Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday April 18, 2015
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Technical > Subaru Conversions

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-23-2005, 05:07 PM   #1
240kat
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 90366
Join Date: Jul 2005
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Vehicle:
1997 Cherokee
Red

Default bugeye front end on 04-05 sti?

i searched and couldnt find much. any cutting/trimming or anything like that needed? I assume fenders, headlights, hood, and front bumper. Do i need radiator support too?
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
240kat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2005, 06:35 PM   #2
o2sys
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 43842
Join Date: Sep 2003
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NYC
Vehicle:
200? WRX STI
Aspen White

Default

this is been discussed a couple of times....the answer is yes, from 02-05 all front ends mostl likely even the new 06 are swappable (sp?) but is not just a simple bolt on and bolt off. Small things like new headlight brackets and removing and changing the fenders and maybe the bumper beem is required.
o2sys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2005, 09:27 PM   #3
240kat
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 90366
Join Date: Jul 2005
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Vehicle:
1997 Cherokee
Red

Default

pics?
240kat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2005, 09:37 PM   #4
WickedRydaX
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 31900
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Fort Collins, Co
Default

It can be done, think ESX did a 02 to 04, so if it works one way it would the other as well.
MCL
WickedRydaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2005, 09:49 PM   #5
o2sys
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 43842
Join Date: Sep 2003
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NYC
Vehicle:
200? WRX STI
Aspen White

Default

chargespeed sells a kit by the way
o2sys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2005, 03:03 AM   #6
FuelInjection09
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 94826
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: California
Default

It's an easy swamp, just some drilling and minor spot welding... no big deal. I love the 02-03 with the dark JDM projector lights. Pure sex.
FuelInjection09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2005, 05:22 AM   #7
Spooln4
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 89561
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: ANCHOR-town...
Vehicle:
04 STi Aspen White
05 Yamaha R1

Default

just curious as to why you would want to do this...spend all that money on an STi (i know i have one) just to rip apart to try and make it look like an older model

but i mean whatever floats your boat
Spooln4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2005, 08:24 PM   #8
240kat
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 90366
Join Date: Jul 2005
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Vehicle:
1997 Cherokee
Red

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spooln4
just curious as to why you would want to do this...spend all that money on an STi (i know i have one) just to rip apart to try and make it look like an older model

but i mean whatever floats your boat
i want STi everything (suspenion, torque, interior and so on) but i love my bugeye front end.

I could care less about the sleeper aspect.
240kat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2010, 01:42 AM   #9
Bugeye_STI
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 230032
Join Date: Nov 2009
Default

Sorry for the necro, but Im interested in this as well, and given that its been 5 years, I have to think someone has done this.

Ive searched both NASIOC and google till Im blue in the face and found next to nothing useful, anyone have any links to a journal or some such with good info on exactly what it takes to put a bugeye front end on an 04-07 sti?
Bugeye_STI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2010, 09:46 AM   #10
mailnome
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 235305
Join Date: Jan 2010
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Hagerstown,md
Vehicle:
2002 blob swap wrx
was wrb

Default

I did the opposite, 02-03 to 04-05. Did some light front end damage to mine and found a guy on Craigslist that was going to do his 02. He worked in parts and had collected most of the parts but had decided not to after he realized what the cost was going to be. Had to find a few small things to finish it out. http://opposedforces.com. This site helped me figure out what I needed. Beside the obvious body panels, I needed the core support with headlight buckets, bumper beam(bumper foam is almost identical, Sti has corners cut to clear the 04 fog light area), and possibly apron under headlights if you want your ac condenser to bolt in or the proper year ac condenser (mine is zip tied in now). The front mounting points for the fenders are off, so those will have to be modded/fabbed up. And your headlight harness will need to modified which wasn't to bad since all the wires are the same color. I ended up with a slight gap between the hood and grill, but it is not terrible. Probably wouldn't be noticeable on a darker car. Find somebody, preferably old school, who knows what they are doing and let them know beforehand that this is not a direct swap. So you don't get a quote and then the guy is like WTF, I didn't know I had to do all this extra isht.
mailnome is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2010, 12:49 AM   #11
Toadz
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 262903
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Western WI
Vehicle:
2003 WRX
Silver

