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Old 07-11-2011, 01:20 PM   #26
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just out of curiousity, whats the advantage to the brakes on our cars and the brakes you installed there? have you noticed any difference in braking? and what year car did they come from
The braking is a lot smoother and even now. Under hard braking I noticed the car used to nose dive due to the front discs braking harder then the rear drums. Also, I began to get drum noise when I came to a slow stop. No big deal, it was just annoying.

Now I don't have to worry about adjusting the rear brakes when changing shoes, less parts, better stopping, looks better IMO, safer... There really is no reason not to.

Here is my thread on the swap (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2174617)
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:49 AM   #27
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Didn't realize it was a swap from drums to discs. That would make a difference. Isn't your car an 08? Thought they came with discs in the rear. My 09 did.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:01 PM   #28
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Didn't realize it was a swap from drums to discs. That would make a difference. Isn't your car an 08? Thought they came with discs in the rear. My 09 did.
Nope, no rear discs for 08 2.5i's. The premium did come with discs on the back though. The rear drums, weak stereo and crappy seats are the only "from the factory" things I can really complain about with my car.

Putting my rear sway bar on today or tomorrow. I was waiting for the brackets from the scooby dealer. I will provide a detailed parts list with pics and install for everyones viewing pleasure.
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:09 PM   #29
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hey napreza, I did the front and rear sway bars on my car about a month ago. Got the Rallitek kit. What a HUUUUGE difference. I did my springs (Eibach) and put Koni yellow adjustables about 6 weeks ago. With all the suspension upgrades the car handles amazingly. Next for me are all the bushings and tires......tires are my only draw back right now, still running the crappy stock ones. You will not be disappointed in the difference the sways make.
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:35 PM   #30
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i was thinking about the AVO kit or swap to wrx engine too haha anyways i cant wait to see the result of the swap!!! goood work!!
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:44 PM   #31
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I picked up an '08 2.5i last august with 11k miles for about half of kbb value. I was looking for a turbo car but couldn't pass this up and haven't regretted yet. BUT... I still want the turbo so I have been debating this exact swap- thx for sharing your journey, I hope to take the same one soon, although I will probably go a step further and build the motor and drivetrain, only because I have some connects with the rally program and might get some goodies... Good luck and keep up posted on the progress.
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:12 AM   #32
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any updates?
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #33
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Funny story... The company I was doing contracted web design work for went belly up. Now I'm doing freelance web design work, which pays the bills but is inconsistent so the extra funds get put into savings. As soon as I get another solid gig I'll be able to pick this endevour back up.

Anyone know anyone who wants to trade a website for a 2008+ WRX engine?
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:53 PM   #34
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Hey know its been forever did this die/get put on hold indefinitely?
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:53 PM   #35
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Been so busy i forgot to update this thread! I've decided to get a 1996-2001 project car. I got a kick ass web design job at an ad agency and now have the funds to do the project I really wanted to do... Build a 400hp+ 2.5RS.

If anyone is interested in doing a 08+ swap I still have the complete front xmember with sway bar and a complete WRX wiring harness, to inlude the fuse boxes up for sale.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:35 PM   #36
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Damn that's great you got your dream project going but I wish you had kept up with the 08 swap as that's something I plan on doing one day. Good luck!!
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:52 PM   #37
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This is an awesom project!
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:47 AM   #38
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Resurrecting this project. I still have all the supporting parts (harness, cross memberer, etc) so why not? I'll get the motor later this year and the other parts in need (radiator, fuel pump, ecu) and hopefully have the motor in before Christmas. In the mean time I'm still looking for my project car. Once I find it I'll start a thread on that bad boy.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:18 AM   #39
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Any news on this project? I've been looking to do the same thing and there aren't a lot of threads on this.
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:07 AM   #40
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Default Still on hold...

I've been way too busy to pull the trigger on the swap. New job and moved BUT it's still going to happen. I still have all of the parts (minus the engine and ECU).

I'm getting the 2015 WRX STI next year and that will become my daily driver which allows me to start the swap. Right now it's my daily so I would have to try and complete the swap over a long weekend which is a bad idea.

The plan is to convert my 2.5i into a track/dirt car. I've already done quite a bit of suspension mods so I'm just waiting on the power train swap.

If you have not done anything yet I HIGHLY recommend suspension/brake upgrades. I have STI springs and struts in the back, STI springs and Koni adjustable sport struts in the front and a WRX rear swaybar. The difference is night and day. Even with the N/A motor the car is a blast to drive.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:54 PM   #41
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Great project! The only suggestion I have is to find an 09+ engine as the 08 has the smaller turbo. I have an 08 WRX and just blew the engine a few weeks ago. I am putting a new one in and it will definitely be an 09+ as long as i'm spending the money.

