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Old 04-03-2008, 03:01 AM   #101
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If you choose to mimic any of the things I did or try to replicate anything you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK. I am not responsible if you burn your car to the ground or destroy a perfectly good wiring harness. Having said that if you follow my wiring for the engine portion and your car models are the same as mine then you should have nothing to worry about.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:37 AM   #102
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Holy crap you are one "OCD'd", meticulous, perfectionist!?!
You should be very proud, that is by far the most thorough and cleanly done stock WRX swap I have ever seen, and I have seen and done quite a few!

I have one inquiry.
Why did you have to shave the bottom piece when installing the JDM folding mirrors?
I'm about to do this mod and will also heat the mirrors, remove them, install the JDM innards into my RS housings and use my RS mirrors. Then finish it up with the wiring (Mine also have the heat pads), but I wasn't aware of any grinding being necessary.
Any input is appreciated
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:06 AM   #103
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O wow great write up man
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:08 AM   #104
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This gets a well deserved sticky! Hope these pictures stick around for a while
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:15 AM   #105
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Great post. Almost makes me want to swap another car.
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:55 AM   #106
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^ what he said.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:53 PM   #107
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Great write up, this needs to be made into a PDF just incase the host server goes down.
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Old 04-04-2008, 02:40 AM   #108
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Holy crap you are one "OCD'd", meticulous, perfectionist!?!
You should be very proud, that is by far the most thorough and cleanly done stock WRX swap I have ever seen, and I have seen and done quite a few!

I have one inquiry.
Why did you have to shave the bottom piece when installing the JDM folding mirrors?
I'm about to do this mod and will also heat the mirrors, remove them, install the JDM innards into my RS housings and use my RS mirrors. Then finish it up with the wiring (Mine also have the heat pads), but I wasn't aware of any grinding being necessary.
Any input is appreciated
Yes, I may have gone a little overboard on this car. I owned it since 2001 and know it inside and out. I was never planning on selling it at all which is why I went to the extreme lengths to make everything up to my standards. The Acura in the background came along 4 weeks ago and I can't afford both. So I'm going to have to decide which car to keep. So far it's about 10 votes to 0 for the Acura from other people.

You have to shave the bottom pieces of the US mirrors out because they are NOT the same base shape as the JDM mirrors. Believe me, the JDM mirrors are at a weird angle it's hard to see properly out of them. My mirrors are out of a 98 GF8 wagon. Maybe the coupe's will have different mirrors. So test fit your mirrors on first and if you're happy with the angle leave them, if not get out your files and grinder.



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O wow great write up man
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This gets a well deserved sticky! Hope these pictures stick around for a while
Thank you for the sticky. Much appreciated. The whole write-up is saved onto my computer and then backed up on a jump drive in case said computer ever crashes. The pictures are saved in a separate folder in photobucket and I will not delete a single photo. I'm just worried that photobucket might crash someday and then all the pictures disappear.


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Great post. Almost makes me want to swap another car.

Reading through my own swap thread it doesn't make me want to do another swap . One is enough for me. I only did the swap because the rolled over WRX opportunity came up. I was happy with the RS power. Of course the extra power doesn't hurt now though.


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^ what he said.

^^What I said.

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Great write up, this needs to be made into a PDF just incase the host server goes down.
If there is someway to save the pictures as they are in the thread then please let me know. I will do it. Right now it will be in photobuckets hands.


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Old 04-04-2008, 04:40 AM   #109
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Hey bro your stuff was very informative, could you tell some of the things that are a must when doing what you just did, like ECU wiring harness, engine and dash board wiring. I will be doing the same on a 2000 2.5RS soon.
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:31 PM   #110
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Hey bro your stuff was very informative, could you tell some of the things that are a must when doing what you just did, like ECU wiring harness, engine and dash board wiring. I will be doing the same on a 2000 2.5RS soon.
It all depends on what donor car you have or what engine/tranny combo you get. Wiring is a must, no exceptions. Everything else is just your call if you want to switch it. If you want to do the dash then do the dash. If you want to do the tranny then do the tranny. It's really your call.

