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Full AWD swap into VW GTI body

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#1 yellowjacket500



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 08:12 AM

Was looking into doing an AWD Subaru powered VW rabbit GTI, they are just so light and small I think it would be sweet, especially building it for a turbo as well.  Just wondering if anyone has seen this done or has any input.  I believe that an Impreza is my best candidate since the wheelbase is around 4 inches longer.  Just not sure if the engine cradle is going to fit between my unibody.  Anyone willing to measure the Engine cradle on lets say a mid 90's Impreza wagon or sedan?  Still in the planning stages and trying to get another rabbit gti body.  Also where do people normally find complete drivetrains on here?  Junkyards? Classifieds?  Any input is appreciated.  Happy modding everyone!

#2 jmoss5723


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 08:57 AM

i can't offer much help here, but that sounds like a SWEET project! :headbang:


Good luck and keep us updated 

#3 obk25xt


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:38 PM

Find a wrecked car it will be your best option, or a half cut from a JDM importer, then you will get the harness etc….


My personal opinion is you're biting of a HUGE chunk, and while I titally agree it sounds awesome and would be a cool whip, it is going to be quite the undertaking…… To put it lightly….



#4 Subruise


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:15 PM

i have seen a ejawd swap into a vw caddy (rabbit pickup). it was awesome...get fabbing...

#5 yellowjacket500



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:25 AM

I am more of a Vw guy. Does anyone know if there is a difference in physical size between the 2.5 in an outback and say a 2.2 or 2.0. Is the sohc smaller than the dohc? The 2.5 in my outback appears to be a little wide to fit between my strut towers.... maybe i am crazy.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 02:04 PM

The only way something like that will fit is with the SOHC heads,DOHC are much to wide.Subaru EJ's are all about the same width,the different displacement comes from bigger bores.

#7 Ionlyhave3suubs


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:16 PM

The DOHC 2.5 heads are significantly bulkier than the 2.2. The 2.2 will also have easier spark plug access in a tight engine compartment.

#8 WoodsWagon


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:35 AM

Why not just get a vr6 r32 golf and have it all done from the factory?

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