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Old 01-20-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Default Jeep guy gets a subaru, seeks advice!

Hello NASIOC community! My name is Aaron, and here's my deal:



On the Left: My '99 Jeep Cherokee. I bought it used and stock, added several years and thousands of dollars, and here it is. Full width Ford axles, big ass custom bumper, which, snorkel, yadda yadda. I love it with a passion, and will likely have it buried with me when I die. The thing is, I drive 100km+ to school several times a week, and she's not exactly designed for commuting.

On the Right: My 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS. I've owned it for almost 24 hours now and I'm still giddy! My first and only other car was a 98 Impreza hatchback that I drove for three years, which obviously played a factor in my decision to buy this blue sweetheart.

On the Bottom: A cat named Miley, after Miley Cyrus.

So I have some experience with modifying vehicles, but obviously I don't want to put a 300lb bumper on my Subaru anymore than I want an independant suspension on the Jeep.

At this point, I don't know what I don't know, I've just spent a few hours going over the forums. What are some cheap easy ways to improve it? Keep in mind that I want it to be a good commuter, not a race car.

And . . . it seems likely I will take it down a couple dirt roads

Thanks!
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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Depends on what you want to do to it to make it "better" and what your budget is. Without those, we really can't help.

PS thanks for telling us about the cat, I was going to mention it in some smartass way but you beat me to it.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:12 PM   #3
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I have a cat that looks just like yours and used to have an 01 2.5RS in BRP like yours.

Ok....RS25 is your place for everything GC8. We have some here, but the few of us who think that 2001 was the year Subaru conceided to using the ugly stick in car design can maybe help you a bit.

There are good suspension options out there. A good street setup is the Eibach pro kit with KYB GRB shocks. Lowers it just a little and stiffens just a little. If you want to reduce weight, there are a number of "bricks" in the car that can be removed. One is in the glovebox door, one under the cross member under the engine and if I remember correctly, there was one under the center console, but I forget where that one is.

The front vent covers can come off under the hood. These will let hot air out of the engine and there is a low pressure area on top of the hood. Leave the scoop cover on as that won't really do anything for you to remove.

The "UK STi 4 pots" that we used to buy are on later (06-07) WRX's and are a bolt on for the fronts with WRX rotors. The rear can be upgraded with H6 (00-04 Legacy or Outback) caliper brackets and rotors. These 2 are nice, inexpensive brake upgrades. The front pads are the same as Nissan 300Z twin turbo and Autozone has them for as little as $7.95 for a set!

Your whees will fit over the 4 pots, by the way. 16" WRX ones will not before 06.

Of course, you have a sunroof, rear LSD and 4.11 gears, which is ages ahead of the 2.0L WRX's that followed with open diff and high gears and no sunroof option.

These cars are well balanced for the track and with suspension, brake and weight upgrades are almost as fast in laptime as a 2.0L WRX.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:23 PM   #4
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The budget is a student budget - but I've learned from the jeep there are three ways to do anything:

Quickly, Cheaply, and Properly. Pick two.

I will be doing this one Cheaply and Properly, and so it's going to take some time. But that doesn't mean I just wait, I need a plan so I can keep an eye out for the perfect deal!

As for making it "better" I want it to be fun to drive, safe, efficient, and if it looks cool I guess that's ok too. I've already decided the first thing to do is the headlights, one of them has water in it. I get some REALLY foggy days here, and drive alot at night as well. So I want some pretty good headlights, but I don't want to be that douche that blinds everyone else on the road. (I already do that in the Jeep)


Better braking and traction is always good. Also anything that saves fuel, or makes it reliable. Making it comfortable would also be worth my while.

I don't want to lower it or put an expensive fragile body kit on it, as I will probably take it down rough roads from time to time.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:26 PM   #5
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I love the RS. Ever since I got my STi I've been looking for a cheap RS to pick up. I can't explain it, but I just like them. How many miles on 'er?

As far as modifications I've read only a few threads concerning the RS, but from what I've gathered sway bars are a good investment. This of course depends on how many dirt roads you'll be hitting up, an how hard you want to push it.

Nice looking car, good purchase, welcome, and have fun!

