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Old 04-05-2003, 06:10 PM   #1
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I should be getting my car in a few days.. What should I change first? I was going to do the borla headers and a CAI.. I know everyone says get COBB.. but how much is that one? I checked out their site and I never saw a picture of it..

Also what guages should I get? I was thinking a Voltage & EGT
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Old 04-05-2003, 07:45 PM   #2
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those are good first mods. the cobb is usually about 270 new. try www.imprezars.com . you should think about getting an exhuast as well to almost complete your freer flow exhaust. i have a stromung dual tip with stromung midpipe and love it.
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Old 04-05-2003, 07:58 PM   #3
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IMO you should figure out what your overall plans for the car are. if you plan on going turbo then you shouldn't waste the money on the cobb intake. it won't be worth the money to get a few extra ponies now and have to sell it later since it won't work with a turbo. consider a cheaper one like the ganz or pdm (same thing but, the pdm is cheaper).
headers are a good option but, once again, if you plan on going turbo you need to consider that when you make your purchase. as far as i know, equal length headers will not work with a turbo.
pulleys would be a good option. they're cheaper than alot of other mods and offer decent gains when you start modding more and more.
a rear sway bar makes a huge difference in the handling of the older RS. they can be found as low as 140 for just the bar and 300 for a sway bar kit www.spomotorsports.com
hope this helps
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Old 04-05-2003, 08:42 PM   #4
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those are good first mods. the cobb is usually about 270 new. try www.imprezars.com . you should think about getting an exhuast as well to almost complete your freer flow exhaust. i have a stromung dual tip with stromung midpipe and love it.
I was thinking about the Stromung. but they said the scooby sport was better?

Also to anwser the 2nd post I'm unsure yet if I want to go turbo.. I would be unsure if I wanted to turbo the 2.5 engine or do a wrx engine swap.. It's more of a money issuse with that now.
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Old 04-05-2003, 09:09 PM   #5
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new used? year?

If I could go back in time I would have done my mods in this order (assuming your staying N/A)

#1 Tires, and or wheels and tires, stock tires are not a very good match for this car.
#2 Rear Sway Bar
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#3 Short shifter, bushings
#4 Intake/Exhaust
#5 Suspension

thats just my opinion on the order of 'basic' mods.

Good Luck

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Old 04-05-2003, 09:57 PM   #6
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Dont change anything except the OIL. You need to get used to the car and figure out where its lacking. Then come research how to improve those areas.
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Old 04-06-2003, 12:20 AM   #7
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I still have not found the model but I know what year to search.. a 1997 to a 1999.. If I get fed up trying to locate a 2.5RS from a dealer then I will just have to go with the 2.2L and spend money to buy an RS hood and bumper and coupe wing..

Anyway I'm not going to go crazy yet. but I'm sure I will change the oil first.. Should I do the Diff fluid as well? Anything else Fluid wise? I dunno about Flushing the Radator.

I do want to add an Intake.. They said it sounds cool but I never heard one before.. All I can think of the sound sounding like a Vacume cleaner with the air rushing in.. but without all the loud sound the cleaner makes..

Anyway Tires will have to wait until I get a more steady job..
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Old 04-06-2003, 03:16 AM   #8
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The RS model years are from 1998 to 2001 in the old style.... and you need a lot more than cosmetics to go from an L to an RS.
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Old 04-06-2003, 03:45 AM   #9
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I know if I get the L model I would need the follwing things to "make" it look like a stock RS..

From what I read.. to save time from changing the headlights I would get a 1997 Model and up..

I would need a:

RS Hood

RS coupe Wing

Front Bumper

Side markers

Anything else I'm missing?

If I can find a 1998 that does not cost an arm and a leg well then I can save myself like $600 then.
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Old 04-06-2003, 04:21 AM   #10
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you forgot the engine
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Old 04-06-2003, 04:53 AM   #11
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This is what I did:
- removed intake silencer
- WRX rims with RE-92's
- WRX front brakes
- sold RE-92's got Yokohama's

This month:
- engine and tranny mounts
- new struts and springs

I've done a little cosmetic stuff and some weight redux stuff too.

I thought about engine swaps and turbos and whatever, but decided to start from the ground up. I'm not even thinking about messing with the engine at this point. $500 will do a lot more good in the suspension than in the engine.
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Old 04-06-2003, 07:47 AM   #12
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Why dont you just say screw the dealer and go on www.autotrader.com and find a 2.5RS? Obtain financing from your bank. Don't worry about cosmetics, worry about power.. If you're going to stay NA, definitely get the 2.5, buy the intake, equal lenghth headers, go catless of buy a high flow cat, buy a Stromung or Brullen Catback, and get some cams and heads.. Also, buy some coilovers, KYB AGXs or Koni Inserts and some springs, and upgrade the swaybar. A shortshifter is a nice addition, its actually essential in my car now.. I drove a WRX the other day and couldnt get over the stock height of the shifter..
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Old 04-06-2003, 06:07 PM   #13
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I know if I get the L model I would need the follwing things to "make" it look like a stock RS..

From what I read.. to save time from changing the headlights I would get a 1997 Model and up..

I would need a:

RS Hood
RS coupe Wing
Front Bumper
Side markers
Anything else I'm missing?

If I can find a 1998 that does not cost an arm and a leg well then I can save myself like $600 then.
You're forgetting half a liter of displacement, transmission, LSD in the rear, headers, full exhaust, struts, springs, sway bars, shifter, full interior, moonroof, fog lights, side skirts, radiator.... trust us, you'll save TONS more by holding out and just getting an RS in the first place.
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Old 04-06-2003, 08:54 PM   #14
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trust us, you'll save TONS more by holding out and just getting an RS in the first place.
he's right. my girlfriend and i waited 8 months for ours and made about 20 trips and 100 phone calls during that period to the dealer. they do show up but, sometimes it's not often. we wanted a MY00 blue ridge 5speed coupe and nothing else. your best bet will be when the sti comes out since people will be trading them in.
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Old 04-06-2003, 11:00 PM   #15
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One Cobb intake picture comming up.

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