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Old 09-16-2009, 12:21 AM   #1
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Hey how are yall doin? My bugeye is kind of up for sale and I've been looking at r eplacement vehicles. I've got it narrowed down to Infinity G35, Legacy GT, EVO, or a Baja turbo. I've got a few questions.

1. Can you get 3 kids in the back seats? (the one I looked at had a cup holder dealy thing in the middle)
2. Does it have the standard Subaru interchangability? Could I throw a STi suspension underneath? (I know a Fozzie that did it and loves the look, or a Fozzie suspension to give it a lift)
3. I'm not sure if I want it to lean towards the sport (street) side or truck side. Help me out. LOL


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Old 09-16-2009, 01:15 AM   #2
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The answers to your questions are no and not really. All Bajas left the factory as 4 seaters with the cup holder/console in the middle. There was someone on here who put a legacy rear seat bottom, but there was no middle seat belt. For the suspension, supposedly the outback rear suspension will work, but that seems a bit pointless to me. Your other option is coilovers, an the only ones I've seen for sale are made by Megan. You can find them on eBay for about $900.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
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1. Can you get 3 kids in the back seats? (the one I looked at had a cup holder dealy thing in the middle)
no and there is no belt even if you did a seat swap. i haven't looked to see if the belt mounting points are there though.
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2. Does it have the standard Subaru interchangability? Could I throw a STi suspension underneath? (I know a Fozzie that did it and loves the look, or a Fozzie suspension to give it a lift)
the only lift available is one from a shop on ebay that blocks (shims) the mounts. scorpion, the origional lift maker doesn't support the baja anymore. the Megan option can lift it but your stuck with the ride quality of a coilover jacked in the air.
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3. I'm not sure if I want it to lean towards the sport (street) side or truck side. Help me out. LOL
personally turbo=sport truck style because it is faster, the N/A lends itself to the truck style because it's slower.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:15 AM   #4
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1. Can you get 3 kids in the back seats? (the one I looked at had a cup holder dealy thing in the middle)
02_Forester made the swap previously, but said "its probably a little tight for 3 adults on a long trip but for something short, it works. I had some pictures in one of the threads but can't seem to find them."

I don't have kids so we decided if we need the extra passenger room I'm renting a bigger car.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:03 PM   #5
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Hey how are yall doin? My bugeye is kind of up for sale and I've been looking at r eplacement vehicles. I've got it narrowed down to Infinity G35, Legacy GT, EVO, or a Baja turbo. I've got a few questions.

1. Can you get 3 kids in the back seats? (the one I looked at had a cup holder dealy thing in the middle)
No way, unless they are at the age where they will sit nice and not touch each other. (Insert laugh track)

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If you are using it as a daily, commuting long distances, and like to drive with "spirit", turbo is the way to go.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:42 PM   #6
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i've seen the legacy seat bottom swap. Not sure how to rig up the seat belt. I would think something along the lines of just install a lap belt using the bolts where the buckles for the outboard seats line up.

However doing this you need to consider.... If you are in an accident and people are using this non factory seat.... technically you could be liable for modifying the mounting system.

Personally I would do it, (as long as the bolts had enough meat threading in still) but any guests I had in the back I would make them aware of it.
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:16 PM   #7
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I just purchased a 2005 Baja Turbo to replace an 84 Toyota pickup. I wanted a more comfortable ride, the ability to occasionally haul light loads, and a place for my kids to ride in the back. I love it, but you can't fit three in the back - just won't work. Two, yes, but three, no.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:52 PM   #8
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Is there a Bolt on exhaust for these or am I going to have to get something custom fabbed?

Link to the possible new cruck
http://autos.yahoo.com/used-cars/sub...ru&distance=75
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:15 AM   #9
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Xccelleration makes a bolt on TBE, but it is rather pricey at ~$1700. The nice thing is that it has two cats in the downpipe like the Perrin one, but I'm not a fan of the way the tip sticks out below the bumper. My plan is to run the Maddad catted DP and have the local muffler shop cut and weld me a custom cat-back from a bunch of 3" mandrel pipes.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:20 AM   #10
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Also, the one you linked looks pretty good. That's definitely cheaper than one with that mileage would go for around here. Monotone is also the way to go, since I think it looks much better than the two tone paint.
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:36 PM   #11
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Also, the one you linked looks pretty good. That's definitely cheaper than one with that mileage would go for around here. Monotone is also the way to go, since I think it looks much better than the two tone paint.
Yeah, there isnt much demand for them down here. The stealership manager called and said they were tired of having it on the lot, and to please come get it. LOL
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:08 PM   #12
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Yeah, there isnt much demand for them down here. The stealership manager called and said they were tired of having it on the lot, and to please come get it. LOL
Grab it an go before someone else snatches it. A turbo manual is almost impossible to find. Don't worry about modifying the engine too much, there is much more power than you think. Red is the only color I have not seen in the Pacific NW.