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mailnome View Post
I did the opposite, 02-03 to 04-05. Did some light front end damage to mine and found a guy on Craigslist that was going to do his 02. He worked in parts and had collected most of the parts but had decided not to after he realized what the cost was going to be. Had to find a few small things to finish it out. http://opposedforces.com. This site helped me figure out what I needed. Beside the obvious body panels, I needed the core support with headlight buckets, bumper beam(bumper foam is almost identical, Sti has corners cut to clear the 04 fog light area), and possibly apron under headlights if you want your ac condenser to bolt in or the proper year ac condenser (mine is zip tied in now). The front mounting points for the fenders are off, so those will have to be modded/fabbed up. And your headlight harness will need to modified which wasn't to bad since all the wires are the same color. I ended up with a slight gap between the hood and grill, but it is not terrible. Probably wouldn't be noticeable on a darker car. Find somebody, preferably old school, who knows what they are doing and let them know beforehand that this is not a direct swap. So you don't get a quote and then the guy is like WTF, I didn't know I had to do all this extra isht.
Thanks for the info. Is there any way to clean up the gap you speak of? My sister's '03 WRX is an insurance find with heavy front end damage. Her bf bought '04-'05 front fenders and hood telling her that it's an easy bolt on job (he does body work, never worked on a Subaru before). Is it possible you could give me a complete list of items needed for the swap? Her car basically needs everything for a front end so she figured she'd do an '04 swap because she likes the looks better. If it's too much of a pain for an average backyard mechanic to tackle I can try selling the '04 parts and buying the correct year parts.
Toadz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2010, 06:09 PM   #12
BeanerSubie
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 264201
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Dillon, SC
Vehicle:
04rs 89 LSx Stang

Default

I'm starting the process of doing this too.. is there a real thread dedicated to this how to? if not i'll do one with mine. but i have searched.
BeanerSubie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2010, 09:33 AM   #13
mailnome
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 235305
Join Date: Jan 2010
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Hagerstown,md
Vehicle:
2002 blob swap wrx
was wrb

Default

I think I can close the gap if I raise the bumper beam up some. I don't know if I can just loosen the bolts and push up on it, or if I need to widen the holes out first. As for a parts list, ahhhh, I used that oppossedforces web site to check part numbers for both years. It's kinda a pain in the arse. Had each pulled up in different tabs and a lot of flipping back and forth and writing. Anything with the same number, or alternate part number, will work between the years and the few things I mentioned above are similar enough to make work. If the BF has the skills, tools, and access to the book measurements, he shouldn't have to much trouble. I guess that all depends on how bad the damage is on your sister's car is too.
mailnome is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2010, 06:27 PM   #14
Toadz
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 262903
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Western WI
Vehicle:
2003 WRX
Silver

Default

The car is heavily damaged, not sure why he ever thought it'd be an easy project. It's definitely going to cost more than she was led to believe. Might have to do what you did and just make a list of part numbers and do the work myself. Never done body work before but if I do enough research I can figure anything out.
Toadz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2010, 05:14 PM   #15
Ethan_Drift
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 264930
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: South Anchorage
Vehicle:
2011 GT, Evo 8
White

Default

Just my .02. The Chargespeed kit (atleast for the 04-05 to 06-07 is pretty much just the upper tie bar on the core support. Which you can buy from the dealership for $50 instead of $327.
Ethan_Drift is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2010, 12:24 AM   #16
Toadz
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 262903
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Western WI
Vehicle:
2003 WRX
Silver

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ethan_Drift View Post
Just my .02. The Chargespeed kit (atleast for the 04-05 to 06-07 is pretty much just the upper tie bar on the core support. Which you can buy from the dealership for $50 instead of $327.
Sorry but I'm a newb when it comes to body components/terminology but what is the upper tie bar on the core support? Are you saying you'd just need this tie bar and all the '04-'05 components to do the swap?
Toadz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2010, 12:31 AM   #17
meccjoo
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 97522
Join Date: Oct 2005
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: LA
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spooln4 View Post
just curious as to why you would want to do this...spend all that money on an STi (i know i have one) just to rip apart to try and make it look like an older model

but i mean whatever floats your boat
who cares if it is an older model, hell the gc looks better than any newer impreza to date.
meccjoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2010, 10:28 AM   #18
YupiDriveASubaru
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 187378
Join Date: Aug 2008
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Rochester Hills/Troy, MI
Vehicle:
2003 Impreza WRX
Sonic Yellow

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by meccjoo View Post
who cares if it is an older model, hell the gc looks better than any newer impreza to date.
It's totally just personal preference.. I've been driving my bug eye for a few years and i'm tired of looking at the same thing.. but i know people with newer models that love the bug eye look.. i'd def swap mine but sonic yellow is just a pain because no one wants to have to paint and swap all the parts.. :|

and i'm just realizing that i think i quoted the wrong post.. whatever.. lol
YupiDriveASubaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
06-wrx front end to 04-05 wrx front end? Speeding101 Subaru Conversions 11 03-29-2011 05:21 PM
WTT my 02 Bugeye front end to 04-05 Front end. KassanovaSTi Private 'Wanted' Classifieds 0 10-28-2007 11:51 AM
06 wrx front end on 04-05 WRX jaysome01 Subaru Conversions 2 12-15-2006 12:40 PM
Bugeye front end sheetmetal on 04/05 STi? JoeTX Interior & Exterior Modification 4 01-23-2006 12:08 PM
02 wrx front end swap on 04/05 sti? Spooled Subaru Conversions 6 11-23-2005 09:59 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2015 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.