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Old 04-29-2003, 11:47 PM   #1
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Thumbs up List of OB mods

I was just wondering if people might want to start a thread, listing all the current and future planned mods on their OBs? Just so people can see what's been done, what can be done, get some inspiration, or just drool.

You should include:
Year and exact model (e.g. '97 Limited)
Current Mods (cosmetic and performance)
Planned Mods (cosmetic and performance)

I'll start it off:

Year and Model:
1997 Outback Limited, 5MT

Current Mods (as of 11/18/05):
Engine/Power/Brake Mods
K&N Air Filter
snorkusectomy
Perrin lightened pulley
Cryoslot rotors
Hawk HPS pads
Goodridge SS Brake Lines (WRX lines)

Drivetrain/Handling Mods
Kartboy short shifter and bushings
Momo F16 shift knob
Group-N hardened tranny mount
Group-N pitch stop mount
Redline Heavy Shockproof gear oil (okay it's not really a mod, but it's not stock!)
Megan Racing coilovers (for '02 WRX)
Whiteline rear endlinks (the old-school "clunkers", not the nice new ones)
Prodrive P1s, with 235/45/17 Pirelli Nero rubber
16" WRX stockers with RE-92s (my "winter" tires)

Electrical/Cosmetic Mods
Sylvania Silverstars (the ones everybody talks about)
OEM subwoofer
WRX Head Unit
Optima Yellowtop battery
grounding kit that I paid too much for.
Window tints (scratched up of course)
bumper scratches
falling object dents (dumb trees)
annoying loose heatshield rattle (sort-of fixed by Steve at Suby Specialties!)

[11/18/05 Edit: Finally updated the list... modding is addicting! ]
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Last edited by kmin; 11-25-2005 at 08:16 PM. Reason: more mods, what else?
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Old 04-30-2003, 12:41 AM   #2
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Year and Model:
1999 Legacy Outback Limited, 4EAT

Mods(current):
5% limo tint on back 3 windows
35% on front 4 windows
Debadged
4 point grounding mod
snorkusectomy
K&N panel filter
Whiteline front and rear strut tower braces
alpine CDA-7892 CD receiver
Alpine Type S 6.5'' door speakers
Xtant 1001D sub amplifier
1- 15'' Kicker Comp VR subwoofer
Optima Battery
Corbeau TRS wide Drivers seat
Corbeau double release 3 point Harness
Painted interior trim flat black
tinted rear tailights
DEI alarm system
Monster Cable stereo cable
Hella 500 driving lights in stock location
Piaa Xtreme headlights (safe for Subaru harness)
18 inch Centerline RPM wheels Powdercoated flat black
Autometer air-fuel ratio guage
Autometer Voltage Guage
Dual guage piller pod for the Impreza or CRX (they both fit)
Hella supertones horns

Planned;
Flowmaster 40 series muffler w/ custom 2.5'' exhaust
Borla Gen 4 header
DBA rotors (front)
SS brake lines
EBC pads
Cams
Lightened crank pulley (Perrin)
whiteline 22 mm front swaybar 24 mm rear
Perrin Endlinks and Mounts
Legacy GT suspension Swap
MRT strut top hats
KYB GR2 struts
A-pexi S-AFC
Automter Trans temp guage


And thats pretty much it

Keep posting
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Old 04-30-2003, 06:56 PM   #3
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My car:1997 Outback 5 Speed

a pic and the mod list below...

