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Old 08-22-2002, 10:24 AM   #1
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Talking Cheap and free mods?

I haven't been giving that much atention to the Impreza latley since my wife drives it and a lack of funds, so I wanted to spend a nice loving day with it.
Is there a list of free and cheap mods to do to the RS with instructions?
Does anyone know of any cheap and free mods?

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Old 08-22-2002, 11:38 AM   #2
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If you have not done it the intake silencer is free.

you could also do the TB bypass mod that is almost free.

you can remove the subframe block that is free.

that is about all I can think of performance wise.

there are a ton of cheap style mods, it all depends on what you like.

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Old 08-22-2002, 11:43 AM   #3
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I like all mods. What are the other tons of cheap style mods you are referring to? What is the subframe block mod?

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Old 08-22-2002, 11:43 AM   #4
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I'll add the multi-point-ground to the list, which is also mostly free.
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Old 08-22-2002, 11:45 AM   #5
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Default What is the multi-point ground?

How do I do the multi-point ground and what does it improve?
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Old 08-22-2002, 01:48 PM   #6
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The subframe block is a chunk of rubber and metal that sits on top of your subframe brace. If you look under the car there is a kind of square plate that is bolted with 4 12mm bolts to the crossmember and the subframe. Undo all 4 bolts. The plate will want to fall off the car. Be careful, it is heavy. You will notice it is 2 parts, the rubber/metal block and the metal plate. Remove the rubber/metal block and notice its weight. Bolt the metal plate back into the car without the block. Weight reduction.

Single Point Grounding Mod:
go to a store that sells electrical supplies for cars. Get several feet of fairly large guage wire 10 or 8 GA seems to work well. Get a ring terminal that will hold ~4 10 or 8 GA wires in it. A 2GA or O GA ring works well. Measure and cut the wires to run from the battery Negative terminal to the engine block. You will notice that the engine has ground points for each set of injectors, one of the pitch mount on the rear of the engine and some ground behind the drivers side strut mount. Put a ring terminal on the end of each wire and all 4 wires in the big ring terminal. Bolt the wires to the various places then put it on the negative battery terminal.
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Old 08-22-2002, 01:51 PM   #7
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Various other style mods might include painting the orange vents near the blinker, the DIY clear corner mod, the gutterguard grill work, the black headlight mod, pretty much painting anything you like.

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Old 08-22-2002, 02:34 PM   #8
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Any instructions on the gutterguard grill work and the black headlights?

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Old 08-22-2002, 03:18 PM   #9
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The subframe block is a chunk of rubber and metal that sits on top of your subframe brace. If you look under the car there is a kind of square plate that is bolted with 4 12mm bolts to the crossmember and the subframe. Undo all 4 bolts. The plate will want to fall off the car. Be careful, it is heavy. You will notice it is 2 parts, the rubber/metal block and the metal plate. Remove the rubber/metal block and notice its weight. Bolt the metal plate back into the car without the block. Weight reduction.
Have you done this on your car, Jeff? Any noticable noises or vibrations @ idle, acceleration, and cruising?
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Old 08-22-2002, 03:44 PM   #10
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I haven't been giving that much atention to the Impreza latley since my wife drives it and a lack of funds, so I wanted to spend a nice loving day with it.
Is there a list of free and cheap mods to do to the RS with instructions?
Does anyone know of any cheap and free mods?

Thanks
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I have an unhealthy obsession with weight reduction so I did the following:

- removed metal plate inside the glove box door
- removed all the sound deadening material from the car (except for the trunk, still have to do that)
- removed trunk liner
- took out the donut and jack

I also took off the pinstripes and the IMPREZA sticker off the trunk. My car looks cleaner and is about 50 lbs lighter now. The only thing that cost money was the supplies to remove the sound deadening material.
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Old 08-22-2002, 05:04 PM   #11
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While the metal plate behind the glove box is heavy, it is also a crash protection piece. I actually chose to put this back into my car after careful though. The purpose of this plate is to prevent the passangers knees from going through the glove box and being injured or trapped. This plate keep the passangers knees under the dash where the designed safety features can function.

I have removed the plate from under my car. I did not get any noticable vibration or noise. Of course I also have Grp N bushings and pillowball mounts and many other things that are noise and vibrate. So it may be on a totally stock car you would hear the rattle.

