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Old 11-17-2003, 02:31 PM   #1
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Anyone know of any shops that service and mod subarus?

I don't have a very good knowledge when working with cars..... I know how to change oil... that's it...

I was wondering if there was a shop in Vancouver that could do a STi 6spd tranny swap...
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Old 11-17-2003, 02:46 PM   #2
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Welcome to the club.

There's a couple of shops that should be able to cater to your Subaru needs, however it's just sourcing all the correct parts for the tranny sway that could be difficult. Keep in mind that a 6spd conversion is big big big $$$$.

Shops:

Total Autosport

www.totalautosport.com

They specialize in Subaru's and rallycars. Talk to Jamie (tora), he'll be able to help you out.

PDM Racing

www.pdm-racing.com

North America's largest Whiteline Stocking distributor. Shop is also in it's stages of final developments, and will feature race car setup and fabrication abilities. Talk to Laura (g20chick) or Don (PDM).

JDMR'US

www.jdmrus.com

Lots of fancy hard to find JDM goodness. Don't believe they do installs anymore, but check them out nonetheless. Talk to Fat Bastard.

Boom Plus Toys

www.boomplustoys.net

Carry Zero Sports, Sti and a lot of other stuff. Morris is really nice, and has been around for a long time, dealing with lots of different makes.

Aside from these, there are a tonne more shops around, however, these are the ones I trust.

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Old 11-17-2003, 02:47 PM   #3
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the only independent shop i know of in vancouver is kon's auto, but i don't think they do mods.... do they?

otherwise everyone else is in richmond or n.van...
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Old 11-17-2003, 02:50 PM   #4
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yeah about the 6spd stuff... with the basic essentials, new w/dccd is in excess of $8kusd before install... and used ones aren't exactly growing from the local trees anytime soon
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:01 PM   #5
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Ah... well I'm able to go to Richmond or N. Van as well.


I'll sound like such a kid for saying this but I'll do it anyways..... my dad has about 30k for me for a new car + the trade-in value of the volvo... he's reluctant to do it cause the volvo has only around 44k kms and it doesn't have much value.... but recently.. my cousin went back to Hong Kong and in the process, he gave me his car for a christmas gift..... so what I'm thinking now is perhaps instead of buying a new car, which he doesn't want to do, I can use the cash on just "customizing and fixing" my current car...
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:14 PM   #6
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Also, can supercharging be done instead of a turbo?
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:22 PM   #7
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Also, can supercharging be done instead of a turbo?
I've been looking but theres not many SC kits other than the Rimmer Kit. Theres a turbo kit for the RS selling at rallitek.com..its the AVO kit which I wanted but..bahh..you'd have to replace the clutch and everything would come up to around the same price as a WRX swap. www.totalautosport.com can probably do a WRX swap for you.
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:22 PM   #8
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wow, $30k? what kind of volvo? with the RS u have now... i'm thinking u can afford an sti

i knew of only 2 supercharger conversion kits for the subaru, but one has since been discontinued and the other is somewhere in australia.... rimmer?

it might still come up if u try a search.
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:26 PM   #9
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wow, $30k? what kind of volvo? with the RS u have now... i'm thinking u can afford an sti

i knew of only 2 supercharger conversion kits for the subaru, but one has since been discontinued and the other is somewhere in australia.... rimmer?

it might still come up if u try a search.

I have a 97 Volvo 960....

my dad is just all like.. yeah if we trade in the car, it wouldn't be worth it cause it'll be worth like $20k and I got it for $50k and it only has very little kms on it... and stuff like that...
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:28 PM   #10
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who cares? my selfish reasoning is $30k cash + $20k for trade... u just need a little more and u will have a brand new sti taxes incl.

someone mentioned there was a used sti at burrard acura btw
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:32 PM   #11
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who cares? my selfish reasoning is $30k cash + $20k for trade... u just need a little more and u will have a brand new sti taxes incl.

someone mentioned there was a used sti at burrard acura btw

my thoughts exactly but being him... this really uptight 40 year old talking to his 18 year old son...

he's all like... Volvo's are dream cars! I'm like.. NO THEY AREN"T! ESPECIALLY ONE THAT BREAKS DOWN AS OFTEN AS I TAKE A ****!

somehow for him... trading in a european car for a japanese car doesn't fly..... typical ignorant adult
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:36 PM   #12
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who normally drives the volvo? will he be driving the sti too? i promise u he will no longer feel like someone in his 40's and you will both be at the same level
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:36 PM   #13
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my thoughts exactly but being him... this really uptight 40 year old talking to his 18 year old son...
oh no, this threads gunna turn into a "be appreciative for what you already have. when i was 18, i was in university and took a bus".



