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Old 07-30-2006, 04:48 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

Here is the finished product. I don't know who I have or havent talked to about this, so I'll give the short long story.

Pretty much, started as a 93 L awd. Scored a full 05 parts list, and sent the car up to ECS in MA for the swappage. The car got a full 05wrx conversion, including engine, trans, diffs, axles, all 3 subframes, gas tank, hubs, brakes, radiator, and dash. I got a v5 conversion kit and that went on as well, as well as the blacked out ebay headlights. Also got a set of front and rear STi seats, and a set of Tein Flex coilovers with EDFC.

The car needs paint, door cards, some love to make the interior match, a set of TE-37s (those GT-Cs came on the 93 when i bought it, and i dont like them), the rest of the v5 kit needs to go on (skirts, rear bumper, wing, and JDM tails), painted door handles, remove the door guard strip, and thats pretty much it. The car runs great though

Let me know what you guys think! and feel free to ask questions, I'll answer whatever I can.





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Old 07-30-2006, 04:52 PM   #2
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Nice!
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Old 07-30-2006, 06:12 PM   #3
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lookin good man!
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Old 07-30-2006, 06:54 PM   #4
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Nicely done sir!
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Old 07-30-2006, 07:04 PM   #5
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This may be an outlandish request but could you break down the cost. I'm mainly interested in the cost of the '05 wrx parts list, ECS cost for labor, and the V5 body costs including parts and labor.

If I'm asking too much I apologize and understand if you don't want to or don't have time. I'm considering picking up a cheap L and doing a wrx swap with ECS along with some sort of V5-6 exterior remodeling. Right now I have a list of about 6 cars I'm considering making my project car and I'm trying to get a better idea of what I might want.

Good work thus far, can't wait to see the end product! Thanks.
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Old 07-31-2006, 01:29 AM   #6
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It a huge price range, it really comes down to what kinda of good deal you can negotiate/ find, also on how complete you want the swap to be, when I'm finished with mine I'll post up a price list, lets just say I got a very good deal.
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Old 07-31-2006, 02:12 AM   #7
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It a huge price range, it really comes down to what kinda of good deal you can negotiate/ find, also on how complete you want the swap to be, when I'm finished with mine I'll post up a price list, lets just say I got a very good deal.
I know the area of the price range and that it also depends on what kind of deals I can find. However my goal here was to see what kind of money another person spent and add that to the list of other price ranges I've seen for similar/different types of swap work done for other people I know. This gives me an idea of what people are finding, how much these people are spending and also what kind of items/prices I will be looking to try and spend myself.

At any rate, sheepdog already helped me out, but when you are done with yours done I'd also be interested in your items and price. I won't be starting a project until after the new year as it is any way, have to wait for my transfer. Thanks.
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Old 07-31-2006, 10:29 AM   #8
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thats the next swap i'd like to complete. just to see what 2.5 ower feels like. my 2.0 rev is cool, but i'd like to experience a full USDM STi swapped L like yours. i'd end up spending too much on it tho trying to be 100% STi.

and congrats on your new ride! looks great so far have fun!

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Old 07-31-2006, 02:43 PM   #9
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It's just 05 wrx stuff, so only 2.0 litres. The STi goes in in pretty much the same way, but you have to fiddle with some more wiring to get ABS to work, as it's required for DCCD.
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Old 08-01-2006, 06:54 PM   #10
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Swap looks good!! ECS does some great work, they did my wiring for my swap via mail. Sweeeet!! Good Luck!
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Old 08-01-2006, 07:55 PM   #11
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panda gc!

anyways, i sometimes think i should have done that then what i did.
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Old 08-01-2006, 08:30 PM   #12
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very nice I saw your car down there when I went to set up the date to drop mine off, I used to have the same car when I was high school. The only thing that sucks is that you don't always get the airbags with the swap.
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:20 AM   #13
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i got an airbag RHD from a JDM V4 STi if you are interested. V4 is 1998, so if it fits your dash, you're golden. its in really good shape. PM me if you want it. i got the module/control box also.

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Old 08-02-2006, 10:21 AM   #14
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its an 05 wrx dash, so those airbags won't work. Thanks anyways bud.
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:39 AM   #15
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Looks Great Man, about time that suckers finished! ECS did some great work there.

So lets go see what she can do; one complete 05' swap against another
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:56 AM   #16
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If you need a usdm pass side airbag send me a PM. I have the correct unit.
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Old 08-07-2006, 02:26 AM   #17
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wow so a 04-06 complete swap has no fitment problems? i was ceriuose since the tranny was soo much bigger than the earlier models. i have a 97 brighton and looking for a sti to swap all the parts into. been searching cant seem to find the info i need
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Old 08-07-2006, 06:31 PM   #18
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It's not plug and play by any stretch of the imagination, but it does fit.

and it's curious.
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Old 08-07-2006, 07:42 PM   #19
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I'm wondering how the wrx dash is going to fit in my 96 brighton james from ecs and I were tlaking when I dropped it off the door cards may be an issue
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:08 AM   #20
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The door cards from my 93 L did not clear the dash, as seen in my car not having any front door cards right now. You will probably need RS or JDM doorcards, and in my experience both are quite hard to come by. However, I really have no way of knowing whether your door cards are different than mine without seeing them.
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Old 08-08-2006, 07:40 AM   #21
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well when it comes to panels and stuff that n ot my concern. my brother has alot of custom interior experiance oemalternative.com. im more concern with the tranny. it looks so much bigger than the v1-v5 tranny
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Old 08-08-2006, 06:20 PM   #22
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well when it comes to panels and stuff that n ot my concern. my brother has alot of custom interior experiance oemalternative.com. im more concern with the tranny. it looks so much bigger than the v1-v5 tranny
there isnt an issue with the trannies as far as I know you can use your stock tranny if you like
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Old 08-08-2006, 06:21 PM   #23
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The door cards from my 93 L did not clear the dash, as seen in my car not having any front door cards right now. You will probably need RS or JDM doorcards, and in my experience both are quite hard to come by. However, I really have no way of knowing whether your door cards are different than mine without seeing them.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed
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Old 08-10-2006, 08:56 PM   #24
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why not just cut the little part thats hitting it for now. that way you would atleast have door panels. if you think you can handle it. just reshape it with some partical board and bondo. than reapolsture it to match the sti seats. i mean jeez how hard can it be.
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Old 08-10-2006, 10:07 PM   #25
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its an 05 wrx dash, so those airbags won't work. Thanks anyways bud.
Was the dash required to complete the swap?
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