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Old 01-30-2007, 09:23 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about trying to find an older brighton coupe and dropping a donor wrx motor in it. I hear that this car is pretty bare bones but is extremely light, even lighter then the L and RS.

Im hoping in the nexy 6 months I can find a Brighton with a blown motor for under $2k and do the swap this coming summer. Would you guys use the Brighton or wait alittle longer and save up for an L coupe or sedan?
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:32 PM   #2
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the brighton is definitly the lightest
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:23 PM   #3
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I would get the brighton for a swap. Here's a video of our '96 brighton with a wrx swap and VF22 with supporting mods. Stock wrx engine and trans.

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Old 01-31-2007, 03:20 PM   #4
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my 95 L is stripper model too. just a 4 door version of the brighton. get the cleanest chassis you can for as cheap as you can(while meeting all other needs for your specific swap).

i wish i would've done more research as far as chassis goes. because after it's done, i find out what could've been cleaner/better/easier. and now i want to swap it again into another chassis to make it better. i'll wait tho.

just a heads up as to what i went thru. and what i think now that it's 6 months done.

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Old 01-31-2007, 04:50 PM   #5
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nice car rsmatt !

kheff, yea thats what i was planning on doing, maybe even getting a car with a 4EAT and doing a tranny swap too but I think it'd be easier to just find a 5sp MT

I plan on using the car as a fun type of driver i guess, it defintly wont be a DD, thats what I got my OBS for

right now im contemplating doing this because I can get a WRX motor in a few months from a donor WRX thats getting a STi 2.5 motor, so its enticing, the motor will probably have under 40K on it

or..find a RS with a 4EAT, do a 5sp MT swap and set a goal of a 200+ hp N/A engine
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Old 01-31-2007, 05:10 PM   #6
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I wish i would've done more research as far as chassis goes. because after it's done, i find out what could've been cleaner/better/easier. and now i want to swap it again into another chassis to make it better. i'll wait tho.
Care to elaborate on this?
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Old 01-31-2007, 05:45 PM   #7
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i bought a 95 chassis for emissions. i bought a 98 STi clip.

-heater controls are different
-windshield wiper plugs and motor are different than 95L
-interior is normal L. but the center console behind e-brake has no mount now that i have rear discs and different cable mounts. theres nowhere to mount my old style console. i should have bought the shell, then got a 98+ interior for ease of install
-95 cluster bezel has different shape than 98 cluster requires. complete opposite slant.

mainly little nit picky crap, but it would be perfect factory looking if those were done correctly

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Old 01-31-2007, 07:43 PM   #8
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thats why im swapping the dash and everything with my 03 WRX swap. Into a base impreza coupe pretty much the same as the brighton just without AWD but that will come with the swap.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:33 PM   #9
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brighton FTW!! lol you'd never guess mine is one.. now i just gotta get the speed to match the looks. haha i love scaring hondas with my car. no one will race me and yes i wont actually race if someone tries.. any SUV can beat me lol

oh ya, dont get stuck driving the 1.8 liter around it sucks... unless you wanna save some money on gas
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Old 01-31-2007, 10:28 PM   #10
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my 96 OBS 2.2 does pretty good on gas and is fairly peppy, its going to be my commuter for a long time and as long as i take care of it i think she can go to 250-300K miles no problem

ill probably hold off on driving the 1.8 lol

It'd be cool to turbo charge one though, some dude on rs25 did it and did it for under $2000

if i ever become wealthy enough as to where the point that im bored because i dont have to work, ill spend my time pissing my money away turbo charging subarus that can only take 4-5 PSI of boost haha
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:34 PM   #11
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bahah i've really been thinking of turboing my 1.8 but for only a grand or 2 more i can get a jdm swap and do it myself!!
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Old 02-01-2007, 01:48 AM   #12
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I would get the brighton for a swap. Here's a video of our '96 brighton with a wrx swap and VF22 with supporting mods. Stock wrx engine and trans.

11.9@115
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4HlsEcDzVc
holly crap 11's with a vf 22 ! MAD props !! thats awesome... what else do you have done to the car ? Every time I keep seeing these crazzy fast old school impreza's....I want to shoot myself in the foot for spending SO much freakin money on my 98 RS.....I should have just picked up an OLD L and done a friggin ej20g swap for under 2 grand and been DONE with it !
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:09 AM   #13
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That is awesome man!!! Now I want one! The ultimate sleeper...no one would see it coming!

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Old 02-01-2007, 06:18 PM   #14
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man i wish i still had mine.

97 brighton coupe
jdm ver2 sti conversion fully
rhd, awd, fmic, tbe, coilovers, rota tarmacs, 22b front brakes

man just thinking about the fact that i gave it up for a mr2 makes me wanna cry
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:29 PM   #15
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tee hee. I'm doing a '95L coupe with Ej20K w/vf22 right now. I can't wait for this little car to be put together.

Anyone wanna buy my MY00 RS sedan? Seriously. It is for sale...
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:43 PM   #16
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how much are u asking for it? just curious ..
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Old 02-02-2007, 08:25 AM   #17
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Yup, brightons would be the build-up/ sleeper car to have since they are practically strippped from the factory already.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:01 PM   #18
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how much are u asking for it? just curious ..
Once I get a stock engine back in it, $9000. That includes Cobb stage II brakes, Whiteline front sway, STi 20mm rear and v5 STi inverted struts. Chassis has 135k on it, but all major mechanical, including engine and tranny have less than 60k on them.

If you want it with my hot rod motor in it, add another $2500...
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Old 02-03-2007, 10:28 AM   #19
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Matt- what color? Got pics or anything?
A gigantic list of mods, etc...

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Old 02-03-2007, 03:43 PM   #20
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Hey Russ...

Down boy!
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Old 02-04-2007, 03:04 AM   #21
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i have a 96 brighton with a wrx swap and the thing moves, i love it.
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:07 AM   #22
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is your 96 OBD2?
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:00 PM   #23
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Hey Russ...

Down boy!
Oop- busted!
Hey, I can dream, can't I?
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I just picked up a 96' Brighton Coupe. Yes its OBD II unless the stickers under the hood are lying
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Yup... Mine was OBD II.
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