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Old 11-17-2003, 01:02 PM   #1
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My girlfriend wants to buy me something for my car for Christmas. She suggested a Pro ECM because she's heard me talking about them but I'm not sure if it's worth the money. What can I ask her for that costs $250 and will improve the N/A power on my auto EJ25 legacy. I already have a headerback exhaust on order and I already have an intake and crank pulley.
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Old 11-17-2003, 02:12 PM   #2
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install the midpipe too (after catalytic converter) 2.25 inch diameter!
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Old 11-17-2003, 02:27 PM   #3
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I already have a headerback exhaust on order
Do you have suspension / tires?
Tires can make a huge improvement in a car.
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Old 11-17-2003, 02:35 PM   #4
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Maybe a lighter flywheel?(if MT)
Maybe yor favorite parts place has a gift certificate?

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Old 11-18-2003, 02:14 AM   #5
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it's an automatic so flywheel is out of the question (although I am saving for a 5 speed swap). I do already have aftermarket struts, springs, ground control sleeve-overs, swaybars, and 3 sets of tires (Blizzak WS-50's, RA-1's, AVS-ES100's) as well as 15 and 16 inch rims.
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Old 11-18-2003, 02:27 AM   #6
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endlinks?, antilift kit, engine and tranny mounts, strut tops, wrx front rotor swap, stainless brake lines, afc, new cd player

i know so of the ideas are a little over the cost, but just some ideas
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Old 11-18-2003, 03:00 AM   #7
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those air freshners help lots.
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Old 11-18-2003, 11:56 AM   #9
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Old 11-19-2003, 09:57 PM   #10
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driving school is actually a really good idea
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General advice for anyone, since you already have the pulley.

For $250 either the ProECM or the 3 Light pulley set will add 4hp on the dyno and are well worth it. The chip will improve highway mileage too, and will remove the top speed limiter on your auto tranny model.

My favorite NA combo is a intake, chip, pulleys and catback = best bang for the buck. Cobb headers with high flow cat would have been the next step for your automatic but you already ordered something - whereas I would do the flywheel before heaqderback IF it were a 5 speed.

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Old 11-20-2003, 01:47 PM   #13
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General advice for anyone, since you already have the pulley.

For $250 either the ProECM or the 3 Light pulley set will add 4hp on the dyno and are well worth it. The chip will improve highway mileage too, and will remove the top speed limiter on your auto tranny model.

My favorite NA combo is a intake, chip, pulleys and catback = best bang for the buck. Cobb headers with high flow cat would have been the next step for your automatic but you already ordered something - whereas I would do the flywheel before heaqderback IF it were a 5 speed.

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Hey Larry I have a few questions about the ProECM on my 02 RS (mods: stromung catback, eibach prokit, cobb cai, light weight crankshaft pulley).

How does it work? your website is pretty general. Also is there proof that it adds power? What kind of install is involved (difficulty level?). Ability of dealership to see this mod and 'void' parts of warranty?

Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2003, 05:31 PM   #15
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endlinks?, antilift kit, engine and tranny mounts, strut tops, wrx front rotor swap, stainless brake lines, afc, new cd player

i know so of the ideas are a little over the cost, but just some ideas

Great, great, great ideas. I know you asked about power gaining mods.. but you gotta make sure your car can handle the power once you've got it.

A bigger sway bar does wonders... and next in line would definitely be the anti-lift kit. Best suspension gain for the buck... endlinks, yeah, all that.

Good luck.
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Old 11-20-2003, 09:20 PM   #16
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Hey Larry I have a few questions about the ProECM on my 02 RS (mods: stromung catback, eibach prokit, cobb cai, light weight crankshaft pulley).

How does it work? your website is pretty general. Also is there proof that it adds power? What kind of install is involved (difficulty level?). Ability of dealership to see this mod and 'void' parts of warranty?

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The chip fools the ECU into using different fuel and timing maps for better performance and so you can take advantage of higher octane fuel, and interferes with long term fuel trim so the ECU learns faster, removes the MAP sensor boost limit and speed limiter on models that have one, etc...

I would have a shop install it if you aren't comfortable with cutting 3 wires to the ECU, and they would charge about $50 to install it. It is hidden under the front passenger floor carpet so the dealership shouldn't be able to see it, and it isn't discovered on OBD2 scan.

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Old 11-20-2003, 09:35 PM   #17
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:08 PM   #18
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Hardened engine and tranny mounts if they are made for the legacy. they are one of the bests mods i have done to my car. makes the car waaaaaaayyy easier to control while driving it hard. anti lift kit is also a good idea. Pretty much anything on the chassis you can make stiffer is a great mod.

edit: light weight bumper beams are the best thing i have done to my car besides sti struts and springs. if you can find them for a legacy, get them. unless they scare you. Totally different car when you change them.
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Old 11-21-2003, 03:55 AM   #19
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A bigger sway bar does wonders...
Bigger than the 22mm rear bar I have on now? Or would a front sway bar do some good?

DO - How much lighter are lightweight bumper beams? I'm always looking for ways to drop some weight. What are they made of?
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Old 11-21-2003, 10:31 AM   #20
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iirc the rs has always had a pretty beefy 19mm front sway, so i'd assume the legacy had similar, its just the rear that has always been puny

the bumper beams do cut a good amount of weight, and at key points, but people say they don't hold up at all in accidents, almost like they weren't even there
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Old 11-21-2003, 11:05 AM   #21
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The rear on a Stock 97 / 98 is 13mm.. dunno about the front though
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