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Old 07-29-2005, 10:28 AM   #1
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word.

it can be done. besides for the normal remove everything, replace everything for RHD you need to fit all the little brackets and such. all the holes are there, just need to drill out the spot welds that hold the various brackets u need and rivit them into your LHD chassis.

currently, my process time is beating the CRAP outa doing the nasty wiring harness conversion. looking at 6 hours or so on top of the normal stuff - my RHD conversion subsitutes wiring (use untouched JDM harness with adaptation for R1 SMJ plug).

will post pix and a FAQ when done. go go go. napzort now.

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Old 07-29-2005, 11:56 AM   #2
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what are you doing for the b68 connector which connects to the r1 smj. if you have the color match up i would like to know. if you are in need of them i have all the ones that are really needed to run the motor. i just need the ones for the speakers, parking brake, and seatbelt timer.
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Old 07-29-2005, 03:20 PM   #3
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hey-

i havnt figured out that one yet. the parking brake should be seperate by itself though-

can you email me what your have for the SMJ to haoming.chang@gmail.com

i havnt started the wiring bit yet, if you could hook it up id be grateful

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Old 07-29-2005, 05:05 PM   #4
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Old 07-29-2005, 11:31 PM   #5
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hoping for pics. love seeing the conversion process. good luck. oh and good choice on converting RHD. heard its easier than staying LHD...alot less wiring to deal with. jspec factor always works too.
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Old 07-29-2005, 11:48 PM   #6
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I just bought a v3 STi from gr8wheels. I'm wondering if doing a rhd conversion will be easier than switching everything over.
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Old 07-30-2005, 11:53 AM   #7
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its easier than doing Wiring.

DONE.
heres for the haters who say it cant be done. 12 hours or so has all the brackets made AND the interior back in my car.

beat that with wiring.......


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Old 07-30-2005, 11:54 AM   #8
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oh. my steering rack is 2.7 turns lock to lock....
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Old 07-30-2005, 02:30 PM   #9
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Kick a$$! I may have to do RHD! What version is that? I am getting a v3 (non-RA) but I really feel safer with the pax-side air bag. Maybe I could get a v5 dash from someone who's not using it...
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Old 07-30-2005, 03:57 PM   #10
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pics of firewall? Brake booster pedal assembly and clutch master mounted? Wiper motor swapped? Do you have window switches from the clip?

Looks good so far.
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Old 07-30-2005, 10:42 PM   #11
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word. everything mounted ex for the wiper motor, havnt gotten around to it. thats the only really hard one.

dont have window switches, pondering doing manual window and doorskin conversion unless i can find some JDM doorskins. my RA harness has no provision for electric mirrors, so my cool blingage STi verison 1 folding mirror switch is no dice. boo
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Old 07-31-2005, 08:32 PM   #12
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you want a V4 dash? i have one, its the same as your dash (RS), just RHD.

personally, i dont want a lhd car converted to RHD, but it does make it easier, and you dont have to do custom work for the other stuff.

i like LHD, more sleeper, in a sense of it all.

you sure bout the harness not having the power window stuff in it?

if you need it, i have all 4 V4 RA manual window doors in white, but the metal on 2 of them need work and they need to be repainted. they have the door cards as well, slightly scratched.
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Old 07-31-2005, 10:11 PM   #13
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hey-

a V4 dash wouldnt work for me. i could use the 4 doors with doorcards, do you have the rear wiring harness by any chance? i need the R1 plug from SMJ back to fuel and bizness
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:52 AM   #14
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i dont have that harness, i had to splice it cause it was cut.
i believe the plug should be the same on both cars, but im not sure, ive got the RS r1 plug iirc in a box somewhere.

ill try and get you some pics of the doors too.
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:38 AM   #15
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word. do you have by anychance the pinouts for the 3 plugs - R1, R2, R3 of the USDM 1.8L 1993 impreza?

it runs. had to fiddle with the fitament of R1. its quite frekin fast.
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Old 08-05-2005, 09:49 PM   #16
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Moose, I need some help. when you get the dash removed, there are three hvac boxes. The middle one has the AC lines running into it. How do you separate it from the lines? I haven't looked at the box on the right, but I imagine it has heating lines going in, so gimme a heads up on that one, too.
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heater box is center, AC box is on passenger side

oh yeah, supermoose, heres a pic of the damaged door:

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Old 08-06-2005, 12:55 AM   #18
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pull the blower fan, pull all the lines, unbolt all the 10mm's and then wiggle. make sure all unplugable things are unplugged
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Old 08-06-2005, 12:58 AM   #19
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What do you mean by "pull all the lines"? Which way do I pull?
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Old 08-06-2005, 11:06 AM   #20
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umm lines; AC lines (unbolt 2 of them), heater lines (2), if you remove the rubber business from the engine bay side, it should be pretty easy.

i actually pulled the drivetrain before i did the interior. perhaps it may be easier, worked out to my logistical advantage for some reason or other.
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Ok, I got the engine all disconnected except for mounts and tranny. Moose, did you separate the engine and tranny or did you hoist them out as a unit?
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Old 08-07-2005, 11:30 AM   #22
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i actually pulled the gearbox 4 weeks before i did the EJ20 conversion and ran it for a week with my NA ej25 out of couriosity. the drivetrain is most easily dropped from the bottom as one entire unit. leave the box connected to the motor and unbolt al the subframe stuff, jack the car up high as hell, and then you have a drivetrain. probably just flip the front clip up and lean it against a wall or something, its not that heavy if its stripped.
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