For instructions on the head light and gutter guard grille mods, please look at www.scoobymods.com or search the i-club. I dont really feel like typing all the instructions out for you.

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Old 08-22-2002, 05:53 PM   #12
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so you want a cheap mod....go for the clean look....debadge those ugly S U B A R U letters from your trunk...but keep the 2.5RS impreza one, just take a blow dryer, and heat up one letter at a time. then take some dental floss and saw it until it comes off, this takes some patience, but its pretty easy, once your done with all the letters, just use some goo gone to get rid of all the remaining glue. as for the grill kit mod, i went to home depot, and bought gutter guard, it costs like 6 dollars for a lot. u need some wire cutters and u just cut to fit your hood scoop, upper grill lower grill. check out scoobymods.com, they have some good stuff.
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Old 08-22-2002, 07:19 PM   #13
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The subframe block is a chunk of rubber and metal that sits on top of your subframe brace. If you look under the car there is a kind of square plate that is bolted with 4 12mm bolts to the crossmember and the subframe. Undo all 4 bolts. The plate will want to fall off the car. Be careful, it is heavy. You will notice it is 2 parts, the rubber/metal block and the metal plate. Remove the rubber/metal block and notice its weight. Bolt the metal plate back into the car without the block. Weight reduction.
Hmmm . . . I wonder what this is for? Is it for lowing the vehicle's center of gravity? How heavy is this piece of block?

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Old 08-23-2002, 11:33 AM   #14
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The purpose of the block is to keep the brace from rattling against the subframe and crossmember. I have never seen any ideas for it doing anything else.

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Old 08-23-2002, 12:58 PM   #15
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Um, paint the map lights black (helps reduce glare). I moved the RS from the debadged SUBARU inside the car too.

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Old 08-23-2002, 01:06 PM   #16
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The subframe block is a chunk of rubber and metal that sits on top of your subframe brace. If you look under the car there is a kind of square plate that is bolted with 4 12mm bolts to the crossmember and the subframe. Undo all 4 bolts. The plate will want to fall off the car. Be careful, it is heavy. You will notice it is 2 parts, the rubber/metal block and the metal plate. Remove the rubber/metal block and notice its weight. Bolt the metal plate back into the car without the block. Weight reduction.
how much does it weigh, and any pics?...
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Old 08-23-2002, 01:13 PM   #17
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I would bet it weight between 8 and 10 lbs. It is suprisingly heavy for such a small item.

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Old 08-23-2002, 04:42 PM   #18
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what are the pros and cons of the multi point ground?
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Old 08-23-2002, 05:16 PM   #19
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what are the pros and cons of the multi point ground?
The pros to me is that the car is much smoother. The only con that I have is that it seems like the ecu is learning the extra grounds and the hesitation is coming back.
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Old 08-23-2002, 05:49 PM   #20
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I also took off the pinstripes and the IMPREZA sticker off the trunk. My car looks cleaner and is about 50 lbs lighter now.
Those sure were heavy stickers!

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Old 08-23-2002, 08:35 PM   #21
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Old 08-23-2002, 09:52 PM   #22
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While the metal plate behind the glove box is heavy, it is also a crash protection piece. I actually chose to put this back into my car after careful though. The purpose of this plate is to prevent the passangers knees from going through the glove box and being injured or trapped. This plate keep the passangers knees under the dash where the designed safety features can function.

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I think you misunderstood me. Not the metal plate behind the glove box, there is a metal plate actually inside the glove box door. If you open the door, you'll see a bunch of screws on the inside of the door. Unscrew all those, and take off the latch and a heavy metal plate will fall out. The plate weighs maybe 1-2 lbs, but it's something.
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Old 08-24-2002, 12:53 AM   #23
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That is exactly the plate I am talking about.

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Old 08-24-2002, 04:22 AM   #24
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If I recall correctly there is an article at the scoobymods. wait...
Yes here it is :Cross Member Weight Removal .

The page states the rubber thing weights about 5 pounds.



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How do I do the multi-point ground and what does it improve?
I have some 10 guage wire, cut to length, with soldered ring terminals that I can sell to you at cost. I'll only charge you for the material and shipping. I have about six different wires to go to the strut tower, the engine block, the other side of the engine block, the frame behind the head light, and the ABS module. All you have to do is attached the terminals to the bolts. Installation requires a wrench set and that's it.

It's made from blue 10 guage and yellow end ring terminals.

PM me if you're interested.
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