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Old 01-09-2011, 05:00 PM   #1
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Default Front & Rear WRX Brake Swap to 95 L Wagon + KYB AGX

Last year I decided to swap out the front and rear brakes for WRX. This will be mostly pictures at first. I'll fill in the pertinent information as time goes on. This took me approximately two weekends to do alone.

Before pics:









It's not the most beautiful car in the world, and there is some rust on the driver side rear fender well. The main reason for this upgrade was that I was driving 85 miles a day to work and back and the brakes were shot, so I figured I would upgrade instead of pay pretty much the same amount for new parts.

I bought a used 2005 WRX front and rear brake swap off of ebay. The FRONT came with caliper, pads, rotor & the REAR came with the all that plus the hubs.

First thing first. I know that I was going to need new wheels to fit over the larger rotors and brake calipers, so I picked up a set of used 05 LGT wheels and had them installed.



Next, I set to work on the front:



Old Front Disc brakes:









I also decided to put all new shocks and springs on the car. The main reason I did this was because when I got the new wheels installed at a local shop, they told me my driver side rear strut was shot, and that it was $650 including parts and labor to replace. I went to tirerack and found that I could order 4 brand new KYB AGX struts and H&R sport springs for about a $100 more than the quote for ONE strut. I figured since I was going to be down there digging around I might as well do all of them at once. How hard could it be lol?

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Old 01-09-2011, 05:00 PM   #2
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Yes, I realize that I probably should not have re-used the top hat, but my budget just wouldn't allow me to keep adding more on. I figure I can always swap them in the future.


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TAKING NOTE OF THE CAMBER BOLT:


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Old 01-09-2011, 05:01 PM   #3
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STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINES REPLACEMENT:













I actually wrapped the line with electrical tape here to keep it from rubbing. I don't know if it would have worn through or not, and it's not quite as pretty but I have peace of mind.





FRONT ROTOR COMPARISON: Yeah, I probably should not have spray painted the rotors so haphazardly, but I gave it a light sanding and the rest burned off so all is well...
WRX is on the left, Original is on right:


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FINISHED!





UGLY REAR DRUMS:





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Old 01-10-2011, 10:14 AM   #7
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you did zip tie the floating metal flange to the bracket on the strut? right?

those appear to be GD_ brake lines that bolt on vs the spring clip ...
a good zip tie will last a long time and keep the line from making rim/tire contact
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you did zip tie the floating metal flange to the bracket on the strut? right?

those appear to be GD_ brake lines that bolt on vs the spring clip ...
a good zip tie will last a long time and keep the line from making rim/tire contact
I did not tie the floating metal flange to the strut bracket. You know, I knew there was something amiss with the front brake lines. They just didn't seem "right". I had a feeling that putting electrical tape on the brake line to keep it from rubbing probably wasn't a standard thing... Either way the metal flange isn't going anywhere.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:21 PM   #9
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Damn! Good pics and sweet set up! I hear ya about those rear axle bolts. Did pinks on mine with KYB's, and those bolts are a pain in the a$$ to break free. haha
I'm considering replacing the rear drums on my 02 with discs... Was that a pretty hard conversion? I got a quote from a shop that it would run about 2 grand, and said screw that. But is it possible as a DIY? Let me know. (Please PM me the details) Thanks
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Any pictures of it with all of the wheels on?









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Now that is inspiration for doing my 93L wagon!
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Now that is inspiration for doing my 93L wagon!
Thanks! It was well worth the time, money and effort. I sold the car in December and moved on to an 04 FXT, but my 95L will always have a special place in my heart.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:33 PM   #13
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Oh, and btw - it handled much better than my FXT.
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Do you need the rear hubs to do the swap?
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