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Old 06-16-2003, 09:41 AM   #1
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Talking 1997 Legacy GT is MINE, Finally!

Well, after nearly a year of saving and looking, I purchased a 1997 Legacy GT Sedan last night. It's got 79K miles on it, runs and looks like a charm. The 5 Hour drive back after purchasing it was much fun, needless to say. Anyway, I don't think I'll be able to hold of long on upgrades. Where should I start, Intake/Cat-Back?

If so, what do you guys recomend?

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Old 06-16-2003, 11:06 AM   #2
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bdoss123 - 1st thing to do is a general tune-up. Replace all necessary worn out parts.

If you plan on keeping the car N/A then doing intake & cat-back etc is ok for now.

If you want to go turbo, that's a different story.

If you've got lots of rock chips on the hood, you may want to consider getting a CF hood
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Old 06-16-2003, 11:09 AM   #3
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Paint is flawless. ALL fluids were just checked. What do you mean by tune-up, oil, air filter, plugs, plug wires?

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Old 06-16-2003, 11:14 AM   #4
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bdoss123 - yup all fluids, filters, lines, hoses, brakes, mounts, coil pack, wires, plugs etc.

Doing suspension mods first would be a safe way to go. Then at least you can then choose if you want to stay N/A or go FI later.
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Old 06-16-2003, 11:21 AM   #5
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I'm definatley gonna stay NA with this one, but of course I'm gonna do all that I can with it. Would a good swaybar for the front and rear be the best place to start as far as handling goes?
If not, where should I start, and what brands (CUSCO,,, who else?) should I look at?

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Old 06-16-2003, 12:08 PM   #6
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Congrads


I would start with getting a good set of tires that will stick to the road for when you upgrade the suspension.


Have fun and drive safe.


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Old 06-16-2003, 12:54 PM   #7
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whiteline makes great supension parts and they are affordable too. Most Legacy folks lower and add a rear sway bar, I have so far added whiteline lowering springs and KYB agx's. It feels really good right now.

www.whiteline.com.au
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Old 06-16-2003, 02:32 PM   #8
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How much of a drop did you do with those springs? How does the car feel afterwards? Do you plan on keeping the stock wheels after lowering it?

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Old 06-16-2003, 04:57 PM   #9
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For my '97 GT I went with the Cobb Stage 1 suspension package -- all Cusco equipment. I can verify that Cobb is correct in that the biggest problem with our GT's handling is the rear swaybar, followed by overall flex cured by front and rear strut tower braces. Each of the 3 pieces I added one at a time with sufficient time between to verify the results.

To date I haven't touched the front swaybar and currently see no reason to. This may change though as I actively persue autocross as a new hobby. My first time will be the 28th/29th of this month. However I suspect that even better results will be obtained by better tires than doing anything to the front swaybar!

Enjoy your GT. Is it one of the rare 5MT's like mine? They are truly a pleasure to drive.
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Old 06-16-2003, 05:09 PM   #10
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How much of a drop did you do with those springs? How does the car feel afterwards? Do you plan on keeping the stock wheels after lowering it?

Brendan


I dont have those wheels anymore I am using the stock wheels again. No issues whatsoever.
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Old 06-17-2003, 11:09 AM   #11
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Mine's an AUTO. Looked for an MT for a very long time, ended up having to drive 5 hours just to find the AUTO. I'm happy with it so far, and can't wait to start doing work to it. What CAI do you guys recomend for the Legacy, I noticed there wasn't one listed on the COBB page.

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Old 06-17-2003, 05:29 PM   #12
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Suabru did a really good making the intake, because when people have fitted an aftermarket one they lose torque. Which IMO is not worth gaining a couple hp on the high end. It doe however sound really really cool
I think intakes for the impreza are bolt in. Could be wrong though, can anybody clarify?
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