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Old 03-27-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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2006 Impreza 2.5i
Obsidian Black Pearl

Default JDM ver 2 sti

Local guy is selling a 2.5rs jdm ver 2 swap. I've been considering a swap for quite some time now but at this point all it would take is a trade. Now few things make me iffy. Ver 2 is 1995 motor, how much abuse has this engine seen? No paper work for this pup either. What else should I look for when i check this out and what should give me the green light?? thanks fellas
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:37 PM   #2
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MY01 EJ207 HTA35r


why are you interested in it? for the nostalgia? the v2 sti factor?
Its an old platform with limitations on tuning support. Even a 205 usdm swap has better tech with the ignition.

if you're set on it, check for fluid leaks, existing CEL codes, ask for compression numbers if possible.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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It's mainly for affordability. I'm a student and have a salvaged 2.5i that I've had trouble selling so I see this as a potential way into turbo world.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:39 AM   #4
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95 Sti Swapped GC8


i wouldnt suggest buying this and i will tell you why.

1. I have a 95 sti ver 2 engine swap and i havent swapped it my car yet but i now all the in's and outs about because it has been 2 years and im still gathering parts.

2. the 95 sti ver 2 ej20g doesnt have the necessary emissions stuff for obd 2 cars like the 2.5rs's. i dont have to worry cause my swap is going into my 95 obd 1 impreza L.

3. buying a modded car and especially a swapped car can be a money pit. and yes i have seen it

4. you said your a student. best thing to do is get a closes to stock as possible wrx that you can lightly mod or a stock 2.5rs

5. I wouldnt suggest a engine swap let alone a jdm engine swap. there is alot of parts gathering involved.

summary...honestly man that 2.5rs swapped car sounds too good to be true man. all in all its your choice but a 2.5rs with a wrx engine would be a potentially safer buy than a 2.5rs with a jdm engine that is 5 years before its time, especially when you need a state inspection
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