much do older Imprezas weigh?
One of the greatest advantages
of the older Imprezas is their light weight.
This weight can be felt in nearly every
aspect of the car, improving everything
from acceleration and braking to fuel
economy and handling. The lightest, most
basic GC Imprezas have a factory curb
weight of 2400lbs, and the most luxurious
2.5 RS models tip the scales at 2850-2900
lbs. Keep in mind that turbo motors (with
their heavy cats, and extra exhaust piping)
can add 75lbs or so, and the heavy STi
6spd will tack on another 100lbs. Still,
a swapped GC will come in well under the
3300-3400lbs a GD WRX or STi might weigh.
How long does a typical
For most projects, we try
to plan for up to two weeks to complete
the swap. While the actual swap itself
only takes us around a week, we like to
leave plenty of time to test drive and
troubleshoot the car, so that the car
is as reliable as possible when delivered.
Even the most basic motor-only swap still
involves stripping the dash to the firewall,
removing nearly every front-end mechanical
component, and dropping the gas tank,
so its important not to rush the process.
What forms of payment do
At the moment, we accept
cash, checks, money orders and bank wire
transfers. We can also accept payment
online and credit card payments through
PayPal. Should you choose to pay through
PayPal, however, we do ask that you cover
the 3% fee they assess on the payment.
How do you get the newer
motors that are swapped?
We source all our motors through
a dismantler who buys exclusively WRXs and
STis at auction, and then parts them through
us. We recommend that you buy through this
vendor for several reasons: first, he can
guarantee that his setups include all parts
necessary for a complete conversion (such
as wiring harnesses, cross members, fuel
tanks, etc). Second, he has the experience
to determine which wrecked cars at auction
contain parts in the best condition. Finally,
his pricing is among the most competitive
for complete, low-mileage setups.
Nearly all our replacement
motor-sets are from 04/05 cars, and come
in under 25-30k miles.