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We've come a long way since my first buy & build thread in 2013! The Shoopstermatic underwent a #megaswaptronic job this year.

Nutshell version: Everything under Shoop's 315k km body is now only 145k km old, Japanese, and in nearly showroom condition. (And damn near every bolt has anti-seize on it!)

Spring 2016 I bought a 2001 jdm bugeye WRX with OEM sportshift (manual option) transmission. It couldn't be registered here because it's a RHD under 25 years. To even consider this swap project, we needed the whole car for everything to work.



AFAIK, the sportshift bugeye WRX, with paddle-shifts on the steering wheel, was available everywhere except the US/Canada market, which didn't see the sportshift option until after the drive-by-wire/electronic upgrades of 2005+ . I belieeeeve this makes the Shoopster the only sportshift GDB in North America, and quite possibly the only sportshift GD with a moonroof anywhere :D

[I've no idea whether this transmission option was ever offered, anywhere, for the blobeye WRX; if you have one, I'd love to hear from you. ]

I think it would be easier to list what's still original/factory (USDM Sept 2003) on the Shoopster, because most of the body panels have been swapped too, at some point: So, the Shoop still has its original trunk, shell, three doors, sideskirts, rack & pinion.

The man who made the impossible possible, my boyfriend Sebastien Gagné, who must love me very much to make this the greatest birthday present in the history of greatest birthday presents.

Shoopster's #megaswaptronic before/after pics on Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/shoopstergram/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/spottedshoopster
 

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Shoopster's MOD LIST - OEM JDM from the bugeye
  • 2001 EJ 205 with AVCS, ECU, entire harness
  • Transmission TV1B4YB1AB, Final Drive 4.11 (Shoop's old USDM 4EAT was 3.9)
-> high/low shifter, Auto / Hold / Power
- Interior:
-> Momo v.7 steering wheel with paddle shifters
-> Cluster with digital gear display and outside temp
-> Special Edition WRX front & rear seats, door cards
-> Special Edition rugs (Impreza, RHD though) and rear center rug
-> Pioneer Carrozzeria speakers
- Climate control hvac (to be completed)
(standard in Japan since at least 1993; available for US as of 04 STI)
- Entire suspension, drivetrain, gas tank, everything! has been swapped for the bugeye's, except
-> rear brakes STI RA v.6 with slotted rotor (front Brembos installed since 2014)
-> v.9 STi crossmember (reinforced with support bar)

Shoopy's Exterior
- Nose: 04 STi
-> bumper, big fogs, HID's (OEM harness! joy!), fenders w/sidemarkers (ditto!)
-> alu hood with STi scoop
-> JDM radiator from a nose-cut (must've been WRX because Auto)
  • JDM STI rear passenger door, lightweight (?)
  • JDM OEM smoked (tinted) both rear windows
  • JDM OEM smoked rear glass and wiper
  • JDM OEM side window rain guards
  • JDM OEM rear bumper
  • Zero/Sports roof vane
  • Zero/Sports rear spoiler
  • JDM blue Impreza "i" on trunk
Shoopster's MOD LIST - Aftermarket/STi
  • Zero/Sports stainless steel hood-splitter
  • Modified OEM airbox and HKS high-flow filter
  • Zero/Sports after-maf stainless steel 3" tube
  • Mishimoto 3" silicone turbo inlet (blue)
  • STi v.7 intake manifold
  • STi pink injectors
  • Okada Projects plasma coils
  • 2JZ Fuel pump
  • Zero/Sports damper pulley
  • Zero/Sports top & bottom rad hoses
  • Zero/Sports rad shroud
  • STi strut bar
  • Perrin intercooler coupler & collars
  • GReddy magnetic oil drain plug
  • Mishimoto Expansion Tank
  • Mishimoto silicone ancillary hose kit
  • Grimmspeed flex up-pipe
  • VF28 turbo (STi v.6)
  • PTP Turbo blanket (blue)
  • Cobb heat shield
  • Invidia catless downpipe
  • AEM wideband o2 and gauge, in an Ortiz Customs center-vent pod
  • Autometer Boost/Temp/Oil Press. / pillar pod
  • Borla Hush twin tips catback
  • Sickspeed horns (painted gold & blue)
  • Rally Armor mudflaps (black on black)
The Shoopster runs on:
  • Lucas Oil 10W40 Synthetic every 6k km
  • Amsoil 75W-90 Gear Lube (diff)
  • Subaru ATF
  • NGK Iridium spark plugs BKR6EIX
  • Summer: Dunlop Fierce Instinct ZR All-Season 225/45ZR17 94EW on 04 gold BBS 5x100
  • Winter: Shoopy doesn't do winter anymore :p
Shoopster's TO-DO LIST in no particular order
  • Power steering leak
  • Driver's side valve cover leak
  • Lost honking in one horn
  • Driver's side headlight frequently on the blink
  • Install LED over license plate
  • Connect driver's side-marker (extend wiring)
  • Clean up fuel-harness spaghetti-bowl in the trunk
  • Connect big fogs (were previously modified to fit USDM WRX harness. oh, the irony.)
  • Install driver's side window-controls (complete panel) on passenger side too
  • Make a hole for cabin temp sensor in trim below windshield
  • Complete the jdm climate control hvac
  • Complete front & rear wipers
  • Cluster indicates Driver's door is open when locked :/
  • Wiring for moon-roof and roof lighting (no moon-roof on bugeye)
  • Wiring for heating elements installed in front seats (JDM are unheated)
  • Fab & install WRB Auto-folding mirrors & inverse mirror-control right-left button (because JDM yo)
Shoopster's wish-list
  • another set of WRB GDB sideview mirrors (to motorize)
  • EJ207
 

