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Old 03-31-2005, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default N00b JDM STi swap instructions?

I'm still really green when it comes to modding, so this will be a while down the line, but eventually, I'd like to do a JDM ver8 swap in my '04. Is there a manual/write-up anywhere on doing the swap for someone who hasn't done it before? (Yes, I did a search)

I realize that I could (and probably should) have it professionally done, but I'd like the experience of doing it myself -- with help, of course -- since it seems to be one of the easiest swaps to do.
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Old 03-31-2005, 04:10 PM   #2
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I'm still really green when it comes to modding, so this will be a while down the line, but eventually, I'd like to do a JDM ver8 swap in my '04. Is there a manual/write-up anywhere on doing the swap for someone who hasn't done it before? (Yes, I did a search)

I realize that I could (and probably should) have it professionally done, but I'd like the experience of doing it myself -- with help, of course -- since it seems to be one of the easiest swaps to do.
I did it by myself with some good help. All I knew what to do before was to swap a downpipe.

Get some good help. Go on your local boards and ask for people who are willing to lend a hand. Get them to commit, entice them with goodies or money if you have to. Get people who have done it before, who know their way around cars.
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Old 03-31-2005, 05:22 PM   #3
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I did it by myself with some good help. All I knew what to do before was to swap a downpipe.

Get some good help. Go on your local boards and ask for people who are willing to lend a hand. Get them to commit, entice them with goodies or money if you have to. Get people who have done it before, who know their way around cars.
Cool, thanks for the advice. Definitely going to get some help on this one. I'm waiting for the warrantee to expire on it (and to pay it off) before I start modding, but by the time I'm ready to do this, I will have at least done some basic mods on my own (turboback, uppipe, IC hoses, and the like).

Back to my original question, is there a swap guide out there? I'd at least like to get familiar with what we'll be doing before we go at it (even with people who have done it before). I'm an engineer -- I need documentation, dammit!
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Old 03-31-2005, 06:11 PM   #4
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Yes, here is the documentation. Pull then engine and put in the new one. That is about it for documentation.
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Old 03-31-2005, 06:18 PM   #5
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Like ebeck said, pull the old one and put in the new one. Everything bolts right up. You only need to do wiring if you plan on running AVCS (which you should BTW). Even then its only 6 or so wires and you can get a kit from one of the vendors to make it even simpler. Complete documentation on removal/install is in the factory service manual. Subarus are like legos.

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Old 03-31-2005, 06:26 PM   #6
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From what I have heard it basically is one of the easiest swaps to do, just remove the engine, and put the new one back in, and it all bolts up the same. And for the avcs wiring iaperformance.com carries the wiring kit.
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