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Old 09-13-2006, 01:48 AM   #1
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Default Looking for a turbo kit for my rs >.> <.< >.>

yeah i was looking for a turbo kit for my rs to be sneaky and sleeper my car. i wanted to look into the price range and what i need to do
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Old 09-13-2006, 02:56 AM   #2
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Most (decent) turbo kits are going to be around $3000. There are some do-it-yourselfers that use the WRX exhaust parts, along with a stock WRX turbo and low boost, then just add injectors and it works. But the most reliable (and with a kit being $3000 anyway, this is about the same price) method would be to swap a WRX engine into it. There are benefits to each way, so it depends on what you want from the kit. FYI, just about every 2.5RS turbo kit comes with a top-mount intercooler, so the hood scoop is gonna make your car look like a wrx no matter which way you go. Unless you spend another ~$1000 on a front-mount intercooler.
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:34 AM   #3
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best is to probably go and do a wrx or STi swap. From what I keep reading, the RS motor will not handle a turbo kit well and will break down quickly. It wasent built for a turbo like the wrx and sti. just my .2 cents
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:51 AM   #4
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Just buy a WRX used.
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Old 09-13-2006, 11:50 AM   #5
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Tim at SIAS did a 2.5RS turbo a while back. WRX swap seems the way to go. But a well treated used WRX would be best (if there is such a thing)

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Old 09-13-2006, 12:14 PM   #6
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If you sell your RS you could find a WRX in good shape (yes, they exist...) for probably around $2K-3K difference, assuming the same year, condition and total miles. So, for the price of an RS turbo kit(without install labor), you get more power, better engine internals, a stronger drivetrain, and upgraded suspension, and you don't have to install any of it. On the other hand, you get WRX insurance rates. If you want to avoid that, go with the engine swap.
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:15 PM   #7
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Tim at SIAS did a 2.5RS turbo a while back. WRX swap seems the way to go. But a well treated used WRX would be best (if there is such a thing)
or sti swap! tim's turbo kit is now on doug's (resbum) rs...it's running like a champ!
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:38 PM   #8
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id just do a swap..turboin the rs motor yeah, would make it a sleeper...but so would putting a sti/wrx motor in there....either way, its sneaky and sleeper. as long as you dont put a big ol hood scoop and a big ol sti wing...then itll still be a sleeper i guess.

just do the swap, start with the better basics(turbo, intercooler, etc) compared to a basic (....na motor haha)
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:33 PM   #9
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do a swap definatly. GrinderAK knows what its like to own a sleeper subaru haha. Talk to him and 00maddog about that stuff. I think they are going to do the same to his RS in the future.
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Old 09-13-2006, 02:45 PM   #10
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yeah, if i keep mine for awhile...once its payed off...i may do that too. it defenitly would be fun
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Old 09-13-2006, 02:46 PM   #11
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id definetly just sell your rs and use the $3-4k towards the price difference of a used wrx. I can't see "sleeper status" on a 2.5 with a hood scoop.LOL
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:01 PM   #12
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Buying a used wrx is like getting married to a hooker... seriously. Lots of problems under the surface and she was probably driven very hard by many people.
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:06 PM   #13
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Buying a used wrx is like getting married to a hooker... seriously. Lots of problems under the surface and she was probably driven very hard by many people.
not always. im seeing more and more old people driving...that just by lookin at them. you know they dont drive that car they way they should. so its not always true...but yes, if it was owned by someone in the "younger" generations, or just some old guy that likes to rally...then yes, its not the best idea.
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:14 PM   #14
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best is to probably go and do a wrx or STi swap. From what I keep reading, the RS motor will not handle a turbo kit well and will break down quickly. It wasent built for a turbo like the wrx and sti. just my .2 cents


the 2.5 in the rs is no weaker then the 2.0

the blocks are the same

the problem arises when you try to run high boost with the high compression pistons in the n/a motor. get some comotec(sp?) gaskets to lower the ratio and it will hand a 2.0 it's ass, reliably.

you will need head gaskets, turbo water pump+center timing cover(or you can just snap part of it off) turbo lower rad hose, turbo crossmember, turbo headers/uppipe/downpipe/cat back, of course the turbo+intercooler, and various custom plumbing to connect the airbox to the turbo, and to fit the tmic to the intake+turbo. custom intercooler brackets too. then some sort of em ranging from a safc to maybe full standalone.

bottom line is it can be done for far less then 3k...
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:15 PM   #15
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Buying a used wrx is like getting married to a hooker... seriously. Lots of problems under the surface and she was probably driven very hard by many people.


I guess it depends on your car, money, and how much effort you'll put into it.

My car only has 8k on it, so a swap or whatever is far off for me, if I ever get to that phase. But if I did do it, I'd probably go STi or 06+ wrx, and get a fmic for a somewhat sleeper look. Hopefully in 4-5 years Subaru has something awesome to swap in, and lots of people wreck them.

Search around the other forums for other info and experiences. Especially the Conversions and Aftermarket Forced Induction areas.
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:33 PM   #16
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best is to probably go and do a wrx or STi swap. From what I keep reading, the RS motor will not handle a turbo kit well and will break down quickly. It wasent built for a turbo like the wrx and sti. just my .2 cents
what are u reading?
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:41 PM   #17
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what are u reading?
his college textbooks at the moment
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:05 PM   #18
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Check this out:

Cometic's Catalog
http://www.cometic.com/catalogs/sportcompact.pdf

They have a custom order form on page 2 that will help you calculate the right size gasket for whatever compression ratio you desire.

These are the gaskets I (someone else) used when doing my 2.0-2.5 block swap. I had to use a thicker set so that my ratio didn't change.


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Old 09-13-2006, 04:06 PM   #19
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speaking of a swap....... I want a AWD GTI. NO, not an R32, but, GTI.
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:23 PM   #20
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speaking of a swap....... I want a AWD GTI. NO, not an R32, but, GTI.
http://www.hpamotorsports.com/
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:30 PM   #21
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:16 PM   #22
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I baby the hell out of my WRX, ofcourse, I got the loan and everything my self. I would say most of the beat up ones would be ones that parents bought for their kids.
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:39 PM   #23
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I baby the hell out of my WRX, ofcourse, I got the loan and everything my self. I would say most of the beat up ones would be ones that parents bought for their kids.
nah, not always. i beat up on mine...sometimes...i mean, i take care of it, but at the same time i like to go out some days and give it hell.....and i payed for mine...well still paying. but put $10k down, and people still consider me a "kid"
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:44 PM   #24
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nah, not always. i beat up on mine...sometimes...i mean, i take care of it, but at the same time i like to go out some days and give it hell.....and i payed for mine...well still paying. but put $10k down, and people still consider me a "kid"

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Old 09-13-2006, 08:47 PM   #25
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I baby the hell out of my WRX, ofcourse, I got the loan and everything my self. I would say most of the beat up ones would be ones that parents bought for their kids.
I drive my WRX harder than the last couple of cars I've owned, because it is so natural to do. But I also maintain it very well and I don't purposefully thrash it. This is probably true for a lot of WRX owners.

I'm sure there are LOTS of clean low mileage WRX's out there that have been babied. My son bought an '02 with 80K miles on it and has 110K on it now with zero problems (I hope I don't jinx him with that statement...).

Comparing a used WRX to an old hooker was just uncalled for .
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