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 Posted: Jul 9th, 2017 03:34 PM
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Hello my name is Caleb and I literally just made this account lol. I have an opportunity to buy a Subaru svx in my area on Craigslist. They guy is asking $2500 for it. It is a smoker car but I don't mind that. I know of a few ways to get rid of that. It has a little rust but I have fixed that before. I've been looking for a project car for a few months now and the svx has always been a unique car to me. I love the way it looks, sounds insane, and also how rare it is. Is there a website with any aftermarket support for the svx? I know there isn't much. I kind wanted a manual and I have done a little research on swapping it for a 5 speed but not sure if I feel comfortable doing that. Thanks guys!

https://rmn.craigslist.org/cto/6207253547.html

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 Posted: Jul 10th, 2017 03:41 PM
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That rust is a little bit of a headache, I had mine repaired on both sides. It wasn't cheap but if you can do it yourself it should not be a big deal. The pearl paint color may be pretty hard to match. Otherwise it looks like a really good one. The list of maintenance items done shows that it was taken care of.

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Do you think it's project car material though? I wanted a car with problems lol. Seems like this svx is fairly nice. I just love the exhaust note these 3.3s make! Thanks for the reply. Is there any aftermarket support for the svx?

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If you want a project you could probably save a lot of money finding one that does not run or that needs a transmission. Those will frequently go for less than a $1000. You can put in a Legacy Auto Transmission (2.5 engine models from 95-98) or a 5 speed manual from most any Subaru. Manual trans option will need more modification, fabrication.

As far as this car, it seems like a fair price for a good running car that has a decent paint and body. Unfortunately there is not much aftermarket for this vehicle and when someone does support it it tends to be pricey, or limited or in some instances takes a long time to arrive. Anyhow here are a few suppliers.

http://svx-motorsport-accessories.stores.yahoo.net/
http://www.truspeed-performance.com/
https://amrengineering.com/
https://smallcar.com/subaru/svx/
http://subiechips.com/

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Oh wow thank very much for the info!

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The 5 speed swap can be done. But as stated a lot of fabrication. A 4:44 swap is the easiest to do with the biggest benefit. . ( stronger tranny,more power, better in town driving, last longer ) almost a plug and play. Any good trans shop can do it. Requires a matching rear gear set. The. 5 speed to me is the real deal. I have a WRX 2002( with 2005 Gear set and synchro ) in mine. .eithe swap really peps it up.great car. Gets attention were ever you go.

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So the 4.4.4 isn't a transmission swap right? It's just gearing? The guy just lowered the price of the svx. I just really wish it was manual. Thanks for all the info guys.

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On. It is a tranny swap
And rear gears. Just easier than adding pedals and clutch , new X member
And shift lever. Basicly you remove your old automatic and replace it with a 4:44 ratio automatic one and you must replace the rear gear to
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And there's no custom fab stuff? Do you need a new drive shaft or diff? I would be a little nervous to do it myself. Where do you get everything you need so I can get a ball park price?

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You get them from a wrecking yard. I believe you get the Trany from a 98 Forester and also the rear end. Budfreak was doing them.



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And the clutch peddleand drive shaft? Sounds sorta easy if that's all there is.

One question I have, I assume there's enough room for the clutch peddle. Do you have to drill holes?

Who's budfreak?

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Ok u R confusing 4:44 swap with a 5 speed.
4:44 is just a strong automatic of a lower ratio
The 5 speed requires a lot more work. You need to fabricate a X member
You need to fabricate a pedal set. Modifi the shifters
You need to change the rear gears
Then set the couch up and wire the clutch safety switch
The 4:44 is just remove your old tranny install the 4:44 one and replace the rear set. Any tranny shop can do it.
The 5 speed mod is quite a different story. There are s few palaces that do it. Figure on $4,000 for the 5 speed job and about $1,500 to 2,000
If I was you I look for a 5 speed SVX



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Oops lol. Thanks for the clarification.

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If it was me. If u want a 5 speed hunt for one. There are out there for sale. Spend the extra Few 1,000. You know how much the conversion cost
I would buy one that needed paint and interior with a good motor and 5 speed Don't buy one that needs a ton of work for $1,000. And expect to fix it up. They Are not cheap cars. I have $10,000 into mine

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