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Old 05-24-2006, 12:44 PM   #1
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Default Miata or EJ22T swap into OBDI Impreza?

I think OT is the most impartial jury in this topic, since pretty much everybody and their hot wife (dog) has a Miata around here.

I've got a '91 Legacy Turbo..its quite rusty and quite heavy. The suspension is new, brakes original, transmission new (WRX), engine 'overhauled' (new seals, pumps, belts, yadda yadda), original turbo, new aftermarket clutch, mostly stock otherwise.

So its heavy and its getting eaten alive by rust. Fixing the rust is by no means a smart move because the repairs would be more than the car is worth. So I'm thinking about swapping everything into a '95 Impreza. But the motor's old, and it'll still be relatively slow, but it'll weigh a lot less so it'll be a bit quicker.


...or I could just say **** it and buy a Miata or something. (I'm serious)
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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...or I could just say **** it and buy a Miata or something. (I'm serious)
Only if your ghey, or plan on becoming so.

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Old 05-24-2006, 12:46 PM   #3
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OBI 1 swapped impreza > miata
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:47 PM   #4
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Only if your ghey, or plan on becoming so.

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With the way my love life has been going, not a bad idea. but thats another topic I wouldn't dare post on OT.
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:47 PM   #5
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get a miata.. beat on it all day long..
easy fixing with cheaply available parts.

dunno.. for simplicity, the miata.
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:49 PM   #6
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get a miata.. beat on it all day long..
easy fixing with cheaply available parts.

dunno.. for simplicity, the miata.
Yes..Miata seems 100% more "documented" than Subaru stuff, for some reason. Light, RWD and Japanese, it's my first choice if leaving Subaru land. That or a 240SX but a Miata doesn't need an engine swap to be worth while.
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:50 PM   #7
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With the way my love life has been going, not a bad idea. but thats another topic I wouldn't dare post on OT.
posterity?
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:51 PM   #8
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I was referring to the way my love life's going.
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:51 PM   #9
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get a miata.. beat on it all day long..
easy fixing with cheaply available parts.

dunno.. for simplicity, the miata.
+1

plus, once you do a swap you have to deal with a wiring nightmare and the chance that something will go horribly wrong.. if you have the time and energy to deal with it, great, but the simplicity of a miata is a force to be reckoned with..
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:53 PM   #10
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For the cost of what you want to do you could get a decent Miata and prep it nicely I would think.
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:57 PM   #11
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As far as money goes..I can afford to borrow $3000 from 'rents, and I think I could either sell my car for $3000 (its semi-track prepped) or part it out for that much or more. So thats a bunch to spend on a Miata.

Now the only issue: Do I fit in an NA Miata? I drove my friend's Mazdaspeed (and loved it).
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Old 05-24-2006, 01:08 PM   #12
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I was referring to the way my love life's going.
no no, i caught that.


and i still think the impreza over the miata.
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Old 05-24-2006, 01:18 PM   #13
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Old 05-24-2006, 01:19 PM   #14
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As far as money goes..I can afford to borrow $3000 from 'rents, and I think I could either sell my car for $3000 (its semi-track prepped) or part it out for that much or more. So thats a bunch to spend on a Miata.

Now the only issue: Do I fit in an NA Miata? I drove my friend's Mazdaspeed (and loved it).
You may find that an NA miata fits you better, esp if you have long legs.
The NB has more in^3 passenger space, but I found that the NA "felt" bigger.

YMMV.
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Old 05-24-2006, 01:21 PM   #15
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As far as money goes..I can afford to borrow $3000 from 'rents, and I think I could either sell my car for $3000 (its semi-track prepped) or part it out for that much or more. So thats a bunch to spend on a Miata.

Now the only issue: Do I fit in an NA Miata? I drove my friend's Mazdaspeed (and loved it).

the NA is actually bigger inside.
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Old 05-24-2006, 01:35 PM   #16
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Seriously? Holy crap. I'm gonna have to find one to sit in, then.

I'm 6'0" 250+ lbs, and I sat in the MSM, and drove it quite a bit. My only complaint is my left foot has to go up and to the left to get to the dead pedal area. But I think that was just the shoes I was wearing, and didn't bug me.
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Old 05-24-2006, 01:38 PM   #17
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My only complaint is my left foot has to go up and to the left to get to the dead pedal area. But I think that was just the shoes I was wearing, and didn't bug me.

It's the same in the NAs. The dead pedal is higher due to a fairly large piece that is bolted on I think. I imagine you could remove it or put a different dead pedal in.
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Old 05-26-2006, 04:27 PM   #18
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Bump..I'm pretty set on a Miata but now I'm considering another option:
$6-7k to spend:
Miata or
RS, and get WRX swap after saving up money?
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Old 05-26-2006, 04:33 PM   #19
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I say, 93-94 Impreza L AWD (are the 95s ODBI??)
you can get them from 2-3k.
JDM Swap, front clips can be had from $3k on up depending on year. Sometimes the transmissions are included, but if not can be had pretty cheap.
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How heavy can it be if its rusting?
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Yes..Miata seems 100% more "documented" than Subaru stuff, for some reason. Light, RWD and Japanese, it's my first choice if leaving Subaru land. That or a 240SX but a Miata doesn't need an engine swap to be worth while.
Neither does a 240. Looks like someone needs to do some reasearch.
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Neither does a 240. Looks like someone needs to do some reasearch.
Sorry, I don't like the 240 with a truck engine in it. Or doing all custom turbo'd with management.
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Old 05-26-2006, 04:53 PM   #23
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this is an easy one. miata = gay
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Old 05-26-2006, 06:39 PM   #25
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Another miata vote. I had a 1.8 NA for a few months and would love to have another one. Light weight, RWD, good weight distribution, handles well, lots of aftermarket, cheap to tire, therapeutic when driven with the top down after a bad day at work. As for seats, if it hasn't already been done take some padding out of the seat bottom and you can gain about 1" of head room. Grab some head rest speakers too. Changing oil is a pain, but you can buy a relocation kit that should make it easier. I have a '99 10AE now and it feels like there's more room inside but on paper the NA was bigger (and lighter). And get a type II torsen diff if it doesn't come with one.
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