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Old 01-26-2015, 04:40 PM   #101
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Originally Posted by slava from goshen View Post
Nobody is impressed with swapped Subaru. Also if you swap sti to a bug eye front, how would that be different from bug eye swapped to sti? End result should be the same.

How are you slowly and cheaply going to do a full 04-07 sti swap?

If you can afford parts, you can finance sti.

I don't like cutting corners and have over 20k in my rsti, was just saying that it can be done cheaply.

Merging wiring is not right? So ecs and iWire make money from people cutting corners?

Just a simple parts list that you can't slowly get


If you do it slowly... Car will sit and rot away, seriously full swap done right is ~10k plus cost of your car. How long will it take to slowly save up?

Don't forget brake booster for the brembo brakes.
Fuel tank and steering rack is also something you want to swap.

Why is wiper motor needed? There is only a few wires to splice, they all work the same.
Ok so I see a lot of comments on how much things cost, and it's so expensive to do a swap. If your thrifty and live in a state where subaru is plentiful then it's not hard to junk yard dive and find parts on the cheap. I have an 07 2.5i and I'm doing a wrx 5 speed swap on mine and I picked up an 02 wrx motor/tranny/harness/and most parts for my swap for 500 bucks, still have fuel to get but that shouldn't be hard. Craigslist is also a great resource for people selling parts cheaper then a parts store as well, just throwing it out there that 10k is a lot of money but if your a hard worker and keep your eyes out you can do the swap for less then that. But the car will be mine and I will have it until it's crashed or I give it to my kids
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Old 02-04-2015, 05:28 PM   #102
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recently bought a GC8 with an 05 STI complete swap - totally worth it - not sure about doing it yourself due to cost - I think it's cheaper if you bought one that was already done for you

but - I have been driving it for 2 weeks now - and wow - what a machine
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:38 PM   #103
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Just completed my swap about a week and a half ago(07 2.5i to WRX). Swapped everything from running gear, complete wiring harness, dash, steering column and rack, and tranny/motor/rad. It is basically WRX from the factory besides front seats and body(no side skirts and mirrors are not painted to match body color) which are identical to a TR. Couldn't be happier to have my WRX back.

My main reasons for doing a swap rather than selling the wrecked WRX and getting a new one was lower cost to buy a 2.5i and do the swap(my dad and I did the swap so no labor cost) and cheaper insurance as it will be registered as a non turbo.
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:04 PM   #104
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I am preparing to swap an 03 wrx into my 05 rs and plan on using all rs drivetrain. Will I have any issues with the accuracy of my speedometer and or tach using the rs cluster?
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:38 AM   #105
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No, you won't.
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Old 06-26-2015, 03:18 PM   #106
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The more I read all these posts and the more research I do the more I realize that a swap is definitely the way to go. I've been in car sales for a long time and to even find a high mile STI out there they are selling for 120-130% of book value and/or 300+ miles away. That means 20-30% down payment 3-4k, much higher insurance, short term loan due high mileage and early year. 300-450 a mo depending on credit or by a newer 20k plus for 400+ a month and probably 200/mo insurance add gas and your looking at 800 month for sti. STI is awesome from factory but if you are not seriously racing around turns most of the parts will never get used to there full potential anyways. So, save 400 a month for 1 year and collect all parts needed, borrow someone's car for a month and get your knuckles bloody face greasy and put some love into what all car enthusiasts want which is a custom car that you did yourself. Utilize the main things needed for a fun car, engine, awd, and cornering with some nice wheels and sticky tires. I have an 08 2.5i and will definitely be looking to start pricing my parts list together for the big overhaul. After reading all the posts I know what to save on what not to and will learn a few things while doing it to. I'm not paying 800/mo for 5 years on a used car when I can have fun building it for 400/mo for 12 mo and have a car that is almost no different in essence driving down the highway to Outback.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:14 PM   #107
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Quick question about jdm swap. If I don't have emissions in my state do I have to convert intake and Ecu to usdm or can I just transfer everything and turn it to a rhd and roll
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:33 AM   #108
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I bought a wrecked but driving stage 2 wrx for what a lqk motor for my 05 rs was going to cost. I as well will be swapping sometime soon.
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:14 PM   #109
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How effective is actual plug and play in RS swaps? I have heard the word direct fit thrown away a bit. With swapping a 02 WRX engine and trans into a 00 2.5rs. What exactly should I be expecting?
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Old 09-30-2015, 04:08 PM   #110
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Super informative. Thank you.
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Old 11-13-2015, 12:16 AM   #111
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hm so i see that swapping a 257 into my 2.5i is not the best idea and probably totally not worth it but i was just wondering, whats more difficult, going from an 205 to a 257 or doing the 253 to 207, both of them you would do the 6 speed swap along with the rear and front diffs and whatever else so wouldn't they be equally as hard? i guess i feel like i never hear people complain about the ej205 to ej257 swap
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:35 AM   #112
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Default Hybrid swap questions

