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Old 02-08-2005, 05:06 PM   #1
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My '05 WRX unfortunately had its life cut short when I rolled it into a creek a few weeks ago with all of 660mi on the odometer. Thankfully, I was okay - but the car was judged as a total loss with about $19,500 in estimated damages. But - as far as I know, the engine, driveline, & interior are just about perfect.

I'm thinking of finding a 98-01 2.5RS as my new daily driver - but I'm wondering how feasible it'd be to take all those parts and put them in the 2.5RS - the interior especially would be quite nice to have - reallly tying up the looks of the interior to match the already great exterior.

I've seen the links of Aerosim's conversion - but they're all the way out in CA and I'm in Virginia - how feasible is my project?
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Old 02-08-2005, 06:12 PM   #2
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try searching and then asking in the conversion forum. I think I read on here about people doing WRX swaps. I dont see a reason why it wouldnt work.
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Old 02-08-2005, 06:18 PM   #3
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www.rs25.com do search there :P Tonnes of info on that
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Old 02-08-2005, 06:20 PM   #4
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I just met a guy in the Alexandria, Va area who put an STI engine into a '99 GC8!!! I can track down his info if your interested.

Also, I'm selling my 99 RBP GC8 Coupe - let me know if you'd want it.

Here's the link:

http://www.rs25.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23251
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Old 02-08-2005, 06:21 PM   #5
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i don't get it. your insurance co. totalled the car and cut you a check, right? if so, how are you able to then strip the car's drivetrain? the car should belong to them, no?
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Old 02-08-2005, 06:39 PM   #6
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If you are going to do a full swap, interior, engine, drivetrain. I don't think buying a 2.5rs would be a good idea since you'll just be swapping everything out.

I suggest finding a 97-01 L. Since those would probably be cheaper and just swap everything over. If you want to have the exterior of a GC then you can just buy the parts and put that on as well. It's going to be a lot cheaper that way.

Another thing to think about, since you have dealt with insurance is, if you swap the engine over, i doubt the insurance agent will insure it as a wrx, they will insure it for the much cheaper car (2.5rs or L) so its a risk.

dr_wheel: i think he is planning to be the car back from the insurance so he can do whatever he wants to it.
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Old 02-08-2005, 06:44 PM   #7
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i don't get it. your insurance co. totalled the car and cut you a check, right? if so, how are you able to then strip the car's drivetrain? the car should belong to them, no?
not if he owned the car outright, I dont think they can take it, only if they pay off a lein then they technically own the car.

I could be way off though.

and yes you can swap everything.

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Old 02-08-2005, 06:51 PM   #8
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i don't get it. your insurance co. totalled the car and cut you a check, right? if so, how are you able to then strip the car's drivetrain? the car should belong to them, no?
The car does belong to them - and they sold it to a local yard who was the highest bidder on it. What I'm talking about doing is getting the parts from the yard - just one big happy circle!


Nawambo - I'd love it, except that its an automatic.

d12agonxboi - I wasn't planning on doing any exterior mods - I like the 99-01 2.5RS bodystyle, especially as a coupe - so I had been planning to preserve that, at least for the time being. I fancied the idea of Aerosims 22B widebody, but that takes the whole project into a whole different level of complication.

Thanks for all the replies!
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Old 02-08-2005, 07:09 PM   #9
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Yes, but from what I gather, you can switch out the tranny for about a grand!

Seriously, you're relatively close to where I am, if you wanna see it on the weekend or something, let me know.
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Old 02-08-2005, 07:10 PM   #10
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The car does belong to them - and they sold it to a local yard who was the highest bidder on it. What I'm talking about doing is getting the parts from the yard - just one big happy circle!
makes sense... especially if everything is in good shape and the junkyard cuts you a deal on the parts. good luck with it.
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Old 02-09-2005, 12:48 AM   #11
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(actually, cant you buy back the whole car from the insurance company? I only ask because I know many people here on nasioc have done this so that they can part out the car and make a few extra grand)

Back on topic here, this should probably be moved to the conversions forum. A simple (and I use that term loosly) WRX motor swap isn't too hard, and the rest of the drivetrain you wouldn't want (the RS has shorter gearing).

As for the interior, I believe they said it was fairly easy (and made the motor swap that much easier, as you already had the dash torn apart). You'd have to do a search on that though.
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Old 02-16-2005, 05:17 PM   #12
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i am also very interested in doing the swap as well but i live fairfaxVA. Where can us East Costers get it done around here?
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Old 03-03-2005, 12:34 AM   #13
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ive been told by people who have done wrx into rs swaps that the dash doesn't fit just right (looks good with doors open but closed dont line up exactly) and it isnt any easier either way.
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Old 03-07-2005, 01:17 AM   #14
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The door panels won't line up with the dash right, but it doesn't look that bad. I have heard of a few people who have tried modifying the WRX door panels to go into the RS, but I never saw how it turned out.
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:53 PM   #15
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ive been told by people who have done wrx into rs swaps that the dash doesn't fit just right (looks good with doors open but closed dont line up exactly) and it isnt any easier either way.
It actually lines up quite nicely. I'll take more pictures of our customers car once he brings it in.

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The door panels won't line up with the dash right, but it doesn't look that bad. I have heard of a few people who have tried modifying the WRX door panels to go into the RS, but I never saw how it turned out.
The door panels actually line up pretty well. Looked very stock to me anyway.

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Old 03-07-2005, 10:11 PM   #16
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does it really make the swap any easier?(wiring)
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Old 03-07-2005, 10:21 PM   #17
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does it really make the swap any easier?(wiring)
If you swap in the dash/hvac you wouldnt have to solder as many wires as you would if you were to just use the older dash.


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Old 03-10-2005, 06:48 PM   #18
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Full Throttle NYC did my v5 swap in my GC8. im sure they can take care of anything you need reguarding your swap. Thier a vendor on here.. maybe you should pm them with some questions.
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Old 03-19-2005, 05:23 PM   #19
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Full Throttle NYC did my v5 swap in my GC8. im sure they can take care of anything you need reguarding your swap. Thier a vendor on here.. maybe you should pm them with some questions.
May I ask how much that run you? What was the quality of the swap such as wiring and stock look? Just curious. Thanks
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Old 03-19-2005, 06:29 PM   #20
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I dont know if you want your engine back, if you still had it running while you rolled it over it might of been running w/o oil for a lil while, i know that cant be good especially when the engine isnt even fully broken in.
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Old 03-20-2005, 09:55 AM   #21
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It actually lines up quite nicely. I'll take more pictures of our customers car once he brings it in.

The door panels actually line up pretty well. Looked very stock to me anyway.

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Haha, are you ever releasing the kit or pictures of it on a car? Man i remember this from 3 years ago.
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