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Old 08-19-2003, 04:03 PM   #1
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Default build an STi wagon for the price of an STi sedan

I remember thinking once about how much money it would cost to buy all of the STi components and install them on a wagon, and it was absurd. But then I realized that an STi wagon could be had for the price of an STi sedan if you had both and did a swap...

1. purchase STi sedan
2. purchase wrx wagon
3. purchase extra set of side splitters
4. find a lot of time
5. perform swap on all components that are different and compatible with both chasis.
6. install side splitters on wagon (becuase removing them from sedan would leave holes)
7. sell the sedan as a wrx with STi wing.
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Old 08-19-2003, 04:22 PM   #2
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By the time your done doing that the wrx won't be worth anything anymore. Interesting idea. Although i don't think it's worth the time and risk. Best bet would be to buy a used wrx wagon. A used jdm sti front clip. This would be about the price of a new car if you look hard enough.
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Old 08-19-2003, 04:32 PM   #3
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Well , we are building something close to that. It involves an 6-speed STI driveline, 2.5 STI block, and an OBS. I think the OBS looks way better than the WRX wagon...plus it's cheaper
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Old 08-19-2003, 07:36 PM   #4
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Well , we are building something close to that. It involves an 6-speed STI driveline, 2.5 STI block, and an OBS. I think the OBS looks way better than the WRX wagon...plus it's cheaper
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Dude, that's awesome! Are you going to do it on another OBS, or the red one you'd swapped before?
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Old 08-20-2003, 02:26 AM   #5
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I sold my red 1997 OBS about 3 months ago. I thought I wouldn't miss her. But how wrong I was Too late...she has another man.
Oh well, I bought another wagon. I bought a white 98 L. This time we will do it the way it should be done

Chris
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Old 08-20-2003, 03:02 AM   #6
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I sold my red 1997 OBS about 3 months ago. I thought I wouldn't miss her. But how wrong I was Too late...she has another man.
Oh well, I bought another wagon. I bought a white 98 L. This time we will do it the way it should be done

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Haha....it's always like that when you sell a car you love. I can't wait to see the new beast, though. You have to bring it down to So Cal sometime. I was drooling over the OBS when you brought it to Life Plaza. Good luck w/ the STi swap.

Do you think it'll need a lot of hammering to fit the 6-speed in there?
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Old 08-20-2003, 03:26 AM   #7
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i have a 98 outback goin with avo, and letting cobb show their experience with the block and head upgrades........im excited....outbacks rule!!!
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Old 08-20-2003, 09:56 AM   #8
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Sweet! Another OBSTi, welcome to the club. No 6-speed in mine, unfortunately. I really love mine. We need pics when you're finished!

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Old 08-20-2003, 03:25 PM   #9
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Here are some pics of our last 1997 OBS usdm EJ20 conversion.
http://www.i-speed.us/gallery/obs_conversion.shtml
Here was the list of mods:
- 2002 USDM EJ20 (yes the car was smog legal)
- prodrive wr suspension
- cusco front and rear strut tower bars
- STi rear 20mm sway bar
- wilwood front 4-pots
- rs rear disc brakes
- jdm up pipe
- samco IC hoses
- Ion turbo
- colder NGK plat plugs
- M2 full turbo back
- STi V5 seats
- ECUtek

At 17psi we were at 245 whp and 235 ftlbs. Not bad for a 97, two-toned, gold rimmed OBS

Now the next wagon will have a little more pep

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