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Old 06-04-2010, 03:11 PM   #1
unclewolf82
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Default swaping a u.s spec to jdm

ok i've got a 1994 subaru impreza wrx here in japan. i was thinking about junking it before i left and shipping the front clip back to the states. and trying to do the conversion. my question is would it be worth it or would i just be better off just trying to buy a jdm spec car in the states.
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Old 06-04-2010, 04:52 PM   #2
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why not just ship the entire car, strip the parts you need then sell the rest?
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:30 PM   #3
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its very doable RHD or LHD
and impossible to buy one here
and impossible to ship the whole car ..

sad thing is you could ship it to canada as its >25 years old
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:55 PM   #4
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strip the car and ship the smaller stuff back here along with either the engine, or trans..then when you come back bring the shell, motor, or trans with you..it will never be street legal since its JDM but there are ways of making it legal
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:02 AM   #5
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my thing is i want a rh drive car.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:22 AM   #6
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firewall swap is the way to keep RHD. ship your whole car here, in parts, but swap everything you have from your WRX into a nice rust free legal chassis. pre 96 if you need to pass emissions etc.

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Old 06-06-2010, 03:53 AM   #7
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should i cut the front clip or just bring back the engine, harnesses, and everything else
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:52 AM   #8
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i would do the clip, that way it's all there, and attached to something not just in boxes, etc. just make sure you undo the entire harness from the car and wrap it up and stuff it into the footwell for shipping. toss the differential and driveshaft there and you should be ready to swap when it arrives stateside.

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