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Old 05-12-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Did you go to the Dealer for your Swap?

Just curious as to how many of you guys who blew your WRX motors had the dealer simply put in an STi shortblock w/ STi pumps, gasket and belt?

Should I skip the process of finding the perfect tuner shop if all I want to do is swap SBs? Can the dealer redo the heads, or will they most likely try to sell me new ones?

By the way I'm near NYC if any of you can recommend a dealer.
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:38 PM   #2
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dealers are a waste of time!! they dont know anything!all they will say is its not a good idea to swap motors.. and they would try to sell you all new oem parts! oem parts are the way to go, but not full subaru price.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:49 PM   #3
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I know back from my VW days there was this ONE dealer that had an online parts department w/ a discount for the club members. Anything like that here on the Subaru side?
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:17 PM   #4
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I had a dealer tell me that there is no power gains from a TD04 to a VF48, its just a waste of time and money.

+1 dealers are a waste of time.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:03 PM   #5
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I know back from my VW days there was this ONE dealer that had an online parts department w/ a discount for the club members. Anything like that here on the Subaru side?
We get dealership discounts for parts and labor for being a local subaru club member here in Minnesota.
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:35 PM   #6
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get a list of everything you need for your swap then buy it yourself (plenty of places selling OEM subaru parts online 1stsubaruparts.com is the one i used)

call garages/dealerships around you and have them estimate labor. this shouldn't be much more then the cost of swapping headgaskets (except the new headgaskets are going on a new shortblock) with your labor estimate add a couple hundred extra for any small parts/gaskets you forgot or for example if ya have them replace rear main seals etc. you don't need a tuner shop to do this since its so straightforward (but you will need to tune it which a dealer/local garage cant do)

when i did my swap this is what i did, bought the parts cheap online, did alot of homework on local garages, then brought (almost)all the parts and pieces out and the garage did the rest. as for what garage ya might ask if they have worked on subarus and specifically if they have replaced headgaskets. (and i didnt have to work on the heads, but i am under the impression ya don't have to do anything with them except hot-tank)

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