But all in all, its true. I'm 18 too and right now I have the option of getting WRX through paying it myself... I talked to Ken @ Total..I concluded that I'm only 18..if I get a WRX at 18, what am i going to get when im 25? He gave me this look like what are you talking about. But I think you should work for it and you'll appreciate your WRX/STi that much more.

Edit: If you do want the STi, go for a test drive. Let your dad rip it around. My dad absolutely hates my ricerocket but whenever he takes it out, he feels 30 years younger. I remember one kid at McDonalds came up to him while he was driving and said, omg, your the COOLEST guy ever...tahts a dope ride. So, hope your dad hits a mid-life crisis.
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:40 PM   #14
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who normally drives the volvo? will he be driving the sti too? i promise u he will no longer feel like someone in his 40's and you will both be at the same level

well I used to drive the Volvo.... he's never in Canada, he's here like... 3 timse a year... other time he's out of the country doing business.... that explains why it only has 44,000kms for a 97. I put around 22k on it myself.
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:41 PM   #15
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oh no, this threads gunna turn into a "be appreciative for what you already have. when i was 18, i was in university and took a bus".
That's me! Thanks for the quote...saved me from typing it!
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:42 PM   #16
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oh no, this threads gunna turn into a "be appreciative for what you already have. when i was 18, i was in university and took a bus".



But all in all, its true. I'm 18 too and right now I have the option of getting WRX through paying it myself... I talked to Ken @ Total..I concluded that I'm only 18..if I get a WRX at 18, what am i going to get when im 25? He gave me this look like what are you talking about. But I think you should work for it and you'll appreciate your WRX/STi that much more.

Edit: If you do want the STi, go for a test drive. Let your dad rip it around. My dad absolutely hates my ricerocket but whenever he takes it out, he feels 30 years younger. I remember one kid at McDonalds came up to him while he was driving and said, omg, your the COOLEST guy ever...tahts a dope ride. So, hope your dad hits a mid-life crisis.

Well yes I am appreciative.. I'm happy that I have a car to drive but I don't want a huge luxury car that gets 17mpg and really hard to park and in a year, almost $10k in just maintenance and gas...
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:44 PM   #17
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After you SC your RS, the gas mileage and maintainence aint going to be cheap either

Well, nonetheless, give Total a call and ask for Jamie 604-980-9800 and see what they can do with your Pimpreza..
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:46 PM   #18
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After you SC your RS, the gas mileage and maintainence aint going to be cheap either

Well, nonetheless, give Total a call and ask for Jamie 604-980-9800 and see what they can do with your Pimpreza..
true... but at least my keyless entry remote works

and my suspension doesn't squeak.... and AWD
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werd!

Good luck!
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:48 PM   #20
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oh yeah.. another thing..

you guys have a solution to prevent your keys from banging against the dash when the road startings getting bumpy?
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:51 PM   #21
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there is always the v70r/s80r...

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my thoughts exactly but being him... this really uptight 40 year old talking to his 18 year old son...

he's all like... Volvo's are dream cars! I'm like.. NO THEY AREN"T! ESPECIALLY ONE THAT BREAKS DOWN AS OFTEN AS I TAKE A ****!

somehow for him... trading in a european car for a japanese car doesn't fly..... typical ignorant adult
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:53 PM   #22
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Two solutions:

1) Do what bikers do...remove the key from the chain for when you are going to be driving in the twisties.

2) Put a little "sock" or bag over the rest of the keys. I forgot where I saw them, but a cheap version would be to just get a soft piece of fleece of something, and a large twist tie, and tie off all the other keys and key fob.
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Old 11-17-2003, 03:55 PM   #23
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there is always the v70r/s80r...
yeah... that too... awesome cars.... but they are also $58k


he wanted to get me like.... a civic or something... don't ask about the whole $30k and $20k trade cause he thinks the taxes and options will add up to that much..
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what about the RS? if u trade that in too then the s volvos seem almost affordable
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what about the RS? if u trade that in too then the s volvos seem almost affordable
almost affordable
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