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Old 05-08-2005, 05:32 AM   #1
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Default Another successful ver.III swap

Last Friday i brought my 99RS up to Rich (verIII) on the boards of Can-Jam motorsport to get a full JDM STi v7 swap done.

Rich was very helpful in arranging shipment of my motor to him and keeping me updated. He also sent me a pm per day usually to keep me posted on the progress throughout the swap. He was easily accessible through pm, email, or phone which made it very easy for dealing with some of the problems with parts that usually pop up.

Some problems that came up were the harness i was supposed to get was actually not 'complete' by any means and not much more than a bundle of wires, 'some' connectors and an ecu. Rich said he could make it work no problem. True to his word it works perfectly and looks amazing.

I felt comfortable bringing it there after Cronic had his swap done there and seeing the facilities rich has at his disposal. Literally everything needed to build a car from the ground up is available to him which makes it easy to handle any issue. I also felt quite comfortable with rich taking care of the car considering he was a huge part of building the subaru rally team of canada's cars'.

The swap feels great, it had been a year now since i drove a GC with a v7 in it and it feels good. I still need to put a front swaybar on there, along with a bigger rear. I need to also put a suspension on, get an alignment, and a bunch of other things that i'd like to do. A project is never finished, lol.

I will get some pics of the swap up close tomorrow to get a better idea of what it looks like. The engine bay may be a bit dirty after an 8 hour drive but it was immaculate when i left. Not a spec of dirt on it.

Be sure to also check for a comrehensive review of JDMotor (nasioc name) or Japan Motor Import (shop name) and the product they delivered to me.

I could not be happier with the way the car is starting off, hopefully i'll have a few more upgrades to write about in the near future, but we'll see. Feels good to be back in a GC
Louis

Review of JDMotor (Japan Motor Import)

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...14#post9745314
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Old 05-08-2005, 10:20 AM   #2
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congratulations on a successful swap Louis. I hope to get mine fully coverted someday.
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Old 05-08-2005, 10:32 AM   #3
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Congratulations with the successful swap. VerIII (Rich) is the man, he willingly helped me out with a unique axle seal issue related to my swap even though I was not a customer and he had nothing to gain for his efforts. What a great guy, Iím very thankful for his help and would pay for his swap services anyday!
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Old 05-08-2005, 12:49 PM   #4
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Here is a picture of my car at Can-Jam with it's big brother in the background

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Old 05-08-2005, 01:31 PM   #5
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Good to see you made it home man! I am glad everything worked out so well for you. Keep good documentation along the way on this one since she has a long way to go..

Oh and Rich definetly is the man, It is amazing the amount of work he gets done in a few days, i am sticking by my theory of him being a robot built by subaru to do swaps
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Old 05-08-2005, 01:36 PM   #6
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congrats lewis can't wait to see the car when its all done.

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Old 05-08-2005, 02:12 PM   #7
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i just finish my 1.8 to 2.2 it great man also change the injectors and man can u feel the difference nxt is the cat back exaust and cucto bady kit on my 93 wagon
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Old 05-08-2005, 02:22 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. Lol at dave about rich being a robot

Here are some pics.
Here's the engine after an 8 hour drive, you can only imagine how clean it was when rich had just finished it.


Here is a picture of the wiring coming out of the grommet into the engine bay. The rest of his loom is as nicely wrapped and tucked away as what you can see in this pic.


STi gauge cluster...only 96K kilometers on it


And here's a pic of the car as it sits now...its got some bling coming its way.
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Old 05-08-2005, 02:32 PM   #9
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No shot of the whole engine bay, and 6spd knob! jerk! oh and i am calling u....
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Old 05-08-2005, 02:34 PM   #10
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thats sick louis.
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Old 05-08-2005, 02:40 PM   #11
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STi gauge cluster...only 96K kilometers on it
Dude... believe it or not. 96k km = 59k miles exactly how many miles that car has... so that's FUNNY! haha...

