Originally Posted by slava from goshen
Those that like 02-03 front end... Buy 04 sti and take it to a body shop for front end swap.
Cost depends on how far you want to go and how "proper" you want it.
Also if staying stock brakes, leave abs alone... Easier to send out wiring and have it merged.
Dbw gas pedal bracket not needed, you can bolt on with one bolt ( not recommended)
Rs trans is push style and wrx/sti is pull style clutch.
5x114.3 is only different on the front strut bottom piece (5x100 unit can be drilled out to work or swap collar)
Another option is... Sell your car and use that money + swap money and buy swapped car for cheap.
Swap is not difficult to do. I did mine myself years ago with minimum mechanical experience.
i can see most of your response was directed towards me.. so lets dig deeper
i love how people say "just buy an STI" like everyone just have $15k-25k lying around... for most who do swaps, they do it because they can (and heres the key word) SLOWLY do the swap.. buy things piece by piece, over time.. not to mention, having a REAL bugeye, and doing a full swap is much more impressive then just buying an sti and swapping front ends. some people actually dont mind the hard work, and enjoy it
- my reference to swapping the ABS is directed towards what my title was 02/03 to 05/07 sti! COMPLETE swap! in other words, doing it CORRECTLY. cutting and splicing wires may be easier, but its not right! so MY post is regarding people who want to do a correct swap, with no corners cut!
-i love this one... "Dbw gas pedal bracket not needed, you can bolt on with one bolt ( not recommended)" ... SO, you try to contradict what i say by saying they dont have to buy an adapter, and 1 bolt will do..then say "but its not recommended"...LMAO... no crap it isnt recommended.. your saying "dont listen to the guy whos doing it right, and go my route of half assing things..but i dont recommend it!" pointless! GET AN ADAPTER BRACKET PEOPLE!
as for the coilovers... there are a few different options available to poeple in this situation... drilling out collars is NOT one i recommend to anyone! either replace the coilovers or the sleeves.
and as for your other option... id never buy a swapped car from someone else because they probably cut MANY corners, just like your telling people to do! thats just asking for a headache!