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View Poll Results: Newer or older gc8 chassis better for swap?
Save money on the chassis; there all the same 3 75.00%
Newer chassis are structurally stronger, better 1 25.00%
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:15 PM   #1
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Default Any reason to go with a newer MY chassis for gc8 swap?

Was wondering if there would be any real difference in the different model year gc8 chassis when it came to doing a swap? Is there any difference in torsional stiffness or are the later gc8 chassis superior from a strength standpoint from 93 to 01?
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:05 PM   #2
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get a 94 because it isn't obd II.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:18 PM   #3
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:57 AM   #4
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get a 94 because it isn't obd II.
why would it matter since the swap will require a new ecu and wiring?


I personally would get the newest and straightest chassis I could afford.
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:24 AM   #5
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High miles plus potholes and train tracks could = a frame that will split in half while you are driving down the road?

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Old 11-30-2007, 07:15 AM   #6
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So a low mileage (less than 50,000) 93 impreza would be just as good as a 2001 with the same miles assuming the 93 is rust free, etc.? I'm asking because obviously the less money I spend on the chassis the quicker I can swap in the fun stuff . I really dont want to spend more than $4000 on the chassis.
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:33 AM   #7
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why would it matter since the swap will require a new ecu and wiring?


I personally would get the newest and straightest chassis I could afford.
emmission requirements for OBDII cars. Swapped cars usualy cant pass OBDII emmisions

only problem is finding a low mileage older chassis with no rust. Subaru's do rust, and people keep them forever.
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:53 AM   #8
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There's no difference in chassis strength.

A FWD Brighton will be slightly more difficult because some bolt holes (for cowl braces and rear swaybars (??)) aren't drilled and tapped... but will be the cheapest to buy.

In '97 the Imprezas got a new dash, new front bumper cover/headlights, etc. In '99 the headlights were updated again (to glass).... but I'd stick with an OBDI compliant car vs OBDII as others are suggesting... OBDI compliance ended with MY95.

Your other option is an OBDI Legacy. Nearly everything is the same, except they weigh a little bit more and have marginally longer wheelbases (which may mean a driveshaft length issue).

Oh, and THEY'RE
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:35 AM   #9
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Dude, YOU DO NOT need to spend more then 1k on a chassis. There are PLENTY of 1993-1994 Impreza FWD-AWD available for $500-1200... Don't screw yourself over and take a look on Craigs List.
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Old 11-30-2007, 06:42 PM   #11
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emmission requirements for OBDII cars. Swapped cars usualy cant pass OBDII emmisions

only problem is finding a low mileage older chassis with no rust. Subaru's do rust, and people keep them forever.
My car is registered in a state with no testing so I always forget about that...

But still, if you take an unmodified ODBII driveline and ecu drop it in another ODBII car it should pass, right?
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My car is registered in a state with no testing so I always forget about that...

But still, if you take an unmodified ODBII driveline and ecu drop it in another ODBII car it should pass, right?
It will pass if it isnt throwing any CELs. I'm probably going to toss my EJ-20 in my OBD2 car and they shouldn't know anything unless they ran VINs and all that great stuff.
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