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Old 12-31-2004, 01:27 PM   #1
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I just thought I'd post a couple pics of my recent dash swap. It was pretty tough, and probably took more time than the engine swap itself- the firewall has to be modified a whole lot in order to fit the new dash, HVAC stuff, steering column, etc.. but everything on the car is from a WRX.








Enjoy, although I've still got a good bit of work ahead of me until the car is truly finished...
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Old 12-31-2004, 02:10 PM   #2
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nice swap... still cant see why you swapped the dash, but more power to you
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Old 12-31-2004, 02:15 PM   #3
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Looks slick!

Congrats on a job well done. I've never been much for interior stuff, but it's nice to see someone putting the time and effort into really updating their car like that.

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Old 12-31-2004, 02:22 PM   #4
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still cant see why you swapped the dash, but more power to you
i got the whole car for parts, and wanted to keep all the components compatible

and, its about an 11 lb. weight savings over the old dash
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Old 12-31-2004, 02:33 PM   #5
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Yeah that's amazing, i stopped at the cluster personally. I thought about the dash, but getting the heater controls to work and other stuff like that, just wasn't worth the effort to me.

Good Job!
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Old 12-31-2004, 02:35 PM   #6
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Oh and btw - i don't see the dash fitment being a problem, but rather the door panels. Please post pics when you get the doors panels in.
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Old 12-31-2004, 02:39 PM   #7
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Actually the more i think about this, did you use the wrx cross bar? the main support bar i mean? and secondly did you just shorten the heater/vent control rods?

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Old 12-31-2004, 03:05 PM   #8
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Yeah, I used the WRX bar, and i used all the WRX HVAC stuff, it all worked fine together, just had to muscle everything in to get it mounted.

And as far as door cards, I'm going to have to wait until I can find some STi V6 RA coupe door cards (it might be awhile) because my old ones don't even come close, and I need some w/ roll-up windows. I'm thinking it might take a few years to track some of those down
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Old 12-31-2004, 03:16 PM   #9
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hmm i guess thats one way to avoid wireing .. i had considered it ..

looks really good
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Old 12-31-2004, 03:29 PM   #10
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wow..thats nice..I want your car.
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Old 12-31-2004, 03:38 PM   #11
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Those door cards are going to be pretty hard to come by, you're right. You might want to check with some of the rally teams domestically and overseas, since they usually carry parts like that.

Check with Gruppe-S, too.

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Old 12-31-2004, 10:40 PM   #12
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Did the use of the WRX dash make it easier to do the wiring for the engine swap?
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Old 01-01-2005, 04:00 AM   #13
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oh hell yeah, wiring was almost a breeze since everything was already compatible

the only problem is i'm not using half the wires in my car (i'm using the WRX harness)
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Old 01-01-2005, 04:55 AM   #14
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I need to do this bad. My 94l dash is all sorts of F'd up. Hope you don't mind me asking but what kinda $ did this mod cost and what was the exact parts required? Its Real tempting...paint or dash swap and mabye a cage. Hmmm
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Old 01-01-2005, 02:19 PM   #15
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I would love to put a wrx dash into my L, I have a 2.5RS dash now, but yeah it would be better to keep it all wrx along with the motor swap.
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Old 01-01-2005, 02:24 PM   #16
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good work, looks clean
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Old 01-01-2005, 03:15 PM   #17
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Old 01-01-2005, 03:47 PM   #18
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Helluva job, man, looks great. Will the gap remain on the passenger side between the dash and body?

EDIT: For the door cards, look to Adrian at FLAT4motorsports.com - he's really hooked me up over the last couple of months. Also, kingofimports.com, jdmpartstx.com, japanparts.com and Gruppe-S (already stated).
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Old 01-01-2005, 04:24 PM   #19
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Great job OvenMitts! You are my new hero.

Did you cut your hood and put in an RS scoop? It looks clean with no vents.

You wanna trade cars?
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Old 01-01-2005, 05:25 PM   #20
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Looks real clean - nice work!
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Old 01-01-2005, 09:05 PM   #21
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That looks excellent. Kudos on a very well done swap.
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Old 01-01-2005, 09:40 PM   #22
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Oh and btw - i don't see the dash fitment being a problem, but rather the door panels. Please post pics when you get the doors panels in.
The stock door panels fit fine. Aerosim in SoCal is starting to do the RS > WRX drivetrain + dash swaps. Here is a link with some pictures of the car that Aerosim finished recently.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=688092
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Old 01-01-2005, 09:41 PM   #23
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The stock door panels fit fine. Aerosim in SoCal is starting to do the RS > WRX drivetrain + dash swaps. Here is a link with some pictures of the car that Aerosim finished recently.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=688092
I'd need to see a closeup with the door closed.
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Old 01-02-2005, 12:08 AM   #24
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Did you use the WRX airbag sensors and airbag computer? what about ABS? Ditch them both???

I wonder about compatibility between interior dimensions of the US WRX wagon and 95 Imp wagon...
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Old 01-02-2005, 01:34 AM   #25
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nice swap... still cant see why you swapped the dash, but more power to you
cause it saves 12 lbs...
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