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Hey guys,

Got my first 96L my senior year of high school and it has been quite a journey. Went through a JDM swap in my driveway with the help of my friend in 2006. Swaps were pretty rare then. I had never done much wrenching in my life before that. Did all the wiring myself.

Then really appreciated the safety of subaru when I lost control, hit a guardrail, knocked down some small trees, flew about 10' in the air and landed in a ditch, a few feet away from an electrical transformer. I had a few scratches here and there but walked out of the car myself and went to the hospital for check ups but nothing serious.

I love subaru's, have been in one since 2004 and I just bought my wife one. Scroll down to see my past projects...
Subaru #1:
2004-2006: 1996 Impreza L Coupe. Swapped EJ20G:


Build List and Pictures - Swapped L Coupe



Subaru #2: 2006-2008: 2000 2.5RS Sedan.


Build List and Pictures - 2.5RS Sedan



Subaru #3: 2005-2010:1997 Legacy 2.5GT:


Build List and Pictures - 97 2.5GT




Subaru #4: 2010-Current: 2008 Legacy 2.5i:


Build List and Pictures - 08 Legacy



06 WRX Front Lip Install
Detailed the Car for the First Time


Subaru #5: 2014-2015: 93 Swapped L Sedan


Build List and Pictures - 93 Swapped L Sedan




1. Cable to Hydraulic Parts Gathering
2. Cable to Hydraulic Research
3. Sold The L


Subaru #6: August 2015-Current: 2016 WRX Limited (Wife's Car)



1. Got Married and Boxerfest 2015


2. Mods (At 3 months old)- Tint, TurboXS Catback, MudFlaps, BBS Wheels..

Subaru #7: November 2015-Current: '96 Impreza Wagon (N/A Ej22)



I am still going subie strong for the last 11 years!

See the following posts of my other subaru's
 

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My First L (2004-2006):
Before:


During:



Hanging out with Moss

Interior:
(My custom gauges that I put into the HVAC dials. I was working on trying to retro the newer style 97-01 single din HVAC controls into the car but never got around to it. Also in the pics, only the boost gauge is connected)



End:




Here are some pics during the build:





Wiring coming together:



Putting it all into the car after marking each. Merging it into the dash harness


Here are others:
Swap Pictures Photos by imprezin04 | Photobucket


I will add more later but here was the mod list:


Specs:
1996 Subaru Impreza L AWD -Hunter Green Coupe
Engine:
Jdm EJ20G wrx engine
Injen Intake filter
Silicone Red Radiator Hoses
USDM WRX turbo back

Exterior:
RS front bumper, fog lights, grille, headlights
VIS Painted Carbon fiber hood
Clear bumper and turning lights
Philips 6000k HIDS (headlights)
Brightstar 6000k HIDs (for the fog lights)
wrx front lip (currently not on the car yet)
RS sideskirts (currently not on the car yet)

Interior:
Momo Shift knob
JDM STI Momo Steering wheel
Alpine Headunit
Indiglo gauges
Autotechnica boost, air/fuel, oil pressure gauges (only boost was hooked up)
Viper 791VX alarm
Sti Door sills
RS Front and rear seats (currently not on the car yet)

Suspension:
Whiteline Front Sway bar and rear adj. sway bar
Whiteline Front and rear bushings
Whiteline front and rear endlinks
H&R lowering Springs

Brakes:
Jdm v3 STi Front and Rear brakes (currently not on the car yet)

Wheels:
Jdm wrx gunmetal 5-spoke wheels (not powdercoated RS wheels) with 205/50/16 yokohama es100 tires and
17" Rota Actions with 215/40/17 Toyo Proxes fz4's
 

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2000 2.5RS SRP (2006-2008)

My RS:
Before:

During:

DPS crew (AznSti and Haminator and Pirouz)


Test fitting chargespeed lip:

Interior:

End:

Very End:




Mod list (there's more, I will add later, this was in the beginning)

Exterior:
Clear corners
Clear bumper signals
v5/6 replica wing
Rockblocker red taillight film
Painted sideskirts
Front aeroguards
Wrx 3-piece front lip
6000k hi/lo hids
nokya yellow h3 fog light bulbs
16" jdm 5spokes w/205/55/16 hankook k106 tires
17" BG5 5spokes painted with duplicolor wheel paint, 215/45/17 bridgestone B5000si

Suspension:
Tanabe GF210 Springs
Whiteline Adjustable Rear lateral links
No-name RSB

