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Old 11-12-2008, 05:37 PM   #1
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hey guys, i recently crashed my wrx wagon and have about 6000$ in damage. right now i have the opportunity to convert to the sedan fenders. the shop said the only differences between my wagon and a sedans front end would be the bumper cover, then fenders, and the wheel well shields. has anyone else converted their front ends from wagon to sedan? are there any parts that ive missed? and also... its going to cost me about 500$ extra out of my own pocket to do this compared to just using the normal wagon parts. so im just looking for some opinions as well about this being worth it.
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:59 PM   #2
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Thats all you need for looks.. For the mechanical aspect, you need new control arms, swaybar, and endlinks...

If you only have money for the mechanical OR the looks, I HIGHLY suggest you do the mechanical conversion... Otherwise the wheels just look too tucked in with the sedan fenders... Plus, widening the front track gave large improvements in handling...
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:17 PM   #3
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well how much would i be spending on the mechanical parts?
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:41 PM   #4
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sedan arms cost about $100 used, a sway bar would be about $150 new or $100 used, and endlinks cost about $80...

So figure about $300 gets you the mechanical conversion and much better handling!
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:07 PM   #5
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thats not bad at all. but seeing as though im just trying to make it through college, im gunna have to pass up the 800 dollar upgrade
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:58 PM   #6
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Why did Subaru make the wagon narrower anyhow?
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:25 PM   #7
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idk and i dont like it
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:33 PM   #8
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wish wagons had sedan frontends stock
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:01 PM   #9
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Why did Subaru make the wagon narrower anyhow?

Because if it looked any sweeter with a wider body, they'd never sell the sedans
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:15 AM   #10
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The only thing I don't like is that now the front is wider looking and the back is not. Unless you reskin the back end too. If it is what you like then go for it!
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Because if it looked any sweeter with a wider body, they'd never sell the sedans
^^ Because of this. I couldnt have said it any better. Think about it...right now, the STI WRX and STI hatch are the most popular model. They look much better then the sedan IMO. Plus you get more utility from a wagon.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:05 AM   #12
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this thread is from 2008...

Though I do agree that wagons, if done right can look better than sedans.

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