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Old 04-25-2007, 04:38 AM   #1
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EDIT(5/20/07):
The plan as of now is I am buying a totalled 07 STi.
I plan to use the motor/tranny/ecu/wiring harness(merge with another RS harness)/dash/center console/cluster/steeringwheel



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Alright guys, I did my searching but I just wanted to clarify a few things

I have a '04 WRX Swapped '00 RS, with a version 4 STi tranny.

Everything runs like a dream, but I won't be driving my car for awhile and I have been meaning to do a whole new look to the car. (also a few things about the GC interior completely piss me off)

I am not good with the whole wiring aspect of anything really so, if there is wiring can someone point me in the correct direction.

Mechanics is where my buddies and I shine. So what all do I need?

The outcome I would like..
GD dash(does year matter?), 05+ center console, 06 STi cluster, WRX carpet.

With the cluster I want everything to work, including the outside temp, and shift light (I know wiring.. bah.)

What else besides the things I listed, are needed to fulfill this swap. (i.e. dash beam, etc)


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Old 04-25-2007, 02:55 PM   #2
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ive seen this before, i think the heater ducts are the hardest things to do
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:56 PM   #3
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:11 PM   #4
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too bad he doesn't explain how!


I am ready to take the rest of the interior out!
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:07 PM   #5
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honestly if you have already integrated the harness its a pretty poor idea

best idea would be to find a wrecked 04
remove your merged harness
install the 04 harness +dash

sell merged harness +engine as a package
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:30 PM   #6
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+ engine?

I would just hookup the 04 harness and put the dash in.

probably keep the harness for when I sell the car, to put the RS dash back in.


Do you know what all misc parts I am going to need?
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Old 04-25-2007, 06:10 PM   #7
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only 2
complete 04 harness
complete 04 dash+center console

i would speculate that selling a 00rs w/megerd 04 engine related stuff would pay for the 04 dash +harness
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:52 PM   #8
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What pisses you off about the RS interior.

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Old 04-25-2007, 10:00 PM   #9
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What pisses you off about the RS interior.

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There's not much place to put my cellphone + someone else's cellphone, and other stuff.

Not really a big deal. I like it, but I want to upgrade a little.



Jaxx, I don't need the dash beam and other stuff?
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:08 PM   #10
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only 2
complete 04 harness
complete 04 dash+center console
heater core/everything

i think this is a dumb idea
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:02 AM   #11
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He already answered that. Its going to cost you quite a lot of money to do this. Someone is going to have to pull the engine, modify your firewall to fit the gd heater core, redrill for your dash beam, and adjust fitment all around. If you are that unhappy, just buy a straight wrx, or accept its going to cost $$$ to do it. I do not know of anyone who has done a dash swap by itself. The normal route is to do it _at the time_ of the swap, since you already have the motor out and can jig/weld the firewall as needed. Honestly, you missed the boat for this.
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:45 AM   #12
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He already answered that. Its going to cost you quite a lot of money to do this. Someone is going to have to pull the engine, modify your firewall to fit the gd heater core, redrill for your dash beam, and adjust fitment all around. If you are that unhappy, just buy a straight wrx, or accept its going to cost $$$ to do it. I do not know of anyone who has done a dash swap by itself. The normal route is to do it _at the time_ of the swap, since you already have the motor out and can jig/weld the firewall as needed. Honestly, you missed the boat for this.
I don't see where the money part comes into play, the parts don't seem too expensive...
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:42 AM   #13
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So many haters in here. It's not that bad you just need to take your time. Don't listen to a lot of the people in here that just want to take a Sh#t on someone who wants to do something they're too lazy to do. Many of us have seen these dashes and full interiors in GC's so it's obviously not impossible.

Keep your chin up,
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:02 PM   #14
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well i used the whole 02 wrx harness and dash. you can do it with the motor in that's how i did it. it's pretty easy.

