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 Post subject: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:49 am 
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I didnt know if this had been explored or not, but Im interested in what is all involved in a Subaru swap. Any and all knowledge is gratefully accepted and encouraged.

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 Post subject: Re: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:09 pm 
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I can help. Which buggy are you putting it in? Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:34 am 
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Actually, it's going into our bus, but the concept is the same.

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 Post subject: Re: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:29 pm 
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I have never done a bus conversion. I would start here - https://smallcar.com/conversions/type-2 ... sions.html . Buy an engine from Outfront http://www.outfrontmotorsports.com/homepage.htm or get a local car. Get a transaxle from here - http://www.subarugears.com/ or http://ranchotransaxles.com/rancho-suba ... d-vanagon/ and a "black box" http://www.subarugears.com/subatronics/index.html if you decide to go with the original Subaru ECU.

With those parts in hand, the only fabrication you would have to do it the radiator and radiator mounts. A lot less than we had to do to convert the Manxter. Good luck! Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:28 pm 
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Thank you, Tom! I appreciate it!

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 Post subject: Re: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:28 pm 
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You can still use the Bus transaxle with an adaptor, but the gearing will be high for the Subaru engine. A money saver, but not the best way to use the engine. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:38 pm 
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I have acquired a 2007 Impreza with a 2.5 and 5sp trans. I plan on putting them both into the bus.

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 Post subject: Re: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:29 pm 
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That should be a great combination. You will need parts from Subaru Gears. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:26 am 
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Yes, Im sure of that, but I dont know what will be needed. I suppose I should talk with Toddles


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 Post subject: Re: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:59 pm 
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If you need help modifying the transaxle housing from 4WD to 2WD, let me know and I can help with that. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Subaru swaps
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:41 pm 
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Do share your experiences please, RedBaron. I'd be very interested to find out how you did it and what your thoughts are.


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