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Old 10-08-2012, 10:16 AM   #1
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Default Buying rs, engine swap or rebuild? Help!

I am looking to buy a 95 rs with 200,000 miles for $1000 to $2000. I found one for $1200 with minimal rust and 3rd gear not working but it still drives.

I want to turn it into my DD and do a little rallyross with it so i can reduce the mileage to my wrx and not risk it in rallyross.

what would be the better and cheaper route to go, rebuild the rs block and tranny or do a wrx swap on it? I was thinking about an 03 wrx or 04 wrx engine swap. If I'm lucky enough I wanted to do a jdm 95 wrx or STI engine swap and willing to risk the hassles of getting parts for that.

I just want the best bang for my buck, I don't care if it will be turbo charged or not because I already i have a heavily modified turbo car (my 07 wrx)

Opinions and fast would be fine. Facts about whats the better route, opinions about what is preferred.

Thank you in advanced for anyone's input that actually helps!
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:33 AM   #2
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Best and cheapest is not a wrx swap. And sure is not a jdm swap and have you looked into rally cross if im not mistaken im sure they don't allow newbies drive a turbo car till you prove to them you can actually handle the car. Have you looked into what a wrx swap consists of?
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:43 AM   #3
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to be honest I havnt really looked into it, if I was going to do the wrx swap I was going to have a shop do it for me, if i go with the rebuild I'm going to so it myself, except the tranny ill have a shop do that one since I don't know much about how to do that. I mean I know shame on me for not doing my research but i feel like ill get better answers from asking on nasioc
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:58 AM   #4
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There's a lot of stickies all about jdm vs usdm and its a lot of parts you need not just paying someone to do it im sure it will run you atleast 7 grand dont quote me on that may be more a motor all the sensors full exhaust we talking 3 grand right there if your lucky you need a full wrx harness wrx fuel pump wrx fuel pressure controller wrx crossmember wrx power steering rack. Bigger brakes radiator,ecu and I didn't mention alot
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:02 AM   #5
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There's a lot of stickies all about jdm vs usdm and its a lot of parts you need not just paying someone to do it im sure it will run you atleast 7 grand dont quote me on that may be more a motor all the sensors full exhaust we talking 3 grand right there if your lucky you need a full wrx harness wrx fuel pump wrx fuel pressure controller wrx crossmember wrx power steering rack. Bigger brakes radiator,ecu and I didn't mention alot
Oh my, I completely forgot about all of that. I didn't take all that into consideration but you are right, I'm better off rebuilding the engine and tranny for sure. It's just that I know someone who own a car junk yard and he has 1 or 2 demolished wrxs that might be useful for parts. I just need to find a great site where I can get parts for an rs engine rebuild and that parts arnt to expensive
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:17 AM   #6
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Yeah its not just drop it in and drive. Unfortunately
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:21 AM   #7
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Yeah its not just drop it in and drive. Unfortunately
I wish it was, the transmission is so i can probably find one and I hear its just plug and play so that solves the tranny problem
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