Purpose: My reason for changing the wagon trac to the wider sedan trac was to gain some performance advantage and to allow the use of inexpensive STI sedan takeoffs that are now floating around. Well, it just seemed like a cool thing to do and it seemed easier than fender flares.
When I got my wagon, I asked about the STI sedan. Then I found out that there was an STI wagon in Japan. So I hoped against hope that when the STI sedan was brought to the US that SOA would also bring me a USDM STI wagon!
...Well we all know that they didnt "bring it". (Sorry had to do it.)
So instead of buying an STI sedan I have been converting my 2002 MBP wagon into an STI wagon. It will not be authentic, more of a Frankenstien type conversion, nevertheless I am calling it "STI".
So far, I have the RA V. 6 gearset with a Cusco 1 way LSD on the front wheels, STI engine and transmission mounts, and PowerFlex poly bushing set.
I got the idea for this mod from this thread: here.
Tutorial: So this is what I did and the problems I ran into.
Sedan parts that need to replace wagon parts:
- front sway bar with sedan end links(I used the 19mm STI part with PolTec adj. sedan links. )
- front A-arms (I found used sedan arms for a good price)
- rear lateral links (found used)
- rear axles (used)
- front axles ( I didn't change mine and so far they are holding up after about 4000mi)
According to Big Sky there is a difference in length and I will eventually change them when they fail.
- rear endlinks ( I think these have to change also, even thought the rsb can stay. I used PolTec adj. links and my Cusco 22mm adj. sway bar.)
In addition to these necessary parts I also used PowerFlex bushings in the lateral links, rear diff mount, and the front bushings on the A-arms. I did not do the rear A-arm bushings because eventually I will get the Sport ALK.