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Old 10-07-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default K guys done this before! Come and see my swap! Ur ideas?

Ok, guys... I've done the swap thing before and thought I would ask for your assistance and opinions for my next swap...Newbies welcome of course since I am still considered a newbie... Here's what I have so far... Got the wiring covered(no dash swap, just cut and solder) and the assembly, just need help in part selection. My budget is $6000 so help me out.

Just bought. 1999 RS WRB ($1700)

-Dis-assembled 2002 WRX engine (rod, main bearings damaged, fixed) from Conoval21 Sucker!!!
-ferrea valves
-wiseco pistons
-k1 technologies rods
-stock turbo
-91-91 legacy crossmember
-91-94 cusco legacy front swaybar


Need advice:

1-Engine management
2-Header
3-Up
4-Dp
5-Cat-back
6-Suspension
7-Rims and Tires

Ok, I'm sure I'll catch some criticism from this post, but I would like some real advise and criticism from u nasioc members. Thanks for your advise and your criticism, so have fun...

Your opinion...Need suggestions on these items (click image to see slideshow)


Here is a link to my previous 2.5 rs swap....

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/inde...076&i=14912915
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:57 PM   #2
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1-Engine management
2-Header combo
3-Up
4-Dp
5-Cat-back
6-Suspension
7-Rims and Tires
1. ECUTek
2. Bosal
3. Catless
4. Catless
5. Catless
6. KYB AGX + Ground Control springs or P1s
7. Whatever you like
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:22 PM   #3
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Thanks Oldhat. #6 is a definite, 1. tru 5&7 up for grabs...
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:00 AM   #4
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this swap should be pretty sick keep us updated with lots of pics... how much did you snag the engine for if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:19 AM   #5
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I bought this engine for $3200 from Conoval21 on this forum...I figured since he sh@t me on this engine 2005 I would rebuild, recycle. Thanks for the bump...
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:21 AM   #6
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$3200 was including shipping from Cali...BTW...Suckssss! I'm Good Though...
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:26 AM   #7
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Keep tha suggestions comin...thanks...
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:41 AM   #8
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1-Engine management - COBB AP -> Pretty much the same price as ECUTek but includes free tuning software if you want to try to self-tune or make tweaks to a map provided by your tuner.
2-Header combo - No idea
3-Up - Stock STI or GrimmSpeed
4-Dp - Maddad whisper TBE
5-Cat-back - See 4.
6-Suspension - KYB AGX (or GR2) with RCE Yellow springs
7-Rims and Tires - anything narrower than 8" wheels and 225 wide tires. 8" + 225 tires are a recipe for rubbing.
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:52 AM   #9
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Thanks silentt. Keepim comin...
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:24 AM   #10
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I think your car's ECU should be a test mule for SubieSMART.

Stock STI headerback is the most baller you can get for the money, IMO. It would really help your WRX breathe. They sound nice, too.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:07 AM   #11
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I think your car's ECU should be a test mule for SubieSMART.

Stock STI headerback is the most baller you can get for the money, IMO. It would really help your WRX breathe. They sound nice, too.
He's swapping... GD ECU >>>>> GC ECU.
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Old 10-08-2008, 11:02 AM   #12
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how the hell did you get a 99 RS for 1700?
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:42 PM   #13
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how the hell did you get a 99 RS for 1700?
This kid sold it to me with the engine in four pieces. The #4 piston is missing a chunk and the block needs a visit to the machine shop, it's salvageable. Overall the car is in great shape. The car needs a new front bumper and it could use a visit to Dent Wizard. All that will come after I get the motor in.
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:44 PM   #14
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More pics coming, thanks for the ideas...
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:06 PM   #15
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1700.00 wtf ! Jealous !
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:26 PM   #16
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Yeah! $1700
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:28 PM   #17
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Wuz wondering how many of u guys swapped in the entire WRX wiring harness, opposed to cutting what u need out of the WRX harness and splicing it into the RS harness? I prefer the second method. I'm sure both methods take just as much time...
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:55 PM   #18
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i did a V4 Sti swap GC-GC and used entire JDM STi wiring harness. it was much faster and simpler this way. but GD to GC iirc under dash plugs are different. a WRX ECU would be easy to use if you went full GD wiring though.

i would use OEM everything to start with because 1) it's legos and it'll all fit, and it gives a good baseline/reference point for tuning, mods, etc.

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and im jealous of the $1700 shell as well
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:15 PM   #19
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i did a V4 Sti swap GC-GC and used entire JDM STi wiring harness. it was much faster and simpler this way. but GD to GC iirc under dash plugs are different. a WRX ECU would be easy to use if you went full GD wiring though.

i would use OEM everything to start with because 1) it's legos and it'll all fit, and it gives a good baseline/reference point for tuning, mods, etc.

--keith

and im jealous of the $1700 shell as well
Na man, I leave the RS harness in place, cut the WRX ecu connectors, splice them into the RS harness and plug the WRX ecu in. Of course it's a little more complicated than that, but that's what I do...
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:40 PM   #20
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i did the second method but mine was in a 93 ..
honestly with a setup that good
do option #3
take both harness out and merge
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:50 PM   #21
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Got pics of my previous RS swap under the blue RS. Take a look...
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:54 AM   #22
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your golden then

but back to your original question
i see NO reason to spend the extra $500 for an ecutek/AP tune go open source

i would also skip the headers and spend the $ on a turbo/injectors instead
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:18 PM   #23
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Right Jaxx...Got of track.

What do u mean about open source tuning, I was leaning toward AP as before, but thought I would try something diff. I like the idea about forgoing the headers and going for turbo and inj. So I sould look for catless oem sit header?
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:29 PM   #24
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openecu.org
romraider.com

like ecutek ... except that its a $90 cable many tuners are supporting it now
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:36 PM   #25
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awesome build for the money
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