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Old 12-09-2003, 12:54 AM   #1
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Lightbulb nissan r33 swap into a gc8

this is for my friend who has money and already has the front clip from his wrecked r33. anyone heard of this done before and have any idea of a shop (usa, west coast) or estimate that could do it.
it sounds interesting to me but I don't think its worth it but I am just trying to help him out
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Old 12-09-2003, 01:26 AM   #2
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never heard of it done and with enough money go for it does he still want it to be AWD? subaru front ends are pretty short since boxer motors arn't that long by all means even a boxer 6 isn't as long as a inline 6 I have seen V8's in subies still trying to keep it AWD and making it fit are the first problems after that its all wiring and lots of cutting
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Old 12-09-2003, 01:41 AM   #3
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I wouldn't waste the money doing it. Sell the clip to a 240sx guy. If I ever found a good clip cheap enoght I wudl have swapped that engine into my 96 240sx. Is it the gt-s rb25det or gt-r rb26dett ? If it is the rb26dett it would make it that much for harder. The twinturbos are a big problem in the 240sx's due to the steering linkage, most convert to single turbo or custom steering. Better off getting a stip clip if he wants to spend the money or you could build a ej22t and run 30lbs of boost and get crazy power.
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Old 12-09-2003, 01:53 AM   #4
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this guy already has a 240, he wants to be different and since his was awd he was hoping on a close mount up. i agree that he should just get a 2.2 or 2.5 and build it but he wants to stand out I guess. I have heard talk of the sr20 going in but never found a finished product I would assume if that motor would go in the the r33 could be close. if a 240 would have steering problems would a subaru have one also I would assume.
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Old 12-09-2003, 01:57 AM   #5
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prob. if he wants to be different I'd swap the RB in a nissan pathfinder truck
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Old 12-09-2003, 02:02 AM   #6
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so he had a 240sx with a rb26dett in it? I want to see pics cause as far I knew no one in the USA had done it successfuly yet. Enjuku racing was building a s14 with a gtr awd but not done as far as I know. I have no doubt a sr20det engine from a gti-r / pulsar would fit in a subaru. Would be very nice too, I love the look of quad throttle bodies. Only major prob with be making the mountsand seating the engine so the axles will work correctly. you would need to fabricate front axles, driveshaft, and I would bolt/fit a pulsar rear diff in too. good luck have him post on freshalloy forum
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Old 12-09-2003, 02:09 AM   #7
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I don't see why u'd wanna put an SR20 in a subie I can see why u'd put a boxer motor in any other car because of its low center of gravity would make it a better handling car or put an SR20 in a non sports car for more of a sleeper or because its just an over all beter motor
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Old 12-09-2003, 02:12 AM   #8
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no he has a 240 and a wrecked r33 no swap there. if this ever gets done I am taking alot of pics. I think he was hoping to basically swap straight in and hope the axles would be close. he has recieved a quote for 10k to do it I think its gonna be more becasue there is alot of fab and wiring.
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Old 12-09-2003, 02:17 AM   #9
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no he has a 240 and a wrecked r33 no swap there. if this ever gets done I am taking alot of pics. I think he was hoping to basically swap straight in and hope the axles would be close. he has recieved a quote for 10k to do it I think its gonna be more becasue there is alot of fab and wiring.
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ya.... $10k is a low ball. Unless he is just going to have the fab work done and install/weld everything up himself.


I dont see the point, its just a toal waste of money.
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Old 12-09-2003, 02:18 AM   #10
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I don't know other than to be different because with that much cash he could just make a motor that bolts right in with only a wiring mess. I like the pathfinder idea, how bout a supra motr in a 4-runner. i was thinking about telling him to put a porsche motor in the car.
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Old 12-09-2003, 02:20 AM   #11
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my guess is that was there opening bid to the money trap. anyone out there have any positive comments. I could flame this all day myyself but I am trying to help him out (he is buying my car after all).
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Old 12-09-2003, 02:21 AM   #12
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Good Luck!!

Make sure you have a torch, a big hammer, and something to really reinforce the frame with!!!
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Old 12-09-2003, 12:07 PM   #13
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narg. thats pretty nutso to undertake. probbly have to move firewall back a foot or somthing. if running that sucker. i think doing a RWD conversion with the RB motor is a possibility, the AWD output on teh RB26tt AWD trans is offset to the side, pretty crazy to tunnel out room for it. besides, taht thing is HUGE. id say a RB25T with a Z32 trans going FR would have a chance in an impreza. MAD front heavy car you will hae though. replacing aluminum boxer 4 in the front with inline IRON 6 has gota be pretty crappy for weight dist.

on the other hand, i think a SR20 in FR configuration would fit in pretty nicely. i might do one if i liked doing weird strange things. personaly if i was going to swap in a differnt make drivetrain, there would be a F20C and accompanying FR conversion gearbox going in my car. decently cheap too.

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Old 12-09-2003, 02:46 PM   #14
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if i was to swap something strange in, it would be the FE3 turbo motor out of the older first gen mx-6's.
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Old 12-09-2003, 02:52 PM   #15
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haha. fe3 motor. add poo to car.
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Old 12-09-2003, 08:50 PM   #16
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so he had a 240sx with a rb26dett in it? I want to see pics cause as far I knew no one in the USA had done it successfuly yet.
http://cars.ign.com/articles/392/392688p1.html

these guys have done it and have lots of pictures, writeup etc.
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Old 12-10-2003, 04:33 PM   #17
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http://cars.ign.com/articles/392/392688p1.html

these guys have done it and have lots of pictures, writeup etc.

what happened to that car truely sucks

I know of someone doing an AWD RB26DETT swap into a 240, but I can't tell where
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Old 12-10-2003, 06:01 PM   #18
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I think it'd be a waste of time and money. But hey, if he has cash to throw away, by all means go for it.
(I'm sure it'll never end up A+ quality, merely 'Chanch')
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Old 12-11-2003, 01:31 AM   #19
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The problem with doing an AWD RB swap into pretty much anything, is that the RB motor is very very tall. If anyone has ever seen a skyline up close they'll know that the front end is a pretty tall design to match, especially compared with our short super sloping subaru front ends that the boxter motors allow. You could probably make an RB fit into a subaru chassis if you ditched AWD from the start and didn't mind the oil pan scraping on the ground. But if your friend has the money and resources to pull it off, more power to him, he'll make the front cover of every import mag. in the country. You would probably have to end up cutting some of the body panels and frame rails up front just to make the area from the firewall forward tall enough and find a good hot rod builder to make the body panels fit back on and still have it look like a subaru. You probably have the best chance with one of the 04+ GD chassis because they just look so much taller from the firewall forward (could be an illusion).
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the main problem with this swap is the length of the engine...it is a inline 6....the imprezas have the length of pretty much an inline 2..... think about it
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go for the 13BrREW and FR. be my heero if he pulls it off. ill even offer to trade my fully converted impreza for it. hahaha


seriously. rotoray is aboutthe only thing that will be a good fit... even better than the F20C i want so bad.....
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