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Old 08-20-2001, 12:26 PM   #1
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Would it be possible to swap an STI engine into a new age Impreza? Would fuel quality here in the States be a major issue for the Japanese-spec engine? Would a tranny swap also be in order? What would be the major things to consider when taking on a task like this?
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Old 08-20-2001, 02:11 PM   #2
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The only thing you really have to consider is this:

Do I have enough money to finish this project?

Yes, the engine will drop right in. Fuel quality will be one of the more minor concerns.. If you're going through all of the trouble of installing a jdm engine, you might as well go with standalone management to make the most of it. Tranny swap is definitely recommended.

I'm in the process of swapping an STi V RA engine into my 99 RS.. the only real hurdles to this project are financial
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Old 08-20-2001, 02:56 PM   #3
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Yeah, I know money will be a big concern. A project like this needs to be done right or not done at all, and that means cashish. Where could I start quoting something like this? How did you go about doing yours?

I would definitely have everything professionally installed...I'm in So. Cal., so luckily there are some great tuners around here (SPD, ISR, Flatline). I suppose the first step would be talking to them, and having them help with sourcing.
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Old 08-20-2001, 03:09 PM   #4
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ok...call me crazy....

But I acutally thought about buying a 99 RS...I saw a couple on the internet at a pretty good price...and dropping a new 3 Liter in it...

221 HP...N/A and 400 lbs less...gotta love that...
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Old 08-20-2001, 03:29 PM   #5
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Yup. Do it right, or don't even bother.
The first thing I did was find a good engine.. this is the hardest part! Once you find a good engine, you can take your time picking and choosing all the little pieces so you'll have exactly what you want. I came across a new STi V RA engine at Uchiyama Motorsports, so I decided that was the engine for me. Buying a new engine was pricey, but well worth the piece of mind!

As far as putting in the new 3.0 6.. it'd be an interesting swap.. but you'd still be stuck with an automatic transmission. And the automatic transmission is the single worst invention foisted off on us by the auto industry.
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