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Old 04-06-2001, 09:33 AM   #1
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Post us spec wrx vs. jap spec wrx sti

ok i know basically nothing about scoobies... i drive a mr2, but i found a company that would be willing to ship a jap spec wrx-sti here. just wanted to know the difference between the two, and is there a shop that i could get this car serviced at? i just want to know if it's worth the $3k+ it's gonna cost for shipping. i used to say..."keep the engine behind you," but this is a oppertunity too good to ignore. my other question is if given the chance would you take a r33 skyline gtr (not through motorex)? which would be faster? handling? i understand they are both awd, and twin turboed. (oh.. btw, they have a modded wrx with a greddy t78 kit... one big turbo vs. two)
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Old 04-06-2001, 10:06 AM   #2
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Yeah, that's about right.


What are you going to use it for? Which racing series? ProRally? ClubRally? Just the occasional track sprint? Autocross?

You're certainly not going to be able to drive it on the street (as a daily driver at least).

Also shipping is not the problem. But you'd better have the papers showing its intended purpose, or you won't be able to take it off the boat!

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Old 04-06-2001, 10:51 AM   #3
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Yeah Necromancer's right.
That car will be virtually impossible to make street legal in CA.
As for differences? a US WRX is 227hp vs the 300ps(not quite 300hp) and wouldn't run on anything but US race gas(100 octane minimum and 102-104 preferred).
And that is just for starters. If you want to do some research, try here: http://www.iwoc.co.uk/contents.html
The Japanese vs UK spec section will give you the blow by blow differences across all generations.
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Old 04-06-2001, 02:46 PM   #4
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i was thinking of importing it under "show" but the car could only stay i believe 3yrs, if i import it under "race" i was just going to keep it up im monteray (friend's house, near laguna seca). daily driver is out of the question, more like quick sprints here and there, maybe some meets, but public roads will be minimal, i mean the temptation's just too great to keep it on the track.

100octane, i was thinking of remapping the ecu to run on 92oct, but i'm not too sure how scooby engine's are built, sensativity, etc. a couple of my friends have 3rd gen jap spec mr2 engines, and they're fine on running 92 pump fuel. the catch is, their engines is the same engine as the us-spec (3S-GTE) with out all the carb ****, egr, etc., and tuned much better with 8k redline. if indeed it was a race car... 100oct race fuel is fine, but that's $$$ and track time is $$$ too.

it's true getting the car here's the easy part, getting it off the boat's the hard part...fu*$%n govertment.
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Old 04-07-2001, 02:12 AM   #5
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Old 04-07-2001, 11:50 PM   #6
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For importing a car for "show or display", you need to prove to the US government that this car is of significant historical value or pedigree (i.e. if someone "famous" owned it.) Say.. If the Pope had a 22B, then perhaps the US govt. will allow it in. So far, they generally take a dim view toward foreign-spec versions of cars that are otherwise found in the US.

See here for more info:
See here: NHTSA Vehicle Import Rules
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Old 04-08-2001, 02:34 PM   #7
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bebesweetz... hey booger!

ok, i'm not gonna import n e cars for now... i think i'm better off buying a nsx... (or wait for a US wrx sti)... imo if i could spank it with my present car it's not worth it, this is not a assumption, i've done it already, i was suprised he didn't even get the launch on me with awd, maybe it's the driver......
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