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=354143

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Old 04-30-2003, 10:29 PM   #4
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'98 Outback Ltd. 5MT

Mods (current):
Blown headgasket (again)

Mods (planned):
New headgasket
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Old 05-01-2003, 12:06 AM   #5
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Mod list:

Interior/Exterior
Momo Daytona Carbon, 350mm, on Dai Kei hub
Working Cruise Control (don't ask, PITA)
Brushed aluminum gauge surround
JDM WRX E-brake, leather w/ red stitching
Tint, rears 5%, driver and passenger 50%.
Hella 500 clear fogs, PIAA 100w ion plasma bulbs, Hella clear covers
JDM amber sidemarkers
JDM BG rear lights
Zerosports replica mesh grill
Morette headlights (Hella projector low beams, Hella driving pattern highs)
Yakima Doublecross towers
Tein BG hood struts
Zerosports replica radiator shroud

Audio/Electronics
Pioneer Premier DEH-P8MP
(F) 6.5 inch 3-way coaxials (need to install my Premier components)
(R) 6.5 inch 3-way coaxials
Alpine MRV100m mono sub amp, mounted under rear load floor
Kicker Solobaric 10" in fiberglass box
iPod integrated through changer input
Hella Supertones
Valentine 1 (hardwired)

Suspension/Brakes:
Tein Flex coilovers, 04 STi fitment
Whiteline Race ALK
Whiteline 22mm front sway bar
Whiteline rear swaybar links (18mm bar)
Whiteline rear strut tower bar w/ QR's
(F) Stoptech ST-40 calipers on 328mm slotted rotors, Axxis Ultimate pads
(R) Axxis Ultimate pads, Power Slot rotors.
ATE Blue fluid
17x7.5, ET48 Rota Actions, Bronze
225/45/17 Bridgestone RE070's
17x7.5, ET48 Rota SDR's, flat black
225/45/17 Pirelli P-Zero Nero M+S's.

Power (ha!):
Port/polished heads
Borla SS headers
Apex'i N1 2.5 inch header-back w/ hi-flo cat.


Lots of other little things that aren't important

Figured it was time for a slight update.....


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Old 05-07-2003, 01:47 PM   #6
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Default bump.. keep them coming!

Just thought I'd bump this thread to the top again. Keep posting, I'm sure there're more people out there with modded OBs, right??

And what's this 4 point ground mod about? I'm curious...
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Old 05-07-2003, 02:28 PM   #7
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basically, the stock subaru chassis ground is *really* poor.
Enough so that you get hesitation, light dimming during normal situations, etc.

By grounding points on the car to the negative battery terminal. you can utilize the superior ground fo that cable to eartht he car more completely.
The intake manifold seems to make the most difference, before/after; I just got a bunch of ring terminals, and bolted them in under the brackets that hold the sparkplug wires (did one on each side of the manifold, not that it makes much difference; I put one on one of the factory ground points on the left shock tower, and one to another ground point I can't recall right now

Got rid of mid-RPM hesitation '(which had become more apparent after an intake), my lights are brighter, and the car turns over quicker; this on a car with 130k miles on it, so some of it may have helped with degraded systems.
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Old 05-07-2003, 02:49 PM   #8
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Default Grounding Mod followup...

Quote:
Originally posted by sybir
basically, the stock subaru chassis ground is *really* poor.
Enough so that you get hesitation, light dimming during normal situations, etc.
Sybir -

sorry if this sounds ignorant... but would static electricity be another sympton of the poor grounding? i notice i always have a small static electric shock after driving my car, getting out, and touching something metal (like a mail box).

i am just curious if that is typical of other Subys or maybe just mine. i never had that issue in my previous Audi's that I owned, but i did have that in an old '90 Toyota Corrolla. Do you think the grounding mod would help this "feature"?
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Old 05-07-2003, 04:57 PM   #9
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What kind of seats do you have?

Just curious, because I don't have the static problem in my OB (leather) but do in the TS (cloth). I think it would be static from the seat materials, not any grounding issue. Any other ideas?
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Old 05-07-2003, 05:47 PM   #10
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Default hmmm cloth seats....

Quote:
Originally posted by outback_97
What kind of seats do you have?

