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Old 01-11-2014, 12:50 AM   #1
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Default '98 Outback, ideal front crossmember for turbo

Now that the black FXT just laid down some serious power on its built motor/HTA Green/6mt set-up (and will surely get ejected from the track this spring due to no roll-cage), this winter we plan to make a lifted off-road turbocharged monster out of my 220k mile '98 Legacy Outback (in between finishing a 600 hp '70 Chevelle SS )

We will be using the 5mt drivetrain from the black '04 FXT (that now sports a 6mt).

To get to the point, I've been out of the swap-loop for ten years now (crazy how time flies), and I was going to just order a USDM '91-94 Legacy Turbo front crossmember, but then it was brought to my attention that the '04+ USDM STi crossmember has skid plate mounts and extra reinforcements. Can anyone confirm this?

Crossmember-related experiences from anyone with a swapped '96-00 Legacy Outback are appreciated. Honestly, the Outback project is just a fun side-project to work on between more "important" projects, so I'm not looking to spend much money on it. I have a spare EJ257 on hand, but we are going to run low boost on the stock EJ251 for as long as it holds.

FWIW, I'm planning to use a stock FXT front sway bar or a spare adjustable Whiteline front sway bar, but I think both are compatible with any turbo front xmember regardless.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:36 PM   #2
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Just use an FXT crossmember. It has mounting points for the underpan, clears your uppipe and would probably come with the spacers (assuming you buy used)
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