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I'll start with the Completed Swap Story, and later on down the thread I'll relate individual upgrades and installations.

The Shoopster was ready to roll literally the very morning of Quebec's biggest annual Subaru meet, Subiefestival 2016. Finished installing the interior plastics at about 6 a.m. with a lot of $%#@! cuts on my hands, no sleep, and made it to the convoy!

About an hour into the drive, almost at the entrance of iCar Mirabel where it was held, Shoopy started sputtering while rolling along at a calm cruise. But then it also happened all the way home, about an hour's worth of what felt like misfires. The gauges weren't re-installed yet, there was no way for me to know what was going on until I reached home.

We spent a week wondering what it could be, my ECU popping all sorts of transmission CELs, struggling up my steep driveway, a nightmare! Well, finally we had a good laugh: the green test-connectors were still connected :p talk about a n00b mistake.

The CELs disappeared, and Shoop seemed to be running ok... except every now and then, when cruising calmly at say, 5-10% throttle, you know, just keeping up with traffic, or slowing down gradually to match its flow, Shoopy would start to sputter; she sounded like she was drowning, even stalled a couple times when I came to a stop light. By this time my AEM wideband o2 was re-installed, and its readings in comparison with the car's own front o2 sensor (via Tactrix) were identical, so we knew the readings weren't off. Shoop would not only fall mega rich, like down to the 10's, for no reason (but idled ok), but would also fail to correct itself for a good 5 seconds or more. NO CELS >.< And it was happening more and more often.

We spent most of August through November looking for the problem. We tried
- 4 different MAFs (Shoopy's 04 one was no good apparently, two others we had laying around were no good, either. Finally the one that worked properly was the Bugeye's original MAF, go figure.)
- changed the fuel filter, still did it.
- tried Shoop's old fuel pressure regulator, no change.
- new spark plugs, nope.
- thought it might be the fuel controller, so he hard-wired that the to 12v. Not it, put it back.
- fair to say that there were several weeks' worth of "F*** this", much logging, we even consulted JR Barrios who generously offered his advice (o2 sensor)
- tried another (used) front o2 sensor, no change
- I was convinced my fuel level was involved somehow or some valve (I'm no mechanic, but that's the second time I fill and stall). But it also happened on bumps & potholes (which can also make your foot 'stutter' on the gas-pedal) so Boyfriend-Mechanic was convinced there was a bad ground somewhere.
- He added a ground (I couldn't say where, exactly, sorry) and then (coincidence?) he got a CEL for the o2.
- I bought a new Denso o2 sensor (about $100 less than from Subaru), and that worked! ... for about two days >.< Then I filled up the tank to about 3/4 full went down the ramp to my garage, and stalled on the way down (O.O omg handbrake!).
- Seb tried several different maps, did some modifications in the ECU, nothing helped.
- The worst part of all this was, we had no idea if the bugeye had this problem prior to #megaswaptronic . We had only test-driven the bugeye up and down the block a few times - a couple o' WOTs to check out the manual shifting setup - but we couldn't take it out for a real drive since it didn't have plates/registration.