Brakes:
DBA 4000 front rotors
Wrx front calipers
H6 rear conversion
Hawk HPS pads f/r
SS brake lines f/r

Engine:
Cold air intake
Borla headers
Sti tranny mounts
Sti engine mounts
Sti Muffler

Interior:
Alpine HU
MOMO subaru shift knob
Black suede/red stitch shift boot
MOMO Subaru v7 steering wheel
Boston Pro front components
Kartboy short shifter
JDM door cards
 

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My Old DD 1997 Legacy 2.5GT (2005-2010):
Before:

During:



End:




Exterior:

JDM Projector headlights
JDM Red/clear taillights
JDM LGT grille
JDM projector fogs (never installed)
5000k Hids

Wheels:
17” Hokuta JDM rims w/215/45/17 Toyo Extensa Tires

Suspension:
Intrax lowering springs
 

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2008 Legacy 2.5i (2010-Current)

Specs:
138K miles

Suspension:
Cusco Front Strut Tower
Bilstein HD Struts Spec B Bilstein Struts
Swift Springs - For Wagon Eibach Lowering Springs

Brakes:
Powerslot front Rotors

Wheels:
18" ST Tuning Wheels
18x8.75 XXR 527 Black Chromium 225/40/18 Tires
17 BBS RK Gold wheels 215/45/17


Exterior: (Yes, Im a ricer for now)
Tinted Film Rear Turn Signal
35% Tinted Windows
Oem 2.5GT Aluminum Hood
Spec B Muffler with Welded Chrome Tips
RBS Grille
OEM Fog light Kit with Hoen yellow bulbs 3000k Hids
5000K Hid Headlight Kit
Grimmspeed Front Plate Relocator
JDM Front Lip Polyurethane 06 WRX Front Lip
Mazda3 Sideskirt Extensions
Depo Front Headlights


Before:


During:




Now:






Adding the lip this weekend (The one thats attached with tape in one picture). And I still have my gold BBS' for winter use now

Sorry for the many pictures! But I am still going subie strong for the last 8 years!
 

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Thank you sir!

Yes, it has been quite the time...basically only got to enjoy each car for like 2.5 years average!

The L I had from 2004-2007
The RS I had from 2007-2009
The DD Legacy I had from probably 2006-2010
The current Legacy is 2010-Current

I want to build another GC soon, but once money comes, which might not be for a few more years. Nowadays swapped GC's are all over the place but most likely I would want to build another from the ground up.

Before, it was hard to get any info on the swap, wiring diagrams, etc. It was a big learning curve since information wasn't so abundant but now there's some really good info on here. Before, I had to resort to nasioc more for the swap info.

I wish I had taken a loan or something and fixed the L's transmission back in the day but I needed a car cause my dad was using the LGT at the time =/ so I traded it for the RS
 

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So I got my fiancee out of the house and put her to work. She helped me put on the lip and plate relocator she got me. then she used touch up paint and touched up some of my rock chips. she thought it was just like nail polish! lol

Before:


During:






Done:


She was wearing my clothes so pardon the appearance lol. I thought she looked hot though

Eyelids are drying but will come on soon. Then 100k mile tune up and coilovers in the next month or so
 

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After 3 years of owning the car, finally waxed and clay-bared the car...








Also, a few weeks ago put on my eyelids which has gotten mixed reviews...




 

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Well...since I last posted....

I got married:


Before pictures of headlights/eyelid:


Replaced them with new because they got really cloudy from me trying to clean off VHT tint with gasoline (dont do it)

new headlights at boxerfest 2015 along with ST Tuning 18" wheels, Bilstein HD's, Swift Wagon Springs, JDM front lip, Mazda3 sideskirt extensions



 

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oh and....bought a 1993 Impreza L Sedan:

When I bought it:






Has:
Engine:
- EJ20G,
- Iwire (#77 - done in 2011) harness
- FMIC
- Upgraded radiator
- STi Muffler
- Heat Wrapped IC piping

Interior:
- 02 WRX front and rear seats
- Nardi steering wheel
- Nardi shift knob

Drivetrain/Suspension:
- Unknown lowering springs (rear uninstalled),
- No name 15" wheels

Exterior:
- Depo 99-01 blacked out headlights
- 99L front bumper

Issues:
Has bad transfer gear bearings on an EJ22 transmission
Vacuum leak
Power steering pump leaks and hits top radiator hose

....It needs some love...

