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#1 2014-09-10 07:30:53

aerorex
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Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

I was flipping through Boxer magazine in Japan and saw the article below on a RHD 9-2x.  I can't read Japanese so don't know what it says, but not sure why someone would go to the trouble of shipping one here and converting it, especially since LHD cars are legal and fairly common here.  Maybe it was a Subaru factory leftover.

http://i1280.photobucket.com/albums/a483/aerorex/IMAG0552_zps8aa85d1c.jpg

http://i1280.photobucket.com/albums/a483/aerorex/IMAG0553_zps20cf954c.jpg

http://i1280.photobucket.com/albums/a483/aerorex/IMAG0554_zps919226d5.jpg

http://i1280.photobucket.com/albums/a483/aerorex/IMAG0555_zpsa9eda0e3.jpg

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#2 2014-09-10 08:55:00

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

Damn, things low. But, 4EAT sad  sadbanana


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#3 2014-09-10 10:27:43

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

Yeah, auto. Ewwwwww

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#4 2014-09-10 10:51:39

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

It's probably an impreza/wrx that had the exterior and interior converted.


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#5 2014-09-10 13:44:43

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

great find! now we need someone who can translate.


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#6 2014-09-10 14:06:40

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

eazy-e wrote:

great find! now we need someone who can translate.

the most JDM!!  roxor


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#7 2014-09-10 14:12:54

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

Check out the washer fluid bottle.  It's a Subie that someone put some Saab parts on smile
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#8 2014-09-10 14:25:09

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

Ah yeah forgot about that, I was looking for the battery but it is cut off.  Why desert silver!?!?!? lol


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#9 2014-09-10 16:38:03

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

hammyt wrote:

Why desert silver!?!?!? lol

If I lived in a place where the Saab 9-2x wasn't available, I'd probably want the one color that isn't on any other Subaru. 


The fact that it is desert silver makes me think it's 100% 9-2x, rather than a converted WRX. Maybe they had one in Japan as a quasi-prototype at some sort of SEMA-type event to gauge interest over there. Or he just did a RHD conversion.


What we really need to do is to find someone that can read Japanese and just tell us what it says.  up


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#10 2014-09-10 16:53:27

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

Isn't the blue not shared with Subaru as well?


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#11 2014-09-10 17:05:25

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

I think so?  Could do like an actual Saab color if you are trying to not mimic a Subaru.


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#12 2014-09-10 17:24:22

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

Or just anything other than desert silver.  lol


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#13 2014-09-10 17:33:57

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

ikbrown wrote:

Isn't the blue not shared with Subaru as well?

I'm pretty sure the blue is just Blue Ridge Pearl. It wasn't offered as a color on the WRX, but I'm pretty sure it's the same color.



Also, I posted the article on Expeditionportal.com, there's a bunch of world travelers there, somebody's gotta know some Japanese.

Last edited by juicebox (2014-09-10 17:36:53)


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#14 2014-09-10 17:38:25

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

Yeah I spread it to the JDM Chicago kids, hoping one of them can actually read the damn language.  Odds are no tho.


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#15 2014-09-10 21:16:11

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

Can we get a closeup of the strut tower VIN tag? That would answer a lot of questions.

Also, great eyes itsnotmeitsyou - washer tank is definitely WRX...


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#16 2014-09-13 15:51:30

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

Could have been a factory protoype/mule?

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#17 2014-09-13 21:45:37

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

arrow-up No.


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#18 2014-09-17 16:57:37

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

A Japanese speaking (somewhat) coworker was able to decipher "Impreza conversion" and "body make test."


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#19 2014-11-01 00:57:35

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

all the USDM wanna-bes in japan are peeing their pants over this.


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#20 2017-04-19 12:42:53

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

anyone still have the pictures it would be really cool to see

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#21 2017-04-21 17:01:36

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Re: Right hand drive 9-2x in Japan

silverlightning wrote:

anyone still have the pictures it would be really cool to see

Ditto.. I would love to see the pictures!

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