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Old 11-02-2000, 09:15 AM   #1
Snizave
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Post My new legacy!!

I finally have a car again!!! I got a great deal on a '92 Legacy L sedan with 80,000 mi. Only $1800!! I did a carfax and everything checked out. Now I have some leftover money. I don't know much about legacy mods, anything not too expensive that helps performance or handling?

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Old 11-02-2000, 10:36 AM   #2
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performance and handling..

under $200 each

*sway bar
*strut bar
*intake

over $200
*exhaust
*new tires
*springs
*struts

That's a start... now... what are you looking for....
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Old 11-05-2000, 12:24 AM   #3
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First of all, congrats on your purchase, the '92 Legacy is an awesome car. You also got a great deal, I paid $3150 for mine and it had 103,000 miles on it:



As for mods, I haven't done a lot to my '92. I did put in a drop-in K&N Filter, Bosch +4 plugs, and Borg-Warner performance plug wires. The car feels like it has around 5-10 more hp, I have not dynoed it though. One of the first mods that I did was to replace the 14" steel wheels with 1996 15" Legacy 5-spoke alloys and Dunlop A2 performance tires ($300 altogether, I drove to NJ to pick them up). Big difference in handling. I have a webpage set up:
http://members.tripod.com/p.e.markie/index.htm

I am constantly updating, so check back (I recently took quite a few picts and I will be adding them soon). If you have any questions let me know.

One other thing, the CV boots (about $20 for the part, $80 labor ea.) tend to go around 100,000 miles or so. I would check yours at least weekely until you replace them to avoid costly CV joint failure ($400). But that is a minor problem that all modern cars seem to have.

Other mods that people have done (I thought of after I posted):
1. Intake (also mentioned by Subie Gal) I have been playing with the idea of either buying an intake from an aftermarket supplier (Weapon R makes them, JC Sports does too, but I hear bad things about JC Sports), or making my own.

2. Unorthodox Underdrive Pulley: much lighter than the Subaru stock crankshaft pulley, it lightens the load on the engine, good for about a 10% increase in hp (if I remember right). Teague's Auto (http://home.att.net/~teaguesauto/) is an excellent source for alot of Subaru Legacy mods. I think they are under $200. I am also thinking about getting one, the only drawback is that you have to change your belts to accomodate the new pulley.

3. Short shifter (only applicable if you have a 5sp manual). This will shorten shift throw considerably, allowing for more accurate shifts and improvement of acceleration. Under $100 if you do it yourself, I am seriously considering getting one.

4. Stereo (I know it is not performance or handling related, but worth mentioning). Almost any DIN size aftermarket will fit snugly with the 2" console box without requiring any kits. The front door speakers are a different story (I had to custom mount my 6.5" Pioneer 3-ways).
Paul

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Old 11-07-2000, 11:39 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot for the replies! I also think the first thing i want to do is get some new wheels. After that, probably short throw shifter, maybe intake. I'm gonna try to get some pics of my car on here soon. The hood has a dent about the size of my mouse pad in it, but other than that it is OK. I couldn't complain the car was so cheap! Thanks again

Mike
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Old 11-08-2000, 05:01 PM   #5
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Mike,

No problem, good to have you aboard. Let me know when you post the picts. If you are looking at wheels I know that 15" will fit perfectly (they were originally on the Legacy turbos). 16" I think will fit, and I know 17" will not fit without modification.

From time to time hoods pop up, I was at one point looking for a turbo hood (for my custom intake idea), but I am concerned about getting the paint to match, cost of painting, etc.

As for the CV boots, the previous owner of my car did a lot of roadtripping from Baltimore to Chicago, and he basically did the minimum required maintainence to keep the car going (good thing it's a Subaru). So, there was a lot of build up on the underbody, and the rubber boots dried out. Someone (on another board) mentioned that if I spray silicon on the boots periodically they won't cry and crack. I'm going to try it. Anyway, if you have any other questions feel free to ask. You'll find that this board is a great resource with many cool, knowledgeable, and helpful members.

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Old 11-08-2000, 06:00 PM   #6
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Hi Paul, I have a 92 Legacy turbo and I have to change my both front side cv shaft this weekend, I already did the boost change, but it crack after 3 months later, so after I change the new (rebuild) shaft I would like to spary some silicon on to them, but , what kind of spary silicon I use to spary on and where could I find it?
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Old 11-08-2000, 09:01 PM   #7
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Ben,

The stuff that I am using is Prestone Silicone Lubricant. I bought mine at Wal-Mart (under $5), I am sure it is fairly common. On the can it says that it helps preserve rubber weatherstripping, so why not rubber CV boots? I have not really tried it yet, I intend to spray it on this weekend as well as clean up some of the excess grease around the engine and wash the car. It sounds like a pretty good idea, although the boots seem to last 100,000 miles with no care, they will probably last forever with this stuff. Hope this helps.

Paul
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Old 11-09-2000, 01:36 PM   #8
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Thanks for your info Paul, luckily, my both drive shaft still in to box and I think I will go buy those spary and spary it before I install it!!
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