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Old 09-29-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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Impreza GC8 RWD conversion, front suspension options

Im seriously considering doing a RWD conversion and theres lots of info on how to make this work and how to strengthen the rear end but very little info on how to adress the front suspension/camber problems.

and Im no doubt going to get flamed for even considering turning my AWD beauty into a RWD atrocity lol but this is the cheapest option to not destroy my tranny, what other choices do I have...?

1)ppg gears = $5,000
2)STI 6mt = $4-5,000
3)RWD = $1,000

and both the first & second option do not include the labor intencive cost of installation, labor that I nor most average gearheads cant perform but the third is just your average bolt turning.


So my question is what is the best solution to fix the front end suspension problems?
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:04 PM   #2
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What are the problems with the front suspension, The only thing i could see is maybe needing a bigger sway bar and new suspension all around, I dont believe there is a problem with the front suspension, Is it not strong enough in design for RWD?, AWD guys through there cars around all the time im shure its fine.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:48 PM   #3
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I dont see any issues with leaving your front half shafts in and just letting them turn. I also know that most of the people that swap over just leave the front suspension alone.

Parkes has no idea what he's talking about. Talk to PRE Racing, they've done it atleast once.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:17 PM   #4
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I dont see any issues with leaving your front half shafts in and just letting them turn. I also know that most of the people that swap over just leave the front suspension alone.

Parkes has no idea what he's talking about. Talk to PRE Racing, they've done it atleast once.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:56 PM   #5
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i think 2.5rs is talking about how its going to steer after i does the swap. after a turn the awd straightens the wheels back out. after the rwd swap its not going to straight back out since the front wheels arnt pulling out of the turn. so you either need to turn out of it your self which is the safe thing to do or you could adjust the caster to make it straighten back out on its own. they did a artical about it in... i think it was either subiesport or modified about how team orange adjusted there cars suspension after converting them to rwd... i know drifting isnt the same as Daily driving but its the same concept with returning the steering after a turn.

ya there shouldnt be a proplem with leaving the half shafts in either.

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Old 10-13-2008, 12:22 AM   #6
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What?

Front sus stays the same. If you plan on drifting, you'll need more steering angle.

If your trans has stub ends for female inner CV joints, just use some outer CV stubs in your uprights to keep the wheel bearings together. (I will sell you mine if you want) Or, remove the shim stacks and transfer gear inside of the center differential and leave all that stuff in the front just the way it is.

If you're making power over 160rwhp you'll need a tougher trans, but if you just want to have some fun just drop in a welded center and enjoy (I've also got one for sale if you're interested).

Unless there's someone else who has had a RWD daily driven Subaru since 2005, I'm probably the most qualified (and happiest) to answer any RWD conversion questions you've got.
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