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Old 10-27-2008, 02:17 AM   #1
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Default My Swap: WRX Drivetrain into 98 Legacy GT Wagon UPDATE: STi Swap!!

So, I'd say that I'm about half way through my swap at this point. My wagon is in a gazillion pieces. My wiring harness is coming along slowly but surely and I'm almost broke. I've got a nice mod list. The goal is just a hair under 300awhp in a daily driver with a classy jdm look.

Here's some background on my project.... This summer I bought a 98 GT wagon with about 170k on the clock. It's a 5sp and was never in any serious accidents. It's silver with black leather. Right now it's pretty much stripped down with no motor, dash, bumpers, front fenders, motor, trans..... I bought a crashed 2002 wrx 5sp with 44k on it. It was hit in the passenger side but otherwise, in perfect running condition. It had some nice mods on it like sway bars, turboxs tmic, braided brake lines, gauges, axleback exhaust, etc. I've been selling off the parts I can't use along the way. I'm going to have to have a big garage sale when this project is done!

Recent accomplishments include: installing my 4.11 mechanical rear diff and axles, wrx rear crossmember and complete suspension, wrx front crossmember and control arms.

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Installed a wrx steering rack. I wanted to go with this over the legacy rack because I believe it has a faster ratio and the legacy rack I had had 170k on it and was leaking. I had to pick up a new wrx rack because the one that came out of my donor car had a bent arm and play in the rack. I picked one up for $135 shipped. I pulled the tie rods off the old racks I have and since they appear to be in good shape, I'll reuse the best two of them. The hard part here is making a steering knuckle that fits. The wrx rack has a shorter input shaft than the legacy rack so, you have to mate the wrx knuckle with the legacy one. AussieDan illustrates how to do this on his site. I messed up the first time by taking using the legacy knuckle and putting the wrx steering column spline on it. I really needed to use the wrx knuckle and put the legacy steering column spline on it. Lesson learned....

I also installed my 2007 STI injectors on my 2002 wrx motor today. It wasn't that hard to do, especially with the motor out of the car on a stand. I'd caution anyone doing an injector swap to be very careful when pulling the old injectors out of the manifold because sand and dirt accumulate around the injectors and when you pull them out, it all drops down into the manifold which is a PITA to clean out. If you just pull the injector really slow and when it is almost out, clean away the dirt, you'll have a much easier time of it. I also have to replace the coolant hose that goes under the expansion tank as it got destroyed when I removed the tank to get to the injectors. I reused the injector o-rings (all three).

I also installed my Megan Racing up pipe. I'm really impressed with the piece. It came with new bolts, studs and gaskets and it has a flex joint in it. Plus it's one of the cheapest ones on the market. Getting the EGT sender out of the old DP wasn't as easy as I'd hoped. Even with a special fitting wrench it started to round off the fitting so I just vise-gripped it and it came out. I had to buy an O2 sensor socket as well to get it out of the header so I could reach the up pipe bolts. Glad I have it now though.

Other than that, the only thing I did was put together my new kyb gr2's with whiteline springs. I reused the wrx top hats and strut mounts. I packed some new grease into the front strut mounts. Now I can install the rear suspension and get the back end of the car all buttoned up.
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Old 10-27-2008, 02:33 AM   #2
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Old 10-27-2008, 02:35 AM   #3
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sounds goooooood

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Old 10-27-2008, 01:29 PM   #4
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Okay, here are some pics of what I started with. These are the pics that the guy who sold me the car sent. I've got to take some updated ones of the project....






and some goodies.. gr2's and whiteline control springs.. :-)



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Old 10-27-2008, 01:33 PM   #5
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Old 10-27-2008, 01:42 PM   #6
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Other mods waiting to be installed...
STI goldies with Bridgestones
wrx 4 pot front calipers
perrin front sway bar
jdm front and rear bumpers
jdm fog lights
jdm head lights
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greddy 3" dp
wrx driver seat
wrx momo wheel
spt intake

oh and forgot to mention that I already installed a set of legacy ss vented rear brakes.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:19 AM   #7
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Got a bit more done this weekend. I installed my rear suspension. I tried to bolt on my vf43 but i realized that the new studs that came with my megan racing uppipe are too long and won't allow the downpipe to fit so I have to go to subaru for some oem studs.

I put some time into my wiring harness too. I've got all the legacy ecm wires labeled and I've got all the wrx ecm wires labeled. Now I have to label all the wires that come from the wrx engine compartment that don't go to the ecm and then figure out the splices that need to be made.

