So i dropped my car off via tow truck and my motor is blown. They said it's a rod. (update: turned out to be a bearing on cyl 4 rod) The mechanic cannot find a used motor, and his costs are 5-6k for parts alone to rebuild the existing.
I wanted to look into an ej207. I called gruppe-s and they said no go, they can't get them anymore. Is there another reputable source? Is it a reasonable swap price wise? (went with JDM Nagoya)
I know my other option, which is a rebuild. Frankly, with the stories i've heard of spun bearings and all that, i'm hesitant. I wouldn't necessarily build for a lot of power, maybe 250-300 wheel horse, because this is my commuter. I'd upgrade the trans, i'd upgrade the clutch and the turbo. Or the other option is to do a stock rebuild, detune it to stock for a break in and then go back to stage 2.
I have to have something reliable, i drive 70 miles a day. I've never rebuilt a motor before but i've rebuilt numerous transmissions, done clutch swaps, done my timing belt twice on the wrx, and a number of other things on other cars. I consider myself mechanically inclined and i'm also a machinist. Not that any of that matters because one mistake and i'm up S creek again. I don't know what to do, so please give me some guidance. Any and all advice welcome.
Update Cliff notes: Decided on an ej207, ordered and should arrive Tuesday the 20th. Bought an Exedy stage 1 hd clutch and Exedy lightened flywheel. Also got the avcs bulkhead wiring harness from IA Performance as well as a Grimmspeed EBCS and a PLX DM-6 with wideband, oil pressure, egt and boost add ons. Tuning with open source, so i got a Tactrix cable also.