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Old 01-28-2006, 10:29 PM   #1
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Well, I recently found a really good deal on a wrecked FXT that I am consdering buying and putting in my '03 2.5x. I know a lot of people would say just buy a XT but I don't think I can bring meself to selling the big ugly gold box . Plus with 70k miles, an exterior that is fairly beat to hell, and a motor that is nearing its last legs (old owner beat the piss out of it) a swap - though much more time consuming - would end up being at least 3k less expensive.

I've looked at threads about same-year impreza swaps and have gotten mixed answers as to the wiring dificulty compared to say a GC RS-WRX swap. I also realzie there is no way to tell untill you start, but I was wondering if anyone could guess as to the complexity of going from NA-tubro on the Forester?
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Old 01-29-2006, 12:10 AM   #2
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If you bought the complete FXT, you wouldn't need to do any wiring... Just swapping of wiring harnesses.
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you can just swap everything over, engine, tranny, all the wiring, dash etc. Anything you want to swap that isn't trashed on the xt will go in the x.

One thing. I yet to see a wrecked XT that had a good hood. You'll need new hood with a scoop. Or front mount intercooler which I haven't seen anyone in the US do yet but the aussie guys have done it.
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Old 01-29-2006, 10:57 PM   #4
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Yeah the hood is one problem spot. A FMIC like VSB's XT would be cool but would be a bit out of my price range. Hopefully I'll be able to find a hood that will work sometime soon!

So I take it from the two responces: Swapping of the entire wiring harness (or most of it) would be the easiest with replacement of the dash and such. The car I am looking at's dash is a bit trashed, all the buttons and controls work just right. So anything that does not hook right up to the N/A parts I could just swap over I take it? How about chassis wiring?
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So I take it from the two responces: Swapping of the entire wiring harness (or most of it) would be the easiest with replacement of the dash and such. The car I am looking at's dash is a bit trashed, all the buttons and controls work just right. So anything that does not hook right up to the N/A parts I could just swap over I take it? How about chassis wiring?
-Jeff
You'll end up swapping probably the complete chassis / bulkhead / front harness due to small differences throughout the car. The bulkhead harness is obvious because of the added wires for the turbo engine and DBW. Part of the Engine harness is incorporated into the front harness, so you'll be swapping that also. The Turbo models use a fuel pump controller to vary the output of the fuelpump based on throttle position, engine load etc. They mount the controller in the rear, so the rear harness will be subtly different. You will be able to use your stock dash board over again. I'm fairly sure they didn't change anything in the dash (Except for that the FXT's had the auto climate control, and i don't believe the X's did). If it were me, and i could get the complete car, I would just swap EVERYTHING (except for the damaged pieces)

Here's what it looks like behind the dash of an FXT. This was while we were wiring the FXT for Auto DCCD. Yours will be wrapped up more


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