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Old 03-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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My name is Lara and I am curious to learn more about what I can do with my Subie. I have a 2000 Subaru Impreza sport. I want to do a paint job, put swift springs on, tint the windows yada yada, but I am curious as to what I can do engine wise. I want to learn how to do everything on my own car, as both my brother and boyfriend work on their Subies, and I love watching the projects come together. So I am looking for general knowledge/ideas and words of wisdom.

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I have my car, however I wanted to get an '07 or get an STI in the next year or so. I love hatch cars and I like the look of the '07 sport, but I don't know a whole lot about mods that can be done. My current car is an automatic, but I prefer manuals and I have been informed that switching from an automatic to a manual would not be worth it. It would just be better to get a whole different car.

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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There's not much you can do with the engine. If you are really looking to beef up your car engine wise, I'd highly suggest an engine/drivetrain swap. Otherwise, drive it till you can get an STi.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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One of my friends had mentioned an engine swap, but failed to mention what I can put in place of the engine that is in there. Ideas?

Figured if I choose to do an engine swap I may as well change the tranny to a manual too. What exactly are the steps for that? I wanted to do a little research but I am totally lost on where to start. I need a starting point
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:14 PM   #4
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Oh boy, here we go. At least you have good grammar.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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One of my friends had mentioned an engine swap, but failed to mention what I can put in place of the engine that is in there. Ideas?

Figured if I choose to do an engine swap I may as well change the tranny to a manual too. What exactly are the steps for that? I wanted to do a little research but I am totally lost on where to start. I need a starting point
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Depending on your budget/goals, I'd at least do a 2.0L WRX swap.

Regardless of what you swap in, you'll need to have a custom wiring job done. This is called harness merging so all you need to do is plug everything together.
Once you get a harness merged, you can swap in anything. 2.0L WRX, 2.5L WRX, 2.5L STi, 2.0L JDM STi.

It's quite the task, but if you're looking for speed and want to keep the car for a while, it's definitely fun.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:16 PM   #6
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From what i read it sounds like you should find a performance shop that specializes in subarus. Ask them what they're options are and they can give you the down low on what you need. Otherwise there are plenty of threads in the technical section. I've spent many hours reading and still cant decide which direction i want to take my car in.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #7
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Not to be a dick, but why don't you ask your brother and boyfriend? Members here would be happy to help you but what you're asking for is very hard to answer over the internet. (e.g. what are the steps for swapping the transmission...) It would require a very long response that would probably leave you with a whole lot more questions. Such things are best talked over with someone in person. If you encounter specific roadblocks that stump your brother, boyfriend, and yourself, then by all means, post here on NASIOC for help.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:23 PM   #8
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Welcome miss. There isn't much you can do with your car power wise... so an engine swap seems to be the only thing you can do. I'd suggest just maintaining the car and improving the handling
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:30 PM   #9
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Welcome, most of the available mods for your car would relate to brakes, handling, suspension.
The aftermarket caters more toward the turbo Subaru models for engine upgrades.
Also, check out this fourm for some female input on our favorite cars. I've met several of these girls and they are very informed and willing to help.
http://www.subiegirls.com/forum/
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:34 PM   #10
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Not to be a dick, but why don't you ask your brother and boyfriend? Members here would be happy to help you but what you're asking for is very hard to answer over the internet. (e.g. what are the steps for swapping the transmission...) It would require a very long response that would probably leave you with a whole lot more questions. Such things are best talked over with someone in person. If you encounter specific roadblocks that stump your brother, boyfriend, and yourself, then by all means, post here on NASIOC for help.

I don't ask them because they are too busy with their cars, and they end up just wanting to do it themselves rather than explain. My boyfriend has an '07 wrx and my brother has an '86 gl. My family is a hands-on family, meaning I say, "how do you..." and they just do it rather than explain. I can't learn for myself that way. I want to do the labor part for myself.

On the performance shop idea, I will definitely look into that. They have PRE out here and they seem to have good advice. I want to do everything right, not drive down the road with things falling off haha. Are most shops pretty open to giving advice, even if you aren't purchasing from them right away?

And thank you Jubert69 for the swap info.

Sorry to sound like a complete idiot you guys, I am ridiculously new to all of this Thanks for bearing with me.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #11
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Welcome miss. There isn't much you can do with your car power wise... so an engine swap seems to be the only thing you can do. I'd suggest just maintaining the car and improving the handling

Improving the handling? Cornering and such correct? Right now my little car needs a wheel bearing (I think) and it appears the tires are wearing unevenly.

