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Old 01-17-2004, 04:37 AM   #1
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Hey. Im in the market for an impreza right now and I was wondering if there is any advantage to buying a 98-01 2.5 rs over buying any 93-01 impreza if I am going to do an ej20 swap? Are there any major issues there? (or any at all for that matter?) Would a 98-01 2.5 rs be worth the extra 6k+++ to do the swap? B/c buying a 93-97 awd impreza would be much cheaper and would move the wrx swap along a lot quicker.

Share any knowledge you have.
It will be appreciated

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Old 01-17-2004, 05:07 PM   #2
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ill try to answer what i can... the ej20 will fit in any year impreza. the a good thing about buying a rs is the suspension is better performance wise, and it looks better. however a 93 impreza can be picked up for about a grand, if you plan on switching the suspention and bumpers anyway.

how many doors do you want? coupes didnt arive until 95.

wiring will be an issue. like years wire up easyer. are you getting a jdm or usdm? are you doing it your self?
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Old 01-17-2004, 05:38 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks for the reply

Anyway, I was going to upgrade the suspension with tien coilovers after I got the car, so that shouldnt be an issue. Definitely want a 2 door 5 sp. And I was going to do the bumper conversion to make it look more like a newer rs anway (like that nice red one for sale in the for sale section)

I talked to rallispec and they gave me a few price quotes for exactly what I want to do. I know its pricey, but witht them it will get done right, and be tuned better than I could tune it. So thats pretty much my plan, depending on how the money situation is in the future.

This is kind of off topic but does anyone here have a dealers license? Like you can go to car auctions and buy and then sell onthe internet or out of your driveway? I know the rules are prolly different for each state, but I think thats what Im going to do to try to make some extra money, we have local auctions every week here and Ive heard good things......any thoughts??

thanks again

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Old 01-18-2004, 03:39 PM   #4
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check out these sites

this one is a company that does swaps: http://www.i-speedusa.com


this one sells jdm motors: http://www.total-boost.com/
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Old 01-18-2004, 05:41 PM   #5
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i use to be an auction buyer and you don't need a dealers license for all of them, there are alot that the public and dealers can got to, search online, most auctions have their next auction line up posted with pics, but half the time you have to register to see them

as far as buying a car, if you buy an RS, you won't have to do a whole lot, where as on an older one, you would have to worry about worn out suspension and older designed interior, with the RS your also getting a clean painted vehicle, most older imprezas don't come in the same color as the newer one's, so when you put the RS sruff on you'll have to repaint not only the out side but the door jambs and underhood

mine was built by sombody else and he lost interest in it so i bought it, but he did it the right way and it came out prettty good, but there are the little things, noises that a lowered car with a 100+miles on the clock makes, some of the trim is faded and worn and the interior is not in the best condition, he also got lucky because his father wrecked a 91 legacy 2.2 turbo and that gave him all the parts to do the conversion and since the car was white he held out for white RS parts to show up

unless you find a older impreza for really cheap, then buy an RS, unless you find one so cheap that it would be worth it, but it cost the same to build one as to buy one

i have an impreza L with 105k thats really clean but and has that blueish green paint, i'm sellig it for 2k but aat an auction this car would fetch between $1000 and $1600

it's just a question of where you want to spend the money, if you buy an old one you get it on the road the fastest and the cheapest, but it will need brakes, interior, RS body parts and anything that is worn from age and mileage, doing a 96 to a 01 might be your best bet, i think in 97 they put the new style headlights in then you would just need hood, wing and frnt bumper and it would probably have decent paint, you would have newer interior and awd, but you probbly still have to pull the tranny or rebuild it to handle the new motor
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Old 01-18-2004, 07:30 PM   #6
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I don't think its wroth to buy an RS but thats just me. I got my 94 L for 2000 did an AWD converison for around 1000 RS front end converison for around 1000 some misc parts like WRX brakes struts new struts blah blah around 3 or 400 and a 95 wrx front clip for 2600

so around 7000 dollars to be faster than a RS look like an RS and stop better than an RS ((wrx brakes with legacy rear vented disc)) I'm pretty sure it handles better than an RS also if you buy one thas already AWD you'd be saving lots of time and hassle. if you buy one thats FWD and want to do an AWD converison get a 95 because it has the AWD gas tank
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Old 01-18-2004, 08:18 PM   #7
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Ok awesome, thanks alot for the replies. I think that if I found a decent 96+ 2 dr 5 sp I would be all over it. I really like that one for sale now on these boards, the red one but its in Wisconson and I have trouble buying a car before I drive it.

thanks again for the input
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Old 01-18-2004, 08:46 PM   #8
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I live in wisconsin
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Old 01-18-2004, 10:03 PM   #9
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So buy it man, ha.

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Old 01-18-2004, 10:15 PM   #10
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I got a car already but I can test drive it for ya what part of wisconsin is it in?
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Old 01-19-2004, 01:16 AM   #11
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I donno, but here's the post

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=484796

Everyone says its a good car and a real good guy selling it too.

-chuck
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