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Old 01-13-2016, 09:05 AM   #1
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Default 14 wrx hatch totalled, swapping everything to 2000 rs

So a friend of mine totaled his 14 wrx hatch when some one T boned him recently. My 00 rs is looking like its gonna get the turbo engine its always wanted now.

Ive searched but came up dry for anyone swapping the Canbus style EJ. If you have any info or words of wisdom before we get going on this, Im all ears.

Im thinking we need to pick up a 04-05 sti or pre 08 wrx intake mani, harness and ecu and merge it with the rs. That seems like the easiest route. Does this sound about right? We even considered swapping the dash and everything.

We are able to grab everything off of the wrx So ill be using as much as possible and parting out what we can't use. Also parting out what we remove from the rs as well so stay tuned for that.

As for goals with the car, were looking at around 300 Whp, nothing too crazy.
Theres always room to grow later if we get bored. We plan on using the 5MT and diff from the WRX unless we can find a 6MT for a decent price before we get started.
This car will be run pretty hard at times so we need it to be reliable and happy when being pushed.

So thats where we stand at the moment, anyone care to share some tips and tricks? Thanks.

Heres the platform for reference, and also my LGT wagon for good measure





Big happy family here...
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Old 01-14-2016, 01:14 PM   #2
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Bumpo... project is under way...
The good stuff...





Looks like the seats will fit with a little massaging

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Old 01-14-2016, 11:58 PM   #3
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Awesome! I want a swapped RS coupe someday!
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:27 AM   #4
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So i was pretty excited about this project because my buddy wanted to upgrade the turbo, which meeeeeeans, the vf52 wouldn't have a home anymore, so I was gonna toss it in my lgt wagon until I pulled it out and saw this...




Bummer for sure. This car only had 36k miles on it, I have no idea how the comp was damaged so bad in such a short time. Everything else on the turbo is great, shaft play is non-existent and the thing still looks brand new. My only guess is someone didn't set the air filter correctly and some debris made its way in. How unfortunate. Maybe I can get this rebuilt?
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:20 PM   #5
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So this happened today...










I pulled the bulkhead harness out to get it to over to iwire. And since it was bare I decided to try and shove the dash from the wrx in. Surprisingly, it look like it will fit with some mild fab work. there is some tabs on the rear ducting that hit the firewall right below the windshield, I removed the duct and it snugs right up to the glass. The dash will be about the only piece of interior remaining in this car besides seats and a center console, so Im not to worried about the gaps on the ends of the dash. If I can get it to bolt up, this changes the plan of the car, If its possible for me to swap this entire thing over from the wrx I will not need to go with the 07 STI partswe originally planned on or have iwire do the merge. Would be saving some decent money that way...decisions decisions.

I also mounted the seats somewhat, the front two bolt holes line up with no issues. The rear 2 are a different story. The inner hole has a pretty big gap from the bracket to the tunnel, where the old seat bolts directly to the tunnel, this one is about 2 inches away. The outer hole is very close, I could probably bore out the hole a little bigger on the rail and squeeze the bolt in.
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Old 02-06-2016, 02:28 PM   #6
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this awesome! keep us posted!
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Old 02-09-2016, 12:20 PM   #7
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Keeping my eye on this one, looks fun.
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Old 02-17-2016, 12:33 AM   #8
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So I pulled there trans and engine the other day. I pulled the crossmember and put it next to the new one. they look pretty damn close to me.


It lined up great. but the bolts for the old frame where a bit to short. So I'm gonna have to find some longer bolts because I don't think i can get the old ones from the wrx anymore.








I also mounted up the steering rack from the wrx since the rs unit wouldn't bolt up to the new frame. Now the steering coupler will need to be cut and rewelded to the old coulper due to the different splines. Also the inner tie rods on the new rack are longer than the old cars setup. I tried swapping them over but the threads on them didn't match. So we ordered a set of sti control arms and rear links so wide track here we come. I also mounted up the hubs and brakes with no issues. The abs sensor is slightly different so i will have to use the ones from the wrx.


While everything was out i decided to give the bay a good scrub down. came out pretty clean, now I'm thinking we should throw some paint down to really make it nice.











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Old 03-06-2016, 12:21 PM   #9
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So finally got some parts in.


The superpro arms and Whiteline links are for a GD STI. Hoping to get a wide track for this beast.


The forward bushing on the front arms was a little too wide to fit in the crossmember so it had to be shaved down a bit to get it to fit in.


The rears went in super easy except one the bushings on the rear lat link seem to rust/weld itself to the alignment bolt. So I had to cut out the old arm to grab the sleeve with a pipe wrench to get it off. That took a couple hours longer than I was hoping. Im also wondering if these trailing arms are gonna need to be swapped to something else as well. Feedback is appreciated.

Starting to look good underneath


Also decided to mount the engine in. Fit in like a glove of course, what do you expect.





I still need to figure out what I'm going to do with the steering coupler to get the column hooked up to the rack. Probably gonna cut and weld.

If anyone sees something I'm missing or should be doing please feel free to let me know. I'm only human and mistakes happen. Until next time, Cheers!
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:29 AM   #10
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This is epic. Subscribing for more. Cheers man
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Old 03-16-2016, 01:06 PM   #11
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Keep it going! Builds like these make me happy lol. Nice work so far!
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Old 03-17-2016, 01:06 PM   #12
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i love it.

I have thought about sacrificing my wrx to the swap gods once or twice. if it gets wrecked, its going into my brat, lol.
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:00 PM   #13
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What a dream build. Good for you guys for making it happen. I hope it turns out amazing. What do you do for the ECU in a case like this? Swap from the WRX? Standalone? I have no knowledge on the subject of swaps/conversions and I am curious.

best of luck!
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:11 PM   #14
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New stuffs...

I mounted the wheels from the wrx today. they fit front and rear. The front stick out past the fender a bit, not a problem. the rear fit flush as hell but unfortunately they rub on the strut. I need to install some camber bolts and see if I can get it to move away a bit. If not, then ill have to add spacers.
The plan is to flare this car out so the wheels still need to come out a bit.






Don't mind thew front ride height since its missing the whole top of the engine and a trans at this point. I plan on going to the shop tomorrow and maybe mounting the clutch and trans to make sure we aren't going to run into any issues. So well see how it looks then.

For those who are using the rear sti links, at the time of this picture, they are adjusted all the way in (I have the whiteline adjustables) And they sit flush. Now when I adjust them out, its only going to be pushing out the bottom, resulting in crazy camber, Whats the solution to correct this? Camber bolts? Different struts? Also what should I do with the trailing arms? swap them to something else? upgrade the bushings on the ones I have now?

More updates coming....
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Old Yesterday, 05:40 PM   #15
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Sorry for lack of updates.
But it pays off to be patient.

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