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Old 05-10-2007, 01:43 PM   #15
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I am working on getting this to work. I am doing it with the engine and tranny swap, so that will make it easier. I am trying to get it to work with the airbags though. sounds like the only way to get it to work with bags is too use the original 2000 GC SRS control module, so taht the system only looks for the driver and passenger dash. has anyone done this?
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:55 PM   #16
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sounds like the only way to get it to work with bags is too use the original 2000 GC SRS control module, so taht the system only looks for the driver and passenger dash. has anyone done this?[/quote]

that's what i did. hth

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Old 05-10-2007, 04:03 PM   #17
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I pm'ed you Javier. Glad to hear someone was able to get it to work. no problems since then at all, no light or anything? anything I need to knwo to get it to work properly, or is it a basic plug and play into there new harness?
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Old 05-10-2007, 05:32 PM   #18
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OK so i am completing my first swap and its a 03 WRX into a 95 with dash.

What you will need to do is:
- Buy Everypeice of wireing harness you can from the year of your engine (make sure your dash matches with your swap. or its ganna be major wireing)
- Then your going to need every dash bit, Heater Core, Dash bar, Steering column, and Steering rack (your steering column might bolt into the GD dash bar but my 95 wouldnt).
- Then strip your car of all its interior, trunk, and remove ALL wireing.
- Then your going to need to Cut big holes in the firewall for the heater core to fit through, and weld plates in place to make it look nicer.

before i cut the holes for the heater core.


After i cut the holes.


- Then you need to Splice in the plugs that are staying in your car: Headlights, Taillights, Roof cord, Gas tank (if your useing your RS tank), Door switches, And some other stuff im probobly forgetting about.
- Then you need to lay all the new wireing down, This includes: Engine harness, Bulk harness, Door card harnesses, Trunk harness, and mount the Fuel pump controller. You will need to transfer some brackets from your old wiring and make new ones to get some of the wireing to go where you want it.
- Then need to Fab up new holes for the new dash bar to fit in your car because the mounting points are different in the GD.
- Test fit it and then your ready to put the heater core in, The heater core fits in pretty good but the fan doesnt mount too well so you will have to fab up some way to get it in, i had to make some awkward brakets and stuff to get it to fit, also Zip ties help alot.
- Then once the heater core is in you can bolt the dash bar in, plug everything in and then start reassembling the dash.

heres what mine looks like.



Also the center councle brackets on the dash bar wouldnt fit they were too long so i cut them off and am going to bolt them on and then weld then back in place with a new postition.

I havent re assembled the rest of my dash yet, Im sure i will encounter some more problems when i try, I just got my car driving but i know my dash will bolt in, its the center councel im worried about.

Good luck, its up to you if you want to go through all this for an extra cell phone.

BTW dash swap FTW, it looks way better than the RS dash, the 93-97 dash looks better then the RS dash tho IMO. If mine wasnt so trashed i wouldnt have done the dash swap.

It cost me probobly an extra 1700 getting all the parts for this dash conversion. But now my swap is plug and play

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Old 05-10-2007, 05:39 PM   #19
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have you tried hooking up the bags or are you not there at this point. I am not doing the dash mysefl, Troy Matta at subaperformance is doing everything. I am getting the engine, tranny, rear diff, fuel tank, and dash all from the same car so I should be fine in that sense. I am pretty much getting the dash for free that is why I want to get it to work, otherwise I am wasting it!

The reason I want the dash is the middle RPM gauge. The bitches love the middle RPM gauge !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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i want the middle RPM gauge too, but thats only with the JDM ones.

But no i havent tried hooking up my airbags yet i actully have a thread about it on here. I already screwed up by cutting the airbag harness out of the new wireing. So now i need to re splice all the plugs back in and go from there.
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Old 05-10-2007, 05:55 PM   #21
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eh, that sounds nasty. well it sounds like the only way to get the bags to work is to use your current SRS control module, so it only looks for the two bags instead of all four bags and the side sensors. if you get this far let me know how it goes.
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Old 05-11-2007, 09:39 AM   #22
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i have multiple SRS modules one V4 JDM STi and one 95 L variant. pm me if you want/need one.

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Old 05-11-2007, 01:56 PM   #23
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I have both the 03 and 95 modual, i havent decited yet if i want to install all the 03 componets or keep my old ones and wire in the new airbags.
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Old 05-11-2007, 02:51 PM   #24
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awesome sounds good for me... I don't need my car to run for a bit... good project for a few weekends.
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i have both module and bags from each car(complete wiring also!) if you just need parts or wires hit me up!

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