Merge Services - 1999-2000 JDM/EDM V5/6

This is a CANbus-equipped chassis which makes swapping difficult.

At this time, there are only two ways we would recommend moving forward. The first would be to take the entire harness from headlights to taillights of a similar year turbo version on your chassis (IE 08 WRX into 08 2.5i) and run a compatible engine for that platform. It would probably require a complete donor car to get all the parts you would need. The other would be to wire up a standalone ECU that can communicate with the CANbus system of the chassis and can run whichever engine you choose.

We know this sounds crazy, given we are the “Subaru Swap Guys,” but with the complexities of the project, we would suggest at least considering purchasing the turbo car you are looking to build instead of swapping.

Note: iWire is no longer wiring projects that utilize a standalone ECU.

For more information on CANbus, please take a look here 

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you again for your interest in using iWire.

This engine can work but requires modifications to run with a 2002-2005 WRX ECU and harness.

The problem is that the ECU that came in the V5/6 WRX and STi models is non-OBD2, so it will not pass smog/emissions and makes tuning extremely difficult. We can no longer wire them up as a byproduct of the OBD2 issue.

Not to worry, though, these engines can be modified so that a USDM 2002-2005 WRX ECU can run them. You can make it legal and open up a wide variety of tuners because the Cobb Accessport is now a tuning option. The conversion process is not too complicated, and you can find more information on what parts you need here.

Please send us an email so we can discuss your options.

This would not be a good option for your Drive by Wire Turbo application.

There are more compatible engines that can be modified to be plug and play with your application. Please take a look at this post to find that engine.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you again for your interest in using iWire.