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Old 09-16-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default What is the best WRX swap for my 00RS?

Also can I use my existing 00RS tranny?
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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Buy a WRX, sell the RS?
02's regularly sell for under 10k in good shape
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/839597867.html
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/840820008.html
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/835898074.html
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/839182421.html
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/840438386.html
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/ctd/838748498.html
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/ctd/838041750.html

Unless you do all the work yourself and buy parts on the cheap it will probably end up costing you MORE to swap your car then to keep both
Besides that the new chassis is infinitely more rigid.
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:48 PM   #3
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Not really a valid argument unless the guy has an 02+ RS. Some people prefer the 98-01 RS over, well, anything.
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:33 PM   #4
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Chassis strengthening isn't impossible. The 98-01 RS is... TIMELESS! hahaha. Maybe not, but it's lighter and swapped GC's are a hell of a lot more unique than a modded bugeye or any WRX really.

But none of that really changes the fact that WRX/STi swaps into GC's are financially impractical. Haha.
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:44 PM   #5
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Chassis strengthening isn't impossible. The 98-01 RS is... TIMELESS! hahaha. Maybe not, but it's lighter and swapped GC's are a hell of a lot more unique than a modded bugeye or any WRX really.

But none of that really changes the fact that WRX/STi swaps into GC's are financially impractical. Haha.
Huh, really? I'm into my 07 STI complete swap (wheels, brakes, engine, tranny, etc) for $3500 and that's including 2 sets of BBS wheels (1 with RE070, other set with winter tires).
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:53 PM   #6
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Most people aren't lucky enough to get those STi parts for $3500. That's not typical at all. If you really think that's common... ..or are you just bragging?

Rallly2000, yes you can use your existing trans. I would advise you to do some research (search function) before posting more questions on the subject.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:23 PM   #7
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Huh, really? I'm into my 07 STI complete swap (wheels, brakes, engine, tranny, etc) for $3500 and that's including 2 sets of BBS wheels (1 with RE070, other set with winter tires).
yeah, hookups or bizarre deals don't really count as the norm. i am roughly 10k into my 05 STi swap WITHOUT transmission, but that is including labor for the swap.

2 sets of BBS wheels, the entire drivetrain, for $3500? and do you really think this is what the average guy looking for an STi swap is going to pay?

you'd be lucky to pick up two sets of BBS wheels in decent shape with tires for less than 2k. come on, buddy.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:32 PM   #8
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Most people aren't lucky enough to get those STi parts for $3500. That's not typical at all. If you really think that's common... ..or are you just bragging?

Rallly2000, yes you can use your existing trans. I would advise you to do some research (search function) before posting more questions on the subject.
Find the right salvaged car, sell off all your old crap. I made lots of cash back by selling my old stuff otherwise I would have been into the swap for quite a bit more.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:43 PM   #9
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Find the right salvaged car, sell off all your old crap. I made lots of cash back by selling my old stuff otherwise I would have been into the swap for quite a bit more.
You're preaching to the choir here. I've bought 3 wrecked wrx's and parted them out down to the bare shells. (flipped the 4th one as it was still driveable)

You made it sound like you bought that stuff alone for $3500. I can see having $3500 invested if you sold off what you didn't want. It takes a good chunk of change up front if you're going to buy a whole car, probably more than most can afford for an STi. The cheapest salvaged STi I've seen was $6750 (haggled to get there), but most I've seen have sold for no less than $7250 (that's the low end).

The best chance that someone has at getting a wrecked STi is to have a buddy that has wrecked one and sells it for what it cost to buy back from insurance. (or if you have an STi and wreck it yourself)
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:12 PM   #10
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Ok sorry to sidetrack. I swapped an 05 STI engine into a 98RS using the original 5 speed. Its short ratios and 4.11 finals make the car insanely fast. Its gear limited to about 160mph (tested after removal of the speed limiter)
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:00 PM   #11
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I am leaning towards the 2.0L WRX motor onto my 00RS tranny but the 2.5L from an 06 and up look good too

Help me decide plz!!!
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:40 AM   #12
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in the long run the STI is better investment... the semi-closed engine while bigger can hold a lot more power that the wrx 2.0L plus you get a bigger turbo and IC... if its up to what you want or should get and not money defiantly the STI
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:25 AM   #13
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Ive been in the process of swapping a 95 ej20g into my 2000 RS for the past several months and if I could do it all over again I wouldnt have boughten it from Nippon motors first of all. Do 1 of 2 things: Get a front clip. $2500-$3000 of a early WRX it'll have everything you need and just transfer everything over. OR get an early WRX motor and tranny (they all have low miles on them) from J-hot in florida and a turbo front Xmember and invest in a LINK standalone ($1500) and swap it in. With the money you have left over compared to these guys telling you to get an STi, you can do a turbo upgrade get a front mount, catback, suspension if you need it on there and smoke sti swapped GC's. A 2 liter has plenty of power to move that car. Those EJ20G's can run 300 hp all day long with no problems
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