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Old 02-18-2005, 07:28 PM   #1
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just how reliable are swaps? I cant imagine them to be that reliable, but I may be wrong. Cost = 5kish, correct? Primarly, I'm talking about putting a WRX engine into an older car, different model (of course), such as mine. Also...for those who have already done a swap, Why did you exactly do it? Why didnt you go a different route, like just buying the WRX? any stories/opinions/comments would be great.
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:45 PM   #2
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5k+ or so, they are definetely realiabe if done right. the best thing to do is research what exactly you want. many people just trade in because of the hassle.
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Old 02-18-2005, 08:04 PM   #3
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is it worth it? why would someone do a swap, rather than just buy the WRX then? any other reasons/stories?
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Old 02-18-2005, 09:25 PM   #4
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Who wants an ugly 4 door tank when you can have a hot GC8 coupe. I had a 2002 WRX and sold it shortly after I completed my swap. There is NO comparison between the 2 cars. I actually hated driving the 2002, its just a watered down POS. It takes 10k worth of mods on the already overpriced sticker to make the car perform like a JDM does out of the showroom stock!
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Old 02-18-2005, 11:39 PM   #5
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...really? so what would you recrommend Scoobie? how are the price differences anyways (buying a used car/swap)?
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Old 02-18-2005, 11:46 PM   #6
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well you live in ohio, but out here there is a number of places like garagetuning.com, good info on there.
the old body style is definitely sexier and lighter so that is why many people do it. definitely only worth it with the older body style.

well buying a used car is what ever you can find, but you dont really know what your getting. If you like your car and want more power then a swap is a good way to go, then you can get exactly what you want.

more info on how this relates to your car would be helpful, specifics.
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Old 02-18-2005, 11:50 PM   #7
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Hmm bugeye 227crank hp or GC8 JDM swap 280 awhp???

Thats a hard one right there!!
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Old 02-19-2005, 12:11 AM   #8
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...really? so what would you recrommend Scoobie? how are the price differences anyways (buying a used car/swap)?
You can have one crazy swapped ride for the ~20 grand a used 227hp wrx will cost.

I would recommend finding a R titled 98-01 RS and doing a complete Ver 6 swap. RS about 3 grand complete, STi clip about 10 grand and a few grand if you cant handle doing the swap. So for under 20 grand you will have basically a jdm ver 6 that will run low 12s stock and out handle/perform the new usdm STi.
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The version 6 type R will do mid 12s stock, but not a run-of-the-mill ver 6. Performance has increased with each model year. Version 8 is faster than version 7 which is faster than version 6.

The GC cars have a weight advantage, and that's it. The rigidity of the GD chassis is stiffer than the GC. GD spec-c suspension is top notch, and a GC will be hard pressed to beat it.

That said, do the swap. I dumped 6K out of pocket and countless hours into the WRX just to get it to where it should be stock. Since you're going to want to replace almost everything, it make more sense to get the cheaper, lighter, better looking car, the GC. Wiring is a bitch though, keep that in mind. Swapping a JDM version 7/8 motor into a WRX is easy, swapping anything into a RS or otherwise takes a lot of wiring.
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Ver 7 spec C and Ver 8 RA makes slightly more power then the Ver 6 type R but they are not faster in stock acceleration. The Ver 6 type R was faster in 0-60. The GD chassis is stiffer but I would say 95% of the people would never know it. Personally I would rather have a lighter 2 door then a stiffer 4 door. Wiring can be a pain for any car but is much more involved for a GC no question!

Iceman why do you feel a swap is unreliable?
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