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Old 12-31-2006, 07:48 PM   #1
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So my wife has ordered herself a legacy SE. She didnt want to foot the bill for a LGT. But she's already wanting to know how to make it faster than stock. Anyone know of how to get a little extra out of the N/A 2.5l engine? I mean bang for buck. She's not going to put 5k into the car to make it get to the stopsign .5 seconds faster.
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:13 AM   #2
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Talk to Pat Olsen. Check out RS25.com too, they have a lot of N/A guys with the EJ25 over there.

I definitely noticed gains with a headerback exhaust, and I haven't even gotten to headers yet!
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:32 AM   #3
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Of course if you want to make it faster in a straight line you should go with power mods.

But a good set of tires and the right sway bars will definitely make a Night and Day difference in the LSE's abilities in the twisties.

Honestly if it was me tuning a Legacy I'd have to start with handling and suspension. I might not even change the suspension since it's supposed to be kind of a cushy ride but you gotta get rid of that body roll.
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:48 PM   #4
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rear sway bar, steering rack bushings
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:54 PM   #5
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This N/A 2.5 is pretty weak on the acceleration side. I was quite surprised, but I'm not looking for performance, hence why I sold my sportscar for this thing.
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:41 AM   #6
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Thanks for your info guys/girls (shoe fits wear it).

She just wanted a car that would give her some confidence in the rain and snow.
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Old 01-02-2007, 01:27 PM   #7
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Convince her to get the LGT.......These N/A 2.5's suck for power....Even in the Impreza "600lbs lighter" Let alone the heavier Legy.....LGT 4 the win!
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Old 01-02-2007, 01:58 PM   #8
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Yeah she ordered from indiana a special color combo. so its going to be an SE.
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Old 01-02-2007, 03:21 PM   #9
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The SE is more the enough for regular driving...especially if it's a manual. The LGT is nice, but the SE is a little more practical (cheaper, uses lower grade gas and less of it, lower insurance, etc.).
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Old 01-02-2007, 05:21 PM   #10
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Honestly, my car is not fast by any means (unless you're comparing it to an AWD Tercel Wagon) but has more than enough for most people. If I wind it up, it gets me where I need to go adaquately.

For an enthusiast like me, that's not what I want though

I think the SE will be fine for her.
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Old 01-02-2007, 05:24 PM   #11
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She's coming from a toyota corrola s. So she's been at the lower end of performance for a while. I wasnt sure if there is an ECU reflash to help add a little to what she already has. Or maybe a PRE-cat delete. I know she isnt interested in a loud exhaust, So I wasnt trying to go that far out.
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:52 PM   #12
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As far as ecu's are concerned, I don't think there is any that's out there. Cobb's Accessport may work on the newer NA cars, as well as the PerfectPower 6, but the market for NA power has basically dropped out since the WRX came stateside.

You can try cams, along with PP6, intake, and headers, to full catback, but by then you've got something that's louder than stock and have spent around 2k in parts.
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:50 AM   #13
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...plus time, tuning costs, potential warranty challenges with your friendly service department, hacking your stock harness, possibly requiring higher octane fuel to take advantage of timing changes, ...

If she wanted performance, she should have bought performance in the first place.
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