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Old 07-14-2006, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default Trunk Swap How To:

  1. Remove lock from trunk
    Remove the glow in the dark release handle. Once this is done you can get to the lock. Simply twist the orange thing around, and pop the metal rod. Take a screw driver (you also might need a hammer as well) and pry that black clip off. Its really tight on there so you will need to use some force (this clip is exactly like the clip securing the brake lines).



  2. Remove latch from trunk (optional as it may not be needed)
    Remove the 2 bolts, twist yellow thing around and pop out that metal rod. You will also need to pop out the cable from that glow in the dark handle.

  3. Remove trunk
    Remove the 4 12mm bolts that secure the trunk to the trunk arms. Beware that the STi trunk weighs a TON (something like 50+ lbs). You will also have to unplug the 3rd brake light and clip all the wire retainers off the sti trunk arm to get the trunk off.
  4. Remove Torsion bars
    This is the PITA step here. Now, there are 2 ends to the tortoin bar. One end that attaches to the trunk arm and the other that is locked in place. First, get a big wrench or a big screw driver (as long as its big, you will need the torque). The part that attaches to the Arm looks like a U, place that wrench in the under side of that U and pry it off the moving piece on the trunk arm. Move that piece up so it fits flush against the arm, and let that U rest agaist there. Now, you are 1/3 done. Take that same wrench and pry out the ends of the U, once this is done, it might spring a little since its torqued a good bit. Once you have done this simply pull the bar out and start on the second one!!

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Old 07-14-2006, 10:36 AM   #2
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  1. Install Torsion bars
    Just reverse the removal procedure. Place the static part of the bar in its older, and position the trunk arm side as close as possible. Lift the trunk arm up and using that wrench pry the ends of the U into their holders. Then pry down on the U and extend that moveable piece on the trunk arm so it fits onto the bar. Once you have done this, you are done and good to start on the other bar.
  2. Install trunk
    Same 4 bolts and remember to check that the trunk fits right before you try to close it.
  3. Install Latch
  4. Install Lock
  5. Remove brake light
    Remove Seats
    Unplug the light which is in the trunk right under the light, loosen the 2 screws that retain the light.
    Take your hand, slide it under the lid and pop off the rear lid that the light sits on (there is a big whole for the light). There are no screws, just 4 (i think its just 4) tabs that hold it in place. You can get to them from inside of the trunk as well.



  6. Install brake light
    Swap the lids (they pop right back in), plug the light back in and secure the 2 screws. ALL our cars have 3rd light locations for the STi, and the other third brake light, so you dont need to do any electrical work.

now all you have to do is look at how hot your new trunk is

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Old 07-14-2006, 11:00 AM   #3
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don't forget to tie up the trunk monkey to prevent escape.
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Old 07-14-2006, 12:45 PM   #4
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nice job!
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Old 07-14-2006, 12:59 PM   #5
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We didnt forget to tie him up..



Spaze^^^
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Old 07-21-2006, 05:43 PM   #6
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awesome post.. i'm gonna be doing the trunk swap next week!
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Old 08-21-2006, 03:45 PM   #7
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i'd imagine that its easier to swap a sti wing with a wrx wing
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Old 08-21-2006, 03:55 PM   #8
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ya prolly unless the wrx has no wing...then u dont want to pay the price of getting it fixed by some painter
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Old 08-21-2006, 07:10 PM   #9
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damnit. i may be about to do this, and it is going to be a lot more complicated than i thought... i won't even be able to do it at my apartment for a lack of tools
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Old 08-22-2006, 03:53 AM   #10
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i'd imagine that its easier to swap a sti wing with a wrx wing
sti wing trunk has way more holes than wrx wing trunk
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:37 PM   #11
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very nice write up
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:14 PM   #12
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Great write up Ross!

Helped a lot!

It was a 3 way swap...
I (wingless) wanted WRX wing
evohuntinwrx (WRX) wanted STi wing
SiNOMORE (Sti) wanted wingless

First of all, we did not remove latches and we were able to swap with no issues...

Few more tips:
1. Orange thing... it is a clip that can be popped off the wire, so the wire would get loose and you will be able to get your lock out (at the beginning we were not sure how to take it off... yes we are newbs in training ).
2. To get tension bar back in. It helps to snap bar in place, then move arm down, so it is pressed firmly against the bar. Using same huge screwdriver pull tension bar off the arm while holding the arm down, have a friend to push the level (that snappy thing) away from the arm so it will catch the bar. Release... I wish I took pictures since i am not sure if i explained it well. PM for more info


It was pretty easy install once we knew what had to be done... but figuring it out took some time...
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:42 PM   #13
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^thats a pretty swet deal for all 3 of you then!
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Old 08-14-2007, 04:27 AM   #14
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good post, thanks for the info.

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Old 08-14-2007, 05:23 AM   #15
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you only have to remove the interior if you are going wingless.
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Old 08-23-2007, 11:33 PM   #16
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Default Great Info

I want to thank all here especially Spazegun for the trunk swap info.

I swaped trunk lids from my 07' STI to a 2.5i complete with locks and tension rods in about 1 1/2 hours.

I now have a 2007 OBP 2.5i, auto, moon roof, auto air, upgraded 6CD radio, STI wing and 97 miles on the odo for sale.

Any Interest?

Thanks again
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Old 08-25-2007, 12:14 PM   #17
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We didnt forget to tie him up..



Spaze^^^
lolz zz
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:57 AM   #18
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Remove the glow in the dark release handle
Don't be primitive like me and just rip the handle off, breaking it in half. >_< Pop out the plastic screws instead to remove the entire assembly.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:47 PM   #19
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Finally someone does it!
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:53 PM   #20
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OK, question...I'm going to be doing a trunk swap next weekend unless something goes wrong. Why is it necessary to remove and reinstall the tensioners? Why not just do steps 1-3 and then reverse it?
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:00 PM   #21
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I just swapped my trunk for an sti one last week. We diddnt change the torsion bars though. It was late at night and it's too big of a pain. Id rather have a trunk that i have to push up then his thats springs up in his face haha.
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Old 09-10-2007, 12:34 AM   #22
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OK, question...I'm going to be doing a trunk swap next weekend unless something goes wrong. Why is it necessary to remove and reinstall the tensioners? Why not just do steps 1-3 and then reverse it?
I don't have anecdotal evidence, but I think after the swap your WRX trunk would be on Viagra while the STi trunk with the smaller WRX tension bars would be a little limpy.
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Old 09-11-2007, 08:17 PM   #23
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Well, I just found out that the trunk I'm swapping with had the STi wing added on after the fact, and it's a WRX, so the trunk tensioners are already identical I believe.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:17 PM   #24
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I don't have anecdotal evidence, but I think after the swap your WRX trunk would be on Viagra while the STi trunk with the smaller WRX tension bars would be a little limpy.
^^^ haha +1 that is some funny stuff. Thanks for doing this, i am doing a swap in the next week or so and this will be very informational.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:39 PM   #25
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Just did mine too. Swapped my WRX trunk for a STi trunk/wing. Definitely swap the tensioners (as previously stated, its pretty easy) and just be careful with the orange plastic clip. It literally took less than 30 min. to swap.
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