Into November 2016 now, and so Shoopy was Parked 'Til Spring as far as we were concerned, largely due to a severe case of F*** This-itis. Meanwhile, an auto WRX shows up on his lift at work, which gave him the occasion to sort through a bunch of ECU's that were stored on the shelves at work. The identifier for the program on Shoops' jdm ECU is A4SD501A, he found a A4SD800B, which seems to be a Revision. This stock map, when compared with mine, had three tables (charts, references) that were absent from the jdm bugeye's.

Long story short -- low battery, he almost bricked my car lol -- the new map works! Shoopy's AF ratio stays awesomely normal now. We're wondering if maybe at some point there might have been a recall for this, but since we've no way to check the Japanese VIN, I guess we'll never know. Which is why I'd love to talk to any other shiftronic bugeye owners overseas, to see if they ever had that same problem...
 

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wow, that is a lot of work!
yes indeedy! definitely would've been easier to swap the bugeye left-hand-drive and have it inspected, but you know how it is when you love *your car* ;)
 

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Incredible, that's one awesome and extensive project! So the paddles are those up and down buttons on the steering wheel? Also, I thought Canada's import law was only 15 years?
Thanks! Yep, shift up/down between First and Drive, and there's a digital (numeric) display in the cluster of what gear you're in. And it beeps in-cabin when it's in Reverse (so there's no doubt lol!)

The 15 year law is the rest of Canada; I'm in Quebec :(
 

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We've come a long way since my first buy & build thread in 2013! The Shoopstermatic underwent a #megaswaptronic job this year.

Nutshell version: Everything under Shoop's 315k km body is now only 145k km old, Japanese, and in nearly showroom condition. (And damn near every bolt has anti-seize on it!)

Spring 2016 I bought a 2001 jdm bugeye WRX with OEM shiftronic (manual option) transmission. It couldn't be registered here because it's a RHD under 25 years. To even consider this swap project, we needed the whole car for everything to work.



AFAIK, the shiftronic bugeye WRX, with paddle-shifts on the steering wheel, was available everywhere except the US/Canada market, which didn't see the shiftronic option until after the drive-by-wire/electronic upgrades of 2005+ . I belieeeeve this makes the Shoopster the only shiftronic GDB in North America, and quite possibly the only shiftronic GD with a moonroof anywhere :D

[I've no idea whether this transmission option was ever offered, anywhere, for the blobeye WRX; if you have one, I'd love to hear from you. ]

I think it would be easier to list what's still original/factory (USDM Sept 2003) on the Shoopster, because most of the body panels have been swapped too, at some point: So, the Shoop still has its original trunk, shell, three doors, sideskirts, rack & pinion.

The man who made the impossible possible, my boyfriend Sebastien Gagné, who must love me very much to make this the greatest birthday present in the history of greatest birthday presents.

Shoopster's #megaswaptronic album on Imgur (to be sorted and elaborated)
#Megaswaptronic - JDM shiftronic WRX swap - Album on Imgur
I also have the same transmission you currently have, must say am very impressed with what you have done with your car. Mine is a JDM 2003 WRB wrx aswell.
 

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I also have the same transmission you currently have, must say am very impressed with what you have done with your car. Mine is a JDM 2003 WRB wrx aswell.
:eek3: an OEM blob shiftronic?? I must know more! :eek:
Did you convert the nose? (I mean, was it a bugeye before? or factory blob?)
Do you have a sunroof?
Ever had any problems with the transmission?
What recalls, if any, have there been for your model?
Is it tuned? Any mods?
Can you access/connect to your ECU/map? I'd love to know what the identifier # is :)

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Meanwhile, an auto WRX shows up on his lift at work, which gave him the occasion to sort through a bunch of ECU's that were stored on the shelves at work. The identifier for the program on Shoops' jdm ECU is A4SD501A, he found a A4SD800B, which seems to be a Revision. This stock map, when compared with mine, had three tables (charts, references) that were absent from the jdm bugeye's.

Long story short [...] We're wondering if maybe at some point there might have been a recall for this, but since we've no way to check the Japanese VIN, I guess we'll never know. Which is why I'd love to talk to any other shiftronic bugeye owners overseas, to see if they ever had that same problem...
 

