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Old 12-14-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Started my LGT EJ205 swap/restoration

The project has begun. The idea is to have a slightly more modern daily driver with sporty handling and descent power, all while keeping the budget reasonable. I can't stand red cars so I'm going to do a complete color change too. You can track the progress here...

http://www.precisionchassisworks.com...onversion.html

and obviously I will update this thread too. I already bought a wrecked WRX wagon as a donor, so as soon as it arrives, I will start tearing out the engine/tranny and go to town.







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Old 12-15-2009, 11:06 PM   #2
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Cool project! What are your plans for the swap?
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:18 AM   #3
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Cool project! What are your plans for the swap?

WRX engine,tranny,diff,ECU w/merged harness, and possible the dash... although I'm not sure how well that will work with the Legacy door panels. Then STI seats and some descent 17" wheels. Custom FMIC, intake and exhaust. I'm going to go through and replace every suspension bushing and ball joint and also do struts with lowering springs.

When/if the engine or transmission ever lets go, I will do a hybrid build and/or 6 speed conversion.

The exterior will get a color change to some sort of bright blue (something like Porsche Mexico Blue, or Ford Grabber Blue) with satin black wheels, JDM headlights and tail lights.

The goal is to build the entire car for roughly the cost of a stock, used Bugeye.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:05 PM   #4
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sweet I just picked up a Newengland rusted out version same color with cloth interior im in the process of derusting the hell out of it engine bay parts bolts and the rot spots in the rear quarters and hood
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:02 PM   #5
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Very cool! The dash swap is definitely way more involved in a BD than a GC (lots of firewall mods) which is why I kept the Legacy dash & HVAC but swapped *everything* else. It was a lot more wiring than a regular harness merge, but I'm very happy with the results.

Doing all the bushings & motor mounts will definitely wake the car up. If you're going to lower it & replace the ball joints anyway it you should check out the whiteline roll center adjustment kit. 04/05 STi steering rack is a great upgrade too!
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:44 PM   #6
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how hard is the wireing supposed to be on this conversion?
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:40 PM   #7
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Very cool! The dash swap is definitely way more involved in a BD than a GC (lots of firewall mods) which is why I kept the Legacy dash & HVAC but swapped *everything* else. It was a lot more wiring than a regular harness merge, but I'm very happy with the results.

Doing all the bushings & motor mounts will definitely wake the car up. If you're going to lower it & replace the ball joints anyway it you should check out the whiteline roll center adjustment kit. 04/05 STi steering rack is a great upgrade too!

Did you do the dash swap or decide against it? If you swapped the dash, do you have any pictures?
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:09 PM   #8
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I kept the Legacy dash & HVAC but swapped *everything* else. Here are some pics which show the WRX cluster and steering wheel in the legacy dash.

If you're not comfortable with a LOT of wiring I'd stick with the ecu merge.

As far as the dash swap, the only BD/BG I know of is one ECS did, and as far as I know they decided not to attempt it again. You can get some idea of what is involved from their gallery.
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Old 12-19-2009, 04:28 AM   #9
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I was gonna call you a punk till i saw your pics of the car stripped. Holy **** on a shingle, you're getting down!!!!


Good luck!!! It will be worth it.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:39 PM   #10
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Hey was the wrx wheel a direct swap? Like wireing for the airbag plugged in and everything? I want one but im afraid ill have to modify the cruise control and airbag harness and dont want a srs ligh on all the time.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:50 PM   #11
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Hey was the wrx wheel a direct swap? Like wireing for the airbag plugged in and everything? I want one but im afraid ill have to modify the cruise control and airbag harness and dont want a srs ligh on all the time.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:34 AM   #12
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Quick update...

I've been busy with other projects, but I was able to put some hours in on this one lately. I finished pulling the drivetrain out and the rest of the wiring harness. I also started the paint work by painting the engine bay. The color is a Porsche color called "Riviera Blue" or "Mexico Blue" for the older cars. The battery tray was pretty rusted so I decided to cut it out. I'm going to be using an Odyssey battery anyway.






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Old 01-28-2010, 07:20 PM   #13
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Looks awesome! Great progress so far.
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:28 AM   #14
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It's obviously been a while since I've posted anything on this car. Basically, the chassis is painted, but I still need to do the fenders, doors, hood, decklid, bumpers and rockers. Those are easy though compared to the chassis. The engine is finally back together. I had to resist the urge to modify things while I was putting it back together. I think the only thing I did was delete the TGV's because I had to disassemble them anyway to powder coat them. Other than that, it's completely stock.
This is the junk left over after I merged the wiring harnesses...

This is the finished harness ready to be taped and put back in the car...

Here is the engine after I pulled it from the donor car. BTW, if you ever get a chance to buy a donor car from back east, expect there to be a lot of rusted hardware, and corroded aluminum.

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Old 04-04-2010, 01:29 AM   #15
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Here is the engine going back together. The list of new parts is long but here is the Reader's Digest version.
-rebuilt both heads to fix 4 bent exhaust valves
-all new seals
-timing belt
-water pump
-new infector o-rings
-new fuel lines under intake manifold
-powdercoated and painted every part that looked like crap



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Old 04-04-2010, 01:30 AM   #16
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I've been working on the suspension too, but haven't had time to take any pictures yet. Basically here's the list for the suspension...

-Whiteline sway bars front and rear
-Whiteline swaybar drop links front and rear
-Poly bushings
-Tokico D-spec's with Ground Controls
-all new brake clipers and rotors
-Stainless braided brake lines and clutch line
-sandblasted and/or repainted all suspension parts
-new ball joints
-new wheel bearings
-17x8 Rota G-force wheels (flat black w/red lip)

I'll tty to take some more pictures later this week.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:04 PM   #17
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STI Steering wheel and WRX pedals



STI seats

Modified Legacy Steering column to use 2007 WRX steering rack and WRX steering U-joints.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:26 PM   #18
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Here's the engine bay ready for the motor and tranny. I also decided to make my own radiator after I saw how thin the stock N/A LGT radiator was. This new radiator mounts in the stock location using stock mounting points and clears all of the A/C lines and fittings.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:46 PM   #19
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you made a radiator and you didn't add a feed tube for the upper tank?
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:17 PM   #20
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Obviously it's not finished in those pictures. I was in the process of test fitting the top radiator mount.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:35 PM   #21
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sweet TIG welding!
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Old 04-20-2010, 05:36 PM   #22
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The suspension is finally done.





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Old 04-20-2010, 06:57 PM   #23
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awesome project man! did you need to adjust anything to get the sti wheel to fit? also, what year sti wheel is it?
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:22 PM   #24
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I'm going to have to do some re-wiring to the clock spring for the airbag and cruise control but otherwise, it's a direct bolt-on, and the wiring should be simple. The STI wheel does sit futher back compared to to the stock LGT wheel though. The seats and wheel came from a 2007 STI
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I'm going to have to do some re-wiring to the clock spring for the airbag and cruise control but otherwise, it's a direct bolt-on, and the wiring should be simple. The STI wheel does sit futher back compared to to the stock LGT wheel though. The seats and wheel came from a 2007 STI
thats awesome. my steering wheel is beat and i've been looking at other options. not sure i'd come across an sti one though. looks great though!
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