I realized that the flat hood from a regular legacy that I got has the same skeleton underneath with mounting holes for an air scoop from a wrx. That will make cutting it out and fitting my aftermarket scoop a lot easier.

Next job is to fit my new timing belt. Then drop this motor in!
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:15 AM   #8
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man NY brings on some rust huh? I guess I'm just used to Cali cars.
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:56 PM   #9
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Actually, no body rot on this car at all. A few bolts on the engine compartment but that's normal.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:09 AM   #10
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Found out the hard way that the new studs Megan Racing gives you with their up pipe are too long for the front holes where the downpipe needs to bolt to the turbo. Had to remove two old ones from the old uppipe and install them so the dp would clear.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:55 AM   #11
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Nice to see another '98 Legacy swap.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:49 PM   #12
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A little update.... I finally dropped my motor in today. I got totally sidetracked with my Ford F150. I bought it about 8 months ago and it has been a nightmare! I've basically rebuilt the entire damn thing. Anyway, it's just about done now and I'm ready to get back to work on the subi.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:59 PM   #13
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Oooh, you're local to me, I would love to see this in person. The BG is my second favorite Subaru wagon besides the SF .
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:10 PM   #14
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So, over the past few months all I got done was prepping the motor. I did a TGV delete myself which wasn't that hard at all. I put the top of the motor back together with new gaskets and a new timing belt. I then put my resurfaced flywheel on and installed the new ACT clutch and pressure plate. After putting my hybrid steering nuckle together and installing it, (see pics below) I put some protection in front of my ac condensor and dropped the motor in. It went in pretty easy. The toughest part was aligning the clutch fork. I had to separate the motor once because I pinched the fork between the pressure plate and the throwout bearing. It all went together nicely after that though. I'm using a v2 wrx sti trans with 4.11 gearing which has a pull style fork ( I think.. It's the reverse from the stock wrx and I'm spacing on whether it's pull or push). So, I got that all hooked up. I bolted the trans to the motor and that's where I left off. I'm gonna spend a few more hours in the garage tomorrow to keep the momentum going.



Steering knuckle with half legacy gt (top) and half wrx (bottom)

Motor ready to go in
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Engine bay ready for motor

There she goes!

BAM!!!

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Old 12-30-2009, 10:20 PM   #15
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I got some more good news the other day. I took an autobody class when I was in high school. I had a super cool teacher. He let me repaint my 68 camaro. We got along really well and he even had me paint his car while I was there. I went back to visit him while I was doing a financial workshop for teachers at BOCES. He offered the shop to me if I ever have any paint/bodywork to do. I think I'm going to take him up on his offer to put a fresh coat on the scoob. My plans are to delete the roof rack and install my JDM bumpers/headlights/foglights. It should be pretty damn sweet.
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Installed my kart boy shifter bushings and SPT short shifter too. Had to hack off a shifter arm and weld on one from another shifter to mate up to my JDM trans. It came out really nice though and the throw is nice an tight and short. Just lovely.
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Hey i just got abck into the subaru game with a 98 lgt wagon myself. Im in the process of finding a job so i can wrx swap mine as well. i live kinda close to brewster like 30 minutes. Would you mind if i was to come take a look at your swap progress some time?
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:14 PM   #19
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:19 PM   #20
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I got a few small things done today. I installed the starter (the one from the legacy not the wrx). I also lined up the steering column, steering knuckle and tie rods. Then I hooked up the power steering lines. What a PITA that was. Got em done though.

Next is doing a test fit of the wiring harness. I'm sure that'll be fun.
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cool seems like alot of these are popping up seeing that there getting pretty cheap and the GC's are rear and more money I just got a red legacy-gt for a 1000.00 bucks perfect for a swap and lighter than my bugeye wagon and handles great
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Hey i just got abck into the subaru game with a 98 lgt wagon myself. Im in the process of finding a job so i can wrx swap mine as well. i live kinda close to brewster like 30 minutes. Would you mind if i was to come take a look at your swap progress some time?
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Geteclipse, sure man, come on by. Pm me and we'll coordinate a time.

It's been too damn cold in CT to get much done over the past few weeks but I did make one big step. I got a whiteboard and put it up on my garage wall. Now I'll have a place to make a to-do-list and stay on task.
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Geteclipse, sure man, come on by. Pm me and we'll coordinate a time.

It's been too damn cold in CT to get much done over the past few weeks but I did make one big step. I got a whiteboard and put it up on my garage wall. Now I'll have a place to make a to-do-list and stay on task.
Braving the cold is part of the fun!
The white board is a good idea, I wish I had thought about that during my swap.
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