05 WRX Automatic to 5 Speed Manual Conversion
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    05 WRX Automatic to 5 Speed Manual Conversion

    Hey guy I currently have an 05 WRX that is an automatic which has its thrills, but I feel like im going no where with it. The reason why I bought the automatic was that I had the mind set that being constantly stuck in traffic and the stop and go wasn't worth it. But now I am kind of regretting it and I was wondering what kind of work involves doing this conversion and what type of parts are needed. Because still having to pay the loan off on it really would kind of defeat the purpose of trading it in for a different WRX with a manual.
    I have done some research on this, but I was coming up short on finding some really good info on it. I was just wondering if anyone has successful done this and what type of cost am I looking to get into this? And any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    yeah i dont really like auto's either. if you want some info on how to swap from auto to 5 speed and parts for that matter try to find a guy with a 5 speed that has swapped to a 6 speed, he'll have a lot of the parts you would need to do the swap. one of my biggest concerns would be EM but i dont really know what is invovled in that. for the most part it should be pretty straight forward-
    clutch petal assembly
    slave cylinder
    clutch pressure plate and friction plate
    shifter linkage
    not entirely sure if you would need halfshafts
    the Tranny itself
    and some sort of EM to manage the whole thing

    a buddy of mine is swapping his 240 from auto to 5 speed and hes dumped around 1500 in used parts and we still need a couple of things to complete the swap. considering how much newer the WRX is and the complexity of AWD i would imagine no less than 2500 in parts and at least that in labor.... looking for a 5 speed WRX isnt the worst idea in the world even if youre worried about taking a hit from depresiaction. the fact that its a "swaped" car will depreciate it even more. just my 2 cents! good luck man!

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    Hey wrxwalsh,

    I really appreciate the advice for the swap and I agree again that even though I am sure it will lose some of its value, this is really one thing I plan to hopefully hold onto this vehicle for a while so it would be worth it! But if you or anyone else has any tips or any opinions on what year tranny I should go with? Thanks again!!


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    If you're going to get a new tranny
    you might as well get the STi six-speed
    you can probably find a wrecked STi with a perfect tranny
    just go from there maybe...
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    IMHO its gonna be a waste of time and money for the swap. Either learn to love it or trade for a 5 speed. Check out ARFab's auto impreza. It goes ten's and was built for an employee with one arm and one leg. I do beleive they tweeked the auto trans a bit, but its pretty bad ass!
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    It's possible..

    I just finished a 4EAT to 05 USDM 6Speed swap in my 06 wagon complete with DCCD/brembos. It is cheaper than taking in your car and trading it if you owe ANY amount on the car. And it's a sleeper station wagon (No, the 08's are NOT station wagons).

    You can do a 5 Speed swap for $2500 or less if you do your homework and find good deals, a friend of mine just finished his 5MT swap as well. It will take longer than getting one of those "complete" swap packages from various vendors, but it will save you $$ in the long term. The only PITA will be wiring. I hear the 05 and under guys having problems with ABS not working. To solve that problem, just get a MT ABS setup from the donor car from what I have read.

    If you are gonna go for it, post in this thread and I'll help you with the wiring (which is kinda simple) and parts list. My friend who did his 5MT swap even has a thread with the part #'s of bolts you may need.

    If you live near a military base (and know someone on base) and they have a hobby shop, you can get a buddy and do the swap over two days.

    Good luck

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    Hey lamont

    Do you have a link to your friends parts list?

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