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Old 01-24-2004, 01:53 PM   #1
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Default March issue of SCC.

Easily the most informative car mag I ever bought. Ironic that i'am just begining to build my own wrx in my garage.
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Old 01-24-2004, 03:27 PM   #2
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So, how does it look? I still don't have it. I only saw it in it's rough draft form before it went to print.

Would have liked to be more informative, but with differences between years there was too much for just an article.

We at I-speedUSA hope this helps shed some light on the subject.

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Old 01-24-2004, 05:14 PM   #3
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yeah what's going on?
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Old 01-25-2004, 01:08 AM   #4
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I saw that issue . did it really take u a month to do your first wiring? how long would it take someone to do wiring for a 96 wrx in to a 94 L no power options with experence of just wiring stereo decks and a turbo timer lol. I plan to have my car on jackstands for a week and before I under go the swap my brother and I are going to take apart the clip and lable the harnesses as we take the wire harness off. I'm not worred about how long the swap will take just want my car to be on jackstands as little time as possible.
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Old 01-25-2004, 01:44 AM   #5
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It took me maybe two or three weeks of working on the wiring harness off and on in my spare time(evenings mostly). That was just to get it ready for when I actually did the swap. Then when I did the swap I had it ready and only had to splice the wires that I was incorporating with the L wiring(power, rad fans, instrument cluster, etc).

Before I did my swap I also only had wiring experience with stereo decks.

A 96 WRX may add some more time with converting the wiring for LHD. Don't really know since I've never dealt with JDM wiring. Also, hope you've got the wiring diagram for the 96 WRX.
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Old 01-25-2004, 02:53 AM   #6
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what swap did you do? how many hrs did you put it doing the wiring off of the car and how long did it take you from once you started the accual swap to finish because what you did sounds much a lot like what I'm going to try to do with what it seems like the exception of my swap being jdm
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Old 01-25-2004, 08:46 AM   #7
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Really who cares how long it takes as long as it is done right,unless ofcourse this is your only car and your driving around a rental The issue also confirmed that I'am missing the very important branch or VIB for short out of my wire harness Does anyone know how much one will cost me from subaru??
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Old 01-25-2004, 03:10 PM   #8
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this is my only car and I'm 17 so I can't drive a rental
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Old 01-25-2004, 08:09 PM   #9
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yeah my 94 L with power options minus the eliminated cruise control...took about 55 hours...mostly evenings...and took a month with a week long brake in the middle...
yeah and I was stuck driving a 89 Volvo 240 DL wagon...so I wanted it done!!
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Old 01-26-2004, 04:52 AM   #10
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Well, I would say the month covered everything from sourcing diagrams to getting all the required parts, dismantling the car measuring parts for fitment and determining how to go about doing the wiring. Keep in mind at that time there hadn't been any USDM swaps done this way. Besides the car was already down due to a blown motor. Like everyone else I had a full time job, as a plumber. So I worked at night in a Big and COLD warehouse during winter, actually 2 years ago this month. It took some time to highlight all the diagrams, which I pinned up on the wall. Then I labeled the corresponding wires on both harnesses, this alone takes quite a bit of time. Ofcourse now I don't do any of this. I just look at the diagrams for the MY Impreza or Legacy and make a list of pinouts and colors, then start cutting and soldering. We generally keep a car for about 2 weeks to be on the safe side. But I have done a marathon over a weekend (Fri-Sun) when a customer just couldn't leave the car for an extended period of time. That's just not very fun. Fortunately for me, the process I chose to go about doing my car turned out well. Because if it hadn't, things would be very different. I could've been put off by the experience if flopped, instead of getting request from people to build them one. Then to be here 2 years later part owner of I-Speed and 15 conversions under my belt with about 5 more in the works. And now to be featured in a tech article in a magazine that I myself read is kinda strange. After all, in reality it's just one article, in one month issue, in one car mag. But, it's still pretty cool. I/we at I-Speed definately appreciate the recognition. Thanks Dave!

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Old 01-26-2004, 05:10 AM   #11
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Scobaru,

At 17, I was a stereo installer, so it may give some confidence in working with wires. As for your MY94 L, it may not be that bad. Since you are using a MY96 JDM WRX harness, it doesn't have any of the USDM emission systems, but either does your 94 L Federal car, if you're out of CA.

I just recently completed a MY00 2.5 Conversion in a MY95 L (CA car). There was easily just as much wiring as doing a USDM WRX. Fortunately, a MY95 OBD-I CA model has most of the fuel tank's sensors and solenoids. Now the car is OBD-II and CA Smog Legal.

If you're not concerned about smog laws, then it may make your conversion easier.

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Old 01-26-2004, 02:52 PM   #12
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I haven't seen this issue yet. Did it make it into their Engine Swap Guide or is it somewhere else? If something like that didn't make it in there, I was going to push something over to them.

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Old 01-26-2004, 10:37 PM   #13
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cool issue and brought back memories and images of my swap....but how did the 350Z win the competition
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Old 01-26-2004, 10:57 PM   #14
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Stimpy: it was in their re-occuring "How-To" articles. Ironically, it's not wire specific, so it's more of a general overview. I couldn't give an exact "how-to" with differing models/years. Hopefully, it helps give people an idea how it's done here at I-Speed.

Homemade: No kidding, apparently reliability and consistency pays off.

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Old 01-27-2004, 02:45 AM   #15
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What would be nice is a concise list of wires needed from the wrx harnesses. Then all that would be necessary is isolation of those wires on both the wrx and donor harness, splicing, and adding whatever is missing,
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spiralsmurf, you read the sticky yet? It is about as concise as you can get.

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Old 01-27-2004, 01:56 PM   #17
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jon, well low and behold the info is there, heh.
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Old 01-27-2004, 04:20 PM   #18
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cool issue and brought back memories and images of my swap....but how did the 350Z win the competition
I was not happy about the 350Z winning either.... if only the Skyline hadn't hiccupped and blown a hole in the block....
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Old 01-27-2004, 11:09 PM   #19
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I downloaded some info and it has wiring but what I downloaded said pre97. will these diagrams work?
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yeah since you have a 94(like me) that was before 97...so that would be you
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oh I thought every year's wiring was different. the diagram I downloaded was suppostly for the pre 97 WRX's and mines a 96. I still need to find wiring for a my 94L
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yeah ok...i thought it was a rough lay out of what you needed to do not knowing it was a diagram...yes you will need the one for a 94L...I have one printed off from a local kramer tire(but am keeping it)...my friends store...
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go to a local garage and see if they will let you print off the diagram bring paper though
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Was my car in it? It's a black 91 Silvia. It'll be either this issue or the next.
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