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Old 05-07-2003, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default Can you change a RHD to LHD?

A question came up and I could not give a direct answer besides, with enough money anything is possible!

I really want to know if you can change a RHD WRX or STI to the US standard LHD? Will there be issues with the turbo and its piping?

What would be needed? LHD steering rack, dashboard to match and alot of time? what about the pedals?

Anyone have insight?

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Old 05-07-2003, 10:14 AM   #2
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I think most items are universal, except for the ones you mentioned. The real problem you have with something like that is that the care does not likely meet DOT standars to begin with, so you have a lot more work in getting that up to US standards.
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Old 05-07-2003, 11:26 AM   #3
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I've known someone who imported an M5 and had to go through the process to make it DOT legal. He had to spend alot of money and it was already LHD. To make a RHD to LHD, that is gonna be probably way too much money to stomach. The parts will be expensive, but its gonna be the DOT part that kills the idea.
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Old 05-07-2003, 12:28 PM   #4
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I don't see how the parts are going to be expensive... The DOT complience is taken care of and that is the largest expense, but finding a LHD steering rack and the dash is not expensive at all.
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Old 05-07-2003, 08:28 PM   #5
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Can't see why not.....the Aussies convert Mustangs & other US cars to RHD from LHD, and they have some pretty tough Transportation regs to work with....
It would be a case of figuring out what your DOT regs are & then seeing if you can 1. physically do it & 2. economically do it
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Old 05-07-2003, 10:12 PM   #6
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Prodrive makes RHD WRX STi's into LHD rally cars. You have to weld in a new firewall and then get all the appropriate stuff like brake lines, steering rack, dash, etc. And it all requires special tools- Left handed screw drivers instead of Right-handed.
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Old 05-08-2003, 09:05 PM   #7
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Left handed screw drivers instead of Right-handed.
don't forget the left-handed hammer as well...
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I work for the Postal Service and we have a rural carrier who converted a Subaru Wagon

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