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Old 10-26-2010, 04:54 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone,

So, i know some people might think this is crazy, but i know my way around car's and ive got car ADD. I used to work for a race shop that built 600-1500hp corvettes and f-body's, so i know forced induction extremely well, im an engineering student so i understand how **** works etc. I however have never worked on a boxer boxer motor, or even looked into them, which is now making me think, hey, maybe give it a shot.

Basically, im looking into switching up my cars, from a corvette to a subaru.

Ive had my corvette since march, its a 99 "Fixed roof coupe" so it has the Z51 suspension package, and its a fantastic, fun to drive car. But it wasnt a giant step from my previous gm junker's, camaro's and firebirds. Biggest thing i want to experience is all wheel drive.

Ive been looking at a 2002 WRX. I figure if i were to pick it up, i would custom fabricate a holset turbo kit for it, and do a few mods to it, but not get overly extensive, im looking for a car that is more fun to drive essentially, as ive become bored of my vette.

Has anyone on here switched from a rear wheel drive car to the awd subaru, and regretted it? Im going back and forth on whether im entirely willing to change up in my car's.

Appreciate some input here guys. If i decide to go subaru route, ill have lots more posts for build stuff, and for questions about how these weird ass motors work
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:58 PM   #2
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I always had GM cars before Subaru. Nova, Camaro, Firebird, Chevelle etc. I won't go back.

You can't put a turbo of that size on and expect a stock wrx engine or trans to live long. It will make enough power to destroy both in short order.
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:01 PM   #3
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I always had GM cars before Subaru. Nova, Camaro, Firebird, Chevelle etc. I won't go back.

You can't put a turbo of that size on and expect a stock wrx engine or trans to live long. It will make enough power to destroy both in short order.
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Look at STi's. Coming from where you are you wont be happy in a wrx.
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:05 PM   #4
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I always had GM cars before Subaru. Nova, Camaro, Firebird, Chevelle etc. I won't go back.

You can't put a turbo of that size on and expect a stock wrx engine or trans to live long. It will make enough power to destroy both in short order.
Holset makes a big range of turbo sizing, that being said, if/when it came time to put a bigger turbo in, i would be building the motor up.

My only issue with going sti is $$$, their very expensive, i intend to get around $17,000 for my corvette up here in canada, so id need that to cover the car and atleast half of the mods i choose to do, if i spend $8,000 on a WRX, i got a $9k buffer for modifications to it
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:12 PM   #5
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if/when it came time to put a bigger turbo in, i would be building the motor up.
+ a new tranny. I think the transmission is more of a problem than the engine. This is why people rec STi over wrx.
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:52 PM   #6
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This is nowhere near a valid comparison to your situation, but it is RWD so I'm adding it. I went from a 305 Camaro to my WRX and absolutely loved it. I'd never go back to that huge clunky mess of crap (it was in great shape, just feels worthless compared to this little suby). The fun factor is through the roof, especially on lesser traction roads.

With 9000 for parts, you can probably afford to throw some money at the trans, or do a 6 speed swap.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:04 PM   #7
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Yea, but a 6 speed swap done correctly is going to easily run $5k. Then count on the other 4k to build the motor.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:28 PM   #8
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Go sti or go home.

You're gonna want the 6sp and 2.5L if you wanna make serious power. Oh and the brembos if you wanna stop.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:41 PM   #9
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If you can get $17000 for the vette, just buy an STI.

With the turbo you intend to run, you'd need the 6 speed anyway or an aftermarket gear set. So you're ahead of the game.
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