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Old 05-22-2013, 02:01 AM   #1
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Hey guys, pretty new here and want to get involved with the subie community. I am a Nissan Senior Specialist Technician and have been in the Nissan game for awhile now. Just sold my 240sx and picked up a '99 OBS for a little under 2k.

I used to have an '04 WRX and wish I had never sold it, best car I've owned by far! I'm excited about this little wagon; I'll be dailying it, but I've got to get a little more power! She's pretty sluggish around town, going to do a little tune up but she's been well taken care of and has a lot of new parts/gaskets.

I'm thinking of just throwing on an exhaust system, intake, and maybe a VOLO performance chip...Any body have any advice to get a little bit of power out of that EJ22? I see that it does not have a very big following, and after driving it I can see why . Thanks in advance for the advice, and look forward to learning and contributing!


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Old 05-22-2013, 02:17 AM   #2
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You're a senior tech and you're thinking about installing a worthless "chip" on your car?

Good luck getting power out of it. Intake, exhaust won't do anything. My OBS moves fast enough for me, especially compared to my 2003 Outback wagon. The best/cheapest way to get more power is to swap a phase 2 SOHC EJ25, which can be found cheap. That'll get you a baseline with about 25hp more. Camshafts (like regrinds from Delta cams) will help as well. But of course, if you want more power than that, you need forced induction...

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Old 05-22-2013, 02:28 AM   #3
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Welcome!

I find that my 99 L has a good amount of power.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:43 PM   #4
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Chip?... they don't exist. There are ebay resistor type objects in existence you should never touch.

I just googled the VOLO chip you speak of. They have dynos which show an increase of literally a few HP. Not worth it for whatever garbage they change. It's probably bad for the motor.

Grab a catback for sound, zero power gains. Focus on suspension and braking... and wheels/tires of course. You can swap in an EJ25 for a nice boost in power. Cams are also the main limiting factor of these NA engines.

I've seen some people with EJ25's, cams, full exhaust, and tuning get some decent NA numbers.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:09 PM   #5
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Welcome!!! I have the same issue, I wish I was able to get more power out of my EJ22 but...It seems like the only way to get more power is to swap in the EJ25 like tibug said... Nice car btw.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:36 PM   #6
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There's not a big following... here. I'll let you find your own conclusion (Kids with rich parents who bought their STi, thinking anything without a turbo is garbage)

The best investment for power, especially since you have those glorious phase 2 heads, is to "frankenmotor". Literally just swapping out your 2.2 shortblock for a 2.5 shortblock. I built a franky with delta cams, 370cc SR20 injectors, I/H/E, tuning, and other stuff that puts out the same hp as a stock bugeye WRX, and about 20 ft/lb more torque.

A turbo swap would yield even more power, but the franky alleviates the need to change wiring, exhaust, ecu, etc etc.



Head over to rs25 or the USMB for more info and help on classic Impreza stuff.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:00 PM   #7
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^ That car looks great! It seems to be making good power too.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:32 PM   #8
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^ That car looks great! It seems to be making good power too.
Thanks Chris.

All the power comes from the 8mm phenolic spacers, I'm sure of it!
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:55 PM   #9
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I LOVE a good N/A sleeper Subie! Any videos of your car?
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:22 PM   #10
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Thanks Chris.

All the power comes from the 8mm phenolic spacers, I'm sure of it!
Has got to be!
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:15 PM   #11
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There's not a big following... here. I'll let you find your own conclusion (Kids with rich parents who bought their STi, thinking anything without a turbo is garbage)

The best investment for power, especially since you have those glorious phase 2 heads, is to "frankenmotor". Literally just swapping out your 2.2 shortblock for a 2.5 shortblock. I built a franky with delta cams, 370cc SR20 injectors, I/H/E, tuning, and other stuff that puts out the same hp as a stock bugeye WRX, and about 20 ft/lb more torque.

A turbo swap would yield even more power, but the franky alleviates the need to change wiring, exhaust, ecu, etc etc.



Head over to rs25 or the USMB for more info and help on classic Impreza stuff.

Awesome man, thanks for the info! Everyone seems to be a total downer on these EJ22's.. I think I'll start looking for a 2.5 block and do the franky, any year or model in particular? Those injectors drop right in? Hope so, I've got some in my garage, haha! Also, what kind of head gaskets did you go with? P.S. your OBS looks great!
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:37 PM   #12
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I've chucked DOHC heads on one and put it in my 2.0 NA JDM Legacy. Goes like a cut cat and turbochargers will be added later on.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:05 PM   #13
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I LOVE a good N/A sleeper Subie! Any videos of your car?
Such a post makes me feel good. I can whip and WOT my '08 OBS right? When I bought it I didn't even know it said "Outback Sport" on the back, I thought it said "Impreza" lol
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