Ok here goes, I have a 07 2.5i with rebuilt title so not worth the sell-buy a WRX thing.
I got the car for $3k, I also have other cars I can use for Daily.
So my plan. Please let me know what else I need/am forgetting
Use the ej257 shortblock I have and my ej253 heads with upgraded studs and gaskets.

Parts I have;

Ej257 I bought for $400 included engine wiring harness to bulk connection. Heads and cams, tgv's and other misc (not using) only using the shortblock.

WRX injectors $60


Sti struts with race comp springs $200

Whiteline racing 24mm sway bars w/bushings and end links $200

Catless downpipe $20

WRX header and up pipe $100

Nameless strut tower bars $30

Fedanza LW flywheel (buying matching stage 2 clutch) and LW crank pulley.

Parts I'm buying in the next few weeks;
WRX turbo (any suggestions?)

Walbro 255

WRX fuel pump housing, lines.

Head gaskets and studs

WRX cat back exhaust.

Parts I'm reusing (if possible)

2.5i intake manifold

2.5i ej253 heads

2.5i ECU reflashed for WRX or open tuned

2.5i periferials I.E. A/C, alt, ps

2003 forester water pump with extra coolant passage for the turbo and oil cooler for turbo (modified hose routing) or is there an easier way to get oil and coolant to the turbo cuz I'd love to have the oil cooler functional as well 😉

That's all I can think of for now. Please chime in and let me know what else I need besides modding my crossmember (tons of fab exp.) easy for me.😁

Please hold your sell/buy a WRX comments to yourself. Doing this for personal satisfaction as well as other reasons other posters have mentioned.
Thankx in advance

And props to all my fellow swappers willing to put in hard work and defy what others shy away from.

Edit: also buying a good BOV and electronic boost controller
And the shortblock was $450 not $400 no biggie.

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Old 11-25-2015, 02:47 AM   #113
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Default 05 2.5i

The only reason I don't want to just buy an 05 WRX or STi is cause I know I won't be able to find a cleaner car than what I have now. It's also my first car and I kinda want to drive it to, if it comes to it, death.
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:09 PM   #114
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Originally Posted by bhoff86 View Post
I picked up an 02 wrx motor/tranny/harness/and most parts for my swap for 500 bucks
Where the hell did you find all that for 500 bucks? Assuming cops wouldn't cuff you if you were to give them the engine number.

My reason for considering a swap is because I bought a salvage bugeye wagon for cheap to rallycross won't be plated so a trade for a WRX probably won't be a deal. I just assume the engine will eventually let go so I think when it does, I'll want to just go ahead and swap it.

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Old 11-26-2015, 01:50 PM   #115
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Some people who wreck there car are willing to part with items for cheap.
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Old 01-07-2019, 11:31 PM   #116
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I'm sitting in the house now looking at my 1995 l model standard coupe, I'm also looking a what was a pristine no rust nearly spotless mint 2001 RS I bought for me and my daughter to drive to school and college if all worked out but It DIDN't work out. Someone rearended her on her way home from school. My question is how hard will it be to swap all the components from RS to the L model. The RS also had 40,000 miles and the L model has 110,000 miles no rust and needs a timing belt. Option 1 is swap motor only. Option 2 is full swap auto trans rs into the 95
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:28 PM   #117
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Default smog

Did your swap pass smog ?
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