I would snatch it, if I needed another one
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:27 AM   #13
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Sorry to hijack the thread, but being a new member of the forum I cannot create a new one.

New owner here. We just picked up an '06 N/A with only 26K miles. BTW, if anyone is looking in northeast, there is one that just got listed at a local philly dealer with 16K miles!

Anyway, couple of questions:

1. I do my own maintenance and repairs on my cars, but so far I couldn't find any shop/repair manuals beyond Chilton and Haynes. Are there any better options? Is there a Subaru shop manual available, hard or electronic version?

2. I know stupid me for not noticing it in the dealer parking lot, but I found a bubble in one of the tires two days after bringing it home. Still trying to get the dealer to replace it, but not holding my breath... Does anyone have a used 225/60-16 Bridgestone Potenza EO tire? My tires have about 50% tread left, so I'm caught in the middle, don't want to have one with significantly more tread, nor replace all four just yet...

Thanks!
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:56 AM   #14
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Hmmm.. I'd say your best bet would be to hit some of the local tire shops if you're wanting to find a used tire.

Couple of things:

1) Most owners have found that the original OEM Potenza tires that came standard with the Baja are total junk. Poor handling quality. You might want to consider just getting all 4 new tires as soon as your defective tire bites the dust. Lots of good ones out there, I personally recommend Goodyear Assurance Tripletreads - best set of tires I've ever owned. Do your research - check tirebarn.com.

2) Most AWD vehicles are a bit picky about tread life being equal all around. If you do find a used Potenza, with your Subaru you'll want it to have no more than 2/32" tread depth difference between it and the rest of your tires otherwise your differentials will not be happy. (which, btw, front diff is open (I believe) but the rear is limited slip.)

3) I'd definitly try to get it replaced at the dealership.

4) There are Subaru factory shop manuals for the Baja if you're willing to shell out $80 - $200. Most cases a Haynes manual will be just fine. I do most of my own maintenance too.

So welcome to the club! That's awesome you found one with such low mileage on it... My `04 Turbo has 139k miles on it now.
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:20 PM   #15
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Sorry to hijack the thread, but being a new member of the forum I cannot create a new one.

New owner here. We just picked up an '06 N/A with only 26K miles. BTW, if anyone is looking in northeast, there is one that just got listed at a local philly dealer with 16K miles!

Anyway, couple of questions:

1. I do my own maintenance and repairs on my cars, but so far I couldn't find any shop/repair manuals beyond Chilton and Haynes. Are there any better options? Is there a Subaru shop manual available, hard or electronic version?

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Couple of thoughts and a question -

Being that I'm currently driving an 06 NA in the Philly area with similar miles mind if I ask what you paid for it? (just curious about some real world feedback on current value).

On maintenance and repair, as the former head of editorial for Chilton (before we sold the company to Haynes almost a decade ago) I would say that IF your maintenance and repair is limited to typical hard parts replacement (like a brakes or a water pump) you'll PROBABLY be fine with something from Haynes (that's all there is now, even if it says Chilton on the cover it is likely a recovered Haynes manual sold for slightly more money, at least if it covers anything newer than a 2000 or so model year).

IF however you think you want electrical schematics, and diagnostic information, then there is no substitute for the factory manuals.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:02 PM   #16
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Thank you for suggestions and answers.

I know about the stockers being less than stellar and will be replacing them with something better. Just didn't want to shell out $500 right _now_. Bad time of the year, the other car does need all 4 tires, insurance renewal just went thru, holiday shoppin gcoming up, etc...

Ok, I'll pick up a Haynes for now. Hopefully I won't need to do anything more than standard maintenance for a while, given the low mileage. At least until the timing belt is due.

Thanks for the welcome.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:30 PM   #17
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I would think the Haynes would even be fine for a Timing Belt, it's not rocket science, just always be careful and keep your eyes open when using any manual (especially aftermarket) don't blindly trust a torque spec or aligment mark procedure unless it makes sense.

Oh, on the stock tire thing, I find the Potenzas are just fine 90% of the time, but for winter I run a set of Blizzaks so the stockers mostly only see rain.
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