Edit - I showed my gf your RS & said that's what I want. She asked what's wrong with your Jeep's tire. I didn't even notice something was wrong until she pointed that out. It's not just how the Jeep is sitting, is it?
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:45 PM   #6
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Other than being nearly bald, there is nothing wrong with the tire - they are turned to the one side a bit, and at that angle they do like kinda funny I'll admit. And yeah, first generation FTW!
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:40 PM   #7
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I think it's just how the sun is hitting the bottom of it, tires turned, and how it's 1/2 on the driveway. Anyways lookin' great.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:48 PM   #8
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Congratulations on new addition to family how is.Miley taking it? I.my self own a Subaru and purchased a jeep so opposite of what.you have.done
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:00 PM   #9
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She was super excited about it, jumped up on the hood as soon as I pulled into the driveway. Promptly hopped in when I opened the door, and proceeded to claw at the seats. Doesn't look like she's going back in there any time soon!
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:20 AM   #10
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Love the RS. From what you're saying you want out of the car I would leave it alone and enjoy it for what it is. A good set of tires and maybe some break up grades, the typical cbe and cai would be the most i would do. The motors are very stout in those cars and will keep going.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:30 AM   #11
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jack's brake set up suggestion is perfect for what your looking for. but if you want it to be reliable off road you're going to need a stiffer set up. I'd recommend whiteline bushings all around (they sell package kits for dirt cheap), perrin sway bars 22mm, then go onto either ralltsportdirect.com or importimageracing.com and look at their under body braceing kits for the front and rear, and to finish it all off I'd throw on a set of beefy coil overs. what's good about them is they last through off road beating and if you research different kits you can find fully adjustable ones for height, camber, and stiffness so you can transfer from offroad driving to street. You'll be able to lower it for the street for better grip to the road, center of gravity and aerodynamics which will all save you on fuel then turn around and jack it up for ground clearance off road. Speaking of fuel I'd add a larger TMIC for more air circulation, high air volume, and a larger surface area to cool down the air, a perrin manual boost controller to raise the boost to around 15-18 psi (again more air going to your engine), then a K&N box air filter for better air flow, and either a cobb, perrin, or invidia 3" turbo back exhaust (catted or not is your choice) to let it breath. hope this helps
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:51 AM   #12
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Everyone has been very helpful, thank you!

I can tell I'm going to be spending alot of time on these forums. I may even have to attend one of the meetings I see being discussed, it would be great to meet some knowledgeable people in person - if anyone is near Vanvouver BC, message me!
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:10 AM   #13
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jack's brake set up suggestion is perfect for what your looking for. but if you want it to be reliable off road you're going to need a stiffer set up. I'd recommend whiteline bushings all around (they sell package kits for dirt cheap), perrin sway bars 22mm, then go onto either ralltsportdirect.com or importimageracing.com and look at their under body braceing kits for the front and rear, and to finish it all off I'd throw on a set of beefy coil overs. what's good about them is they last through off road beating and if you research different kits you can find fully adjustable ones for height, camber, and stiffness so you can transfer from offroad driving to street. You'll be able to lower it for the street for better grip to the road, center of gravity and aerodynamics which will all save you on fuel then turn around and jack it up for ground clearance off road. Speaking of fuel I'd add a larger TMIC for more air circulation, high air volume, and a larger surface area to cool down the air, a perrin manual boost controller to raise the boost to around 15-18 psi (again more air going to your engine), then a K&N box air filter for better air flow, and either a cobb, perrin, or invidia 3" turbo back exhaust (catted or not is your choice) to let it breath. hope this helps
You are aware his car isn't boosted
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You are aware his car isn't boosted
well it's used and usually the first mod anyone does to a 205rs (from what I've seen) is a turbo set up. So I just assume when someone buys a 205rs from someone that more than likely it'll have a turbo. But since you mention it;

I recommend you get a turbo kit for that rs, which will give you better gas mileage as well
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:02 AM   #15
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for the headlights, you will need to take them out and bake them to open them. Once open you can clean out the inside and outside, use wet sandpaper and then a polish..they will be like new. For the lights you can do a retrofit if you want nice legal good looking safe for you and others HID headlights. I am not going to cover than but read up about it on here. good resources are lightwerks and retro-solutions for items info and pricing. you can also do a lot with the fog lights, or get a front bar with rally lights on it

edit get some new sealant for good measure its called bytul sealent (something like that)
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:56 PM   #16
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I love that year impreza so much!
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:08 PM   #17
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That's a ferocious guard cat ya got there!

If I were you (or you were me) (?) I, we, would take the car to a mechanic who knows Subarus and have that mechanic list things that need freshening/replacing. Then get all that done. The car is fine as it is. Just get it running as well as it can and you're golden.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:14 PM   #18
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Welcome! I've had a couple XJ's my self.

I would personally do a full exhaust and some suspension mods then call it a day. You can spend a lot of money on an NA Subaru's engine and not get much power. The suspension should respond very well to just about anything you do. Maybe start with sway bars and end links?

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Old 01-22-2013, 01:51 AM   #19
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Reminds me of my 2000 2.5rs coupe along with my hummer H1, It takes multiple toys for different occasions!

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