Comming for a ride at all today? PS... I want a ride/drive

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Old 05-08-2005, 02:44 PM   #12
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yeah.....where are the rest of the engine pics....
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Old 05-08-2005, 02:50 PM   #13
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where you in NJ today? Around 2:30 I saw an RS just like yours on rt. 73 I was in my black 98 RST
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Old 05-08-2005, 04:06 PM   #14
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No pics of the shiftknob as i didn't want rich to modify the 5mt boot because i want to keep it in good shape. I'm thinking the zerosports shift boot may look nice. Not to mention my knob is all gouged and messed up. (Thanks JDMotor)

The rest of the engine bay is pretty standard, airbox etc. I can take some more pics i guess.

Nope not in jersey today, sorry wasn't me.

I'm guessing i'm making around 220whp right now. It's completely stock mapping with stock boost of i'm guessing 14.5psi. No guages yet. It's pretty quick and probably good for low 13's or high 12's with some flat shifting with a trap of around 102-104. At least that's what my old car trapped dead stock. (Still stock downpipe too)
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Old 05-08-2005, 04:21 PM   #15
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yay, he gets a new car up, cant wait to see it move along
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Old 05-08-2005, 07:11 PM   #16
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Only Keith would convert the KM to Miles and compare the cluster's to the body's mileage .. And I didnt know you were getting it all done this quick louis! ***, now i may have to take a drive down to enjoy the madness - when its further to being done.

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Old 05-09-2005, 01:20 AM   #17
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Only Keith would convert the KM to Miles and compare the cluster's to the body's mileage .. And I didnt know you were getting it all done this quick louis! ***, now i may have to take a drive down to enjoy the madness - when its further to being done.

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Louis does not **** around man, you know this he has owned the car for less the 7 days and it has a full v7 swap
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Some C16, EBC and some track numbers better be in your future . Swap looks good. No DCCD?
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Some C16, EBC and some track numbers better be in your future . Swap looks good. No DCCD?
On stock turbo? No no, i have a feeling we will see something in a shade of


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Only Keith would convert the KM to Miles and compare the cluster's to the body's mileage .. And I didnt know you were getting it all done this quick louis! ***, now i may have to take a drive down to enjoy the madness - when its further to being done.

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Umm... its a joke. Louis called me and told me how many miles were on the cluster I gave him and we laughed... then I found out it equaled ~ 59k miles the same that the car was bought with so a coincidence... sorry for it seeming funny to me
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Old 05-09-2005, 03:07 AM   #21
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ya i think JDMotor / japan motor import is nagano japanese / japan star. Its the shop owners cousin up in canada with nagano japanese who decided to get smart and sell there motors on nasioc.

i think petawabbit told me this

i got my stuff from japanstar/nagano japanese too, and its all good and dandy
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Old 05-09-2005, 04:13 AM   #22
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Congrats Louis, I couldnt believe you were already getting this thing done when Keith told me.

So, time for another green perhaps? just make sure it isn't that pesky cursed one

400whp, here you come once again!!!

thats sweet man, congrats again, make sure you keep us updated WHEN the mods come

ImprezaRSfan-i have a feeling Louis's dealings weren't as ideal as yours, but i cant speak for him, thats what i got from his few comments.

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Old 05-09-2005, 09:31 AM   #23
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Congrats on the swap, i was trying to find your review on JDMotor as I saw the swaps they were offering in the for sale forum.
But, from what I could tell from this post, it doesnt sound to good.
Got a link to your review?
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Old 05-09-2005, 09:45 AM   #24
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No review yet...as there is still a few pending issues that will influence the review. It should be up in the next two days though. So far i can say that i didn't get the parts i was supposed to get by any means. Specifically the wiring harness, driveshaft. The motor was also not 'complete' but i don't want to get into it now.

Yea i would've liked dccd but this v7 is about the earliest of the v7's. It's still got the black coolant resevoir.

Keith i think it's cool the cluster reads like the car haha.

I'd obviously like to go green sometime soon, but i don't know how far off that'll be. I still have to put in swaybars, shiftboot, buy gauges, utec (or reflash), suspension etc. Lol, it's scary to think how much there is left.
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Old 05-09-2005, 10:25 AM   #25
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I remember you buying a V7 front clip for your previous car, so I beg to ask the question why you didn't do it again? Is a whole front clip that much more? Good luck with the car
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