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:eek3: an OEM blob shiftronic?? I must know more! :eek:
Did you convert the nose? (I mean, was it a bugeye before? or factory blob?)
Do you have a sunroof?
Ever had any problems with the transmission?
What recalls, if any, have there been for your model?
Is it tuned? Any mods?
Can you access/connect to your ECU/map? I'd love to know what the identifier # is :)
lol yes please OEM Blobeye shiftronic from the factory, so no nose cuts and it was no bugeye before, there two more here in my country just like mine.
Sadly no sunroof but i don't mind, no problems with my transmission so far and i have had it about 3 and a half years now ( plan to upgrade it in the future though )
no recalls, altho there was one about the Air bags last year...still waiting on my letter to bring it in to have them replace. It has a mild tune because my tuner does not want to put too much on the stock converter so the car has a more responsiveness to it. The mods so far are snorkle and intake silencer delete, drop in K&N filter, STI Y pipe on the stock WRX TMI, 3" down pipe with custom 3" piping ( all catless ) to a Megan exhaust, Eibatch pro street springs. Next on the list is to have all my belts change and all the parts with the job.. Idlers, water pump, thermostat etc and i would like to do a dual OCC set up and change all my vacuum hoses. I will have to ask my tuner for that Id# lol
 

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no recalls, altho there was one about the Air bags last year...still waiting on my letter to bring it in to have them replace.
I brought my passenger airbag in for the Recall mid-swap. Walked it up to the dealership with it in my arms :cool:
5 bolts. Still took an hour :rolleyes:



It has a mild tune because my tuner does not want to put too much on the stock converter so the car has a more responsiveness to it.
Shoopy is also conservatively tuned to 17 psi.

Next on the list is to have all my belts change and all the parts with the job.. Idlers, water pump, thermostat etc and i would like to do a dual OCC set up and change all my vacuum hoses. I will have to ask my tuner for that Id# lol
We didn't have time to do timing belt & all before installation; at 140k km, means it's either been done recently or needs to be done -_- & Thank you in advance for that :)
 

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OK, so where do I start? How about the body? *Before #Megaswaptronic*
Some paint, roof-vane and rear-windshield with wiper :)
PICS: Backglass with wiper, roof vane, and other bodywork - Album on Imgur



I took Shoopy into Car-Pro body shop in Montreal twice, whom I highly recommend. They're known for their attention to the most minute detail. On the menu:

- Paint and install rear jdm bumper (blond chick didn't know how to park, scraped her Echo's rear quarter on Shoop's bumper. I saw her do it and she continued to deny it, she was convinced she would have "felt it", and when I showed her the identical primer & paint-dust scratch along both our cars, she was like, "But that's gray, neither of our cars is gray!". She called her boyfriend and I got the impression that he knew she's a bad driver because he told her to just fork over her insurance information lol )

- Rust around gas cap & both quarter panels (OMG they did the madman job! Cut, welded, opened up the quarters, filled them in, rolled them back in, painted. Better than factory, you run your fingers along the inside of the arch and it's totally smoothe! :eek3: )

- I had two roof-vanes, one OEM and one ZeroSports. The OEM was the just-in-caser, I really had my heart set on the ZS and my friend Claude at PharesA9 had done a sick paint job on it to match my headlights housing. Turned out the ZS is a replica; it doesn't follow the arch of the GD rear, and so wouldn't fit into the OEM brackets. So I get a call from Car-Pro, they gotta go with the OEM. I unfortunately don't have pics of the installation itself, but they have this old-school machine that installs rivets with a kind of metal tubing between the inner and outer rivet, for threading through it to fit a bolt. As such, the roof-vane brackets can be removed (which I never will, but anyway...) and the holes under the brackets are properly weather-proof :) If you look at any installation video on YouTube, you'll find that most people just drill holes in the body and bolt it on :screwy:

- And so, while we're at it, let's change out the back-glass. This is prior to bugeye swap btw. I bought a backglass with wiper & motor at the same JDM shop (ask me). It is smoked from factory (not a tinted wrap), and also has the squiggly defrost lines under the wiper's resting position. For the rear wiper to work, you also need the wiper-arm (on the steering wheel) and a windshield-washer-reservoir from a WAGON, in addition to some wiring and tubing, of course...

- Aaaand, while we're at it, I also scored two JDM WRB rear sedan doors from the same shop, also with OEM smoked windows. We installed driver's side rear door (which is very light compared to my USDM, I don't know why...) because mine was rusted along the bottom. Swapped out the door harness, the speaker (Alpine! Score!), put the door card back on. I had Car-Pro blend driver's side paint (because JDM nose, USDM driver door, JDM rear door) and install the smoked window and other speaker in the passenger-side rear door.

You might have noticed in the pics that my front bumper was missing a few bits. Yep, Shoopy's 2nd front bumper took a hit winter 2015-16 -- two hits, in fact, within a week of each other -- I'll post about that, next update.
 
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