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Old 12-12-2000, 08:26 AM   #1
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Question 93-96 to 97-01 differences

So, I've been kind of mulling over what makes my '96 OBS different from my '99 RS. Interior-wise, I can obviously see that the dashboard has changed. In the engine bay, I don't have a secondary intake chamber on the '96 (2.2L). But I'm wondering about the chassis now - I know the 97 and up chassis was stronger, but by how much? If I was going to do work on the OBS in the future (engine swap, heh), would I be wasting effort trying to work with the older body? Could I swap over the interior (dashboard and all) from a newer car? I think I should be able to, but I want to make sure.

-Edwin
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Old 12-12-2000, 10:07 AM   #2
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Hello,

I'm so hurt. You asked me but my answer wasn't good enough? Sheesh. =D

Changes are minimal aside from styling inside and out. Everything is compatible - even the dash (but what a bitch to change out the whole dash). Obviously, to change the hood would require new headlights and bumpers. Everything else is the same.

The chassis is the only real change. The stiffening was something like (marketing hype, watch out) 35% (what's that really mean? - in terms of performance? I dunno).

If you're serious enough about performance for that difference to mean anything, then you're serious enough to have a roll-cage and that'll more than make up for the stiffness difference. If you're not that serious about every last bit of power and handling, then you won't notice the differences in the chassis.

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Old 12-12-2000, 10:17 AM   #3
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Joel, I have your answer, but it didn't cover interior stuff, and I didn't want to bug you. By no means was I dissatisfied with your answer. Thanks a lot for your response though.

Okay, now I just sit back and wait for some unlucky soul to crash his brand new MY02 WRX wagon... not that I would hope this would happen anytime soon though!

-Edwin
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Old 12-12-2000, 01:38 PM   #4
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well, how about this - I'll make you a deal. whichever one of us finds a crashed MY02/03 first, tell the other one about it and we'll hack it up together for a week.

I'd really like to get the US turbo drivetrain into my old-look wagon. That'd be a real sleeper. But I'd might as well take the opportunity to redo the inside of the car too - it will be 5-6 years old by then after all.

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Old 12-12-2000, 05:38 PM   #5
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Efoo,

while you're taking the interior apart, why not seam weld all the joints?

I hope to spend some $ on a mig welder and try it next summer.

BTW, I have a '94 and the welds are pitful.

There is definitely a consparicy which subaru trying to cover up all(or the few) the spot welds with seam sealer. hehe.
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Old 12-12-2000, 05:53 PM   #6
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actually, that thought did cross my mind.
but i don't know how to weld. i should learn first.

but first things first... there's not much point taking apart my car if there's nothing to put back in it. i'll have to take a WRX wagon for a test spin next spring and take notes on how everything fits...

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Old 12-13-2000, 12:32 AM   #7
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Hello,

Well, I didn't say anything about the '02 models. Those, duh, I haven't taken apart yet... so I know nothing about how they'll fit (interior-wise).

Other compatibilities have been recently discussed. I probably won't have anything to add until a couple crash and I get to go play with them at the j-yard

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