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Old 05-24-2003, 04:31 AM   #1
dingo dave
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Default should first mod be front strut bar, CAI, or Short shifter??

I am looking to mod my '00 rs. I can only do one of these at the present time. On the strut bar i would like to spend <$125 and on the CAI <$150.
With that in mind, which one would give me more bang for the buck? I don't drive my car too hard, but i would like to enhance performance for the heck of it. If a CAI would improve gas mileage that would be a definite factor in the decision. However, if a CAI means loss of low end torque then that may not be acceptable. i do a lot of city driving.
Another option i just thought of could be a Kart-boy short shifter along with their bushings.
If i go with the CAI, is there going to be a problem resetting the ECU?
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Old 05-24-2003, 06:40 AM   #2
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If you haven't already, buy yourself some high performance tires. Buy a WRX sedan rear sway bar($40~60) and upgrade the mounts($75) and end links($80~110). A CAI won't do you much good this time of year in TX. Also a strutbar won't do much at all for you unless you at least have upgraded struts and springs.

Try this:

WRX sway - $50~
Whiteline sway mounts - $75
hi-flow panel filter (k&n/amsoil/etc) - $40
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Total $165


Should open up the flow of the engine and improve handling a bit.


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Old 05-24-2003, 08:47 AM   #3
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Unless you've done something to the suspension to stiffen it up I doubt you'll notice any difference w/ a front strut bar. The strut towers are pretty close to the fire wall and it's already stiff up front. You'd be better served w/ new tires or a rear sway bar followed by a rear strut tower brace rather than a front one.

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Old 05-24-2003, 09:02 PM   #4
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I saw an FHI rear sway bar for a WRX that "improves the oversteer on Imprezas", according to subaruwrxparts.com. It sells for $79 dollars. It is 20 MM. Is this what Slack is talking about?
Can someone please explain what "improved oversteering" would do?

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Old 05-25-2003, 02:05 AM   #5
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Definitely go with the Kartboy. It makes the car 10x more fun to drive!





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Old 05-25-2003, 03:09 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by dingo dave
I saw an FHI rear sway bar for a WRX that "improves the oversteer on Imprezas", according to subaruwrxparts.com. It sells for $79 dollars. It is 20 MM. Is this what Slack is talking about?
Can someone please explain what "improved oversteering" would do?
Check over in the suspension forums, there are alot of rather detailed threads about swaybars. The one he is talking about specifically is just a used WRX sedan swaybar, which you have to get from another club member who has one for sale (which is the cheapest way to do it, I got mine for $35 that way)
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Old 05-25-2003, 05:02 PM   #7
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My rear sway bar was the best single mod I've ever bought. I have the whiteline 24mm adjustable.
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