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Old 08-21-2006, 04:01 AM   #1
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Cool First timer with some questions !!!!

what up ?

I have been looking at info on this forum for quite some while now and its time for me to wrap it up and ask for some help...if you guys are willing to help...
So I have a 95 Impreza L (1.8) AWD...i know...i know !!
For some reason I have this gut feeling that this car has some potential and I dont really want to do what allot of people have aleready done...swaps. I feel that it is ment to stay naturally aspirated....anyway...to get to the point...my clutch is going out on it and I would like to know form you guys what would be a good/decently priced, moderate performace clutch kit and a flywheeel and where I could find them...I aleready have some small upgrades...cat back exhaust and cold air intake...but i would like to do some more performances without swithcing engine or turbo...also if you have a tip where i could find some nice rotors and a crank pully that would be helpfull...apreciate any help....thanks....and you guys have an awesom forum by the way !!!!
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:14 PM   #2
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Welcome!

I bought my first Impreza as a 1.8L Brighton. It took me a couple hundred miles to figure out that it only gets out of it's own way if you rev the piss out of it. Driving a gear lower than normal for spirited drives made it a little more fun and the 1.8 has a nice exhaust note already.....(especially with a straightpipe). Any EJ series pulley will work on your motor....choose from any number of vendors. Rotors will be a little tricky since (I assume) you have the 14" wheels. Ebay can be a source for these slotted rotors....and actually the clutch too. If you want a better clutch, look at getting a flywheel too and choose one for a 98-01 2.5RS. It all goes in with no problems and will again, make the car more fun to drive.

Swapping up to RS brakes is a huge improvement over stock L brakes, especially if you run larger wheels. It's all bolt on easy up front. If you have drums out back (no abs) you'll have to change over a little more hardware but it's still very much do-able in your driveway over an afternoon or weekend, depending on your ability.

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Old 08-21-2006, 03:10 PM   #3
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I just bought my perrin crank pulley from high performance outlet for like $115 shipped

http://rs309.securehostserver.com/~h...il.php?pid=174
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Old 08-21-2006, 03:32 PM   #4
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Buy a set of these:


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SUBAR...QQcmdZViewItem

They say its for a WRX, but theyre universal (for scoobys). I have a set on my L. Its a little bit more expensive than the other ebay ones, but it comes with a smaller alternator pulley as well. (youll need to get a shop use an impact gun to remove the stock one) Its a great improvement as far as revving goes, and the quality is damn good, esp for an ebay part.

As far as removing the crank pulley, youll need a chain wrench ($20 at autozone, its like vice grips with a bike chain on it), a 7/8" socket, and a breaker bar. Remove your AC tensioner. Wrap the chain wrench arould the AC part of the stock pulley, tight (dont worry about damaging the pulley, its junk). Use the breaker bar to turn the crank until the chain wrench is propped against where the AC tensioner was bolted to. And... push/pull as hard as you can. I weigh 120, and with the engine out of the vehicle and the bar parallel to the ground i was bouncing off the end (2.5 foot bar) until it finally broke loose.

You'll also need a K5 belt, 2 inches smaller. One inch is too big, two inches is a hell of a time to install, but it wont slip like a belt an inch bigger.

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Old 08-21-2006, 03:50 PM   #5
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WOW....you guys are cool...thanks for all the info on such a short period....so you say that a 98-01 2.5 RS flywheel would fit ?...thats awesom, what about a clutch kit thats for an 98-01 2.5 RS....is that going to work?....and regarding the rotors...i have aftermarket wheels on it 16"...biger rotors should work fine...unfortunatelly i have the older model and i have stupid drums in the back---will have to do a swap soo...
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Old 08-21-2006, 03:51 PM   #6
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Buy a set of these:


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SUBAR...QQcmdZViewItem

They say its for a WRX, but theyre universal (for scoobys). I have a set on my L. Its a little bit more expensive than the other ebay ones, but it comes with a smaller alternator pulley as well.
Make sure you know which one you want before you buy these. There are two types out there... there is a lightweight pulley (which is what my link is to), and there is an underdrive pulley (which is what his link is to). An under driven pulley will not let your alternator spin as fast so you wont product as much electricity. If you plan on having a stereo system with a high output amp, or off road lights I wouldnt recommend an underdrive pulley.
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:53 PM   #7
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All Subaru EJ series motors have the same crank pattern. The term you should get to know and love is LEGARU as in Subarus are like legos. The RS flywheel goes right on the EJ18 motor, the RS clutch works with the RS flywheel and your cable activated clutch system.

I really only see dimming at idle with my underdrive pulley. I still have the stock alternator pulley though.....no problems charging while driving normal or running off-road lights for that matter. I think it's a non-issue myself, just a trait of the mod. Our bone stock Toyota dims more at idle than the Subaru does....fyi

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Old 08-21-2006, 06:09 PM   #8
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Make sure you know which one you want before you buy these. There are two types out there... there is a lightweight pulley (which is what my link is to), and there is an underdrive pulley (which is what his link is to). An under driven pulley will not let your alternator spin as fast so you wont product as much electricity. If you plan on having a stereo system with a high output amp, or off road lights I wouldnt recommend an underdrive pulley.
Dude. Its a pulley set, WITH a smaller alternator pulley. That will reduce if not eliminate electrical loss due to an underdriven pulley set. All youll really be driving slower is your power steering, and I have had no problems.
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:52 AM   #9
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performancewise, save up for a different block. whether turbo or NA, the ej18 is the low rung.
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:29 AM   #10
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it might be the low rang, but from my perspective i do not need allot of HP....i just want to have some fun with my car...and maybe reach up to 200 HP naturally aspirated with some mods...at that point i can call it a nice experiment
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it might be the low rang, but from my perspective i do not need allot of HP....i just want to have some fun with my car...and maybe reach up to 200 HP naturally aspirated with some mods...at that point i can call it a nice experiment
200 hp isnt going to happen with the 1.8
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:24 AM   #12
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I could bet money on that....I am more than sure that you can build 200 hp on an 1.8
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Dude. Its a pulley set, WITH a smaller alternator pulley. That will reduce if not eliminate electrical loss due to an underdriven pulley set. All youll really be driving slower is your power steering, and I have had no problems.

Dude I only ment to bringing attention to the fact that there is a difference in pulley sets out there and that he should do a little research before making a purchase. I shouldnt have quoted you on that though, I didnt follow the link and I figured it was a typical under drive pulley set.

I just know I would have been real ticked off if I had just jumped into this forum and someone suggested a under drive pulley system and I purchased it only to find out that when I use my 4 hella off road lights and my stereo system it kills my battery.....

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Old 08-25-2006, 12:16 PM   #14
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Hey yea a 1.8 mod thread would be nice since i just bought a 94 impreza l 5 speed with a 1.8 its gunna be a nice little experiment i would agree. I bought the car to practice modding and have a little fun maybe once i know more ill buy a 2.5 RS. I had a question myself it looks like a seal is leaking either before or after the cat and i was thinking of doing catback exhaust and try to get that nice deep boxer rumble, any suggestions would be appriciated thanks
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