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Old 05-20-2003, 09:35 PM   #1
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Default Legacy GT - Mod(able)? Same stuff as 2.5 RS?

I'm debating getting a Legacy GT, can these engines be modded in the same way that the 2.5RS can? Are they worth messing with, or is the car to heavy for a 4 Cyl to produce decent performance?

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Old 05-20-2003, 09:52 PM   #2
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Yep they are perfectly moddable. The weight could be an issue but once the extra space is in use you won't have a second thought on your choice.
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Oh yeah, all parts and mods done to the 2.5 rs can be done to the Legacy. Exact same engine
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Old 05-20-2003, 09:57 PM   #3
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bdoss123 - which year of Legacy GT?

The DOHC EJ25 parts from the RS will work with the DOHC EJ25 parts of the GT. And same w/ the SOHC stuff.

The cat-back section of the Legacy is different then the RS (due to length of the car as well as hanger positions)

Intake on the MY00-up GT's will be different as well.

N/A Mods like cams will work as well.

Suspension is different. (depending again on years, however spring rates on the GT's are higher)
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Old 05-21-2003, 11:40 AM   #4
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I'm looking at a 97, a 98, and a 99.

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Old 05-21-2003, 12:17 PM   #5
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bdoss123 - depending on how far you want to take your to in terms of N/A mods we have the following available for the DOHC EJ25.

1) Hi-Compression Pistons -> 11:1 works on 91+ octane fuel
2) N/A Cams
3) DOHC valvetrain (springs and Ti retainers)
4) Modified intake manifolds
5) Headwork (porting etc)
6) Header-back system
7) Intake systems.
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Old 05-21-2003, 10:24 PM   #6
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Can you give a little more info on the intakes and the modified intake manifolds? I am looking into these mods next. I also want a header back system w/header. Some prices and pics would be great.
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Old 05-22-2003, 07:47 PM   #7
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Russell Rogers - basically you can use a MY98RS intake, we just use a shielded filter instead of an open element.

As for the intake manifold, it'll depend on how far N/A you want to go. A simple and relatively inexpensive (in comparison to the full out N/A manifold) would be to take your stock one, have it extrude honed, and have a flow coat on the inside applied along with a silver/chrome ceramic coating on the outside. This is a good time to fit a phenolic spacer in as well.

If you want 1st hand comments from one of the Legacy guys with our header-back system, do a search for CRAZY KEN.

If you'd like drop us an email directly with your objectives and goals you'd like to achieve. Much easier to then get what you need.
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Old 05-23-2003, 01:08 AM   #8
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iON performance- you have a PM regarding intake manifolds.
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Old 05-23-2003, 02:54 AM   #9
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I also have considered trading the RS on an older Legacy GT, great styling.

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Old 05-23-2003, 07:08 AM   #10
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Legacy's are great cars. Once you have all the interior space you will never want another car. I love the fact that they still look good, eventhough they are the older bodystyle.
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Old 05-23-2003, 11:26 AM   #11
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Could anyone tell me about the AUTO Transmission found in the 1997 Legacy GT. I was originally looking at strictly manuals, but a deal just came up on an AUTO. These TRANS really slushy? Reliable? Any info is appreciated.

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Old 05-24-2003, 04:32 PM   #12
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Anyone got more info?
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Old 05-25-2003, 02:18 AM   #13
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I would never get an auto over the 5 speed. It's just so much more fun to drive a stick, and the Legacy can be turned into a very fun and quick car.

I have a '98 Legacy GT sedan, and it's been just completely amazing! I have a lot of suspension mods and LOVE how the car handles... it's very neutral and grips like crazy. On a hard turn, I can go from understeer to oversteer and back simply by feathering the throttle. Suspension stuff I did was Eibach Pro Kit springs, KYB GR2 struts (although the AGX ones made for an RS will fit and work perfectly), adjustable rear sway bar with Whiteline endlinks, and front and rear strut bars. That and good tires make all the difference!

The car can be surprisingly quick, too! I had no problem whatsoever matching my friend's '98 328i bumper-to-bumper all the way up to 75 mph, and I had an extra person in my car Go Fast mods at the time were K&N filter, Fidanza flywheel w/ Clutch Masters Stage 3, Borla headers, Stromung muffler and it rocked!

I love the Legacy, it looks great, drives great, and has split rear seats and tons of people space :-) You wont feel bad about your choice! Oh, and Morette replacement lights look awesome on it!

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Old 05-25-2003, 06:47 PM   #14
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I appreciate it. I may go with the auto, not sure yet though. I've driven 5spd for a while now, but sometimes like the conv. of the automatic. The Legacy I am talking about is a 1997 GT, Auto, 65K Miles for 8400. Anything this model year had problems with?

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bdoss123 - the 4EAT is much stronger then the 5MT used by Subaru. So if you're looking to make lots of torque and hp, then the 4EAT would be better. (drag racing situations).

A manual will definately be "sportier"

You'll want to do a full fluid flush and change over when you get your car. If you plan on "spirited" driving, it's recomended to get a tranny cooler as well.
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