The matching engine/harness/ecu are an absolute must though.
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:42 PM   #111
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hi im going to be doing a sti swap on my 2000 2.5 rs cupe.... and i dont know were to start at and i need to find out fast and learn it fast becasue i have 2 weeks and its getting done... i dont know about anything maby you could help????
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Old 04-23-2008, 01:29 AM   #112
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First, start off with post number 1 in the following thread:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1486051

Second, start with figuring out which mechanical parts you have and which ones you want to swap over. Then start on the wiring. Long answer short; start with the mechanical.
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:08 AM   #113
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holy informative thread batman!


great job nice writeup!
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:55 AM   #114
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Damn man... my jaw dropped when I saw all those wires. I've been toying with doing a swap on my car, but I think its too new (and the wiring part of it scares me) even if you say its easy. Anyway, looks very well done. Good luck with her!
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Old 04-23-2008, 09:45 AM   #115
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:37 PM   #116
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VERY NICE, im doin this swap right now on my 2000 RS and i am following this thread to a "T" but i do have a question im not sure if you, or anyone else can answer, but i got my wiring and ECU from a 5spd WRX and im puttin it into my AUTO RS, what kind of extra wiring or lack there of would i need to do to get the 5spd ecu to work with my auto trans. yeah i know laugh because i wanna keep an auto, well im only keepin it because im outta funds for a tranny, driveshaft, rear end, axles and the like so it will be stick but not right now. thanx for any help
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Old 04-30-2008, 01:12 AM   #117
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holy informative thread batman!


great job nice writeup!
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Old 04-30-2008, 01:13 AM   #118
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Damn man... my jaw dropped when I saw all those wires. I've been toying with doing a swap on my car, but I think its too new (and the wiring part of it scares me) even if you say its easy. Anyway, looks very well done. Good luck with her!
It's a good way to learn your car inside and out. She's been treating me very well so far. Hasn't acted up yet.
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Old 04-30-2008, 01:20 AM   #119
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VERY NICE, I'm doing this swap right now on my 2000 RS and i am following this thread to a "T" but i do have a question I'm not sure if you, or anyone else can answer, but i got my wiring and ECU from a 5spd WRX and I'm putting it into my AUTO RS, what kind of extra wiring or lack there of would i need to do to get the 5spd ecu to work with my auto trans. yeah i know laugh because i wanna keep an auto, well I'm only keeping it because I'm outta funds for a tranny, drive shaft, rear end, axles and the like so it will be stick but not right now. thanks for any help
I hate to tell you this but the auto transmission wiring diagram section is actually bigger than the engine wiring section. I've never actually looked in depth into the wiring but from what I've heard you only have to bypass your neutral safety switch and something else I can't recall right now.
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ok cool, thanx for the info, now the next question i have is...i have a 02 5spd WRX ECU can i use that with the auto trans, or what can i do...
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I just spent the past 2+ hrs reading every detail! great write up...who needs sleep,lol. just curious where you got your reliable manuals and diagrams from?
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OK cool, thanks for the info, now the next question i have is...i have a 02 5spd WRX ECU can i use that with the auto trans, or what can i do...
I would venture a guess and say yes but you'd have to bypass the neutral safety switch. Don't really take my word on it though. I'm really not up to date on anything "auto tranny" related. Sorry.
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I just spent the past 2+ hrs reading every detail! great write up...who needs sleep,lol. just curious where you got your reliable manuals and diagrams from?
Thanks . Let me know if you found any spelling or grammatical errors.

Those diagrams are straight from the Subaru dealership. I know a guy that used to work for a Subaru dealership. I went there on a service techs day off and my buddy let me photo copy it. The best part is I even used the dealership's photocopier to scan all the 100+ pages. It was grand. I'm actually thinking about putting them in this thread one day since it is stickied.
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Thanks . Let me know if you found any spelling or grammatical errors.

Those diagrams are straight from the Subaru dealership. I know a guy that used to work for a Subaru dealership. I went there on a service techs day off and my buddy let me photo copy it. The best part is I even used the dealership's photocopier to scan all the 100+ pages. It was grand. I'm actually thinking about putting them in this thread one day since it is stickied.
LoL!
I've got the wiring schematics for most of the common years, just let me know and I'll email whatever ya' need (in PDF format).
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:36 AM   #125
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LoL!
I've got the wiring schematics for most of the common years, just let me know and I'll email whatever ya' need (in PDF format).
wow, that would be great!! I would need them for my 98RS... and the doner car would be a 05 Sti.... still trying to track one down though.
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