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Old 12-14-2008, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default '02 swap in '01 Forester S

Looking to do the swap within a month. I already know someone local that does wiring. But since I have a full donor wrx.. I want to know my options.
I've read that if I swapped the whole dash over as well... I wouldnt have to do the wiring. Which then would save me a thousand bucks.
I will have someone who is handy with the motorswap, but not very confident in the wiring area. Is it REALLY as easy as it sounds? Just swap the dash along with it and everything will be fine?

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Old 12-22-2008, 10:09 PM   #2
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Even with the complete dash swap, some of the minor bits will have to be merged into the WRX harness that are unique to the forester such as the rear hatch lights, sensors, etc and differences between the GD and GC based chassis such as the door switch wiring or the windshield wiper motor wiring, or the rear wiper switch etc. Either way you're gonna have to do some splicing/merging and if you're doing that dash swap, you're gonna have to chop-up/modify your firewall for the WRX heater core to fit.

Everything mechanical is a straight forward install, but the wiring and minor details are what's gonna be more of a complex task. If you retain your stock dash, it's more wiring but less cutting and fabwork. If you've got a wiring guy and the parts already, go for it. It'd be awesome to see some more swapped SF's on the road!

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Old 12-30-2008, 04:01 PM   #3
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Before I get too far into this is the donor WRX a wagon or sedan the reason that I ask is because having a donor wagon wiring harness will make it easier than the sedan. You still will have to do some wiring and fabrication. The WRX dash is the best way to go IMHO. Good luck it is a big task to do it either way but the dash swap does make wiring easier.
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