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Old 09-11-2004, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default WRX in 93 Impreza L ( Which tranny? )

Hey guys. Im coming into about $2600 and i'll be doing a WRX motor swap into my 93 Impreza L 2WD. I was wondering if my tranny ( Legacy 2WD with brand new gearset ) can handle the power? I dont really know about doing an AWD conversion yet. Can anybody make a suggestion for a FWD tranny that can handle this power? I know how to shift and I figure if you have plenty of power, theres no reason to shift hard.

Also, can I buy a WRX motor w/ecu and bulkhead harness for less than $1600 or so? I dont really want to do the wiring so I was going to have S-Squared do it. Im hoping they can do it for $1000 or less. Thanks guys.

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Old 09-11-2004, 03:20 PM   #2
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well with fwd I would hope the wheels break traction before the tranny would break...I have a 94L AWD tranny holding up fine with stage 2...most people are kind of amazed that this tranny hasn't snapped with 140k miles on it. I plan on getting a better tranny/gear ratio anyhow but am happy so far with how the tranny is doing.
I bought my engine 1.5 years ago with all the wiring, clutch, flywheel etc...wiht only 11k miles on it for $2k and did the swap myself.
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Old 09-11-2004, 03:30 PM   #3
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well with fwd I would hope the wheels break traction before the tranny would break...I have a 94L AWD tranny holding up fine with stage 2...most people are kind of amazed that this tranny hasn't snapped with 140k miles on it. I plan on getting a better tranny/gear ratio anyhow but am happy so far with how the tranny is doing.
I bought my engine 1.5 years ago with all the wiring, clutch, flywheel etc...wiht only 11k miles on it for $2k and did the swap myself.
When you say wiring, do you mean the wiring was all done? Just plug and play? Thats not a bad deal at all. If you plan on getting a better tranny I heard the older Legacy Turbo trannies are really strong and have a nice ratio. Im sure you could find one or cheap too.
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Old 09-11-2004, 03:56 PM   #4
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Finding a Legacy Turbo tranny isn't the easiest thing, I havn't found one yet. But that's on the back burner right now. I'd say do the AWD swap, because FWD with a wrx engine makes no sense. just save your money until you can afford the swap, and do it all together.
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Old 09-11-2004, 10:52 PM   #5
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by saying wiring I mean all the harnesses. I actually plan on getting STi ver 3 RA drivetrain...
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Old 09-12-2004, 01:51 AM   #6
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Finding a Legacy Turbo tranny isn't the easiest thing, I havn't found one yet. But that's on the back burner right now. I'd say do the AWD swap, because FWD with a wrx engine makes no sense. just save your money until you can afford the swap, and do it all together.
Agreed. You might as well just get a Maxima...
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Old 09-12-2004, 02:50 AM   #7
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I'd say do the AWD swap, because FWD with a wrx engine makes no sense.
A 227 HP engine in a 2400 lb car makes no sense? From a roll, you'd embarass WRX's and probably even EVO's. Less weight, less drivetrain loss, sleeper factor...I see nothing wrong with this swap (besides possibly evil torque steer).

I don't think you have to worry about the transmission, as long as its in good condition. Any excess torque you push through your drivetrain will become wheelspin and won't overload your tranny.
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Old 09-12-2004, 06:24 AM   #8
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yeah...keep the FWD...I wanna vid of the smoke rolling off you tires....
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Old 09-12-2004, 12:50 PM   #9
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Anybody see that vid of the Volvo spinning the wheels at 60+ mph? Thats awesome. Ok, so an answer to the other question. Can I get a complete WRX motor with low miles + ecu + wiring harness for $1600 or less?
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Old 09-12-2004, 04:09 PM   #10
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Well, if you want to do a sorta rare but easy (easier than most other Subaru engine - non subaru tranny swaps), you could find an RX7 tranny. Go from FWD to RWD...
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re 1600 .. probblay not . long block yes but ususaly not the harness +ecu
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Old 09-12-2004, 05:42 PM   #12
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How much did you spend on your swap before tuning?
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fwd wrx = highway monster!!!
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Word. Those long WRX gear ratios would go well with a FWD drivetrain. I just hope there's no problem stuffing a WRX gearset into my FWD tranny.
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Old 09-13-2004, 12:15 PM   #15
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Word. Those long WRX gear ratios would go well with a FWD drivetrain. I just hope there's no problem stuffing a WRX gearset into my FWD tranny.
Yea I just had my gearset replaced. Heres my speeds at redline:

1st - 35
2nd - 65
3rd - 85
4th - 120
5th - 140

The reason I know the car WILL go 140 is because I drove over some ice in December and shifted through all the gears and redlined 5th. But me being the cocky idiot that I was, I turned the wheel at 140 and snapped my CV in half. I mean it just blew up. Lesson learned that day.
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Those gear ratios look good for a high power FWD car. My gearing right now kinda sucks.

1st - 28
2nd - 52
3rd - 80
4th and 5th - ???

When I pull into traffic, I sometimes hit the fuel cut because 1st is so short. 2nd is no good either, too short when trying to pass people.
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Old 09-13-2004, 07:02 PM   #17
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I've spend friggin $2200 on this tranny. The tranny broke within the first 6 months that I had it. ( Just when the warranty ran out ) Then another $600 on the gearset.
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