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Old 04-09-2007, 02:10 AM   #1
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Default Local places for a 2.5L WRX swap to 2005 2.5RS

Anywhere local? I don't want to go to Rocket Rally cuz I need to get a ride to and from when dropping off.
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Old 04-09-2007, 02:12 AM   #2
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lots of places locally.. but you'll get charged up the ass.. wait FOREVER while they try to figure it out.. still have problems even when they are done.. and so on.

pay the taxi fare if you have to and go to rocket rally.
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Old 04-09-2007, 02:28 AM   #3
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hmm yeah maybe RR is best man...
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Old 04-09-2007, 03:02 AM   #4
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Dude I live in Victoria and Ill be taking mine to Rocket Rally.

I think Rocket should start reducing the costs of their labour, and add an 'Experience' surcharge...
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Old 04-09-2007, 03:19 AM   #5
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rent a car from budget or something if you're desperate, they're not that expensive since you're staying local... and you are over 25 I assume?
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Old 04-09-2007, 03:56 AM   #6
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Rocket really isn't that far. The Greyhound is $8 each way - or try and coordinate with someone heading to Whistler/Squamish. Heck, negotiate a ride back to the city with the guys at the shop or something hehe.

If you want it done right, take it to Rocket.
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:14 PM   #7
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I think Tekam in Burnaby has done one or two. I'm sure RR has done more though so it might go smoother there.
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:41 PM   #8
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Tekam is still in business? Wow. Old school FTW

But yeah, RR seems to be a logical solution.
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Old 04-09-2007, 02:16 PM   #9
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Tekam is still in business? Wow. Old school FTW
Yup, they're still there.
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Old 04-09-2007, 02:18 PM   #10
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you're about to experience having absolutely no money for anything but your car
(unless....you are really, really rich)
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:02 PM   #11
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I looked into it myself, the amount of money you're putting into the car is totally not worth it. You also have to consider that the 2.5L WRX is also a DBW and at the end of the day... you really have nothing more than a WRX for the price of a WRX.
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:14 PM   #12
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You have a 2005, why don't you just sell your car and buy a WRX? The cost increase will probably be about the same as the engine + swap, plus you get better suspension and everything else.
How will the WRX suspension be better than his '05 RS? It's the same spring/strut combo. Only the rear sway bar is larger on the WRX, and the '06 WRX has aluminum control arms. I forgot to say that the WRX brakes are better too. Or, were you referring to STi suspension?

I agree though that buying a WRX would be more cost efficient than swapping an RS. This is coming from a guy who wants to swap an engine into his car at some point Not everything is about cost efficiency though...or else we wouldn't mod our cars at all, would we? My car has basically everything I wanted from a WRX, minus the turbo engine...I don't want to start all over again with a WRX after selling my current car. But, that's just me!

Last edited by semaj; 04-09-2007 at 04:42 PM. Reason: Forgot the brakes!
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:35 PM   #13
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I just noticed his car is an '05. In my opinion (which is worth nothing) it would not be worth the hassle of the swap when you can just go out and get a WRX of the same year (although not 2.5L). If it was an older GC then I can see the point since they were never sold in WRX trim here.
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:35 PM   #14
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Suspension also includes brakes. I dont know much about 04+ cars, but don't it come with 4 pots? Or was that 05+ WRX?
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:39 PM   #15
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Suspension also includes brakes. I dont know much about 04+ cars, but don't it come with 4 pots? Or was that 05+ WRX?
I forgot about the WRX's slightly larger brakes. Only the '06/'07 WRX have the 4-pots. '02-'05 WRX still have 2-pots.
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:46 PM   #16
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Oic. Good to know.

Hmmm, I'd recommend trading it in and getting a stock WRX and not having further headaches. I had a 2003 Impreza RS, and spent stupid amounts of money modding it up, and eventually threw on an AVO Turbo kit. Would have been smarter had I saved my money, get a 2003 Impreza WRX, and then spend money on a tune and TBE and have a more reliable car and less headaches.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:58 PM   #17
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Is it valualbe to swap a wrx or sti engine into GC or is it valuable trade in to get a STI? plz give me some ideas
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:11 PM   #18
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Is it valualbe to swap a wrx or sti engine into GC or is it valuable trade in to get a STI? plz give me some ideas
I would only do a swap if your GC was your weekend car. The swapped car for sure will have things come up that need to be fixed so being a daily driver might not be the best thing. Also, if anything happened to your GC, ICBC is not going to give you much for it.
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Old 04-10-2007, 01:12 AM   #19
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Not knocking RR at all because if I was to do a swap they would definitely the shop to bring it to. But, considering the amount of work that is needed when doing an engine swap on a GC, it is impossible to guarantee that there will be no problems at all. Just like modding any car. The more you change, the more chances some issues will arise especially when it comes to something as substantial as an engine swap.
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Old 04-10-2007, 01:31 PM   #20
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As much as we love getting swaps and I would be more than happy to entertain this, economically it makes no sense at all. You would be FAR better off trading the car in for an '06~ WRX.
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:04 PM   #21
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tora, what are your thoughts about doing something fancy, like a V7 jdm STi swap in that chassis?

While I agree that a USDM WRX driveline would be a complete waste, the V7 jdm option is something special. Just curious more than anything.
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Old 04-10-2007, 05:03 PM   #22
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Okay i better give some input

I had Rocket Rally do a Crawford 2.5L shortblock mate to my stock WRX Heads -- which involves pulling the engine out, disassembly/assembly, and engine back in.

Expect Rocket Rally to do everything right in terms of getting it all back in properly and tuning it to run well before they give it back to you.

The Bads:

You're messing with something that was meant to be installed once and stay in there. Meaning some parts such as hoses, bolts, gaskets, etc... may be worn and need replacement after disturbing it EVEN ONCE.

So expect to have extra costs on top of the actual labour and engine. That way no one is disappointed or surprised.


I love Bugeyes and i don't think my engine swap was pointless based on how some others are saying "you might as well buy a new car".

And no, you don't need THAT much money to do a frigging engine swap.

See you on the highway.. bitches.
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Old 04-10-2007, 05:33 PM   #23
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spoken like a poet.
A poet with a 2.5L and massive turbo!

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Old 04-10-2007, 05:49 PM   #24
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Soing the V7 would be great but you still have to re-do the wiring. For the money I would just take a new 2.5L WRX and do some upgrades to it. Way better reliability and cheaper in the long run.

Weimin, you didn't get an engine swap you got a block swap, doing a DBW swap would be very expensive.
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Old 04-10-2007, 05:51 PM   #25
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Soing the V7 would be great but you still have to re-do the wiring. For the money I would just take a new 2.5L WRX and do some upgrades to it. Way better reliability and cheaper in the long run.

Weimin, you didn't get an engine swap you got a block swap, doing a DBW swap would be very expensive.

Sorry.
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