I'm guessing to get a good swap harness and ECM is $500 (or more). Now we are at $4000.

Then I would still need someone to make a good exhaust, $1000 at least for someone competent.

At this point we are $9000 in and the A/C doesn't work, who knows what the chassis thinks about having a random engine in it. Add another $1000 for additional parts that I am not thinking of at the moment.

No doubt it would be a ripper, but I just don't have that sorts of dough.
 
How much are JDM EJ20-series WRX/STI engines running these days?
 
How much are JDM EJ20-series WRX/STI engines running these days?

I think that would sort of be a backwards step from the FA, mostly because it would fall into the same trap of any engine swap. So much would need to be engineered and adapted to make it work that you are back in the same money trap.
 
You need this sticker from MCM.

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I think that would sort of be a backwards step from the FA, mostly because it would fall into the same trap of any engine swap. So much would need to be engineered and adapted to make it work that you are back in the same money trap.
Ehhh yes and no. All the electronics would be fucked, and you'd have to standalone it and figure out a gauges solution (or go without), but everything I've ever seen indicates it would Just Fit aside from the turbo (the BRZ ain't got space behind that manifold). That said, $5k all day long for STI-anything, bare engine, bring your own wiring computer and gauges.

The cheap spooly boi meta is the FA24F out of the Ascent. $4k or so, possibly less if you nab a whole donor wreck (for my own financial safety I have not kept tabs on Ascent salvage auction prices). But you've still gotta figure out where to mount it (it *MIGHT* fit with minimal adjustment, since it's bottom-front mount, but there might be reasons it didn't go on the FA24D aside from "toyotas silly injection system was scared".

That said, if you want to spend a weekend tearing these down so you know what you've got to work with, I could be persuaded.
 
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That said, if you want to spend a weekend tearing these down so you know what you've got to work with, I could be persuaded.

A possibility. I'd want to have full gasket set, etc. on hand. I'm really curious with the built engine if the rods are still good, but I just don't have the time to pull the engine at the moment. Maybe next week I'll get it in the shop (after I charge or replace the battery, can't steer it right now with a dead battery).
 
I wouldn't bother having parts on hand for teardown - that sort of planning ahead is how you wind up finding both blocks actually have gaping holes in the sides. Much safer to get the whole parts list.
 
Do it!

I bet we're all curious to know what happened.


It's always interesting to find out what went wrong, but sadly, it isn't always obvious or clear.
 
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