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Old 04-09-2002, 12:51 AM   #1
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I am looking to buy and turbo an impreza. As a total newbie in the Subaru world, I was wondering if a certain year, engine, etc.. was best for conversion, other than the 2.5 RS type. I am looking to start with a much cheaper car, and do all of the work myself. I am intested in building a conversion myself, as apposed to buying a kit with all the stuff.
Any suggestions on cars, engines, and sources for info on doing it myself? I am a good mechanic and have access to an aerospace quality machine shop, so fabrication and modification is no problem.

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PS, if anyone has a car that they might want to trade for a 1987 Porsche 944 (NA), let me know.
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Old 04-09-2002, 12:54 AM   #2
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omg i was just talking to my friend about this same thing like 5 minutes ago! start with a 93 impreza L (no abs and the like so it's light) and put a USDM wrx motor in it. add a visnu stage 0 or 1, a new exhaust, some better suspension and rims/tires and maybe some breaks and you have your self an insanely fast car.
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Old 04-09-2002, 12:54 AM   #3
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Welcome. There is a sticky in this very forum, nicely titled Things to figure out before picking parts for your turbo project , that I HIGHLY recommend you read....

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Old 04-09-2002, 12:57 AM   #4
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Old 04-09-2002, 01:07 AM   #5
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Old 04-09-2002, 01:10 AM   #6
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sure, toss in a new WRX motor! How much does one cost, 10K? I'm looking for a much cheaper route.
Thanks, tho
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Old 04-09-2002, 01:22 AM   #7
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don't make me come over there (where ever you are ) and make you read the thread ....Things to figure out before picking parts for your turbo project
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Old 04-09-2002, 01:32 AM   #8
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my homyz over here are doing WRX swaps for 6k installed. put that in a cheap little L and get a new clutch and an RS tranny and for about the price of a used RS you have a beast car.
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Old 04-09-2002, 01:33 AM   #9
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Ok, well then buy and L and to a rebuild on the motor...get it nice and built proof (5k?) slap on a turbo kit (3k) get some engine mangement (2k) then buy and exaust (1k?) and you got yourself a nice, light fast car.

5k + 3k +2k+1k = 11k why not get a rex motor and ecu.


oh and don't take me serously. I don't have exact numbers...just making them up
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Old 04-09-2002, 01:38 AM   #10
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impreza L (1k)
WRX engine (6-7k)
RS tranny (1-2k i guess)
little do dads (1k)

that'd be pimp but it'd look like ass. if you want something a little more refined and livable, get an RS and Ludespeed stage 1 it. as for good cars to use, the 99's get my vote as best over all stock engine.
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Old 04-09-2002, 01:53 AM   #11
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but they have evil break like all the time MAF Film stuff...right?
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Old 04-09-2002, 02:10 AM   #12
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I agree with Killer on the MY99.... it had 9.7:1 compression ratio whereas MY00-01 had 10.0:1
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Old 04-09-2002, 02:11 AM   #13
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i guess.... but i know people who are still using the same MAF's after ~10k miles of turbo.
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Old 04-09-2002, 03:13 PM   #14
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Or you can get an MY98 with a Phase II block so that you get a the same compression as a MY99 but with DOHC and no MAF issues. Oh wait that happens to be my car. Oh and it's for sale. Seriously it's a good setup to go with.
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