When I turn my car clicks.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:40 PM   #12
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Welcome, most of the available mods for your car would relate to brakes, handling, suspension.
The aftermarket caters more toward the turbo Subaru models for engine upgrades.
Also, check out this fourm for some female input on our favorite cars. I've met several of these girls and they are very informed and willing to help.
http://www.subiegirls.com/forum/

Thank you! I tried joining them but it said I didn't have enough posts??

I joined them on Facebook too. Some of these girls have beautiful Subies
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:57 PM   #13
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Improving the handling? Cornering and such correct? Right now my little car needs a wheel bearing (I think) and it appears the tires are wearing unevenly.

When I turn my car clicks.
Sounds like you need a wheel alignment,and a axel or two. The clicking noise is a bad front axel.

Look underneath,and see if any of the boots on the axels are ripped. If you find a ripped axel boot. Then that's the one that's going bad.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:08 PM   #14
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Don't feel embarrassed about being new. We've all been there and there is TONS of newbs around here to be had.

From what I gather you'd like to end up with a project like your bf and brother.

My advice to you is just hold onto this for your daily. Do you plan to track or hobby?
If you wanna see some track time, start with an STi. Hobby, a wrx will suit you just fine.

If you can afford to get a wrx and keep your current for a daily, then do it.

Whatever road you choose, best of luck to ya.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #15
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You need to list a budget as well. An engine swap is $5000 minimum. A trans swap can be upwards of $300, $3000, $12,000, or $75,000 (not kidding). What city/state do you live in as I'll move this were locals can holler at you.


If you weren't a girl and us guys weren't all trying to impress you with our mad keyboard skillz, I fear the outcome of a thread like this....

I just Facebook stalked you....moving to a better location so you can get some local help.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:22 PM   #16
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Yep ripped boot. Front right side. That sucks. At least I have a starting project When you have a ripped boot is it a super urgent project, like my car can give any minute or something that can wait a couple months?

And I really haven't totally decided what I want to do with my car. I will probably keep this car as a daily, as that seems to be a general suggestion. Maybe just make it a cool Daily, add that 2.0wrx that was suggested

I want to race, AND I want to show. So maybe an STI. I want a beautiful car on the outside, for cruises and meets and general bragging points, and it needs to have something under the hood.

I am super excited to be in the Subie Family. I went to my first cruise a couple of weeks ago and felt at home. This is the world I was meant to be in

Thank you so much everyone for your posts. Looks like I need to start posting on specific threads now that I have a starting point

You guys are awesome!

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Old 03-20-2013, 09:28 PM   #17
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So it looks as this ended up in the nwic forum.
Welcome to the nw scoobie scene. From your original post its sounding as though you want to do what every n/a, automatic owner thinks of doing at some point or another.
From my personal experience and knowledge what you are asking to do is not unreasonable but costly. As the unabomber has pointed out. Find your budget.
Simple to do diy mods could be:
Short ram intake or C.a.i
New spark plugs

My personal recommendation. Save every penny you can tell you get your STI. Then go Hog wild.

Here is a great read
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1169984
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:35 PM   #18
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put a V8 in there
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:35 PM   #19
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Yep ripped boot. Front right side. That sucks. At least I have a starting project When you have a ripped boot is it a super urgent project, like my car can give any minute or something that can wait a couple months?

And I really haven't totally decided what I want to do with my car. I will probably keep this car as a daily, as that seems to be a general suggestion. Maybe just make it a cool Daily, add that 2.0wrx that was suggested

I want to race, AND I want to show. So maybe an STI. I want a beautiful car on the outside, for cruises and meets and general bragging points, and it needs to have something under the hood.

I am super excited to be in the Subie Family. I went to my first cruise a couple of weeks ago and felt at home. This is the world I was meant to be in

Thank you so much everyone for your posts. Looks like I need to start posting on specific threads now that I have a starting point

You guys are awesome!

Thanks
If you turn your steering wheel ever so slightly p, and you hear clicking. Then I would swap out that axel real soon.

Now if the clicking only happens when the wheels are fully turned. Then you should be fine for a couple of months. ( I had a maxima with both front axels bad, and I was able to drive it for about a year.) you can get cheap axels at autozone, but they can ( most of the time they are) be a pita to swap.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:36 PM   #20
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PRE and Cobb Surgeline have been very helpful when it came to answering any questions I have. Cobb has a "First Thursday" meet every first thursday of the month. It's worth going out there and talking to people. Lots of good information.

