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Old 09-02-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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Hi there My names Daniel and I recently purchased a 2000 legacy gt limited automatic a couple months ago from a elderly gentleman that had upgraded to a new Subaru. I have been reviewing alot of the info that can be found here on the forum but though I would go ahead and ask, what are some "must-needed" upgrades? I am not extremely mechanically inclined but would like to push a little more power when taking off from a stop as it seems like the car is more of a geo metro when it comes to take off. Also I would like to upgrade the stock wheels, but not sure what wheel size I should go with. I really would love some great advice from some of you all! I would really appreciate it! Any tips or advice welcome! I'm located in the San Antonio, Texas area

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Daniel -

Your above post about information on "must-needed" upgrades for your 2000 Legacy GT Limited really didn't belong in a thread about cosmetic "body kits" for the earlier 1996-1999 Legacy models. I have created this new seperate thread here so your questions can be delt with without "high-jacking" the topic of the previous thread.

The one thing you didn't happen to mention is just what sort of a budget you have for performance modifications for this vehicle.

My impression is you bought your Legacy cheaply, and likely don't have a whole lot of funds available for major performance improvements for you car.
Your primary issue with slow acceleration can only be seriously improved upon by doing an engine swap. Both JoeT of Toronto Canada and ten80 / Bekkaski of Colorado / Washington State have easily spent some six to ten thousand dollars on turbocharging similar year Subaru Legacys. The performance gains have been spectacular, although it isn't clear if such performance is really worth the labour and money that these people have spent.

With a limited budget you might want to purchase a "Cold Air Intake" (CAI), a set of exhaust headers, a high flow Catalitic Converter, and a loud aftermarket "Cat Back" exhaust set up. All these things together if purchased new at a retail level will likely cost you something in the $1500+ range and only offer a modest improvement in performance.

Crawford Performance is a Texas based Subaru performance tuner. Subaru does sell perfomance parts through their dealerships under their Subaru Performance Tuning ("SPT") brand. Given the age of your vehicle, it is likely that both these providers of performance parts no longer market and stock parts for your vehicle.

My suggestion would be to live with your vehicle the way it is and to keep an eye on "Legacy for sale items" in this forum. You can sometimes obtain previously used performance parts that are in good condition very cheaply.

The 2000 Legacy GT came stock from the dealer with a set of silver painted 16" diameter "Snow Flake" rims that look similar to some model BBS wheels. Assuming you still have these original wheels and they are in good condition I would keep them and just focus on making sure you have a decent set of "performance" tyres, although you might perfere to check out an online discount tyre specialist such as the "Tire Rack" and select a set of 17" or 18" tyres and rims that you can have shipped directly to you. You could then easily resell your stock wheels and recover some of the money you spent on the larger wheels.

You can also go for improved suspension and brake components as well, if you are interested.
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:55 AM   #2
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Like stated above, if you want mild performance upgrades, a cold air intake, aftermarket equal-length headers and a cat-back exhaust system would be your best bet. As for suspension, I'd suggest lowering springs with a set of KYB-GR2 struts. It isn't best to use your stock struts with lowering springs, especially if you have a lot of miles on them. To make the car have a feeling of a little more "pep", I'd go with a lightened crank pulley. Um......As for brakes, I'm using Hawk HPS pads with Brembo rotors, both of which can be ordered from the aforementioned TireRack.com.

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I jsut picked up a 99 Legacy gt L and I am running into the same problems, i dont wanna do a swap but i wanna get some more power out of it, i was thinking about small turbo (ebay turbo setup) kit might help.
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:36 AM   #6
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I just picked up a 99 Legacy GT L and I am running into the same problems, I don't wanna do a swap but i wanna get some more power out of it, I was thinking about small turbo (ebay turbo setup) kit might help.
The early so called "Phase I" 2.5 Liter Subaru motors are exceptionally vulnerable to cylinder head gasket failure. I would strongly advise you NOT even think about any form of a turbo kit for your car.
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:32 AM   #7
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i have a 2000 legacy outback. i have an intake, lightweight pulley, UEL header, high-flow cat, and catback. i gained power and can feel it. i will soon be putting a gt30r turbo on it. i also have literally every suspension piece made for the car. suspension helped reduce unwanted movement of the car, which made it feel faster. for tims, 18" 225/24-18 is what i will be doing.

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