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Old 07-21-2007, 04:30 AM   #1
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Default 03 WRX gets a complete 07 STi transplant... ongoing day by day documentation / photos

Just wrapped up day 3 of the swap, thought some of you may be interested to follow along.
I've got a 2003 WRX. About a year ago I added a 2006 STi 6-Speed. That was pretty much the beginning of the end for me as it opened the door to so much more power potential which the stock tranny would never allow. About 6 months ago I finished the complete drivetrain by converting to 5x114 hubs, doing the R180 rear diff, STi axles, Brembos, new suspension and wheels. I had been planning to follow through on an Axis Stage 3 shortblock with JDM v7 heads, but the costs just got to be too much for an unsure thing, so when I came across a nearly new 2007 STi motor I knew it was a sign. The rest, is history...
Doing the swap with a couple friends around our full time jobs and all so progress will be slow but steady. If we get lucky we'll be buttoning things up next weekend. Anyway, on with the photos and some minor commentary thus far...


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So I haven't really announced it publicly, even though I havent really hidden it either... the Subie is going under the knife for a FULL 2007 STi transplant. Engine, ECU, Wiring, Gauge Cluster, Immobilizer, DCCD, Steering Wheel, Steering Rack, 2007 HVAC/Center Console/E-Brake Handle, 2007 STi Transmission, VF43 Turbo, annnnd a little something extra that I wont reveal just yet .

Here are photos from last week when we went to clean up the garage and drop off the motor and wiring.

We'll be pulling the car into the garage tomorrow and putting her under the knife. Fitting the swap around busy schedules, so it'll be a slow process but I'm going to make sure everything is done perfectly and no corners are cut.
Transmission, Gauge Cluster, Center Console, Turbo, and the surprise will arrive tomorrow as well.


Click the text that says "Gallery 1 pictures by btroll" in the blue box below to view the entire gallery from day 1
http://s324.photobucket.com/albums/k353/btroll/STi%20Engine%20Swap/Gallery%201/
ta da


ha, first and last time its going to look that clean...


whoever said engines arent that heavy has never lifted one


its pretty much love


onto the engine stand


wireless internetz!?!


awesome


i hate wiring


low mileage? thats an understatement



Click the text that says "Gallery 1 pictures by btroll" in the blue box below to view the entire gallery from day 1
http://s324.photobucket.com/albums/k353/btroll/STi%20Engine%20Swap/Gallery%201/
the plan for the near future is:
-APS 3" Turboback thats already on the car
-SSA FMIC and Perrin Intake that are already on the car
-walbro fuel pump thats already on the car
-Aquamist 2d alky injection that's been sitting in my room for a year
-Perrin uppipe that i already own
-TiAL 44mm EWG that i'll have to buy
-Enginuity tune

-stock VF43 turbo, stock injectors, stock turbo inlet... simple simple simple effective effective effective
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Old 07-21-2007, 04:36 AM   #2
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here is day 2, which was thursday...

ok we're calling it a night and hitting up the meet. motor and tranny are basically ready to come out, we'll be taking care of that in the morning.
fred has the entire interior out including the full dash and has begun breaking down the wiring.
we'll be back here tomorrow for a full day... should have engine and tranny out, then be able to start pulling old engine bay wiring and accessories to start making the transition to the new setup.
one thing still in question is the ABS... wiring is different on the new module and so is the hardline routing... i either need to merge the wiring (if possible, 22 pins on one, 27 on the other), get new hardlines made, or just skip the ABS alltogether. hopefully the functionality of the units is the same and it is possible to merge the wiring.
also need to figure out the fuel filter situation since the older cars had the filter in the engine bay and the new ones have the filter inside the tank.
ok thats it from me, heading out of the garage and over to the meet...


ok photoshop was being a bitch tonight but i finally got a photo gallery up...

Click the text that says "Gallery 2 pictures by btroll" in the blue box below to view the entire gallery from day 2
http://s324.photobucket.com/albums/k353/btroll/STi%20Engine%20Swap/Gallery%202/
just getting started


2007 6mt hotness


poolmike for the win


starting to strip the motor


lower dash and wheel off


upper dash off (fred did the work, pete just posed for the camera)


pretty much detached from everything


10 pieces down, 10,000 to go


storage


stripped


Click the text that says "Gallery 2 pictures by btroll" in the blue box below to view the entire gallery from day 2
http://s324.photobucket.com/albums/k353/btroll/STi%20Engine%20Swap/Gallery%202/

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Old 07-21-2007, 04:38 AM   #3
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annnd day 3, which concluded just hours ago...

here are some of my photos from the day...

Click the text that says "Gallery 3 pictures by btroll" in the blue box below to view the entire gallery from day 3
http://s324.photobucket.com/albums/k353/btroll/STi%20Engine%20Swap/Gallery%203/
prepping engine for pulling


engine and tranny split on their own. anyone who's done a tranny or engine can appreciate that a LOT


ready for lift off


real easy since we dropped the crossmember and pulled the tranny off first


shenanigans


getting real bare inside and out


old and busted


new hotness!!


we also upgraded the fridge. burgers, dogs, chicken, and beer.



