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Old 04-11-2009, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default WRX-->STi conversion costs

Hey guys, I've always been interested in getting an STi after riding in my buddies 06 a few years back and also assumed it was out of my reach with financing (I was only 17 lol) but now that I'm making a little more money and my insurance would be less now that I'm a few years older (21) and I'm making good grades in college, I figured I might be able to get a used 04 or 05 (my favorite) STi. Currently I have found a few nice ones on here I would be interested in but now I'm wondering if it is a good idea to push my paychecks close to their breaking point, kinda, with making payments and insurance. I don't really need money for anything else, school is covered and I live at home right now so if I needed to stop spending money like a crazy man I can do so. I've seen a lot of members stating they would like an STi but the insurance payments and lower car payments are so much nicer to make with a WRX. Now comes to the question(s) this posting would be about. First, what year (in your opinion and why) is the best WRX? Second, how much does it usually cost in modifications to make a conversion from the WRX to the STi, possibly making upwards of 350 whp? Any other things you guys would like to add, maybe with your experiences with a conversion or opinions about the WRX to the STi would be greatly appreciated. Just trying to get a feel for what direction I should head towards. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:07 PM   #2
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I don't know the answer to most of your questions but I can tell you I think that people who perform swaps to their cars are cool and deserve props.

What I was thinking though is that you probably don't need everything an sti has to just get that kind of power If your worried about money you could probably just get the necessary components without going to an all out sti swap. Just focus on necessities like a gear set or 6 speed and brembos and some of the other components rather then getting all of the sti crap.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:14 PM   #3
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You'll spend twice the price of a WRX converting it into an STi. If you want the STi, spend the extra money and buy an STi.

The 2006/07 WRX are MUCH better than the 02-05, as the switch to the 2.5 w/ AVCS makes a platform pretty much identical to the STi longblock. The 06/07 WRX also have 4/2 pot brakes (an upgrade to the 02-05 WRX sliding 2/1 pot brakes).

Some BALLPARK costs (if starting from a 2.0 02-05 WRX) NOT INCLUDING LABOR (which would be VERY expensive, unless doing it yourself).

STi 2.5 longblock: around $4000. You'd also need the entire wiring harness and ECU
STI tranny: around $4000. Including rear diff/driveshaft/clutch/flywheel/PP/axles
Brembo brakes: $1000. front/rear
BBS wheels: $1000
STi rear hubs/knuckles: $400
STi suspension: $400

Now, that's just for the STOCK USED) hardware. To get to 350whp, you'd need AT LEAST an 18/20g (w/ meth or race gas) or a Green or larger (on pump gas), bigger injectors, a turboback exhaust, a fuel pump, and a tune. That's at least another $2000.

Figure around $1000 to $2000 for the labor for the swap.
STi interior: probably $500

So, you can see it's MUCH cheaper in the long run to just buy an STi outright and pay for the power upgrades. Additionally, since everything is used, you have to be careful that you're buying working parts.

If you start w/ a 2006/7 WRX, you just need the above minus the longblock. The Brembos aren't necessary if you use a 2006/7 STi tranny, but you'd have to switch out the rear diff to the 02-05 3.54 WRX rear.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:18 PM   #4
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buy one that someone already dumped the money into a full swap. it will save you a ton and your insurance will see WRX

also, sometimes you can swap WRX stuff for STi stuff (friend jesse traded his STi interior for WRX interior in full, and also swapped his STi trunk/wing for WRX trunk/wing and +$100)
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:19 PM   #5
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so basically...from what im getting...probably stick with finding an STi, thanks for the help man that cleared up a lot real quick didnt think it would be that expensive but the number crunch helped put it all into perspective real quick
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:20 PM   #6
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yes i also have considered that wawa...if anything i may just try to find some wrx with the work done to it already and hope for a low mileage good deal in a rough time like this
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:26 PM   #7
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maybe you guys can help me find some wrx's on here that have low mileage and nice mods on it that wouldnt risk its reliablity too much (im assuming any mod can be a risk, big or small) im new here, as you can see by the join date...so im trying to learn what i can. ive read some of the FAQ's and trying to take it all in so i dont always sound like an unknowledgeable buyer/enthusiast but that is also why i have posted this in the newbie section so i dont get bashed lol
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:54 PM   #8
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Our Car Buying FAQ talks about differences. As to conversion costs we have no idea as that runs the gamut from cheap to terribly expensive. You have a LOT of research to do on YOUR part, good luck with it, but we really can't help.
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