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Old 09-21-2007, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default my spec b just arrived!

I love it, in spite of all the negative comments in various threads on these forums. No justifications needed if it makes me smile.
I am having the short throw shift installed immediately. And, after break in, I am having the SPT "package," intake, exhaust, heat shield, added. I would like to do something to the brakes since the ones on my LGT are lackluster (esp. after driving my STi). Suggestions?!?!
Thanks!

PS - it is a little heart-wrenching to see my GRP LGT go - at least my husband's cousin was the purchaser and I know he will treat it well...
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Old 09-21-2007, 11:06 PM   #2
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congrats! pics stat!
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Old 09-22-2007, 03:19 PM   #3
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I will post pics after I pick it up - it is still at the dealer having the short throw shift installed, etc. Since it came in last night, it may take a few days (with the weekend here) to get it set up and cleaned up. As soon as I take possession, I will post them.
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Old 09-22-2007, 03:27 PM   #4
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sweet, what else do you have planned for it?
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Old 09-22-2007, 04:08 PM   #5
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My "plans" are sketchy at this point. I am having the SPT "package," intake, exhaust, heat shield, added after I get it broken in. I would like to do something to the brakes... I'm sure they are fine, but one of the things that I love about my STi and that has driven me to distraction with my LGT is the lack of braking power. I don't know if it was just my car or all the Leggies. So, what should I do? Steel braided lines? Different rotors? pads? What can you suggest?
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Old 09-22-2007, 05:27 PM   #6
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Honest opinion? If you love the stock Brembos on the STi, you can get the same exact caliper from GM, as it's OE on the CTS-V........and it's around $400 for a pair.

Of brembos.

In silver or black.

Buy some STi rotors and you should be good to go.

I'm a firm beleiver in not doing brake systems step by step; if you want better brakes, you run bigger, better, stiffer calipers. My 165hp OB wagon has been running 328mm stoptechs for the last 3+ years for that reason; I actually prefer the Stoptechs to the STi brembos, and you can pick up a complete package for around $1600.

Good luck with the Spec B, that's a nice pair of cars
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:50 PM   #7
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STOP!!!! do not use the subaru short throw, do not get the spt pack. the exhaust is fine, but the intake is proven by many lgt tuners to lose up to 10 whp. you are better off joinning the legacy site. legacygt.com. as far as the short throw, get either kartboy or cobb. facorty st is not much of an upgrade. and a lot off guys who upgraded brakes say the improvement wasn't worth the cost. just added bling factor
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:54 PM   #8
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and the GM brembo's were tried and they have different sized pistons
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:56 PM   #9
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just use the stock box. the legacy IAT's are insane. during my tune i hit 176 degrees. it's common to hit 150+. when you get tuned, use the AVO panel filter along with a perrin maf hose
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Old 09-22-2007, 09:31 PM   #10
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sybir, Thanks for the options regarding brakes. I do love my Brembos!! If I can afford it, that would be my first choice. Black might be good on the DGM! I wonder about pricing on the STi rotors??
I do not know anything about Stoptechs, but it sounds like you are satisfied. Again, thanks for the suggestions!



Poopy - thanks for the input!
Pardon my lack of knowledge, but what specifically is the problem with the Subie short throw shift? I checked the legacygt.com site and 89% of the reviewers "recommended" it. I have had it in my current LGT for several years without complaint. Just curious...

And, again, because I am not well versed in technical discussions at any level... what is it about the spt pack I should know? I looked at the legacygt.com site and there were many mixed opinions. What do you know that I did not see?
Thanks!!
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Old 09-22-2007, 11:58 PM   #11
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every1 just hates the suby short throw, bushing related as well as cost. the intake is well documented about the loss of power. do a search on TDC's thread. they tested every intake, top mount, cbe, tbe etc. all with dyno plots with each test. RALLITEK, COBB, and HARMAN MOTIVE had similar results on the intake. the spt exhaust was mid-range as far as gains. people like the exhaust note but hate the tips.
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Old 09-23-2007, 12:00 AM   #12
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if you're happy with it don't sweat it.
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:01 PM   #13
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For brakes everyone seems to just recommend new pads like Hawk or Bobcat, braided lines, and good fluid. The calipers are plenty big. Pads & lines help with the "mushyness" feeling. I hear new tires make a big improvement in stopping too.

And Kartboy shifters seem to be the most popular. I'll be ordering one of those, or an Avo.
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:33 PM   #14
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This is good info - thanks!
I am still curious about the issues with loss of power and the SPT intake. Having searched several forums/threads and chatted with a few folks, I am still seeing mixed opinions. Anyone else have facts(!) they can weigh in with - just want to do what is best for my new baby!
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:43 PM   #15
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The SPT is very turbulent and sends varied signals to the MAF which makes it hard for the ECU to compensate for it and even tuners have dificulties tuning for the SPT..Just dont do it... I'm happy with my AVO drop in.
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