Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Goodies

The plan with the car was to drive it on the current motor, and slowly gather the parts we need for the swap. Among the parts we needed were a WRX hood with a scoop for the intercooler, a wiring harness and ECU, a WRX front crossmember to fit the motor, and a WRX clutch and flywheel to handle the extra power. We've decided to keep the gearbox from the Impreza as, contrary to popular belief, it's just as strong as the one found in the WRX but has the extra advantage of a slightly shorter final drive ratio (4.11 vs 3.9 of the WRX) for better acceleration. The gearing is probably one of the main reasons why our Impreza feels faster off the line than my friend's WRX of the same generation.

While the weekend started off with us driving 3 hours one way to a rallycross that was cancelled, it ended on a high when a wiring harness that we had our eye on and was tentatively sold came back on the market. We rushed over to meet the TSC member selling the harness as soon as we found out, and couldn't believe the goldmine of parts we stumbled upon. The guy had a garage full of Subaru goodies including multiple WRX hoods and a crossmember with an STi steering rack, just to name a few. We held back as much as we could trying to keep the budget in mind, but still ended up leaving with a trunk full of parts. For the record, yes a bugeye WRX hood does fit into an Impreza wagon.

We still have a couple parts to find, and lots of reading to do but we're suddenly a lot closer to the swap than we thought.

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