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Old 05-09-2003, 07:56 PM   #1
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The deal on the stock exhaust fell through so I have time to re-evaluate my options. I don't know if I'll have the extra funds available or not, but I'm trying to decide if there are any upgrades that would be worth doing up front.

My current list of items include an up-pipe, a lightweight flywheel, or a turbo-back. The up-pipe I could always install later; I've done the install before and know what's involved. The flywheel would require the tranny to be pulled; definitely easier with the engine out of the car. My engine will be only coming with the stock downpipe, so I need to source almost an entire exhaust section anyhow. The stock exhaust would be about $130, or there are many used exhaust systems going for around $700.

When you did your swap, was there anything you wished you would have done before getting it all in there? Or perhaps, do you have any thoughts that might sway me one way or the other?

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Old 05-10-2003, 11:00 PM   #2
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Jon, I got a ScoobySport turbo back exhaust when I had my swap done. I needed to get an exhaust, because my swap only came with the up pipe and turbo, no down pipe or any other exhaust parts.

Are you talking JDM or USDM swap? If JDM, I think the up pipes are catless already, so I'd definitely go with a turbo back.

Lightweight flywheels are nice, but I'd hold off on it. It's on my list as a "nice-to-have-someday-but-my-money-could-be-better-spent-elsewhere-for-now" mod. I'll probably replace the flywheel when the stock STi clutch goes.

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Old 05-12-2003, 01:43 PM   #3
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which tranny are you using ...

both the flywheel and upipe are lame installs do them while is off the car ... at least gut the stock uppipe..

the turbo back is much much easier.. you have to remove it to do the other two any way ..
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Old 05-12-2003, 03:57 PM   #4
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The engine and transmission are most likely coming off of a MY03 WRX. Not sure exactly yet since the car has not been located (have somebody looking right now).

I don't think I have much beef with installing the turbo-back or the up-pipe after everything is in. I've done them before. A couple hours to do either of them, tops. Provided I don't get another Vishnu pipe that is too short by a couple mm.

Being that the clutch/flywheel will almost be brand new, I wouldn't have to get back into there and touch either of those in a long while. So, if I am going to do the flywheel, it would either be before the engine goes in or it would be an exclusive install later. However, dsmawd's description of the flywheel is just about spot on with mine. Always wanted to own a car with a lightweight flywheel, but is it needed? No.

It's not like I _have_ to do any of these. I was trying to get a feel for what people did and what they wish they would have done. I haven't decided if I want to go barebones install first or upgrade the things that would be easily done with the engine apart.

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Old 05-13-2003, 02:46 AM   #5
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up-pipe, flywheel, under-drive pulley(prevents radiator dings), STI engine/tranny mounts, Whiteline Steering Rack bushings...
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up-pipe, flywheel, under-drive pulley(prevents radiator dings), STI engine/tranny mounts, Whiteline Steering Rack bushings...
STi engine/tranny mounts without question. Up-pipe would be a good idea, since you're talking USDM swap.

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Old 05-13-2003, 11:15 AM   #7
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Do it right, do it once. Anything that is easier to do without a drivetrain in the car should be done now. Chances are you'll want to do it later, but it will be far costlier later what with a drivetrain in the way.

Mounts, downpipe, clutch, flywheel.. do it all if you can.

My 2.5 had an 11lb flywheel, and when it was converted to an STi V I had a 10.3lb JUN ultralight put in. Trust me, these are essential mods.. once you have driven a car with a lightened flywheel, you will wonder how anyone can drive one of the stockers. I seriously have trouble with my wife's WRX.. the stock flywheel is so damn heavy that it's virtually impossible to shift slow enough to be smooth..
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