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Old 03-13-2009, 04:05 PM   #1
B-Kerr
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Default Want to replace my 2.0 in my Bugeye and put in a 2.5 Legacy GT driveline...

Here's the deal: I have an 02 WRX with the 2.0 with about 70k on it and the tranny has started the dreaded grind again (assuming 1st is chipped). I just acquired a 05 Legacy GT turbo with light body damaged. Since my trans is out, so I am considering doing the entire driveline swap. What's everybody's thoughts? The current driveline setup on my WRX is posted below (may have forgot something here or there).

02 WRX
IHI VF22 at 17psi (waiting on sprayer)
Underdrives
Excedey lw Fly
Clutch Masters
Borla Header
GS Uppipe
Megan 3" back
Walbro w/ pinks
Turbonetics TMIC
Samcos
Unichip (oldschool)
Ra Gearset with busted first (reason for buying GT)
335ish hp

05 GT
Stock with 45k on the odom

Can I swap drive line (minus d/s, axles, etc of course) and put my harness and upgrades over on the GT engine? (basically doing it Honda-style ) I assume there will be further tuning needed and probably bigger injectors (not sure here). I want to put the sprayer on and up the boost to about 20 or 21psi while I am at it.

I definitely wanted the 4.44 final drive, but figured hey, I can sell my engine and cover what I have in the car (I own a salvage yard), so why not do the engine too!

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Scott

If you want to contact me directly, email is preferred over PM: hwy79ky@windstream.net
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
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Come on guys... hasn't anyone tried this? I know from the stickys that the basic mechanics of it is sound. I just need wiring/fuel/computer/intake advice. Anyone???
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Old 03-14-2009, 01:13 AM   #3
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It might be better to ask in the swap/conversion forum.

I haven't heard of anyone doing this before, but I think it would be very cool if you did.

Isn't the Legacy GT 5-speed transmission only marginally better than the WRX 5-speed?

If it were me, I'd probably build the Legacy GT up as a sleeper...
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:28 AM   #4
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I almost posted yesterday but, I was thinking you want to ask this before you buy the wreck, not afterwards. Lots of the Legacy part simply won't bolt on. Rear suspension for example. The brakes are a huge upgrade but, you have to run 17" wheels.

If it was me, I'd probably swap my WRX intake and turbo bits onto the LGT motor.
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:09 PM   #5
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The Legacy is not rebuildable (at least in my opinion). The brake are one of the main reasons for the purchase... I already have 17" Enkie RP02s (15.7# ea) an Cusco full race suspension. I've been trying to purchase the brakes from other salvage yards for two years now, but could never find a full set.

Yes the GT trans is marginally better, but it is better and my RA - 1st gear is shot, so I have to have a trans. I have less than $2500 in the GT, trans is worth $1500 anywhere, the brakes are an easy $400 (vs $1500+ for a/m big brakes), and either my engine or the Legacy will bring over $2000. It was a no brainer. Now I just need to know how much of the swap to do and how.

Thanks for the input!
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:11 PM   #6
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BTW, I thought this was the conversion forums...
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:14 PM   #7
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OH.. I see the moderators moved me... sorry about that!
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