Click the text that says "Gallery 3 pictures by btroll" in the blue box below to view the entire gallery from day 3
http://s324.photobucket.com/albums/k353/btroll/STi%20Engine%20Swap/Gallery%203/
swap will be resuming on monday evening, although visually it may not be too impressive in the next day or two's worth of work. lots of little stuff being changed over as well as pulling the old wiring harness and laying the new one. i'll still take plenty of photos though, you know me.

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Old 07-21-2007, 08:15 AM   #4
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excellent day by day with pics! Good luck with you guys looks like your moving along quite nicely. Subscribed!
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Old 07-21-2007, 01:32 PM   #5
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thanks, i'm tryign to remember to pick up the camera regularly which is difficult sometimes because i'm either in a rhythm or i just dont have a free hand, but trying to take as many photos as possible.
we're taking the weekend off but will be at it again monday, where i'm going to pull a lot of the accessories and wiring out of the engine bay and degrease the hell out of it, and hopefully the wiring will come out of the chassis as well. then its time to start putting stuff back into it .
i know its a ton of effort, but as i'm sure some of you can relate to, my friends and i love the project aspect of it, and seeing the hard work come to completion (in the form of 375 ft lbs of torque )
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Old 07-21-2007, 02:06 PM   #6
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im so jealous. looks like alot of fun.

where did u get the 07 drivetrain?

at least u can recoup some of ur funds when u sell off ur old 6mt and EJ205.
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Old 07-21-2007, 02:10 PM   #7
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*subscribed* great work so far!
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Old 07-21-2007, 04:21 PM   #8
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Nice, keep updating us.....
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Old 07-21-2007, 04:56 PM   #9
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man thats a nice swap. I'm in the same boat i have a 03 wrx and swapping everything over with a 05 sti
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:54 PM   #10
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thanks guys, its exciting to think about the huge change in powerband that will result in this swap... enjoying the journey getting there because i'm a wrencher at heart, but at the same time i'm anxious to get to the destination and get her running well and tuned
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Old 07-22-2007, 01:07 AM   #11
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Love the documentation, and I'm very jealous of your spacious and mostly empty workspace.
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Old 07-22-2007, 01:24 AM   #12
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haha, its my friends grandma's house! she's away for the summer and said we could use it, bless her little heart. 2 car garage that had a bunch of junk in it that we moved/cleaned. pretty much started with a nice deep 2 bay garage and although its not cramped, i wouldnt say there's any extra space. and thast with us constantly taking stuff out of the garage that we dont need there. in some of the photos you'll see that my entire interior is in her living room, some of the dash and other things are in the dining room, and we pull the wheels, hoist, and other big things outside the garage when we're there working on it. its a lot of chit to deal with, especially now that there are 2 engines and 2 transmissions both out of the car.
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:37 AM   #13
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Nice job! I'd be interested also in an outline of the cost of parts for the conversion.
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Old 07-22-2007, 11:54 AM   #14
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so who's 07 sti did you guys steal all that from and chop up... lol
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Old 07-22-2007, 01:04 PM   #15
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Where did you guys get the wiring diagrams?!
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nice work so far !
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Old 07-23-2007, 12:05 AM   #17
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the parts came from a dealer auction car... very low miles and i waited quite a while for the right thing to come along. i did pretty well price wise but if i had to guess i'd say the average is about $6k for a full drivetrain and maybe $6k for a complete motor swap with ecu, wiring, sensors, etc. but i'm just guessing here.
as for wiring diagrams? dont need em... the beauty of the swap is that its completely plug and play. so far the only things i can think of that will need to be merged are 2 wires for the rad fans, the edm hid headlights which arent plug and play already, and possibly a couple wires for the taillights. the rest of the hundreds of wires will all plug right in to their respective harnesses just like oem
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Sweet cant wait to see the pictures from tomorrow's work day!
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i'm jealous now
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Subscribed! Will be watching this space closely.... keep up the good work Wrinkleboi & friends!
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nice work fellas and good photos and updates
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:51 PM   #22
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Incredible. I pulled the EJ22 from the 91 legacy that I picked up for a dime to drop into my 99 IOS last weekend. Needless to say, I ended the day with a lot more grease on me than you guys did.

I was going to say that you are really brave to pull an engine with the car up on stands, but you had already pulled the tranny so that must have been a dream!

Keep up the documentary!
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Ahhh Lionshead and Yuengling, boy I miss PA.
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haha... love it. i would like to be clear that I bought the Yuengling, the Lionshead was my friends choice...
they're over there now working on cleaning up and swapping over the smaller stuff in the engine bay and getting the wiring harness. i'm stuck at work till 8 but i'll be going over there after that.
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what exactly is a dealer auction car and how did you get one, Nitro Don?

wow you are so lucky, GL with the project!!!!
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