Try looking for the groups "Subaru Alliance" and "PNW Subaru Enthusiast" on Facebook. Lots of local Subaru folk in the area that can offer tons of advice.
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IMHO if you plan to have a manual wrx or sti down the road, you should just save all the money you have and start at a better platform. And put your saved money on the wrx/sti for mods and keep your current subie stock for now. Doing an engine/transmission swap will cost alot specially if you have the shop do it for you, and instead of paying all those $$$ for swap why not just use that for stage2 and even turbo upgrade on a wrx/sti with a tune, and if you have your current subie as a reliable DD you can have your future wrx/sti in the shop or at someone's garage getting the mods you want installed in it for a few days/weeks without rushing and having fun installing the mods and building the car.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:55 PM   #22
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So it looks as this ended up in the nwic forum.
Welcome to the nw scoobie scene. From your original post its sounding as though you want to do what every n/a, automatic owner thinks of doing at some point or another.
From my personal experience and knowledge what you are asking to do is not unreasonable but costly. As the unabomber has pointed out. Find your budget.
Simple to do diy mods could be:
Short ram intake or C.a.i
New spark plugs

My personal recommendation. Save every penny you can tell you get your STI. Then go Hog wild.

Here is a great read
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1169984

Thank you!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:08 PM   #23
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If you turn your steering wheel ever so slightly p, and you hear clicking. Then I would swap out that axel real soon.

Now if the clicking only happens when the wheels are fully turned. Then you should be fine for a couple of months. ( I had a maxima with both front axels bad, and I was able to drive it for about a year.) you can get cheap axels at autozone, but they can ( most of the time they are) be a pita to swap.


That is what I was afraid of. Thankfully I have weekends off and it is starting to get a little sunny. Sounds like an all weekend project for a beginner. Autozone would have been my first stop. When I went to O'reillys for brakes they gave me the wrongs ones... not sure how that was accomplished when they looked it up in the computer

I went to a "First Thursday" a couple months ago. I had no Idea who to talk to, so I walked around and looked at others cars haha. I am painfully shy when I have no idea what I am talking about Is there a specific person to talk to over there or just walk up to someone?

The general understanding is save my pennies towards an STI which sounds perfect. I guess the final question for that though would have to be, how much is a reasonable price for an STI? Looking for pretty base so I can do all of my own stuff. Start from my own scratch. My only requirements would be 1)Manual and 2) clean title. My current car is an automatic, but its my first auto. I usually drive sticks. and a clean title is always a plus. I seems like all STIs I see are mods already...


oh and how did my thread switch forums? I lost my own thread, how do you do an update so I can see when new messages are posted without searching through all the threads?

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:29 PM   #24
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That is what I was afraid of. Thankfully I have weekends off and it is starting to get a little sunny. Sounds like an all weekend project for a beginner. Autozone would have been my first stop. When I went to O'reillys for brakes they gave me the wrongs ones... not sure how that was accomplished when they looked it up in the computer

I went to a "First Thursday" a couple months ago. I had no Idea who to talk to, so I walked around and looked at others cars haha. I am painfully shy when I have no idea what I am talking about Is there a specific person to talk to over there or just walk up to someone?

The general understanding is save my pennies towards an STI which sounds perfect. I guess the final question for that though would have to be, how much is a reasonable price for an STI? Looking for pretty base so I can do all of my own stuff. Start from my own scratch. My only requirements would be 1)Manual and 2) clean title. My current car is an automatic, but its my first auto. I usually drive sticks. and a clean title is always a plus. I seems like all STIs I see are mods already...


oh and how did my thread switch forums? I lost my own thread, how do you do an update so I can see when new messages are posted without searching through all the threads?
Be sure to have propane torch handy, pb blaster, and a medium size sledge hammer. Oh, and a pry bar. You may get lucky and it will come out nice and easy, or you might end up using all of the above to free it.

YouTube it. There should be a how to on there.
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That is what I was afraid of. Thankfully I have weekends off and it is starting to get a little sunny. Sounds like an all weekend project for a beginner. Autozone would have been my first stop. When I went to O'reillys for brakes they gave me the wrongs ones... not sure how that was accomplished when they looked it up in the computer

I went to a "First Thursday" a couple months ago. I had no Idea who to talk to, so I walked around and looked at others cars haha. I am painfully shy when I have no idea what I am talking about Is there a specific person to talk to over there or just walk up to someone?

The general understanding is save my pennies towards an STI which sounds perfect. I guess the final question for that though would have to be, how much is a reasonable price for an STI? Looking for pretty base so I can do all of my own stuff. Start from my own scratch. My only requirements would be 1)Manual and 2) clean title. My current car is an automatic, but its my first auto. I usually drive sticks. and a clean title is always a plus. I seems like all STIs I see are mods already...

oh and how did my thread switch forums? I lost my own thread, how do you do an update so I can see when new messages are posted without searching through all the threads?
If at Cobb talk with lance Lucas if at pre whom i know all the guys. You can ask any of the people around the shop and get the answer to your question.

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