Just curious, because I don't have the static problem in my OB (leather) but do in the TS (cloth). I think it would be static from the seat materials, not any grounding issue. Any other ideas?
outback_97 -

now that you mention it, my Subie does have cloth seats. my old Toyota also had cloth seats too. my Audi S4 and my Audi A4 both had leather seats and no static issues....

i definitely see a trend here.... i just never thought about that.
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Old 05-07-2003, 07:28 PM   #11
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Yeah, I've got leather, so I couldn't say whether it helped. Some WRX guys have reported that it does reduce/eliminate the effect, however......
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Old 05-08-2003, 04:55 AM   #12
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Thumbs down

Regardless of your seats (cloth, leather, or heated), the stock grounds are weak.

I did notice on an '03 Outback the grounds look much better, perhaps due to all of the input they have recieved...
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Old 05-09-2003, 12:00 AM   #13
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Default sticky maybe?

Paisan (hope you read this),

Maybe if someone posted how to do the grounding mod, you could make it a sticky? Just a suggestion. I know I sure want to know how to do one now!!
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Old 05-09-2003, 08:43 PM   #14
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Default 4 point grounding

I am busy tonight but I will post directions on doing this tommorrow night. It is a very easy mod. once you have all of the materials it takes about an hour to do. It works too
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Old 05-24-2003, 08:54 PM   #15
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Default new mods, check it out!

Just thought I'd bump this to the top, since I've had my brakes upgraded, and changed some other future upgrade plans... Opie, any chance you might want to sticky this, as a constant reference? I'm thinking that other OB owners who're planning on mods can check it, see who's done what, and find out more from those guys specifically.

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Old 06-01-2003, 11:32 AM   #16
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Default Re: List of OB mods

Year and Model:
1997 Outback, 5MT

Current Mods:
K&N Air Filter
Graham Goode short shifter and Cusco bushings
Leather Subaru shifter knob
Tinted windows
Whiteline adj. rear swaybar
Whiteline end links F and R
Snorkusektomy (partial, pulls air from fendwell but kept all resonators)
2.25" catback with big resonator and Superturbo muffler and 3" unbaffled stainless tip
Yakima crossbars, fairing and bike trays
Impreza RS wheels ('01? The 6 spoke version...)
205/55-16 RE92s (came on wheels)

Planned Mods:
Install Metalmaster brake pads that have been lying around forever...
Install Sony CD headunit and speakers that have been lying around forever...
replace struts (wait for OB GR2s or lower and go with AGXs?)
Subaru engine guard
Replace rear swaybar bushings ( one is torn up)
Replace headlight harness and get brighter bulbs?
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Old 06-24-2003, 01:08 PM   #17
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up we go. bump


I did more so I edited my post
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Old 07-20-2003, 11:50 PM   #18
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woohoo and we're up at the top.

I modified my stock grill. I'll get some pics up as soon as it gets back from paint.
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Old 07-21-2003, 03:04 AM   #19
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List of mods for my Outback H6 (I'm in Australia). Colour is pearl white monotone:

17x7" rims with 235/50 tires
DBA slotted front rotors
tinted windows
rear sway bar
grounding mod

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Old 07-21-2003, 10:44 PM   #20
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97 Legacy OB / 5Spd.

Current:
-Borla Headers
-Custom cat-back
-K&N replacement filter
-COBB short shifter
-STi tranny mount
-Sylvania Silverstar headlights
-Nitto 470
-Brembo sloted rotors
-COBB Pads

Planned:
-Syms rear strut bar
-Rear sway bar(dont know which one yet)
-WRX rims and some new tires
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Old 08-15-2003, 08:05 PM   #21
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98 Outback Sport (Black)

Current Mods:
  • snorkusectomy
  • JVC SX990 MP3 head unit
  • 6.5" Infinity Component Speakers (front)
  • 4" Infinity speakers (rear)
  • Heffler Amp (under driver seat)

In Progress:
  • Cruise Control (waiting on final part)

Planned:
  • K&N filter
  • Factory fog lights
  • WRX 16" wheels. Haven't picked tires yet.
  • Front/rear sway bars (which ones?)
  • 98 Legacy Map Light
  • Exedy 12lb flywheel
  • Short-throw shifter (which one?)
  • Ludespeed stage 2 turbo
  • Exhaust

of course, first thing I need to fix my transmission woes
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Old 08-15-2003, 10:19 PM   #22
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White 1999 Legacy Outback Wagon Limited 2.5l/DOHC/4EAT

