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Old 11-01-2006, 01:43 AM   #1
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MY 2006 STI SWAP

My swap has begun. I’m having an 06 STI drivetrain swapped into my 03 WRX wagon. I am very fortunate to have as a friend, one of the most talented Subaru Techs in the country ( Jayson Black ) .
After I bought my 2003 wrx wagon a few years ago I decided to mod it. Having neither the time nor the experience to really mod myself, I started looking for speed shops in my area. To make a long story short, and after many disappointments, I met Jayson Black. He was a Master Tech at Burt Subaru (10 years) and now has is own performance business RAREFORM PERFORMANCE (http://www.rareformperformance.com/) in Lakewood Colorado.
After pretty much maxing out my 2.0l setup (more or less) we decided the next best step was to either build a 2.5l motor or do a full STI swap. We decided to swap. Jayson found me an 06 STI (that had been rolled over) for a decent price. I believe this is his 10nth Subaru swap.
I dropped my car off on Saturday (I drove my car to the shop) and he started working on it at 5:00pm. Monday morning my car was rolling around the shop with new; motor, tranny, rear diff, axels, brakes and lines, hubs, 06 gas tank all installed! Additionally, in that time we came to the realization that there was no way to get the stock rear hubs to work with the 06 rear diff . Jayson found 04 STI rear brakes and assembly’s and installed them between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning! I think he had to pick the salvage yard guy up at his house and drive him to the yard and then back home and then do the install.
Jayson’s a dedicated professional who is passionate about what he does. As a small business owner I find such pleasure in watching someone who is so good at what they do. If wasn’t for the SEMA show (and a couple of missing parts) my car would probably be done by the end of the week.
Heres some flicks. I’ll post the progress which will commence after the weekend…









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Old 11-01-2006, 01:44 AM   #2
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:49 AM   #3
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NIcE! you have your own lift or its at your job?
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:50 AM   #4
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:59 AM   #5
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sweet man congratulations. my car goes under the knife on monday.
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:02 AM   #6
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sweet man congratulations. my car goes under the knife on monday.
Thanks..Call me for that $40 ( i feel bad)
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:16 AM   #7
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wow nice! if i may ask how much is this costin ya?
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:21 AM   #8
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freakin sweet. keep us updated please.
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:54 AM   #9
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Very nice! I'm happy to see a wrb bugeye wagon in all its glory because mine is totalled and being swapped into an 00 leg gt limited. Yours is definately going to be more subtle than an 06 sti with trunk space to boot! I talked to Jayson on the phone once about some parts and he is a really nice guy!
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Old 11-01-2006, 04:17 AM   #10
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wow nice! if i may ask how much is this costin ya?
im sure this cost way more than an arm and a leg....i will be going back to this thread when i am under this same swap...the transmission and rear diff and all will take a while but the motor swap will be soon!

And if i was able to find someone that dedicated on working on MY car....wow!!! sounds like a great guy!
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Old 11-01-2006, 07:08 AM   #11
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i just want to say that you are one lucky sun of a biatch!!!! Very nice.
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Old 11-01-2006, 10:03 AM   #12
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I've been thinking about doing this to my 02 WRX.. I already have a full STI suspension.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1009519

and was thinking about my next step. which would be what you are doing.

My biggest question was, How much did you pay for the 06 STI??
I want to know what kind of Coinage I'll need to do something like this. also how much time it takes.

I'll be watching this thread to see how it's going.
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Old 11-01-2006, 10:56 AM   #13
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I paid $8k for the STi stuff that i needed. Longblock, tranny, dccd, gage cluster, wiring, gas tank, steering column etc. THen i had about $1k in unexpected costs. Plus Labor. Then i sold my current drivetrain and mods i didnt need anymore for about $6k.
Not as bad as you thought, huh?
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Old 11-01-2006, 11:03 AM   #14
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I paid $8k for the STi stuff that i needed. Longblock, tranny, dccd, gage cluster, wiring, gas tank, steering column etc. THen i had about $1k in unexpected costs. Plus Labor. Then i sold my current drivetrain and mods i didnt need anymore for about $6k.
Not as bad as you thought, huh?
not bad at all. i figured you'd be selling some of your current stuff. so how much is the labor runnin you? also, what happens come smog inspection time? if you need to even be tested that is.

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Old 11-01-2006, 09:41 PM   #15
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Sweet setup!!

i have seen Jayson's work in person, i agree he does great work

this is one of his personal cars (also a killer swap)
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ghlight=jayson
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Old 11-02-2006, 03:35 AM   #16
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wow...so this guy jayson should be blowing up soon..i wanna hire this guy to swap my motor+tranny out for me! But first i think im going to need the funds first!
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Old 11-02-2006, 11:10 AM   #17
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Yeah, we should rob a bank or something..
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Old 11-04-2006, 06:44 AM   #18
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:20 AM   #19
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I've never heard of people having to swap the gas tank before, is that a wagon specific thing or does it have something to do with clearance for the different differential?
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:36 AM   #20
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hows this going is it done yet? whatd you do with the old motor/trans?
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Old 11-06-2006, 10:13 AM   #21
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I've never heard of people having to swap the gas tank before, is that a wagon specific thing or does it have something to do with clearance for the different differential?
The newer Subarus have a number of different fuel sender unit and sensors that the 02-03 do not. It is much easier to swap the tanks.
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:24 PM   #22
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The newer Subarus have a number of different fuel sender unit and sensors that the 02-03 do not. It is much easier to swap the tanks.
It's actually just one sensor, and it's just an 02 thing. You wouldn't need to swap tanks on an 03+... and actually you really don't need to swap over the tanks even in an 02, I would have just replaced the sensor.
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:45 PM   #23
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you have a beautiful wagon! the rims are probly the best I've seen on a WRB! no roof racks + STi swap = STi Wagon FTW!
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:35 PM   #24
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I believe it to be more than that. Apparently for 06 there is different emissions/EVAP setup, diffferent sensors and the electrical doesn't line up the same way. So swapping the tank is necessary or at least easier.
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It's actually just one sensor, and it's just an 02 thing. You wouldn't need to swap tanks on an 03+... and actually you really don't need to swap over the tanks even in an 02, I would have just replaced the sensor.
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:35 PM   #25
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you have a beautiful wagon! the rims are probly the best I've seen on a WRB! no roof racks + STi swap = STi Wagon FTW!
Thanks!!
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