Originally Posted by slava from goshen
I'm talking from experience as I've done a more complex swap all by myself with limited information available at that point. Don't think that you know everything, because you will learn alot more when you actually swap it. What year is your harness? (price can be higher if buying with ecu, imob and key) you might need hvac set-up because it's not cable like older cars.
Don't forget to put oil in your engine (in cylinders) if it's sitting for a long time, and rotate it every once in a while. Also minor overhaul right before install would be nice if it sat for a long time (t-belt, idlers, water pump, plugs, rear main, valve gaskets, etc)
i never for a second acted like i know everything.. im still very new to subies, and dont know much at all... ive done several swaps in the past, but this is my first subie.. i only debate info i know.. otherwise i keep my mouth shut.. i dont argue just to argue.. i just like to make sure people have the right info.
i got an 06 STI swap going... i got the harness, ecu, immobilizer, ignition, and key for $250.. and that was the harness from heads to tails.. from S & S auto.. and yeah, HVAC is needed.. and i already have the full HVAC suitcase ready to go..as well as the AC lines that are different.
the engine was pulled about a month and a half ago.. so it should be fine. and yeah, all the maintenance stuff will get taken care of while the engine is out...plus give me time to source the oil leak the motor seems to have