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Old 01-29-2013, 01:40 AM   #1
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My 2002 WRX has a burnt valve with 176,000 miles on the engine. I am thinking of swaping out the stock engine for a JDM rather then repairing the existing engine. Can anyone share their experience on which engine to choose? I am looking to keep it as a daily driver, and want to pass AZ emmisions. Are there any local shops that import and sell the engines, or will I need to look out of state? Thank you in advance for time.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:42 AM   #2
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I was thinking about doing this a few years ago. I think emissions was gonna be the issue. It wouldn't be legal here in the states.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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http://www.jdmracingmotors.com/

and call up JapCarRealGood aka Barry. he knows a thing or two about doing these swaps.

also what do you plan to do with your blown motor?
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:28 AM   #4
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I bought from JDMRacingMotors. I haven't finished my swap yet, so I can't speak for that, but the service I got from Robert at JDMRM was outstanding. He was very friendly and conducted a nice, open, well communicated transaction. LukeskyWRX pointed me to them after he had a similar experience. There are other vendors as well, but I have little experience with them.

Make sure you understand what ECU you need for the swap. Most of the V9 and later ECU's are immobilizer locked and cannot be used (without all the keys and RFID components).
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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http://www.jdmracingmotors.com/

and call up JapCarRealGood, aka Barry, aka DBB. He knows a thing or two about doing these swaps.

also what do you plan to do with your blown motor?
Thx BACANA!

Just got done with a FULL version 7 swap, they are fun.

Call me anytime if ya have any questions.

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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I bought from JDMRacingMotors. I haven't finished my swap yet, so I can't speak for that, but the service I got from Robert at JDMRM was outstanding. He was very friendly and conducted a nice, open, well communicated transaction. LukeskyWRX pointed me to them after he had a similar experience. There are other vendors as well, but I have little experience with them.

Make sure you understand what ECU you need for the swap. Most of the V9 and later ECU's are immobilizer locked and cannot be used (without all the keys and RFID components).
Gotta make sure you have enough bits too, it wont work without enough bits...
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:17 PM   #7
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Gotta make sure you have enough bits too, it wont work without enough bits...
Quiet. You're going to get me in more trouble. I'm already in enough trouble.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:24 PM   #8
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Quiet. You're going to get me in more trouble. I'm already in enough trouble.
From who? lol
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:37 PM   #9
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Doesn't matter. Don't stir the pot.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:44 PM   #10
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I think the problem is that there are too many bits..
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:31 PM   #11
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I think the problem is that there are too many bits..
just a bit too much....
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #12
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http://www.jdmracingmotors.com/

and call up JapCarRealGood aka Barry. he knows a thing or two about doing these swaps.

also what do you plan to do with your blown motor?
Thanks for the bits info guys. I will be contacting Barry when I get a chance. As for the blown motor, I will probably sell it after I get the car running again.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:11 AM   #13
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Yep call Barry, he will get you rocking. I have a V7, it's a blast. Just make sure to add the cost of a timing belt and water pump at minimum.

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Old 02-08-2013, 01:14 AM   #14
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I'm about 99.9% sure I'm going to do a V8 jdm ej207 swap into my wagon.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:04 AM   #15
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I'm about 99.9% sure I'm going to do a V8 jdm ej207 swap into my wagon.
Best idea for you
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:30 PM   #16
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Has anybody been through emissions on their JDM ECU's? I have emissions due in a month or so and was wondering if I should even try it with the JDM ECU. V7 STI ECU.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:50 PM   #17
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I'm about 99.9% sure I'm going to do a V8 jdm ej207 swap into my wagon.
Can't beat 8k with a stick
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