Do you need a clutch too ?
The EJ257 is about $2100 with a gasket kit.
My machine shop buddy charged me $1200 to,
dissassemble the old long block
do some porting on the heads
rebuild the heads, I didn't need any valves
reassemble the long block from crank pulley to oil pan
I installed the FW and new clutch, intake manifold, etc and installed it in the car.
Then I met with my Tuner so he could make sure the tune was good after the 500 mile break-in.
199,000 May 12 new ej257 short block, Aug 11 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.
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