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Old 08-10-2008, 10:10 PM   #1
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2001 Legacy B4

Default Any way to switch an 01 Legacy B4 to US specs?

Am I going to run into problems when I try to export/import it when I leave island? Is it able to convert to US specs?

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Old 08-19-2008, 07:48 AM   #2
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2005 LGT 5MT wagon
2006 FXT Ltd


Definitely my all time favorite Subaru.
Unfortunately, the answer is no. The only way you'll even get it here in one piece is by convincing the authorities it will be raced and never see a public highway. Your serial number is not even close to the US mandated 17 digit format and this will trigger flags to any covert attempt at sneaking in.
After going through this a few years back I came up with two options, buy a US Legacy L sedan and graft the numbers on to your car not recommended and highly illegal, or strip the same US Legacy to a bare shell and put everything off your car on it. Not trivial because it includes changing the firewall and rear quarters.
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:12 PM   #3
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Your best chance would be to disassemble the car and take every single piece off it that you would want, come back to the states and buy a 01-04 LGT and swap everything over. RHD conversion has been done before on a Legacy; just haven't seen one done yet on that particular generation. As far as I know the engine in your car is capable of OBDII, but you'd have to find a USDM ECU that could run the engine. On my Ver. 7 STI motor I use a USDM WRX ECU for emissions and it works fine after I reflash it and wipe out the TGV codes. I suppose the same thing could be done for your Legacy.

I think you'll run into a lot of legal issues if you try to import your entire car as it sits, but it'd be a shame to see it arrive all cut up too . But it is a hot car nonetheless!

Whatever route you take it is sure to be expensive, but probably worth it I'd say. Your car is my all time favorite Subaru, although it'd be even more awesome if it was an S401
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:44 PM   #4
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Use an L, not a GT, because it is cheaper, closer to your body (no sunroof), and any upgrades a GT has over an L will end up on the garage floor after the swap anyway. It doesn't even matter if it is an automatic or manual, all you care about is its a good straight rust free shell with title.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:31 AM   #5
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Was this car ever imported?

The reason I am asking is because I just saw something on a LegacyGT forum about a 2001 B4, I personally am buying a 98 B4 RSK and I am trying to figure out the http://www.nhtsa.gov/Laws+&+Regulations/Vehicles whether I will have problems importing this car back to the US. I currently live in Holland
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