But since buying it,
I have replaced:
- Battery
- Battery terminals
- OEM amber front turn signals
- '11 WRX oem Shift Knob

cleaned the interior, painted the sti muffler black

I have purchased and waiting to be put on:

Engine:
- 03 WRX coil packs
- Coil on plug harness connectors
- Walbro 255 fuel pump
- 90 Degree Radiator elbow to see if I can clear the PS pump pulley
- Used Power Steering Pump
- Used low mileage MAF

Drivetrain:
- JDM 4.44 trans with hydraulic swap (clutch slave, pedal box, front axles, clutch)
- 4.44 Forester Open Rear diff with 50k miles on it
- Stoptech front brake pads, Centric Front Rotors
- Might be able to do a rear brake swap from a 2001 Legacy Wagon

Interior:
- STi Duracon Shift Knob
- New leather Shift boot
- 2.5RS door cards (trying to see if the dash lines of the pre-facelift will work with the RS door cards. I know for sure I need to mess with the wiring of the power windows and doorlocks)

I also have laying around my Gold 17" BBS RK wheels that I will put on eventually

Picture of it now:






 

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Has anyone done a cable to hydraulic trans swap? If so, advice please!

If there is anyone in the DMV that has done it and can help, I would be willing to pay you to help!!

Cause I will have this delivered soon:

 

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Wondering if I should just get the EJ22 trans rebuilt for $650. It will be plug and play and I wont have to worry about the the cable to hydraulic swap intricacies.

But then no 4.44 rear end. EJ22 is 3.9 and the clutch won't be designed for the turbo motor...
 

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Alright,

So I am trying to gather information on the cable to hydraulic trans swap.

Looks like I will need
A clutch fork
Clutch Master and Clutch Slave (and clutch hose)
Hard and rubber lines (thru firewall)
Pedal box


The hydraulic pedal box, switches, and slave is supposed to look like this (from an RS):



I have an STi pedal box so it looks like some cutting will have to be done for the pedal box to fit:

from this build thread:
http://www.rs25.com/forums/f145/158548-boogaloo-2001-rsti-project-insanity-14.html

Salvi asked about what to do with the brake and clutch pedal assembly on a swap.
Up until 2 days ago, I thought that an STi or WRX pedal box was a direct bolt in affair! :facepalm:

I called Keener and he guided me through what was needed, and I was then able to get it to fit.

It is not a smooth fit, nor does it just slide right up into position. My pedal box is from an 05 STi, and it required a bit of "finesse" to get it into place and secured.

You have to elongate the holes the secure the (upper pat of) pedal box to the bottom or the dash area, here is a pic of what is required:




Then, on the clutch support portion of the bracket, you need to use a longer bolt with a large washer like I have in this picture:



This is all necessary because the 3 mounting holes at the top of the firewall mounting points do not line up with GD pedal boxes. Once you do like i have shown here, it all fits just like any other STi or WRX and seems like it will work just fine.

Just like this picture I posted above, this is what it looks like installed:



I have to admit that I wish I knew about this months ago, because I would have relocated the mounting holes on the chassis or made a bracket like the throttle pedal adapter, but this will do for now.
Or cut as supasweetr34skyline mentions

http://www.rs25.com/forums/f145/75886-2slo4us-endless-swap-warning-ej20k-inside-18.html
Ok a few more pics. I got the transmission completely in and rearranged a few wires to get them away from the turbo area. Also swapped the turbo crossmember in with my steering rack attached.



Transmission completely installed


Crossmember and rack installed


Turbo solenoid/ignition plate wiring to ecu. Forgot to buy a grommet so ultra grey will do for now. I can always pull the sealant off and press a grommet in later. Btw, how much is the firewall grommet for the a/c lines, lol?



This is the 2000 RS metal clutch line, doesn't line up with wrx m/c as you can see (is there something I'm doing wrong here?)


had to cut marked areas for bolts to go in, brake side


clutch side, marked and cut then used washer
WRX clutch fork:


I know ECS makes an adapter for DBW but it is $97 shipped = /

Then there is a need to change the clutch fork pivot?

I am wondering if I should source an RS pedal box to ensure it fits my 93 chassis without having to cut anything,at least and then worry about the other items

link on how to uninstall/install pedal box:
http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread.php/03-08-forester-install-clutch-14364.html?
link on how to uninstall/install clutch master cylinder
http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t120164-clutch-master-cylinder-install.html
 
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