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Old 05-10-2013, 10:27 PM   #76
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I'm in the same position are the OP was before he made his swap. I have an 06 2.5 wagon with a bad bearing.

Based on what I've read here, having all the parts ahead of time is important and if you manage to get them all from the same vehicle, you're ahead of the game. So with that said, if I were able to pick up an entire car (at auction), would I be delusional in thinking the swap would be as easy as "unbolt here -- bolt-in here"?

The EJ-series swap thread lends me to believe that the interchangeability between mutliple vehicles is fairly simple but that thread was also posted a long time ago :P.

Just looking for more advice/input from the experience crowd we have here.

For reference, I have the opportunity to bid on a 2004 WRX wagon with "minor" corner impact.

Thanks in advance!

How much do you like YOUR wagon?

The easiest thing to do is throw in a new NA ej25 shortblock, sell the car, and buy a wrx wagon. If you like your car a lot then go for the wrecked wrx and just swap everything.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:01 PM   #77
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Thanks for the read (op). You cleared up many if not all of my questions in regards to a swap. I'll save my money and go for the Rex
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:54 PM   #78
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I'm in the same position are the OP was before he made his swap. I have an 06 2.5 wagon with a bad bearing.

Based on what I've read here, having all the parts ahead of time is important and if you manage to get them all from the same vehicle, you're ahead of the game. So with that said, if I were able to pick up an entire car (at auction), would I be delusional in thinking the swap would be as easy as "unbolt here -- bolt-in here"?

The EJ-series swap thread lends me to believe that the interchangeability between mutliple vehicles is fairly simple but that thread was also posted a long time ago :P.

Just looking for more advice/input from the experience crowd we have here.

For reference, I have the opportunity to bid on a 2004 WRX wagon with "minor" corner impact.

Thanks in advance!
To answer your question directly, it is not as easy as "unbolt here, and bolt in here." that's pretty much the point I was trying to make clear from the beginning

When you take a look at your 2.5i wagon, and a WRX wagon in the same year, the look pretty identical, right? (minus the hood scoop). Even though that may be the case, they are COMPLETELY different cars, from the engine to the wiring harness, to the way the fuel is routed to the motor. you cant just throw on a turbo and call it a day, nor can you simply swap engines without doing a LOT of back end work behind the scenes. a huge portion of the wiring in your 2.5i will need to be removed and replaced with the WRX wiring

for you it would also depend on how much the wrx that you are trying to bid on will cost.

As long as you know what you are getting into, I highly recommend swapping the motor! All swaps in general are fairly simple. If you are able to get all the parts needed, including the wiring harnesses someone you trust doing the swap (or if you trust yourself, you) then you shouldn't have any problems.

if everything falls into place (meaning unicorns jump over fences, and gold is found at the end of the rainbow) then expect to spend between 6-8,000 (if you do most of the labor yourself somewhere around 4-5k)

But if not, or things don't go according to plan, it could cost a lot more than that

Hope that prespective helps
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:28 AM   #79
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I have a 2010 2.5i with a turbo and a FMIC and was currently looking into a TMIC to minimize the turbo lag. Anyways I know I have a lot of work to do but its hard when you live in Europe and you can't really get the parts you want for an engine swap, so that being said will a 2010 WRX TMIC work on my 2.5i engine if I get all the necessary parts? No one has been able to answer my question, but since you've done the swap already I figured you could help me out.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:54 PM   #80
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Radd269

I have a 2010 2.5i with a turbo and a FMIC and was currently looking into a TMIC to minimize the turbo lag. Anyways I know I have a lot of work to do but its hard when you live in Europe and you can't really get the parts you want for an engine swap, so that being said will a 2010 WRX TMIC work on my 2.5i engine if I get all the necessary parts? No one has been able to answer my question, but since you've done the swap already I figured you could help me out.
It won't mount up, if thats what you mean. you might be able to do something with a creative tuner and some fabrication.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:49 AM   #81
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this was really helpful
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:53 PM   #82
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this was really helpful
Glad you liked it! Helps to put things in prespective
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:12 PM   #83
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So I have a paid off 2007 2.5i and just bought a 2007 stiwith front end damage. How difficult will the swap be since I have all the parts?
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:54 PM   #84
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That should be a direct port, since you have all the necessary stuff, its just a matter of transferring everything from the STi to the rs. You are so lucky to have both cars, good luck,
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:53 AM   #85
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After reading this informative thread, im kinda just driven away from doing my swap. 2005 2.5i to a WRX. I did think that all you would need is a the engine, trans (if needed), rear diff, ECU, wiring harness. But as i can see you need more than this.

Kinda hoping to get 180 HP out of the Saabaru. So basically 15 additional HP somehow to OEM engine. Really want to car to mod it and make it my own, its a 5 speed and AWD! Unlike the 2010 Mazda 3 hatch i drive, 5speed automatic and FWD, it has a drive train warranty, so all i could do without running into trouble is wheels, tints and so far i did exhaust.

Idk what to do lol. Take the Saabaru to have fun, and just ignore that it has 165 hp and make the most out of it. Or just leave the car to my dad, and keep my mazda and just drive around in that.
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:06 AM   #86
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Swapping my car is definitely cheaper than buying a wrx/STi.

That's why I have a torn apart ej205 in my house right now.

The swaps aren't always cheap and easy....but if you do them right and have an older chassis like me, it's completely worth it.
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:20 PM   #87
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I'm looking at doing a swap in my 09 impreza sedan as well. Could you send me any information you have, good or bad. I've read a lot of post saying that I should just go buy a wrx, but I've got an impreza paid for with a clean body. It would be a shame to get rid of it. Thanks!
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:04 PM   #88
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-Sell 2.5i
-Buy STi
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What I would do personally, seems like it'd be far less trouble but to each his/her own
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