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Old 02-27-2007, 01:57 PM   #251
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Looks like I have a leaky Bilstein. JDMpartstx.com is getting an e-mail from me. I've only put 120 miles on these and they were supposedly nearly new (9000km!).

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Here are Bilstein's rebuilding services: http://www.bilstein.com/services.php

If you check under Bilstein warranty though - "Coating of film on shock body or piston rod. A completely normal occurrence, not defective", but this "Applies to 9300 / 9100 / 7100 / 6100 / 5150 / 5125 Series"

What are the part numbers for these struts/shocks?

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Old 02-27-2007, 06:52 PM   #252
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Yep, I've checked up on the bilstein warranty. The reason I suspect blown seals is that one shock is oil-free and the other is a like a big, greasy falafel. I need to look up the part number and give bilstein a ring as John from JDMpartstx will help me out (he was away for a few weeks).

Took the legacy for it's maiden voyage out of the city yesterday. I hit 90mph in 4th at 9.2psi which felt awesome, though boost is still lacking unless the accessport is reading off for some reason. The fuel gauge is also not working and the airbag light is on. Looks like I have plans for the weekend...



edit: for other people's reference, part numbers are:
Front: F4-VE3-A168-M1(L) & F4-VE3-A169-M1 (R)
Rear: F4-BE5-A170-M1

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Old 02-27-2007, 07:02 PM   #253
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edit: for other people's reference, part numbers are:
Front: F4-VE3-A168-M1(L) & F4-VE3-A169-M1 (R)
Rear: F4-BE5-A170-M1

These are for the JDM Bilstein RSK/ GT-B struts?
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:40 PM   #254
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I can only assume so, since I don't think that bilsteins were an option on anything other than the B4, RSK, GT-B or other special-edition legacies (not USDM)

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Old 02-28-2007, 03:10 AM   #255
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Sweeeeet
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Old 03-12-2007, 06:35 AM   #256
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:34 AM   #257
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Thanks! We're finally taking it up to the mountains today. The fuel gauges still doesn't work and after 12 hours of testing connections and checking wires, I give up on it. I'll pay an expert to fix it. Needless to say, I have wasted countless hours on this swap and am getting very frustrated.
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Old 03-12-2007, 01:43 PM   #258
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:27 PM   #259
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Regardless of the electrical quirks, the car did great on a trip to Steamboat and Winter Park. Here's a picture for all of you that have been asking!
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:48 PM   #260
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Are you related to Reddevil by any chance? Just had to ask. ;P

Very slick, if I had my BE still I might actually give that a shot, but my BE wasn't worth it anymore, hence my BK now.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:49 PM   #261
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^^ DAMN I miss my legacy.

Sweeeet pic, love the look
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:54 PM   #262
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Total sleeper with those racks!
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:42 AM   #263
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Wow, nice job. I am hoping to do something similar soon too. This is very encouraging.
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:44 AM   #264
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I'd hope that it was rather discouraging! This has been at least three times more work than I expected and after almost 5 months, the car is not complete. Thinking back, I would have gladly paid $3000-4000 labor to have this swap done professionally.
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Old 03-17-2007, 10:42 AM   #265
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Took me a year before getting absolutly everything finished with my swap..
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Old 03-17-2007, 02:44 PM   #266
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Wow, nice job. I am hoping to do something similar soon too. This is very encouraging.
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I'd hope that it was rather discouraging! This has been at least three times more work than I expected and after almost 5 months, the car is still not "complete". Thinking back, I would have gladly paid $3000-4000 in labor to have this swap done professionally.
Bahh... You have paved the way. Future swaps should prove much easier then what you folks suffered though... and while you still have a few kinks to work out and you are just plain tired of all the work you did, you do have an excellent set of wheels.

While the results you have obtained may not have been worth all the effort you folks put in, you are a pioneer (of sorts) and the knowledge you have gained and the pit falls you have documented in this thread should prove helpful to other people performing similar swaps in the future.

I think all of us board members owe you all a big debt of gratitude for documenting your swap so thoroughly.


By the way most of your major issues appear to stem from the complexities in the electrical wiring area. A small start up company based in Massachusetts, "East Coast Swappers", has apparently been semi-succesfull in doing similar WRX and STi swaps to earlier model (1993-2000) CG8 Imprezas, although I dont think they have done such a swap to a BE yet.

This place has apparently done well preparing wiring harnesses for other people doing swaps on older Imprezas. Possibly this place will one day go after the BE market place as well as the older Impreza line.
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:13 AM   #267
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Thanks for the kind words. I've heard of ECS and Paul who works there even posted in this thread a little while ago.

Update: we've put another 700 miles on the car and it's running like a champ... other than the fuel gauge, airbag light, and boost limited to 10psi for some reason. Those issues should be taken care of next week by Troy from Subaperformance- I'm crossing my fingers!

New brakes went on today: brembo blanks with Axxis ultimate pads. Super cheap and effective. I've also created a massive for sale thread with all of our legacy and wrx bits CLICK HERE FOR SUBARU PARTS CHAOS!

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Old 03-27-2007, 02:31 AM   #268
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You should turn that six spoke wheel into a clock or a bar stool or lampe or something effective. I think that'd be cooler than $20.

The car looks great by the way. Wheels would look really hot in gold.
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:42 AM   #269
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those are the all seasons off my impreza. I've yet to put becca's P7 17" prodrive wheels and summer tires on... we're tempted to have them painted gold!
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:41 PM   #270
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I've got my six spokes stacked in my dorm room. I need to unmount the snow tires and then prep them for their paint job as well, but I'm going white
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:49 PM   #271
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I'd hope that it was rather discouraging! This has been at least three times more work than I expected and after almost 5 months, the car is not complete. Thinking back, I would have gladly paid $3000-4000 labor to have this swap done professionally.
Labor for a swap shouldn't be that much, I'm not sure if that is what you were quoted when you looked around.
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:26 PM   #272
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motor + drivetrain labor is a good $1000, then $1000 for wiring, then many hours of labor re-assembling everything. $3000-4000 no problem. That's not taking into account the time to strip the old car of parts needed. I wasn't quoted, but my estimate seems reasonable. What took me a good 350+ hours would probably take a shop a good 80+ hrs.

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Old 03-27-2007, 05:35 PM   #273
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motor + drivetrain is a good $1000, $1000 for wiring, then many hours of labor re-assembling everything. $3000-4000 no problem. That's not taking into account the time to strip the old car of parts needed. I wasn't quoted, but my estimate seems reasonable. What took me a good 350+ hours would probably take a shop a good 80+ hrs.
I thought you were implying $3000-$4000 just for the labor and not parts?

Anyway Kudos for doing it yourself. You learned a lot and now if something goes wrong, you'll have a better idea of how to address it.

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Old 03-27-2007, 06:19 PM   #274
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I did mean labor only- I've edited my previous post to make it more clear. ECS charges $3k for a motor then another $2750 labor. On top of that, we did suspension, brakes, front subframe, steering rack, rear diff, driveshaft, all new fluids, timing belt, etc.

As you say, I definitely know the car well now. The problem is that if something goes wrong, Becca has someone to blame
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