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Old 08-24-2008, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Can I get a V8 USDM STI Motor Swap for $5000?

I blew the motor on my 04 WRX and I'm trying to figure out to do with the $5000 or so I have saved up. I don't need crazy power levels so I'm thinking of just swapping in a stock USDM STI engine and calling it a day. No transmission, no significant mods. I need a reliable daily driver so I can't have an engine that will blow again right away. Are used USDM engines reliable? Also, I need USDM because I need OBD-II compliance.

Can this be done (with labor) for $5000?
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Old 08-24-2008, 05:04 PM   #2
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Lots of people go through east coast swappers.

http://eastcoastswappers.com/
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:33 PM   #3
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let me ask my buddy i think his company has 4 08 motors from the fast in the furious cars that were crashed :]
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:33 PM   #4
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figure out whats wrong with ur car and fix it with beefier parts, if its something in the block build it w/ better pistons and bearings, if its just the heads fix that and dopistons in the short block. my advice is find out whats wrong first and then start brain storming
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:46 AM   #5
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you don't want an 08 motor unless your willing to go hybrid

(take apart and use the bottom end)

and technically there never was a usdm v8
the GDF started with the C revision

a jdm ver 8 would be ALLOT easier and and fit your budget

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Old 08-25-2008, 06:57 PM   #6
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No you can't swap in a USDM STI motor for $5k or less with labor. The motor kit itself will probably cost you more than $5k alone, if you want a complete one or one that doesn't have anything wrong with it.

JDM Ver. 7/8 STI would be an easier swap into your car, given that the wiring is the same (less labor), but even then, good luck finding one for less than $4-5k alone. With some tinkering they will pass OBDII compliance testing.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:01 AM   #7
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thanks for your help. it sounds like the STI motor is out of my price range and while I would love to mess around with a JDM 2.0 I have to drive this car every day and pass emissions.

I will probably just replace the block with a new, OEM 2.0, machine or buy new heads and replace the turbo.

I will be staying at stage 2 2.0l and will upgrade the oil pump hopefully for better reliability.
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Old 08-29-2008, 02:34 PM   #8
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Buy 2.5 block and go hybrid
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Old 08-29-2008, 06:51 PM   #9
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www.outfrontmotorsports.com I spoke to them the said 2400$ to rebulit a block and close the deck. 2.0 us spec built close deck block it may not bet a jap spec. I would rev the CraP out of it.


What if the head is warped or very hard to seal again, better safe that sorry

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Old 08-30-2008, 06:19 PM   #10
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Not to sound like an a$$, why do so many people look at spending 5k to replace an engine when a rebuild could be done cheaper and know it works? Seems rebuilding is a better option, IMO...... :shrug:
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:59 PM   #11
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www.outfrontmotorsports.com I spoke to them the said 2400$ to rebulit a block and close the deck. 2.0 us spec built close deck block it may not bet a jap spec. I would rev the CraP out of it
Why would you spend that kind of money when a factory crate shortblock costs you less than $2000?

To the original poster, as long as you have no head damage, get an Ej257 STi shortblock, install it and be done with it.

If you own a bigger than stock turbo and injectors, then bonus. If not, your $5k budget won't quite cover that and the shortblock with labor. It will be close. If you shop used and smart you might pull it off.
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Old 09-02-2008, 05:06 PM   #12
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yeah, $5K is not gonna get you SH^T....i call East Coast Swappers, and they told me. 6K for the motor, 13K for the full motor (trans, Harness,ECT.), and also labor...the total come to be like 19K.... i'd say your better off doing it yourself.
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:06 PM   #13
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I found an entire v.8 drivetrain with 30,000 KM on it for 6400 shipped...

i'm sure you could do something with 5k if you did most of the labor yourself.
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