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Old 10-10-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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Subaru Stars 04 sti RHD conversion

Hey everyone Ive got a USDM 04STI and want to do a RHD conversion to it does anyone have a list or know what I'll need to do this??? or has any one even done one yet? thanks for the help

here is my baby in pasmag this month

http://www.pasmag.com/features/rides...004-subaru-sti
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:07 PM   #2
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yeah, wrong forum....probally best bet would be "Conversions Forum"

u picked a pretty good project there........
i would say close to 200 hours and lets say $10k-15k in parts from japan
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:12 PM   #3
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its not that bad. See if you can get a front clip minus the engine and trans and it is pretty straight forward. I did it on my 2.5rs
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:20 PM   #4
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^^^^for an RS yeah

but for a MY04? thinking much higher than RS rhd
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:12 AM   #5
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yeah, wrong forum....probally best bet would be "Conversions Forum"

u picked a pretty good project there........
i would say close to 200 hours and lets say $10k-15k in parts from japan
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haha.... subtract 100 hours and 13k and you'll be much closer to what it cost.....stis are harder because they are dbw and not dbc. if you get a complete harness you can run a dbc manifold harness and ecu and just get tuned for the 2.5L...or try extending wires. Its not hard but not easy.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:50 AM   #6
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It's expensive.

If you have the money, I'd say go for it.
To me it seems like a waste of money for such little purpose.

Us GC8 guys, RHD isn't that rare because some parts are pretty cheap compared to the newer stuff. Example being, buy an old rust free Impreza L for $1500, buy a JDM front clip from eBay for about $3500.

Then:
-yank everything out
-yank everything out from donor clip
-Cut fire wall on your car
-Bolt everything back in. It's all plug in play (you're basically putting everything from one car to another).
Now you got yourself JDM goodness and an STi swap.

Newer front clip stuff is in the $8k+ range. You're accounting for $$$ like Brembos, 6 speed, and OEM HID lighting.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:56 AM   #7
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Who ever your photographer was tell him to relax on the over processing.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:14 AM   #8
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What is the advantage to doing this over the factory LHD?
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:16 AM   #9
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What is the advantage to doing this over the factory LHD?
Uber JDMness? Inability to pay at toll roads? Maybe he's a postal carrier?
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:21 AM   #10
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What is the advantage to doing this over the factory LHD?
In this case I imagine it's more for the show aspect, considering the rest of the car.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:59 AM   #11
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2.785 block. APR widebody. And then Ksport brakes and XXR wheels?
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:15 AM   #12
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You want to do this why? Just move to Japan if you want a RHD car so bad. Nothing cool IMO about a converted, not authentic RHD.

No, your car still won't be JDM.
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:24 AM   #13
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It's expensive.

If you have the money, I'd say go for it.
To me it seems like a waste of money for such little purpose.

Us GC8 guys, RHD isn't that rare because some parts are pretty cheap compared to the newer stuff. Example being, buy an old rust free Impreza L for $1500, buy a JDM front clip from eBay for about $3500.

Then:
-yank everything out
-yank everything out from donor clip
-Cut fire wall on your car
-Bolt everything back in. It's all plug in play (you're basically putting everything from one car to another).
Now you got yourself JDM goodness and an STi swap.

Newer front clip stuff is in the $8k+ range. You're accounting for $$$ like Brembos, 6 speed, and OEM HID lighting.
You can find front clips without those, or just part out what's left and actually profit.

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2.785 block. APR widebody. And then Ksport brakes and XXR wheels?
Haha I noticed that too and I like how the magazine tried to make them sound amazing and rare ONLY 4 BRO. But I kinda wondered about a couple parts of that build..but that's a different story.

As to the OP's question I know someone who's had two RHD swaps (a bugeye and GC) It's no where near 15K (or anywhere near that) like someone said The easiest thing to do is to locate a front clip in japan and have it shipped over, then swap over the various dash components, bar, harness, ect ect over. Or call your local shop that's done all the work on your car, I'm sure they could give you more info.
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:31 AM   #14
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It's not worth it. You won't be any cooler, maybe pick up more chicks?, a lot of labor, time, and money, and insurance...HA! Good luck with one that will touch you... That's my $.02
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:34 AM   #15
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You want to do this why? Just move to Japan if you want a RHD car so bad. Nothing cool IMO about a converted, not authentic RHD.

No, your car still won't be JDM.
DUDE SHUT UP! This would go perfect with his JDM STI oil cap amd JDM 6000k HID kit!
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:48 AM   #16
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so you clip guys are saying that front clips will come with RHD steering rack/subframe/steering rack/pedal box?
(i have never seen suspension/steering on a clip purchase, only dash)
turbo wont be in the way of brake master cylinder/booster?
very seriously doubt USDM and JDM harnesses will be 'plug and play'
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:20 AM   #17
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Hey everyone Ive got a USDM 04STI and want to do a RHD conversion to it does anyone have a list or know what I'll need to do this??? or has any one even done one yet? thanks for the help

here is my baby in pasmag this month

http://www.pasmag.com/features/rides...004-subaru-sti
if this is in the wrong forum please tell me where to put it
I think you are 'done' with your car. You've modified everything about it, just enjoy it or get a new one and start over? All that custom interior would be nuked for a RHD conversion, and for what really?

Dunno, I guess you want it to get more attention, though you've built your car to be as attention getting as it can possibly be without being completely chrome plated or having dry ice machines belching fog out the bottom while disco balls eject from the roof or something.

Enjoy your car, but enough is enough dawg.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:27 AM   #18
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so you clip guys are saying that front clips will come with RHD steering rack/subframe/steering rack/pedal box?
(i have never seen suspension/steering on a clip purchase, only dash)
turbo wont be in the way of brake master cylinder/booster?
very seriously doubt USDM and JDM harnesses will be 'plug and play'
i haven't seen lots of subaru front clips but i have seen lots of honda and nissan front clips, you can get them with suspension and steering but the ones that dont have a motor/trans etc are unlikely to contain those components as well, however i've seen a few that did, the best way to find out beforehand is to locate a reputable source for a front clip and ask them to send detailed pictures of the clip you will be receiving since it's 10000 miles away
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:11 PM   #19
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being one of the few who have done a RHD conversion here in the states on a 04 chassis i can tell you what you need and how much time it takes. if you want pics of my car go to my build thread. "my blue eyed mistress build)
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:12 PM   #20
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oh and it cost me about 1500$
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:33 PM   #21
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its different here in Canada we have different laws about RHD we have to wait 15 years to import a car and now you cant do it at all and yes it is a show car but I do daily drive it to when I feel like it and yes I do TRACK the or why else would I put that beast of a motor in the car lol when I did the tech sheet for the for for PAMAG I was the first in North America to have the XXR's cause they where a sponsor and it just took pasmag for every to put out the feature.


now I want to do the RHD just to do it not for girls not because I cant get a real JDM sti but for the shear fact of I want to that it thats all nothing more but thank you all for what has been said
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:36 PM   #22
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and for those that have nothing good to say stop hating on what other people are doing an do some work on your car. ya I took a stock 2004 sti and changed the **** out of it that was my choice and I'm building another 3 cars right now to because its what I love to do.
I enjoy it.....
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:37 PM   #23
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1k and 40 ish hrs later, taking my time

Before:


After:



But be ready for this:
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:54 PM   #24
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looks plug n play to me
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:35 PM   #25
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Ugh..OP shoot the guy who took the pictures on that link. HDR looks like ****. When you get a crappy photog, they use their 'talent' to crank up row slide bars in photoshop to compensate for ****ty photography work.


^^ This guy: You forgot to swap over your driver controls for the windows XD
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