Btw I'm not sure if you've seen the spy pics of the 2015 but it is basically the current impreza body with different bumpers the hood scoop and wide body like the current WRXs. When my engine went I spoke with one of the dealers that had driven the new one... he said that all the dealers there were disappointed with the new one and advised me to get the 2014 if I wanted a new one. It only has the 2.0L with a turbo.

Good Luck!
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:08 PM   #42
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Whoa... Don't go knocking that FA20 just because it's 500cc's smaller. That thing is leaps and bounds superior to any EJ motor ever built. Crawford Performance's BRZ is running 450hp and 500ft/lbs of torque on pump gas and that's with their N/A motor. Can't imagine the capabilities of the FA20 they put in the WRX and the STI variant.

Cwaford's BRZ:

As for my swap I'm going with an EJ257 power plant and a built 5-speed. It's turning into more of a complete rebuild rather then a simple swap.

What dealers have driven the new WRX? I actually do ad work for two dealers and the owner told me that Subaru is being pretty tight lipped about the new WRX.
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:16 PM   #43
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Good info here.
Love this thread!
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Old 04-06-2017, 07:07 PM   #44
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Any updates?
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Old 04-06-2017, 08:14 PM   #45
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Whoa... Don't go knocking that FA20 just because it's 500cc's smaller. That thing is leaps and bounds superior to any EJ motor ever built. Crawford Performance's BRZ is running 450hp and 500ft/lbs of torque on pump gas and that's with their N/A motor. Can't imagine the capabilities of the FA20 they put in the WRX and the STI variant.

Cwaford's BRZ: The 450 HP Crawford Performance Turbo BRZ - /TUNED - YouTube

As for my swap I'm going with an EJ257 power plant and a built 5-speed. It's turning into more of a complete rebuild rather then a simple swap.

What dealers have driven the new WRX? I actually do ad work for two dealers and the owner told me that Subaru is being pretty tight lipped about the new WRX.
Whoa whoa whoa, wait wait wait.

The BRZ weighs 2700lbs!?
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:29 PM   #46
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If you must proceed with this you need to buy a complete running 08+ wreck. Otherwise you will pull your hair out and go broke with nickle and dime parts. Listen to those of us who work on these cars everyday. Can bus is nothing like swapping the older cars.
you donít need. Complete running car but you will need a few key components and a lot of time on your hands cause as you said if you donít know what your doing it will make you pull your hair out I just took a 08 wrx sedan with a spun bearing tore it down to short block sent it out had crank nitrated like sti crank diamond honed the cylinders and deck milled block and heads put king bearings Manley forged h beam connecting rods manly forged pistons arp head studs valve work injector work installed a vf48 turbo a sti intake still using the stock 08 wrx fuel rail solenoids and sensors stock throttle body stock harness 09 Sti intake boot a process west black top mount inter cooler with sti brackets and Perrin blow off valve man it wasnít easy either lol
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Old 09-10-2020, 11:45 PM   #47
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aghhh!! horrible idea ...
i would say a gc8 swap would be easier -way less wiring

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08+ wrx motor/ecu assuming that you want your dash/ac/car to work

the change in wiring to can-bus changed almost everything related to engine swaps
to do an 08 you really need a complete wrecked 08+ wrx


now that said a wrecked 08+ wrx-> in to a 08 rs .. is not the worst idea ..

my recommendation, if you want a project go buy a basket case 93 spend the same $$ and have 2 cars (less walking)

re upgrades: be gentile .. its a lot more difficult to trouble shoot things when you have added more variables
Ok so I'm new to this forum, and to the subie life. I just bought a 2009 Subaru impreza 2.5i 4 door 5 speed manual. It has a rod knock. So my options are, from what I've found this far, get the original 2.5i(EJ25) $1799or the 2.0L(EJ20) $750 because it's a direct fit and $1k cheaper.<not sure how true this is.
So what I need to know, because I'll be swapping this weekend, is if the EJ20 is actually a direct fit? And since I'm taking the motor out if changing the clutch kit would be a good idea and would I only have to remove the engine to do so?
I need help guys, I'm very mechanically inclined but never worked on a Subaru. PLEASE HELP! ASAP
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Old 09-16-2020, 12:08 PM   #48
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Is it possible to do a wrx swap on a 2007 2.5i with a 2008 wrx??
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