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Old 11-21-2003, 11:26 AM   #1
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i got a 1997 subaru OBS, and $2500+ for it this spring, any sugguestions. Money will prolly go into Rims + Falkens. Other sugguestions? I/H/E? bang for the buck is essential.

I quickly learned that a subaru swap isnt even colse to the price of otherswaps, much more expensive. But isnt even close to the power that subaru produces B18s eat your heat out. But any useful sugguestions would be appreciated
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Old 11-21-2003, 11:32 AM   #2
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If bang for the buck is important I would say forget rims and just put Azenis on the stockers. Then do springs/struts/rear swaybar before anything else.
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Old 11-21-2003, 02:43 PM   #3
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i actually sat on my computer and looked stuff up.

im looking at KYB AGX's with Eibach Pro's and any ole rear sway bar. Is the sway bar that important that i need to go more expensive on it?

can i go cheaper with the springs and dampers and still get the same performance?

Rims are kinda something i wanted, but the Azenis are a must, supa sticky =P
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Old 11-21-2003, 02:47 PM   #4
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people are always selling mint wheels here for deep discounts. Pick a set with some good rubber and you will be way ahead. Try for a little smaller diameter than stock.

I second the advice on the rear sway, struts and springs. They will do more for the fun quotient than intake and muffler.
For power, the best bang for buck is K&N with snorkus ectomy and a WRX muffler with custom 2-2.25" mid-pipe. Put some new copper NGK plugs in.
A light cam pulley is good stuff too.
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Old 11-21-2003, 03:52 PM   #5
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Is your car bone stock??? List your current mods and I'll advise.
But rear sway bar and struts and springs would be where I would put that money if it was stock. The KYB's are a good choice or STi inverted struts are a good option.
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Old 11-21-2003, 04:43 PM   #6
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If it's MT, keep some money aside for a lightweight flywheel should you ever replace the clutch. Or do it now if you can get it done without the cost of labor (i.e. yourself or have a friend). Trivial difference when cruising on the highway, but getting up to that speed or tooling around town is MUCH improved.

I have a MY97 OBS and found that setting my valve lash uniformly tight really unleashed the motor's top end. It feels slightly more "solid" by around 3k, but get to ~5k and it takes off instead of just huffing and puffing. Idle got smoother, too. This is another one to do yourself or get help from a friend, though. I don't know what a shop would charge for this (it's actually pretty quick and easy), but it's probably not worth the cost.
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Old 11-21-2003, 07:02 PM   #7
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A little OT, but , as a hopeful future owner of an OBS, I wonder why either the OBS as a model OR the 2.2l NA engine doesn't have its own forum? Seems like, it would need specialized help/feedback MORE than the other engines/autos specifically BECAUSE there seems to be reduced amount of mod stuff available. Unles it's always gonna be, "just put some tires and struts on it cause the engine breathes fine". Thsoe other guys have, like MULTIPLE ways to go with all the up/down pipes, turbos/intercoolers, interchangeable parts, off-shore engine drop ins, chip kits,etc. Of course they need feedback too but it seems difficult to find good info on the OBS when searching. A central forum would fix that. Am I way off base here? Is there a different BBS/forum somewhere?
thanx for listening
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Old 11-21-2003, 07:10 PM   #8
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1 Lucky Texan, the OBS is an impreza wagon.

Welcome to reality.

Same engines mods as an RS or a TS. (MY02+ is the same engine)

Same suspension mods as a WRX Wagon.

Read around, you'll figure it out.

Phil =)

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Old 11-21-2003, 07:19 PM   #9
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For your engine or year-specific needs, there's also the Impreza / 1993-2001 forum here. I don't think the readership is as high, but you might get lucky and catch the attention of some of the older folks on the board with all the know-how that used to be more active. Most things about the older engines have already been discussed, though, and I've found lots of good stuff searching the technical archives.
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Old 11-21-2003, 08:37 PM   #10
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this is providing i keep my OBS. Im still debating on wheather or not to get a Brighton coupe for sale, but i dont think engine mods and suspension mods will be much different. its also a 1997 but has lower milage. 130,000 ish is kinda on the high side(87k on the coupe), thats why initially i was looking into an engine swap, but its too expensive. Not to mention its an AT, which is bad. a tranny swap would be needed.
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Old 11-21-2003, 08:52 PM   #11
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If I didn't need the wagon action of an OBS and I had enough spare change to be thinking about buying something different, I would save up a bit and wait for some guy to sell his old decked out turbocharged RS. Or wait to find an RS really cheap and put a turbo on it myself.

I wouldn't recommend that route to somebody without the know-how or money to deal with something on it breaking down the road, though. Not that turboed RSs are horrible time bombs or anything, but stuff happens.

I can't see going through the trouble of changing cars without at least getting a better engine out of the deal, though.
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Old 11-21-2003, 10:19 PM   #12
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How much $$$ you guys willing to shell out for a turbo kit to fit your OBS?
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Old 11-22-2003, 12:38 AM   #13
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Clyde, I do monitor the Impreza forum - 95% 2.5l stuff.
The OBS I think has different brakes in the rear right? And is the exhaust the same length as the RS or other models?
For $ reasons I'll probably pick up a '98-'01 OBS but they are rare here.
I have learned a lot from reading here, probably need to just dig more.
thanx

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Old 11-22-2003, 11:33 AM   #14
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The exhaust lengths are the same. I have an 02 OBS and have an 93-01 Borla cat-back on my scoob! ....I also know that the 98-03 OBS's have drum brakes in the rear. The new 04's have disc. You can do the swaps on the brakes on these cars and from what I have read seem to be fairly easy. I want to do this to mine someday so I shall see.
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Old 11-22-2003, 04:46 PM   #15
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Oh, darn you Mr. Thomas! I've been lusting after something like you've got for years and here you go and say that when I'm out of time and money!

Mr. Texan: My MY97 OBS also has drums in the rear (even with the ABS). The real downer about the exhaust, though, is the single-port heads that mean there's not nearly the usual selection of high-flow and/or equal-length headers available. I don't actually know, but I suspect having only one port per head would limit the potential improvement of better headers, too

Depending on your inspection situation, you might look into getting a high-flow cat, though, as OEM ones are often a bit of a bottleneck. I don't know if that part of the exhaust is interchangable with EJ25-based systems, but I plan to go custom instead of namebrand anyway since that way I could replace everything behind the headers and still be saving money over just a cat-back.
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