Just to elaborate a little on this, you do not need to swap the column from another car! But you will need to combine the STi and RS link to make it work. L&E Fabrications makes one or...steering rack really has nothing to do with the engine other than the lines that goto the pump, worst case you can have custom lines made to fit.
if you did want to swap an sti rack into your car you would have to swap the steering column to match as well.
the spline count on the rack, column and coupler changed in '02 so you need to swap everything.
I used an 04 forester xt rack and an 02 wrx column and coupler in my wagon and it works great.
jdm ps lines will not work with a usdm steering rack, the fittings are different on the lines and the rack. usdm lines are male at the rack, jdm lines are female at the rack, without some sort of adapter fitting they wont work.Just to elaborate a little on this, you do not need to swap the column from another car! But you will need to combine the STi and RS link to make it work. L&E Fabrications makes one or...
The column is doing it the hard way, in my opinion. To use the STi you will need the STi lines and of course, as route69L said, you can make custom lines if you would like. Do the swap and use the JDM lines and the RS rack, I'm pretty sure that combo will work.