Originally Posted by FostersAFB
Ok then, find me a parts and install price for an EJ257, 6MT with dccd and Brembo brakes that costs less than the difference between the wrx and the STI price?
I covered this in another thread...
a conservative estimate on a used '02 WRX would be ~17k (lower for one with less options like a spoiler, etc...)
Then you can add:
a type RA 6MT with rear diff can be had for about 4k (add DCCD for ~$700)
UP, VF-34, TBE, intake and associated Turbo parts (BOV, hoses, etc..) can be had for 2k
FMIC can be had for .8k
struts/springs would run about 1k
brembo's would run 1.5k (there are other less costly brakes that are comparable..)
rims/tires to clear the Brembo's (going cheap here) .5k
Keep in mind that there are costs that can be recouped in a sell..(tranny, Turbo, brakes, etc..) that will lower the cost even more..
granted it's not an EJ257.. but your going to spank most of the STi's out there.. You can go even cheaper if you go to an RA gearset rather than a 6MT swap.. They both have the same final gear ratio and the RA handles well from what I hear...
Short story: you can have an STi killer AND a sleeper for under 25k...