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Old 02-26-2001, 02:00 PM   #1
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Smile Outback VDC tuning?

Just wondering if anyone has tried to tune an Outback VDC. For example, what size K&N filter might work, exhaust system, chip, turbo, supercharger, pulley, etc.
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Old 02-26-2001, 02:19 PM   #2
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You are in uncharted territory my friend.
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Old 02-26-2001, 03:01 PM   #3
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I called Cobb Tuning in TX. They have no idea because no one has provided a VDC for them to test with. I don't really want my new car to be someone's guinea pig, plus I don't want to go to TX.
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Old 02-26-2001, 03:08 PM   #4
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Eric, get an exhaust. Find out if the cat back portion is diff from a regular Legacy. Then, you can get a nice bolt on cat-back, or, you can always have custom one made. I recommend doing a 2.5" resonatorless system with a nice not-straight through muffler.

Intake will be harder to get, but you can get a K&N drop in filter.

Then, there is always suspension parts you can get...
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Old 02-26-2001, 07:41 PM   #5
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So Eric, how's the H6?

THe H6 is too new and rare to have aftermarket mods in the market. You can always have a custom exhaust made like mentioned above. And suspensions components do exist in the market for Legact wagons(which will work but lower the car quite a bit).
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Old 02-26-2001, 11:01 PM   #6
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The VDC's have that special chambered exhaust:
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The variable-controlled exhaust system uses a control valve located in a bypass pipe attatched to the muffler...
I'm wondering what 'issues' that is going to bring up by replacing it with an aftermarket system.
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Old 02-27-2001, 06:57 AM   #7
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I've never owned a Subaru before. My previous two cars were BMW 328i (1996) and VW Passat V6 (1999), both of which has 190 HP. I cannot at this point compare the raw acceleration of the VDC to the other two cars since I just bought it and haven't broken in the engine yet. Due to its heaviness and AWD, I think it gets 0-60 under 9 seconds (as opposed to the BMW 6.4 sec. and Passat 8 sec.). Just driving around town and briefly on the highway, you can feel that the car has plenty of power, there's very little noise in the cabin, smooth power delivery. I'm pretty pleased with the car.
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Old 02-27-2001, 01:12 PM   #8
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Actually, I'm installing a 1100W stereo... Stock alternator is 75A, SVX is 95A(sometimes good for 110A), and I guessing that the new H6 is 110A-120A, but want to make sure. If it is, I'll just get myself one of these and be done with it.

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Old 02-27-2001, 01:15 PM   #9
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I didn't quite understand your last message. You are going to buy a VDC just so you can install a 1100W stereo system? Or are you simply buying a VDC alternator?
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Old 02-28-2001, 12:29 AM   #10
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Hey, someone with an H6! Can you do me a favor and look up the output of your alternator in your owners maunal? I'm checking my options on electrical upgrades for a stereo...

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Old 02-28-2001, 12:45 AM   #11
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The VDC has a 200 watt McIntosh system. You're trying to find out if the alternator output of the VDC is the same as your car (therefore you can install a 200 watt system)?

I'll look it up. If you don't see me posting an answer here tomorrow, remind me.
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Old 02-28-2001, 07:00 AM   #12
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The specs for the VDC alternator is 12V-90A.
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Old 02-28-2001, 11:13 AM   #13
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No, I just want to swap in the alternator. Looks like it is the same as the SVX. That for looking that up for me.

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Old 02-28-2001, 11:38 AM   #14
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Here's a little hint for those who have the H6. Compare the part #'s with that of the normal Outbacks. If the OEM filter for the H6=OEM filter for the 2.5L F4,then you can use the same K&N drop-in filter
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Old 03-01-2001, 12:29 AM   #15
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JulianH, the stock alternator can handle an 1100W system just fine if you have at least a 1F capacitor in the line. Mine was about 1000W with no dimming problems.
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