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Old 11-04-2010, 09:16 PM   #1
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Default what to look for when buying a gc8 with wrx motor

hello everyone. friend is buying a 2001 gc8 with a wrx motor. what do you think we should be looking for when inspecting the car?

thanks in advance.
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Old 11-05-2010, 09:32 AM   #2
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The 93 W/EJ20K
Series 10 FRS


what version of the ej20 is it
how many miles on engine
will it pass emissions - even if your state doesn't have it
is the obd-2 functional - needed for tuning (for 205/207/255s)
does the AC work
is the fuel pump controller wired in correctly (for 205/207/255s)
who did the swap
harness swap, partial harness swap, harness merge
source of the engine
maintenance done on the engine during swap
clean title

what transmission
what rear diff
what clutch
what boost has been run (factory vs mbc)
what tuning has been done
which front crossmember (Legacy Turbo, 92-01 jdm ,94-2004 jdm TT, 205/207/255/257 w/ washers, hack n smashed NA)
miles on the shell
what rear sub frame
what Rear hubs/brakes
what gas tank
engine modifications injectors/turbo/exhaust/EM
compression check

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Old 11-05-2010, 10:38 AM   #3
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2015 BRZ 93 LEGacy33
1984 BRAT


I'd avoid buying any swap unless you personally know who did the swap and whether or not they knew exactly what they are doing. I'm assuming that whoever did the swap, swapped out the entire harness, so if they did not really know what they were doing, you can run into a lot of electrical problems which are such a PITA to deal with.
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