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Old 05-10-2002, 04:39 AM   #1
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How feasable is this?

Buy an STi from Japan or foreign country, import it, get it registered as a track use car or showroom use or something like that.

Goto junkyard find crashed WRX, take VIN's and associated stuff (i think there are unique codes on the engine block.

Get it reregistered as a salvage titled car
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Old 05-10-2002, 06:39 AM   #2
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You can probably get away with it, but doesn't it cost something like 40-50K to get an imported car delivered and federalized? It might be better to stay on the lighter gray side of the law and just mod the hell out of a standard WRX. Bigger turbo, turboback, see if you can throw on a front LSD...might cost significantly less...
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Old 05-10-2002, 06:45 AM   #3
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You can probably get away with it, but doesn't it cost something like 40-50K to get an imported car delivered and federalized? It might be better to stay on the lighter gray side of the law and just mod the hell out of a standard WRX. Bigger turbo, turboback, see if you can throw on a front LSD...might cost significantly less...
I think the fee is substantially less if you register it as a track car or show car (ie, it will never be driven on public roads)
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Old 05-10-2002, 07:38 AM   #4
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You'd think they'd check the VIN's that closely? When they look up the VIN it will show up as an Impreza! And since it's still an Impreza...heheh

WRX, STi..I doubt they will notice the difference

Especially since they look so similar.

hmm..
1) purchase LHD STi from Europe
2) Import and register for off road use only
3) goto junk yard get VINs from wrecked latemodel impreza (preferablly wrx)
4) replace vin's onto the STi
5) register this "new" car as a salvaged wrx that u restored

TADA!

And with this post I am no longer a scoobie newbie!
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Old 05-10-2002, 08:30 AM   #5
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I don't know....sounds rather illegal to me. It will not be cheap to do and I am sure if you get caught your gonna either lose the car, pay big money in fines, or both. It would probably be easier and less expensive if you just waited for the USDM STI or modded the hell out of a WRX like the other guy said.

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Old 05-10-2002, 10:06 AM   #6
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There is definitely no queston as the to legality of doing such a thing...it's blatantly illegal. From my understanding, it's a crime just to posess the unique rivets used to attach VIN plates to a vehicle. (Yes, they are a unique shape!)

That said, it's your money. Personally, I'm just not a big fan of committing federal offenses....
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Old 05-10-2002, 10:30 AM   #7
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Too much money for that. I have heard that it is a pain to bring the car overseas by yourself. There is a lot of paperwork and legality stuff to go through. Not really worth it if you ask me. I say wait for the US Spec Sti and just modify that.
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Old 05-10-2002, 03:51 PM   #8
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In my state that's a felony, sonny. This POLICE OFFICER dumped his career just to save a few bucks. He rolled back the odometer on his Mustang before trading it.

http://timesargus.nybor.com/Archive/.../Article/45310

FYI, there are several hidden VIN's stamped into the unibody, on hidden stickers, etc. etc. etc. Some are even "blind" stamped into structural panels and can only be revealed with acid and/or magnetic powder. I'm not kidding. It's the same way a gun with a scraped off serial number can sometimes still be traced.

It ain't worth it. Just soup up a WRX or wait for the STi.
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Old 05-10-2002, 11:04 PM   #9
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Lightbulb The legal way...

There's a better legal way, if you have 10 grand or so in addition to the price of the car.

www.sunshine-car-import.com

www.automotiveconversion.com

www.wallacelab.com
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Old 05-10-2002, 11:37 PM   #10
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Default Re: How feasable is this?

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How feasable is this?

Buy an STi from Japan or foreign country, import it, get it registered as a track use car or showroom use or something like that.

Goto junkyard find crashed WRX, take VIN's and associated stuff (i think there are unique codes on the engine block.

Get it reregistered as a salvage titled car

your better off buy two junk cars. The STI doner car, and what ever you want for a salvage title.

take the doner parts you want/need to make your "salvaged" STI.

It's been done BTW.. Just look for big Al's posts in the forced factory induction forum
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Old 05-11-2002, 12:34 AM   #11
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if you're willing to spend the money to import a car...import a nissan skyline gt-r. now that's a car
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Old 05-11-2002, 09:31 PM   #12
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Why don't you just buy a WRX and then buy Sti parts. For example the turbo the Sti uses, internals, intercooler, etc.
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Old 05-11-2002, 09:37 PM   #13
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The honest way - buy an STI front clip (inclduing transmission) from japan. Insert it into a US WRX body. I have a friend doing this (to the RS) and I think this is what Al is doing too. Good Luck.
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Old 05-13-2002, 05:27 PM   #14
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that would be a 3rd degree felony in Florida - punishable by up to 5 years in prison. And, yes, they do check the VINS that closely. The insurance companies have their own fraud units and that is one of their main duties.
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Old 05-13-2002, 10:21 PM   #15
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i know a guy that imported a mercedes from germany to save money...by the time that he got the car here(to the US) he ended up paying basically the same price as if he had bought it here...that's pretty much where all the extra money goes to...

the only pro to getting the car from there was that he got to go to the mercedes factory to pick it up...he got a tour of their facilities and he got to test his car on the autobahn...other then that he thinks he should have just bought it here...
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