This is a discussion on go 02 wrx w/out payments or strech for STI? within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Originally Posted by MindzeyeWRX02 Get the 02, and drop in an sti block, tranny, heads, turbo, intake, ecu, rear, axles, ...
Hmmmm. I might have to trade in my 02wrx, and 93 impreza l for an 04 STi.
DISREGARD my first statement. go with the STi.
you dont quite understand... nothing wrong with swaps done correctly except for the high cost. subaru swaps are simple cuz everything is the same.
the problem with a WRX is if you race or heavily mod it, you are gonna have problems... i lost my tranny, then my engine.
I would have went for the STI but INSURANCE payments would be more then the car payments. Even with a prefect record, I have mine just about paid off but im going to keep it since i just got it
STi all the way. Payments on a 10k loan can't be that much.
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Is this something fairly easy and i can convert it myself? or is this something that should be done by professionals?
LOL. you guys caught my interest with that one. I was thinking i would have to pay around 20k for a bug eye STi.
LOL. got to excited and went searching while i'm at work.
Searched nasioc with the term "STi, bugeye front end conversion"
A lot of good finds i'll have to go through tonight.
Here is an 04STi with a bugeye front. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ght=sti+bugeye
I'll have to read if someone has done this on an 06. but it looks like it can be done.
It's definately possible, couple of things will give it away that it's not an 02. If it's an 05 or later the interior will be totally different (as will an 04 actually now that I think about it) and there will be that rolled edge above the rear wheel well that wasn't present before '05.
That being said, yes, this is something you can do at home, my "warning" was just to make sure you don't buy used body panels only to find that they're faded so the color isn't close to matching or that they have rock chips and dents and now you're forced to remove good STi body panels and replace them with "less than" 02/03 body panels. That was all, obviously if you're getting them paint matched/refinished this is of no consequence. Best of luck dude, it really does end up a very nice finished product and you'll totally shock people when you pop the hood.
everything bolts on and off, but proper alignment will be the key. its definitely something i have not mastered... so i'd pay a shop if it were that important to me.