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Old 05-04-2003, 06:32 PM   #1
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This is a two-part question:
I am planning my mods for the soon to be mine 2004 2.5rs, i have an estimated $1k, what I want is a kinda-fast car (seeing as im a teenager i know i'll abuse the power ) with a focus on handling...

I drove a friends Z3 the other day, had no power... but man could it handle...so light.

I was thinking either a flywheel or a cobb intake, however ive heard that flywheel decrease low-speed driveability: 1) could anyone elaborate on what that means? 2) how should go about making just a little more power and acceleration while saving money for suspension and misc mods?

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Old 05-04-2003, 07:17 PM   #2
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majority of people here would tell ya...get new tires
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Old 05-04-2003, 07:18 PM   #3
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first thing you'll want to do for handling is a new rear swaybar setup, i think the perrin one goes for like 300 with mounts and endlinks, the only front sway i've seen is the whiteline, i think its 22mm and 105 bucks, but their rear is around the same pricing as perrin

as for making more power, 700 for an mrt headerback exhaust, dyno'd +14 whp, or just get the cobb intake and maybe some pulleys
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Old 05-04-2003, 08:06 PM   #4
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Tires first, no doubt about it. So, consider that at least $400.

Kartboy short shifter. $125 including linkage bushings. You can't say no to it. Trust me!

Let's say you have $475 left. I say abandon the expensive stuff.
Cobb intakes sound nice, and a $700 exhaust probably does too, but you can do both for CONSIDERABLY less. Hell even a ScoobySport exhaust, one of the most widely-respected Impreza exhausts in the world, is a couple hundred cheaper than that. With a lifetime warrantee! (www.rallyperformance.com)

For now I say focus on handling. When your car handles better, you better-utilize what power you already HAVE. So, maybe the SPT performance suspension to go with your new tires, even though that's out of your price range at this point. However, a set of Prodrive springs on your stock struts isn't. Just a couple hundred bucks. Get some fellow NESICers to help you install them, if you need the help. I normally don't suggest stiffer springs on OEM struts (bad idea), but they seem to be designed to work with OEM WRX struts, so... I guess they should work well on RS struts, too...

With your last $200 or so, get a Legacy H-6 rear brake upgrade.
Brings brake bias more rearward, improves braking quite a bit for that kind of money. (www.subaruwrxparts.com/per-wrx.html) Although I guess the WRX front brakes might come first... and they're the same cost, on that webpage. Hmm, well if you skip the suspension, you can afford both. Eh, it all can be worked around!

After that, start saving up again! At which point, I say go exhaust, maybe a CAI (look into GanzFlow, PDM-Racing, several others...), whatever you want.

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Old 05-04-2003, 08:37 PM   #5
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First of all new tires. The RE-92 tires won't help with handling. Next springs. Eibach prokits sell for around 200$ so do the H&R kits. Then swaybars. Either whiteline or Perrin. They are both equally good and well priced. You will want to get intake and exhaust eventually but that doesn'tm have to be first. Suspension will definetly help getting power to the ground. Coming out of corners with a tight suspension is always fun
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Old 05-04-2003, 08:47 PM   #6
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siper, one problem, scoobysport doesn't make an 02+ rs exhaust, even then, its only cat back, not headerback that they sell.

but i agree, scoobysport is good stuff, just don't have anything to offer for the newer rs
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Old 05-05-2003, 12:21 AM   #7
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My $0.02 is to buy better tires and a MRT Headerback. Even if my Impreza could handle better, if I cant accelerate fast through corners, what fun is it? My cars still not fast enough with a Ganz CAI, K&N, PROECM, lw crank pulley, Borla Header, and Stromung Catback. I am going to fix that some with a ACT Clutch, 9lb flywheel, Spicy Cams, and a NX kit
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Old 05-05-2003, 09:49 AM   #8
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Tires: Kumho MX - ~$400
Swaybar: Whiteline 18-22mm adjustable ~$130
Intake: Cobb CAI ~ $270

Save the rest for later...
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Old 05-05-2003, 10:53 AM   #9
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siper, one problem, scoobysport doesn't make an 02+ rs exhaust, even then, its only cat back, not headerback that they sell.

but i agree, scoobysport is good stuff, just don't have anything to offer for the newer rs
Hmm, didn't know there wasn't a full exhaust available. Even still, I bet you could just order their muffler, and then have a midpipe built to fit for next to nothing. Maybe $100 (probably less, well in non-stainless anyway). Then if you want headers, well there's a few choices out there, though I'd say steer away from Borla, everyone seems to dislike their quality.



Save even more money and just have a catback system built for the car by some mom 'n' pop exhaust shop. I know a few people that've had a 2.25" midpipe and new exhaust built for them for around $200.

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Old 05-05-2003, 10:56 AM   #10
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Why buy a crush bent catback when you can get the Complete MRT Headerback for nearly the price of some spendy catbacks? Between my Borla Header, testpipe, and Stromung Catback, I have about 1000 into my exhaust, and the MRT would have been cheaper and perform a little bit better.
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My point is for the money you will see much better results from an intake than an exhaust... and the swaybar and tires will just make the car more fun to drive...
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Get a set of BFG KDW tires, get a Ganzflow Intake with a high flow filter, get a header back exhaust, and a WRX rear Sway bar setup...

That will make for a fun ride,

Zee

And save up for a nice 75wet shot of Nitrous with a progressive controller for the punks that mess with you...
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You're sending him on a good start Sunrise If this is any help, I had a testpipe made w/ 02 sensor bungs for 100 bucks today. Beats spending 400 for a Random Tech Cat..
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Get a set of BFG KDW tires
KDWs are too expensive and obselete... The MXs give dry grip on par w/ S03s, also provide good wet grip and cost about $50 a tire less...
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Is that right? Obsolete? And here I'm thinking I will replace my S02 PolePositions with the BFGs...Where can I get info that shows the BFGs being obsolete? I know the MX's are affordable and better than all Ultra High Performance tires, but I would think the KDW's were better than them...So, you know, I'm the biggest tire nut...I will spend all my money on Tires before anything else...

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Well, I drove 20 miles with my track pipe and no CEL yet..
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Is that right? Obsolete? And here I'm thinking I will replace my S02 PolePositions with the BFGs...Where can I get info that shows the BFGs being obsolete? I know the MX's are affordable and better than all Ultra High Performance tires, but I would think the KDW's were better than them...So, you know, I'm the biggest tire nut...I will spend all my money on Tires before anything else...

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The KDWs were never outstanding in my opinion... they were the flavor for about a month... the MXs are not as good as the S02pps, but provide better dry grip than the S03s... and I know the S03s are better than the KDW... Now the KDs... that's a different story... If you really want the best combination of grip and price, Falken Azenis sport hands down, but they don't last as long and still have a bad rep in the rain (although I have yet to have a problem...)
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