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Old 08-30-2008, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Standard USDM WRX 2.0L or 2.5L swapped into RS coupe

I used to own a 2003 WRX with a JDM STi V7 RA Spec C motor swap. I loved the car, but had to part with it due to work. It's been about 3 years and I am finally going to get back into the subaru scene. This time I have my eyes set on a RS coupe. I am going to get it and drive it as is over the winter and then start my swap. I don't want an extreme swap, just a lower budget one to give it some more balls.

With that in mind I am thinking about swapping in either a 2.0L USDM WRX motor or the newer 2.5L. I just don't know what the pricing would be on the motor. I know it should be significantly cheaper than a JDM motor, but I don't have a solid price. Also is the USDM WRX motor an easy swap to make? I can definitely do the mechanical stuff, I'm just wondering if the wiring is pretty much plug and play with a little work.

How much am I looking at for a standard WRX engine + supporting parts to get the swap done... if I do it my self. Thanks guys, I look forward to getting back into the game
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:36 PM   #2
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Wiring is definitely not a little work , or plug n play, you could send the rs harness out to get it merged w/an existing wrx harness ,or do a complete swap, best bet is to source out a front clip of a wrx & swap the complete dash n stuff. prolly looking @ least 6k for a decent swap w/ parts , it's the little things that come up that nickel & dime you to death !
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Old 08-31-2008, 09:19 AM   #3
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agreed
2.0 send the harness out
2.5 swap the dash (requires welding and cutting though)
also spend the winter fixing the other things like brakes/tires/suspension
should be able to do a 2.0 swap for 4k or less (2500+ incendentals)
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Old 08-31-2008, 02:08 PM   #4
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If you decide to bring the car somewhere for the work, here's my list of installers:
http://www.rs25.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63515

Not all, but most of the ones who list themselves as Subaru "swap shops" are on there. You're in IL, so P&L Motorsports may be a top choice. They post here on NASIOC as well, search the membership. Same goes for DS1 Motorsports.

ECS is one of the best with wiring. They can do that portion for you, if you want to stick with the engine/mechanicals only:
http://www.eastcoastswappers.com/rates.php
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Thanks for the advice guys. I'm glad to hear it won't cost as much as I thought it would. I will most likely do the mechanical myself and send the wiring off to be done depending on what I feel like doing during the winter. I could actually do the wiring myself over winter and then do the actual swap in the summer.

Anyone have any good sources of front clips? That sounds like the best way to go.
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Old 08-31-2008, 03:38 PM   #6
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www.garagetuning.com gets clips every so often. Email them and they may be able to find you something, I'm not sure really.

ECS' wiring-only merges are $975. Pricey to be sure, but for those lesser humans without the crazy ability to put together something so nice and neat, I'm sure it's wellllllllllll worth the price!!! They guarantee the work, too.
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I could actually do the wiring myself over winter and then do the actual swap in the summer.
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you have to remove your rs harness and ship both harness off to be merged
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