Modifications (Installed)

Rallitek Intake
KYB GR2 struts
Ground Control Coilovers w/ Eibach Springs (340 lb/ft front, 250 lb/ft rear)
Front and Rear Cusco strut tower braces
19-21mm adjustable Cusco rear sway bar (at 21mm)
Toyo Proxes RA-1 tires (205/55/16) on 16" OEM WRX wheels
Hella FF300 Driving Lights
Hardwired Escot Passport 8500
Escort Passport G-Timer GT1
Perrin Lightweight Crankshaft Pulley

Modifications (Waiting to be Installed)

MRT Exhaust System (header/cat/catback)
Yokohama AVS-ES100 tires (205/55/16)

Planned Modifications

TWE or Cobb Tuning Cams
ProECM Chip
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Old 01-23-2005, 07:12 PM   #23
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wanted to bump this just to see what else you all had/have.

2001 Subaru Outback Ltd. Sedan AT

"Mods"
50% Tint
JL Audio 12" w3
JL Audio 250/1 Amp
Dynamat Trunk
3" A'PEXi Muffler (gotta get rid of this and get a catback)

Planned
Pioneer DEH-P7600MP Headunit?
Cobb Tuning CAI?
17" Limited Type 359 Wheels?
OR just get a 02' WRX....? =\

what about the rest of you guys?
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Old 01-24-2005, 04:49 AM   #24
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2002 Legacy Outback Ltd Wagon
Modification:
Borla header
Stromung cat, mid pipe and exhaust
Blitz nur-spec exhaust
KYB GR2
H&R sport springs
Whiteline adjstable rear stabilizer
H1 HID
Window tint
Jensen DVD player
Subwoofer and amplifier
18 inch excel RS-GT wheels
225/45/18 Fuzion tires
Chargespeed front bumper


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Old 01-24-2005, 09:13 AM   #25
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Rally Stuff offroad machine

I guess I'm one of the few offroad fans out there. Here's my mods on my
'03 Legacy Outback wagon

EXTERIOR:

Mudrat designs offroad front bumper w/DOT reflective strips
Primitive front skid/bashplate custom
Factory diff guard
PIAA 520's fogs
Hella FF75 driving lights wired in factory fog light switch
Sylvania silverstars hi /lo beam
'03 Legacy grille custom painted goshawk black
35% window tint side windows/hatch
windshield top 6" tinted
Clear bra
Rear dust deflector
custom cut front splash guards

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION/CHASSIS/BRAKES:

Valvoline 75-90w syn front/rear diffs.
Rear LSD

WRX 16" wheels
BFG Traction ta's 225/60/R16 street

Konig 10 15" wheels 40mm offset w/Yokohama Geolander AT+II's 215/75R15 (offroad setup)

King springs lifted 2" ksfr-32, ksrr-29
IPD front/rear 22mm swaybars

Brakes-PBR Metal masters
custom ground front calipers(painted black) 1/4" to clear 15" wheels
Valvoline syn DOT 4 brake fluid

ENGINE: EJ25 SOHC 2.5l N/A

Perfect Power SMT6 (piggyback ecu)
Paranoid fabrications grounding kit
Perrin crank pulley
WR "secret weapon CAI"
Borla header
2.25" catback w/Magnaflow muffler
Valvoline full syn 5-30w

TRANS: 4EAT auto

Redline syn ATF

INTERIOR:

STI seatbelt pads(front)
MB quart speakers
factory tweeter kit modded w/MB Quart tweeter fit
Pioneer 6cd changer
Subaru all weather mats
Subiesport/drive magazines in back of front seats mesh holder

ACCESSORIES:

Thule rack/fairing/cascade 1100 cargo box
Rockymounts bike rack
DIY cargo basket


MUD!!! SNOW!!! SAND!!! DIRT!!!




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