Welcome to my build thread! This is the start of a great journey, I have been wanting to build this car for years but never found the resources to do so... until today!
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Post 11: Brake/Fuel Lines, Pedals, Wiring Harness and Dash
Post 17: STI Dash Swap Video Tutorial
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The project is divided in three phases as follows:
- Completing the swap as is, no restoration yet
- WRC widebody kit
- Powaaaaaa! (engine mods)
The plan is simple, take three cars and merge them into a single rally legend. Simple enough, right?
well, not really but if you keep reading you might find out how its done.
It all started with a MY00 impreza 2.0 GT RS
that I found on a local website. Its condition was rough (literally trash), but the price was fair so I bought it. Shortly after, I stumbled upon the cheapest running STI I had seen in several months of research on all sorts of shady websites... so i finally bought a MY06 STI limited
, and the build had officially begun
All was well until I realized that the RS chassis was rusted far beyond repair. Genuinely wondering how this thing was still in one piece with so many holes in the frame
At this point I faced two options:
1) Get half of the frame chopped off and custom build the rear end (which has been done before, but is a whole lot of work)
2) Find another shell (possibly pricey, long lead time, no guarantee of being rust free, etc.)
After browsing the dark web for a bit (because yes thats where awesome cars are hidden... but not really) I found a dirt cheap MY97 Impreza
not too far away. The build was back on track!!
From there it has been over 100h of work so far and still counting.
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See the full process on Youtube under:
Swiss Tuned - YouTube
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Working on the RS:
Working on the STI:
The new GC8 Shell:
---------- Parts List ----------
Stuff in blue
is what I plan on getting, the rest I already have.
Bone stock 2006 STI 2.5L
STI 6 spd transmission
STI Brembo brakes
Everything else from the 06 STI (knuckles, struts, diff, axles...)
Closed deck block and everything to make 450hp
CAE Ultra Shifter
STI dash, dash bar, steering wheel/column
JDM blue STI seats (front and rear)
Roof liner without sunroof
WRC widebody kit
Sunroof delete (new roof skin)
22B style wing
WRC hood vents
Livery (year 97' WRC replica)