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Old 07-02-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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Well, after 3 months, Im finally getting around to showing my project. I picked up a 02 wrx with 56k miles in early march originally planning to put a 4cyl. turbo back in. (previous owner took the engine out). Well, changed my mind and went for the ls1 since I seen it done before and had to do one myself. This is my 3rd wrx btw. Anyways, finally picked up a complete ls1/t56 in late march and got started. This has not been a easy swap at all. The pics aren't that good because apparently my iphone doesn't take good pics anymore.



Custom fab'd crossmember I made. Stock steering rack bolts right up. Unfortunately, I had to drop the rack 2-3" to clear the oil pan so i'll have to get the spindles fixed so the tie rod ends are in line with the control arms to minimize or eliminate bump steer.







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Old 07-02-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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This is where it sits as of now. The motor turns over, but still have a little wiring left, and im waiting on a fuel pump unit and deatschwerks high flow pump.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:51 PM   #3
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Awesome project man what are your plans for the rear end/axle set up? Any way you could set up the oe subaru ac compressor into the bay?

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Old 07-04-2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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You sick bastard, you better finish this thing and post pics.

and a burnout video!
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:00 PM   #5
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that looks factory! jealous...
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:11 PM   #6
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Nice swap!

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Awesome project man what are your plans for the rear end/axle set up? Any way you could set up the oe subaru ac compressor into the bay?

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It would be easier to use the GM compressor and make custom lines. Custom lines are necessary either way.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:01 PM   #7
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Awesome!
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:07 AM   #8
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Gorgeous !
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:47 AM   #9
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Thanks guys. And yeah, I'm using the gm compressor. I just need to get lines made.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:22 AM   #10
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That's . . . just SICK!

Love it! subscribed!
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:20 AM   #11
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Can't wait to see this done! I've been wanting to do this swap. Can't beat ls motors. I'd be happy to make 500whp naturally aspirated! Finish the car already! And I'll pay you to make a copy of the sub frame and mounts etc like a swap kit lol.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:26 PM   #12
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I can't wait to see a 1/4 mile pass and some nasty sideways burnouts!
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:30 AM   #13
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this thread neeeds videos
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:06 AM   #14
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this thread needs more updates! more pics!
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:16 PM   #15
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Single or dual exhaust? Single would be legit. Sound like a big cammed ej
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:21 AM   #16
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Legit idea.

Engine plus header clearance looks good. How close are those thing to the steering rack?
Update more if possible!

I'm interested to see how the driveshaft and exhaust system turns out.

Are you also making a custom gauge cluster?
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:38 AM   #17
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Its been done a few times guys...... the stock cluster and shifter location look normal when done. Plenty of videos on youtube of LS powered WRXs. That guy who put a procharger on his LS7 powered WRX was wicked fast!

The rear end will need just as much swapping as the engine hahaha. Civette put a 10" Supra rear diff in his to hold the power of a stock LSx engine and 6 speed. The stock subaru rear diff only lasted a couple days.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:21 PM   #18
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I dont have much of an update but I did a few things and fired it up only to realize i didn't have oil pressure, which is what i've been working on the past few evenings after work. Turns out, the engine just needed to be primed, which took awhile. If everything goes smoothly, I might be able to finish it up and drive it this weekend. Anyways, heres a pic...looks a little more finished.


And yes, I plan on running single 3" exhaust. The headers are pretty close to the steering rack. I'll probably wrap some of it to shield it from the heat, but everything has good clearance. I'll be using the stock cluster so the interior looks factory.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:30 PM   #19
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That looks awesome! Props on the clean install!

Do you LS swap guys modify the stock rear subframe for the rear end?
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:40 PM   #20
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Its been done a few times guys...... the stock cluster and shifter location look normal when done. Plenty of videos on youtube of LS powered WRXs. That guy who put a procharger on his LS7 powered WRX was wicked fast!

The rear end will need just as much swapping as the engine hahaha. Civette put a 10" Supra rear diff in his to hold the power of a stock LSx engine and 6 speed. The stock subaru rear diff only lasted a couple days.
I'd like to know where you saw an ls7 powered wrx. I've only seen 2 on youtube...one was the blue 03 with the 6.0 LS and an yellow 03? with an ls2, which I only saw idling, so I dont know how that turned out. The motor sat too high for the stock hood to fit. And I think I saw a newer legacy with some sort of LS in it...maybe an LS7...not too sure.
He actually dyno'd the car and made I think it was around 370hp at the wheels with a cam on that stock diff. And I think I remember seeing it lasted about 4k miles of spirited driving, so it'll hold up a little better than you think, but he end up having to put an r200 skyline diff in it.

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That looks awesome! Props on the clean install!

Do you LS swap guys modify the stock rear subframe for the rear end?
Yeah I believe the subframe will have to be modified somewhat to mount a new diff. Not looking forward to it as axle shafts will not be cheap.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:48 PM   #21
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:17 AM   #22
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dude that is sick
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:47 PM   #23
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