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Looking at possibly conquering this project sometime next winter and want some of your opinions. Yes, I completely understand EVERYTHING involved and I'm actually excited to get it done to be different. Let me know what you guys think?!
I bought my first VR4 with the intent to do a RHD conversion. I found a place on line that said they would be able to get me everything all the way from the front cut, to the 2 front door panels, and all the way back to the rear end so I could run the JDM transmission. He even said he would beable to get me the rear window with wiper and all for an exta $200- $250.
I would not do this unless the car was in really bad need, such as this one...
It has a rebuildable title. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
I don't understand the want to have a RHD car. Hell, I wish the older Skylines came in LHD. A buddy of mine had a RHD Legacy wagon that was setup that way for the post office. When I tried to hit the left blinker, the wipers came on. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rofl.gif Anyway, I certainly didn't feel any cooler steering from that side of the car.
My reasoning was the fact that it would be different. Also at the time I bought the car, I had a very hard time finding any front clips for it. And then I found this site and realized how rare they are. One way or another, I will get mine back on the road (even if it is on a trailer headed for the scrap..I kidd)
I own a rhd galant, though not a vr4, it does have a 4g63t. Galants are quite rare here, i wanted it to be as close to a vr4 as possible but making it awd is just too much for little advantage. Your vr4's are even a rare breed of galants. Theres nothing special in a rhd vr4. If you really want to make it more unique, do something else to it which will make it stand out from other vr4s. The money and time spent on converting to a rhd can be spent on other stuff which will have more appreciation.
You make a good point of the fact that there are thousands of VR4's through out the rest of the world.
Although they are common place in other parts of the world, there are but only a couple, if not only 1 that I have heard of, that grace our presence here in the USA.
Basically I can chalk it up to 3 reasons for doing it:
[*]1) I would be saving one of the less than 3 thousand VR4's that are left [/list]
[*]B) Everyone wants there car to be different from the rest in a comunity [/list]
[*]last) How cool would it be to pull through the McDonalds driving backwards! [/list]
A buddy of mine had a RHD Legacy wagon that was setup that way for the post office. When I tried to hit the left blinker, the wipers came on. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rofl.gif
/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rofl.gif That's funny you say that. I've driven a JDM evo VII and yeah I had more problems using the turn signals than actually shifting the car. It was cool but it would be a PITA to use a RHD as a DD. Hope you like eating at Checkers with a RHD. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
I would never do a RHD swap. I was at the Toronto auto show and talked to a guy from a business that deals in importing european and aisian cars that you can't get in Canada. We got on the subject of what could be imported Mitsu wise and he said they would be getting in a few Evo IIIs. He said they are in the $8-10k range. Why don't you just import an Evo III? I have never seen one and it comes with like 300hp stock. That would be much cooler than a VR4 in my mind. But if you wanted to do a RHD swap, It would be easier just to get an entire JDM front clip and weld it on, right?
Dont get me wrong, I like my car. I would just enjoy driving it around town more if it were LHD. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
I can see swapping to a RHD front clip if the car is damaged, but I cant see messing up a 3000-unit special edition just to get the ooh-aah factor. And its more emberassing than cool to go through drive-thru's backwards /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif. I just reach over the seat... lol