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Old 09-30-2010, 09:55 AM   #1
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Default Need some help!

So my girl saw and rs sti the other day and wants one.... So now its my job to build her one...My problem is i really dont know much about these cars really she just wants the looks of it she could car less about preformance but since my wrx is going under the knife soo it be nice to drive it for the next couple of months while i build my wrx.What im looking for is just some idea what im getting myself into i joined an rs forum but if anyone can give me some ideas on like part sites that are good maybe links to some build threads just so i can have an idea what im getting into.Also what years were the actual rs sti like 97-2001 and then which gc8 years will work for body panel ie bumpers spoilers and such.Is there a large aftermarket support for them like the newer wrx ie can i find knock off parts on ebay and such??I really appreciate any help im sure im going to get alot of "Hey buddy thats what the search function is for" But i really could care less
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:35 AM   #2
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There's nothing quite like an RSTI, they are very quick even on a stock turbo and STI exhaust. I had an APS SR55 on mine and she made 400whp, lots of fun!

Here's a great thread to give you an idea of what you'd be getting into:


Essentially, almost everything from a GD-chassis STI will directly bolt into a GC chassis. My RSTI had a complete '04 STI swap with subframe, suspension, Brembos etc. The few things that don't bolt-in can be made to fit relatively easily.

Even the DBW gas pedal assembly works flawlessly with an ECS adapter bracket. The most difficult part of the swap is merging the harnesses, and if that intimidates you, there are guys that will do it for a very reasonable rate.



As for the recipient chassis, any 93-01 Impreza will work, and it's easy enough to convert any '98 and earlier cars to the '99-'01 RS look.



Here are three of the more respected Subaru swap shops in the GC community...




Lastly, I can tell you that this swap is easiest with a complete donor car, as that way you have full access to every nut, bolt, washer and gasket that you'll need (not to mention the gas tank etc).
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:31 AM   #3
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wow thanks alot im going to start shoping around for a nice gc8 car to work off
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