No rush because my car isn't ready for an engine yet (color me impatient ) but I wanted to get thoughts on the available options. I don't know yet what the planned details are for my car outside a EF2.5. I of course have been reading up on the variants, issues, etc of these engine (plus some cool YouTube videos of various engine builders, good stuff) and thought the collection of wisdom here might be useful.
Anyone considered a 2.0 vs 2.5 and having closed deck block halves used? OutFront Motors is the supplier for my car and they have some nice looking bits on their site. I plan not to track this car as aside from having really zero safety features it's plastic after all. But I do want an engine that can last for the long haul, not trouble me with blown head gaskets or other historical challenges sometimes found in these boxers.
The 2.0 supposedly cool a little better due to more metal around the cylinder liners FWIW but the stiffer deck, even in a NA engine, gets commented on for being much less likely to blow gaskets.
Anyone have the oil pickup upgraded as this is another item that seems trivial to address before the engine is put together? Supposedly Subaru added some baffles in the sump to keep oil from sloshing where it's not supposed to so guessing that's standard but some folks say even a simple windage tray might even add a few hp from less oil frothing etc.
Any other things that a semi motor-head geek might want to know? Eager to hear Subie owner experiences.