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Old 01-24-2005, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default 05 WRX steering rack on 2000 2.5RS?

Is the 05 WRX crossmember and steering rack going to be an easy fit to a 2000 2.5RS? (meaning I'd use wrenches, not torch/ sawzall/ welder) The steering on my 05 WRX is vastly superior to my 2.5RS and all of the 02-03 WRXes that I've driven, due to the rack being bolted to the crossmember. I'd like to have that same feeling in the 2.5RS, if nobody becomes interested in buying it from me soon.

Anybody know some nut who's already done this, or have the knowledge to tell me what parts I'd need to do it myself?

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Old 01-24-2005, 02:46 PM   #2
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It will work......and just the rack...Everything else bolts right up...


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Old 01-24-2005, 04:12 PM   #3
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So you're saying the 2005 rack will bolt up to my 2000 crossmember?

I also noticed the parts that connect the rack to the steering wheel look different; would those be beneficial for the swap?

A 2005 WRX steering wheel would be included in this, since it's so tiny by comparison, and it looks/ feels so much better.
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Old 01-24-2005, 04:28 PM   #4
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the steering wheel shouldnt be much smaller

ive been wondering about this swap for a long time however.
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Old 01-24-2005, 05:51 PM   #5
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The steering wheel on the 05 WRX is much smaller than on the 2000 2.5RS. I'll measure tonight (been meaning to before now), but just by "feel" comparison, it's a big difference.
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Old 01-24-2005, 06:05 PM   #6
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this goes aginst a thread earlier this month that said that the steering shaft is a differnt size
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Old 01-26-2005, 08:37 PM   #7
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The steering shaft on the RS is coarse splined and the WRX rack spline is fine. I've switched crossmembers, so I don't know if the WRX rack bolts to the RS crossmember though. Has anyone found a u joint to connect the two?
I've just started searching.
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Old 01-27-2005, 09:13 AM   #8
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Oh, yeah - steering wheel sizes:

2000 2.5RS = 15"

2005 WRX = 14.5"

Doesn't seem like 0.5" would make that much difference, but the RS wheel feels enormous after I've been driving the WRX. Also, the 02-03(-04?) WRX steering wheel is bigger than the 2000 2.5RS steering wheel, but I didn't measure them, just used the forearm technique - might be 0.25" or so. I remember this because I was going to do a swap way back when I had 2 RSes, but compared with a friend's 02 WRX steering wheel & his was a bigger diameter.
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