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TAPPETS ON A B4 LEGACY IS IT A BIG JOB? - Legacy Subaru Cars & Trucks

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Yes it is. The camshafts have to come out in order to get to the tappets. That would not be an issue but your horizontal opposed engine is wedged between the frame and would not give proper room to adjust(change) your tappets. On the Subaru, it is impossible to do this job without pulling the cylinder heads out of the car. Please let me know if I can further assist you and good luck.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011

  • TXTEXAN Mar 28, 2011

    I forgot to mention, in order to pull your cylinder heads, your whole engine would have to be pulled out of the vehicle. This is, again, because of the space issue.



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    TXTEXAN

  • NEIL Apr 07, 2011

    THANKS THAT HELPED ALOT.

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