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Old 03-07-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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Can you convert FWD to AWD? Is it even worth the hassle?
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:05 PM   #2
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Yes it can and has been done.
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:15 PM   #3
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Yes it can and has been done.
Is it expensive?
I am looking to buy an L. Should I just try and find an AWD car and skip all the FWD ones for sale?
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Old 03-07-2006, 10:44 PM   #4
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If you plan to convert... just buy a AWD, if you don't care, get the FWD. The FWD model is quite a bit lighter than the AWD, and has less drivetrain loss. But it's also harder to find parts for.
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:25 PM   #5
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hard to find parts for? more like if you plan on swapping, then you need to do the AWD swap.

it is possible but youll need a donor car or source all the parts. im starting the swap friday, i have a donor car. only reason im doing it this way is because AWD ones are hard to find and i got my FWD and swapped a motor in before the awd swap so now the tranny/clutch cant handle it.
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:27 PM   #6
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it can be a lot cheaper if you find the parts. case and point:

i bought a fwd auto 93 impreza L for $500.
went to the pull & save junkyard and got the manual tranny, rear diff, rear subframe, diff carrier, rear awd hubs w/disc brakes, clutch, pedal box, rear awd tophats and other misc parts all from a 93 legacy for a whopping $120.
bought a used impreza manual driveshaft and the front knuckle for the legacy rear diff. $100.
awd gas tank $70

there it is. we did the full conversion from auto to manual and fwd to awd for $290 dollars.

the car is already set up for awd. all of the rear mounting holes are there and they are threaded. just pop the plastic caps out and bolt in the whole rear end.

moral of the story is, if you can get the stuff for cheap, it is worth it.

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Old 03-07-2006, 11:59 PM   #7
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^ there ya go.
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:02 AM   #8
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it can be a lot cheaper if you find the parts. case and point:

i bought a fwd auto 93 impreza L for $500.
went to the pull & save junkyard and got the manual tranny, rear diff, rear subframe, diff carrier, rear awd hubs w/disc brakes, clutch, pedal box, rear awd tophats and other misc parts all from a 93 legacy for a whopping $120.
bought a used impreza manual driveshaft and the front knuckle for the legacy rear diff. $100.
awd gas tank $70

there it is. we did the full conversion from auto to manual and fwd to awd for $290 dollars.

the car is already set up for awd. all of the rear mounting holes are there and they are threaded. just pop the plastic caps out and bolt in the whole rear end.

moral of the story is, if you can get the stuff for cheap, it is worth it.

josh
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thats an awd, 5speed, odb1 impreza for $790. ready for a nice sti swap.
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:13 AM   #9
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actually a hybrid 2.2t swap and a full cage. it's a rally car.

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Old 03-08-2006, 12:14 AM   #10
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that works too
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:16 AM   #11
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thats an awd, 5speed, odb1 impreza for $790. ready for a nice sti swap.
EJ20G!

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Old 03-08-2006, 07:29 AM   #12
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Thanks guys!
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Old 03-08-2006, 02:12 PM   #13
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true that is the way to go if you can find everything, around here it would take forever for a awd gas tank to show up.... i got a donor car, am taking more than just awd from it and going to part it out.
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Old 03-08-2006, 03:23 PM   #14
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I think some fwd models have the awd gas tank installed.

You can get a jpm clip with almost all the parts to go FWD auto to AWD 5speed - find.

I bought a FWD auto and did the conversion. The only pain was getting new RS model gas tank to work - and even that was minor.
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Old 03-09-2006, 01:15 PM   #15
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My swap is pretty detailed. It'll let ya know what you need to deal with on the electrical side...assuming your obd1

www.surrealmirage.com/subaru/swap
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Old 03-11-2006, 04:50 AM   #16
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I think some fwd models have the awd gas tank installed.

You can get a jpm clip with almost all the parts to go FWD auto to AWD 5speed - find.

I bought a FWD auto and did the conversion. The only pain was getting new RS model gas tank to work - and even that was minor.

i had NO idea that they could be the same, my 2 95's (one awd, one fwd) i believe have the same tank, im doing the awd swap right now and realized that... its awesome!
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:04 PM   #17
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okay, suppose you bought a FWD L and an entire wrecked WRX...wouldn't it just be easier to swap the rear end out of the WRX to make the FWD L AWD?
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:15 PM   #18
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yup...
since your swappuign the tank over you would have all the sensors that you would need to make the ecu happy
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Jaxx,

I was talking rear diff/axles/hubs/trailing arms, etc. But are you saying that I can swap the tank from a newer WRX into the old L as well? because that would be great....
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