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Old 05-11-2010, 03:45 PM   #26
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We can haz updates?
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:15 PM   #27
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Ok,

Got some work done this week.

Had to do a bit more modding to the dash bar, firewall and a few other odds n' ends to make it all fit nice. Overall, I like the way this is piecing together more than my 03' wrx swap did.

Got all the wiring in the interior behind the dash pretty much in place, along with the heater core, floor heater vents, blower box, and dash bar. I'd have thrown the dash in for the pic, but still have to splice a couple more wires and tidy up a bit.



Also, ran all the wiring through the firewall and throughout the engine bay. Installed a Brake Master cylinder brace while I was at it. I also swapped in an 05' STI crossmember and steering rack, as I like the 05STI/06+wrx style steering rack/crossmember a bit more.


Next step is going to take awhile... have to wire all the accessories and stuff for the rear of the car, as well as headlights, fogs, turn signals and everything else. Then I just have to drop the motor in, buy a FMIC, and go!
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:29 PM   #28
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Wow, sweet project. Not for the timid that's for sure!
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:20 PM   #29
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Oh man Jrach this is awesome!
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:43 AM   #30
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got a bit of work done today.

First I put the motor in...



But into what?

Also installed the equal length header/up-pipe. Then plugged in a good majority of the wiring and hoses going to the motor/manifold, along putting the wiper fluid reservior, clutch master/slave cylinder, starter and other fun stuff all in place. Short of the , timing belt, FMIC, one of the power steering lines, intake, radiator, A/C lines/condensor and a couple other random sensors, the motor is in place and ready to go.

I finally dug up my old laptop (literally... laptops get lost at edrach's house) that had all the wiring diagrams on them. So FINALLY, I can get to the wiring of the doors, lights and rear hatch and button up the interior.

Last thing left after wiring is putting the steering column back in place, finishing fastening down the dash, thowing the fenders and grill back in place and she's done.

Unfortunately I still need to find a 04' gauge cluster, FMIC, MAF sensor, front brembos and get some decent lugnuts that will work with the wheels I have. Lastly once it's up and running i'll accumulate the parts for 'some' more power and see what it can do.
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:28 AM   #31
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i like this.
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:29 PM   #32
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also hits the "like" button... LOL
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:31 PM   #33
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Excellent!

I'm certain I wont be the first, but I want to do this kind of donor car swap into my 99 Outback, eventually.

Sleepers are always the most fun. Especially living where I do. You have all the Wyo-Tech students that run around(more like abuse) in the obviously tuned or factory high end cars.* Blowing their doors off with a "granny's grocery getter" is entertaining.

*Side note, not all Wyo-Tech students are this way. In fact I know several that are down to earth, amazingly helpful, intelligent, responsible, really cool people. There really are just a handful that are the obnoxious wannabe bad a$$.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:11 PM   #34
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Got a little bit done today.

The parts for the timing belt finally came in, so I installed the right exhaust cam sprocket, inner and outer timing covers, timing belt, tensioner and buttoned everything down. Then I intalled the nice beefy hollow zero sports front sway bar, and the mounts for the steering rack!

Tomorrow i'll do the 5x114 knuckles and different suspension, and the rear sway bar

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Old 06-04-2010, 08:09 PM   #35
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In other news... got some more work done today. Pulled the Zero/Sports rear sway bar and endlinks off the shop car and installed them in their new home on the rear of the forester!



Then I pulled the front knuckles off the shop car and installed the nice 5x114 knuckles w/ extended studs onto the front... tomorrow i'll install the rear 5x114 knuckles, 05+ sti struts w/ jdm pink wagon springs and start putting some serious work into the wiring!

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Old 06-05-2010, 01:49 AM   #36
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project is looking great!
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:03 PM   #37
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I want an update!!!!!!
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:09 PM   #38
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lookin good!
cant wait to see it back in one piece
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Old 06-12-2010, 03:27 PM   #39
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MOre...
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:07 PM   #40
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Had a friends weddinb on Saturday, and some other things I had to do on Sunday, so i didn't get anything done on it this weekend. But should be about to make some decent progress this week and will post a pretty good update by this next weekend
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:29 AM   #41
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i want to see this when its done.
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:07 PM   #42
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I've been enjoying my summer a bit too much, so progress has been slow, but I did get quite a bit done today.

Swapped the rear knuckles, brakes and drive axles from an 06' STI, then threw on some wheels off the shop car (temporarily until my lug nuts get here) and installed the steering column and dropped her on the ground. Now i've got everything ready so it can roll around and no more work under the car!



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Old 07-20-2010, 08:44 PM   #43
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Went and picked up some used 05 STI front brakes last Thursday. Had a chance to throw the car back on the lift today to sort out the last thing i'll need the lift for. Now if my lugnuts would just get here I could get my wheels mounted properly!

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Old 07-20-2010, 08:49 PM   #44
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you are my hero! that thing is sick....can we say sleeper
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:11 AM   #45
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Someday, I'll do this swap. For now, I'll admire this build. Keep up the good work.
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:20 PM   #46
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I own a '98 Forester and I joined NASIOC mostly because of this swap. I love it, and I'm super jealous. I want to do that some day! Keep all of us posted, we all want to see more!
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:13 PM   #47
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ahhhh im in love. i want a forester xt. but this looks way more appealing. i might have to do my own one day (and by do my own i mean save up and pay someone who knows whats going on to do it) but its looking good. i cant wait to c the finished product
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:03 PM   #48
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Looks like a good job
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:10 AM   #49
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Default Where do you sugget looking for quality donor cars?

I've been looking into doing this swap for a long time now and I've always thought foresters are super sexy. My problem is finding a trustworthy shop with reasonable rates to do the work for me. Do you have any suggestions for finding good donor cars?
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:34 PM   #50
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WOW!!!! This gives me hope for my next project!
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