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Old 03-12-2009, 11:16 AM   #1
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Default 02 rs with wrx swap?

how hard would it be to do that.would the wiring be easier than the 99' swap?i couldnt really find anything on the new rs swaps.wondering how much simpler the swap would be compared to the 99's
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:47 PM   #2
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I'd say it's probably about the same. The swap in the sticky had more parts that I didn't need, but he may have installed them just because he had the whole car there to steal from.
All I needed was:
-engine/crossmember
-harness/ecu
-upgraded clutch
-fuel pump controller and pump(walbro 255lph)
-exhaust

I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of stuff because it's been a year already, but you won't need all the drive shafts and such. Radiator is the same dimensions and I think I just used the old one because the fittings/brackets worked better than the wrx one. Of course my car was a TS but the differences are minuscule.
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:25 PM   #3
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if you have the whole car i tihnk it would be easier. you could just pop out the dash and the engine and stuff and just plug it right in since its the same chassis..easier then a gc/gm/gc8/etc rs IMO
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:34 PM   #4
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odds are i wont be getting a whole car...will there be constant splicing in the bulk harness just like the gc swaps?
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:11 AM   #5
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doing a WRX swap from 02-03 into an 02RS is a no brainer. Swap over harness and be done. No splicing, no fooling.. done deal. Everything mechanical bolts up no problem and you can use your factory rad, axles, dshaft.

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Old 03-14-2009, 09:54 PM   #6
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/\ /\ /\ /\ i can 2nd that. i have an 02 rs and am in the swapping stage of my project. im putting a hybrid motor in. dropping the stock motor, fully gutting the car, stripping it of all existing harness' and replacing with a complete wrx harness.
much easier than any other swap
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:11 AM   #7
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I have a 2003 WRX which was hit in the front.Everything from motor back is ok,but all from front bumper to the motor is gone.I was considering buying a 2002 RS (I found a good deal) but I wish to know all the differences between them to.Is the radiator the same ? steering mechanism ...can somebody give me specific info before I buy the RS?
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:49 PM   #8
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I have a 05 saab 92x 2.5i (EJ253) and I will be doing a full wrx swap soon, most likely buying the full car where is the best place to get a salvaged WRX? not to tread steal...

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Old 04-01-2009, 07:46 PM   #9
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I have a 05 saab 92x 2.5i (EJ253) and I will be doing a full wrx swap soon, most likely buying the full car where is the best place to get a salvaged WRX? not to tread steal...
Check the forums here. Check your local junkyard (they have computer access to other junkyards across the country). Try insurance auctions too (http://ridesafely.com/?SiteType=S&de...S%20FOR%20SALE).
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:17 AM   #10
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swapping an 02 rs is absolute stupidity

sell 02 rs $6500-8000
buy used wrx $7500-9000
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:21 AM   #11
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i hate when people say that...to most people its about the build...
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:45 AM   #12
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building is one thing reinventing the wheel is another ...

it makes sense on an older cars but not on an 02+ RS especially in 2009

you can do plenty of "building" with the extra $2k there is still a lot of room for improvement on a 02 wrx
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:52 AM   #13
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he's still not getting it...lets keep the topic on course..about the conversion
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:18 AM   #14
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well if you continue on down this (insert your derogatory term of choice) path

get the whole car
or your costs will skyrocket when you discover you are missing necessary things like clutches/diffs/hoods/fuel pump/crossmember/complete harnesses

now if you were swapping an 04 sti into an RS thats a different story, its just not worth the extra $$$ to do it with a wrx
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:09 PM   #15
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the point of this thread is help me figure out what exactly is needed for this specific conversion.thanks for your input but tahts not the path i want.end of story
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:09 PM   #16
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:36 PM   #17
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k point taken .. your a fool for doing it that way but

you really need the whole car there are progressively more sensors in the 03-04-05-06 fuel tank purge for example ..

lets see some things that are not obvious
fuel pump controller
radiator
matching diff if you use the wrx tranny (you should)

you should be able to find a complete car for 2500-3000


fwiw my support status is a freebie for being one of the original members ..
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:57 PM   #18
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hey buddy if you wanted to go through with your rs swap i have a 02 bugeye with front right corner damage..the body is the only thing that is bad but everything else is perfect and is ready to be swapped into a gc8 or a rs. I would really sell it for cheap just because it will be a pain to part the car out. PM me if you are intrested and i can send you pics.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:06 PM   #19
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swapping an 02 rs is absolute stupidity

sell 02 rs $6500-8000
buy used wrx $7500-9000
Don't make assumptions. My '02 TS was worth just about nothing because it had almost 190k on it when I bought it. Also the motor was pretty much shot. I paid $400 for the car, worth my time and money in my opinion.

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i hate when people say that...to most people its about the build...
I loved the build even though it wasn't much of a build . I did my swap at 19yo and I learned a lot from it.

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k point taken .. your a fool for doing it that way but

you really need the whole car there are progressively more sensors in the 03-04-05-06 fuel tank purge for example ..

lets see some things that are not obvious
fuel pump controller
radiator
matching diff if you use the wrx tranny (you should)

you should be able to find a complete car for 2500-3000


fwiw my support status is a freebie for being one of the original members ..
Jaxx is right about misc stuff. Get a whole car if you can. You'll get nickeled and dimed with a lot of little crap. I wouldn't bother with the tranny unless you get it as a package deal (with a car/engine for cheap). My rs tranny has 204k on it without any major flaws. The synchros aren't in the best shape though. It's all how you drive. I have my fun but I make it as smooth as possible too.

All in all though, I wish I would've waited until I could afford to do an sti swap. If your rs doesn't have a lot of miles on it, it's not really going to be worth your time and effort. I've had to do a lot of stupid little fabricating here and there to make things fit the way I want them to. It's your car, do what you want.
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:12 PM   #20
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Radiator has the same dimension , but thickness is different. RS--0.62 inch vs wrx 1.00 inch
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