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Old 05-21-2001, 09:46 PM   #1
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Talking Swaping left hand drive to right hand drive???

Anybody knows how much work it's gonna have to swap a LHD RS to right hand drive??? Besides swaping the dash, the steering wheel, what other work are involved? Drive shaft? gas? brake? clutch? etc.... Thanks in advance!!!!
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Old 05-21-2001, 10:11 PM   #2
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Why LHD( as you have now), to RHD?
Are you going overseas?

I'll just add; when military personnel were allowed to ship RHD cars such as the Fairlady(Datsun 240Z), or the Mini Cooper the cost was prohibitive to justify the swap.
Modern cars with stringent crash and emissions will make it almost impossibe to do.

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Old 05-21-2001, 11:41 PM   #3
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It would be incredibly expensive. Also, there's no law that I'm aware of against driving a LHD car in a RHD country. I know that's true of Japan and any European country I can think of, not sure about other asian countries.
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Old 05-22-2001, 12:04 AM   #4
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I'd have to agree with gavin, of the many asian countries I've been to none frowned against opposite drive vehicles.

In Japan they even reverse-import the USA spec LHD Lexus LS400's for the status of driving a LHD car. toyota hates this because the cars are $20K less in Hawaii and Guam, normal japaneese citizens can't pull this off without someone in the know helping them.
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Old 05-22-2001, 02:07 AM   #5
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turn the car upside down and weld the wheels to the roof
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Old 05-22-2001, 02:08 PM   #6
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Thanks, albert & gavin!! yes, I am from overseas and I might go back in the future.. They allow LHD car in my country, but those will need special licence. Also, it is quite dangerous to drive a LHD on a highway. I would like to see the feasibility of converting a LHD to RHD because the cars here are so much cheaper compared to my country. Also, I've got so much extra parts in the car. Hate to sell it when i leave.
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Old 05-22-2001, 10:20 PM   #7
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You could buy a salvaged REX from Australia, pull the pieces you need, and sell the excess in the classified.
Plan ahead:
-If you do the conversion here will customs let you export it, and 2, will you be able to inport a converted car to you country.
Or, import the salvage directly to you contry and do the conversion there.

Would you stating what country you will be going to?

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Old 05-23-2001, 12:53 AM   #8
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all your brake hard lines
brake bias(i think)
steering rack
wiring harness..(got butt connectors?)
i jdm dash if you wanted to have a dash again...

at least the chassis will take it..
from what i've seen the area in the firewall for an rhd steering column is still there on our us vehicle.. you could just have to do some creative drilling..

sounds like way way too much work
but good luck with it anyway...
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Old 05-23-2001, 05:51 AM   #9
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Malaysia is where i m from and is where i am going to in the future...
Sounds like converting to RHD is not quite worth doing in terms of money and time. Could probably import from japan for the same cost. Well....not quite sure, a imported wrx in my country could cost around 50k.
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