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Old 11-25-2006, 03:42 PM   #26
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i will trade front ends with you . LMK!
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:14 AM   #27
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Hey, new to the forum and was searching for the afor mentioned topic. The reason I'm asking is that I have been looking at purchasing a 2000 BMW 328i with the sport package (manual). I wanted to consider all options, and the wrx came to mind, and to my delight an 02 is in my price range.

I'm kind of going to kill two birds with one stone with this post here, I hope you don't mind. If you do, just pm me about the non body modification part.

First question, how do they handle? I'm not sure if you're familiar with BMW's, but handling is their forte. However, with the car I'm looking at, straight line performance not so much. Quick? Yes, imo. 7.5 0-60 and 15.5 ish 1/4, but compared to 6.4 0-60 and 14.??ish for a sube, the sube would definately be more attractive if it handled even better. BUT, I absolutely cannot stand the bugeye look. If I could find a wrecked 04 in a junkyard, I realize that there would be some welding required to do the swap...and it would be hard to find a wrecked car with a good front end. How much exactly am I looking at, how much time...and how does it look afterwards? $3k is definately out of my price range, especially just to make it where I don't frown until I get into the car . I was hoping maybe $500 and a weekend or two?

But like I said, handling is the most important thing to me (that, and the car has to look good to me) and I'm willing to sacrifice some straight line for some twisty performance...otherwise I'd buy a trans-am. However, I do like to break some tires loose from time to time, just for a little fun. Oversteer's pretty sweet from time to time and I heard that's near impossible with awd. Can you even get a chirp out of them, or the tail to swing out a little? Like I said, so we don't get off topic with the posts here, your opinions on sube's would be greatly appreciated in the form of personal messages. I don't like body roll at all. And it can't be buckin bronco rough. And it has to be > GM interior (not many sube's in my neck of the woods (I think I've seen 3, and I live in a city of about 40,000) so I really have never been exposed to them.)
Thanks for your time.
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:00 AM   #28
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Hi,
I left a VM for you a few days ago and did not get a reply.
Did you still want to swap front ends? I was waiting for you to let me know you rebuilt your clutch.
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Old 01-06-2007, 02:18 PM   #29
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I have an 02 wrx and im up for 04-05 front end swaps if anyone wants
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Old 01-20-2007, 08:44 PM   #30
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I have a white 05 STi with WRX scoop and still looking for 02/03 WRX front end swap. Need to do the work here in South Central Washington, can't be away from work long.
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:50 PM   #31
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:19 PM   #32
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bumping it
You should probably post in the classifieds section as WTB/WTT.
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:39 AM   #33
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Man im looking to get a 05 white sti, and am looking into doing the exact same thing, good luck man, post up them pictures if you find someone.
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:11 AM   #34
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im in new york... PSM 04 sti, and cusco front lip... i would swap for a bugeye front end as long as it came with JDM projectors and a lip
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Old 02-11-2007, 12:46 AM   #35
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prototypeWRX I can't find your project photos in the gallery.
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Try here

http://chris.teamprototype.com/
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:08 PM   #36
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If you have both cars complete then you can undo the stock spotwelds and redo them after swapping. You don't need to "cut" anything. If you have the two cars you don't need to order anything. You will need to disconnect and then have your AC recharged.

is this true? 2 complete cars + a couple spot-welds = 2 complete conversions w/o cost of any additional parts?
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:11 PM   #37
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You have to take off and put back the AC condensers and pay someone to dis/re-charge them though...
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:25 PM   #38
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can any shop do that or just subaru? and whats that cost? actually, what does that actually mean? i have no idea.
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:51 PM   #39
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:33 PM   #40
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can any shop do that or just subaru? and whats that cost? actually, what does that actually mean? i have no idea.
Pretty much any mechanic place can do that for you. I think it's like $50 or something cheap.
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:36 PM   #41
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any idea what it actually means? why cant i do it myself? can i preform the entire swap, then drive to the shop later and get this done? or is it vital?
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Old 02-14-2007, 02:11 PM   #42
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:55 PM   #43
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sorry to keep posting but im really interested in this.

is it ture the black from 02 - 04 is different? requiring getting your front end repainted?
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Old 02-14-2007, 09:16 PM   #44
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sorry to keep posting but im really interested in this.

is it ture the black from 02 - 04 is different? requiring getting your front end repainted?
Only the black in 2004 was different. It was JBP in 2004 instead of OBP.
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:55 PM   #45
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is that to say the the 05 was obp? or all of that body style?
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:13 AM   #46
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The '02-03 was MBP instead of JBP or OBP unless there is another bugeye black color running around that I don't know about. If you have to disconnect your A/C lines then it is vital that you get it discharged prior to undertaking the swap rather than waiting and releasing the R-134a.
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:19 AM   #47
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Cool Swap 05STi front end for 02/03 WRX front end

Still looking to do this swap. I'm in South Central Washington State
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:59 PM   #48
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yall are saying that the rad support and tie in bar has to be changed to go from blogeye to bugeye, but i have a good ol' 02 and I want to go to an 04/05 front end and lights, do I still need the rad support and tie in beam??

Also as far as headlights and converting them, what is the story??
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:47 AM   #49
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, suppose I find some one in the NW that has an 02 or 03 bugeye WRX and wants to swap front ends.
I had PM'ed you earlier about this, but if you would be willing to ship parts I would swap my bugeye parts from my 02 WRX.
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:47 AM   #50
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yall are saying that the rad support and tie in bar has to be changed to go from blogeye to bugeye, but i have a good ol' 02 and I want to go to an 04/05 front end and lights, do I still need the rad support and tie in beam??

Also as far as headlights and converting them, what is the story??
You need to swap the parts if you are changing the style, no matter what...

The lights you just rewire and make custom plugs, or else spend a fortune on stock harnesses.
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