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Old 10-02-2000, 01:38 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I just want to say that I just joined the club today and I have a couple questions. Well, now I'm 15 years old and I'm planning to get the 01 Imprezas 2.5RS Sedan. What I want to know is what do must of you guys modify first? Also, are there any good turbo kits for the Imprezas? If you know any, please tell me their website (if they have any).

Well, thanks for all your time
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Old 10-02-2000, 01:46 PM   #2
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Drive the car for a couple months and decide how you like it. Don't modify it just for the sake of modifying it. If you plan to AutoX, go to http://www.autox4u.com/main.htm and look over the classes and stuff. Most of the mods we do will take you out of stock class.

New tires are a must. Rear swaybar will reduce understeer and make the car more neutral, but that takes you out of stock class. New air filter is OK for stock class, but reduces low end torque (bad for AutoX) and give more top power (good for fast straights).

Basically, lurk on the board and read through everything. This question comes up a lot and has been answered a lot. Click on search and search the General board for first modification.

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Old 10-02-2000, 01:55 PM   #3
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Um, if you're 15 please drive the car stock. I personally think a new $20k car is a bit much for a first one, but I realize some families' economy is not the same as mine was. (I was pretty excited about having a 6 year old '85 RX7 as a first car and most of my friends did a whole lot worse.)

There are some 16 year old drivers that are responsible enough to handle the power that a turbocharged RS would deliver, but the overwhelming majority are not. I am not making any conclusions about which category you fit into, Subies... just stating the facts.

Sean's advice is good though.
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Old 10-02-2000, 02:00 PM   #4
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sean has the right idea, just leave your car stock for a little bit, get to know the car, then see what you want to modify. i bought a 2001 2.5 coupe and i love it. i bought it a couple weeks ago, and i'm pushing it little by little to see what it can and cant do. i would definatly say get new tires though. after that, just decide what you want your car to do, and go from there. above all else, drive safely on the streets.
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Old 10-02-2000, 02:03 PM   #5
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Old 10-02-2000, 02:10 PM   #6
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Wow!!

I just joined the membership and I'm getting reply already. Well, I would like to thanks to all the quys that reply my questions and for the advice. Well, all of you are right, safty first.

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Old 10-02-2000, 02:11 PM   #7
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Driving School. Advanced Driving School. Autocross duckets. Track day.

Learn to drive your car first. If you could do a search under "Uh oh", you'd find many a new owner (or inexperienced owner) thought AWD made them invincible. It does not. Learn to drive and discern what you feel you and your car would benefit from as far as upgrades, then go that route. More power is not necessary, and is certainly not the first mod performed for 99% of the Subaru population.

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Old 10-02-2000, 02:15 PM   #8
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yeah driving schools are the best way to learn the limits of your car. I noticed that you live in North carolina. f you live close to the Ga border Road Atlanta has one of the finest driving schools you can attend. I took it about 3 years ago, and I learned so much. Have fun and be safe.
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Old 10-02-2000, 02:17 PM   #9
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Hi everyone again,

I'm 15 right now, but I didnt say that I'm gonna buy the car right away, but I just want to have a head start and learn more about the Imprezas like what products are good for it. I'm not trying to be mean or anything but I think that everyone have the wrong idea.

Thanks
sorry for all the confusion
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Old 10-02-2000, 02:23 PM   #10
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Hey Colin, I didn''t even get a license until 18 (a little harsh doncha think?) and I wound up with a four year old Galant with a leaky tranny from a Dodge Caravan and chronicly ripped tranny mounts! At least it promotes the desire for knowledge about cars and instills one with the proper respect for the value of a new car

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Old 10-02-2000, 02:33 PM   #11
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I think what teaches people respect for automobiles is fixing them by hand when things go wrong. There has to be some sort of negative consequences when a misstep is taken, and some parents go right back out and get little Timmy another Mustang GT after he totals the first one.

A good friend's first car was his mom's old Jaguar XJ6. He traded it senior year even-up for a new Z28 camaro. Wrecked that once real good, we spent a lot of time working on it, and from there on he was much more responsible but still enjoyed the car. (It's a shame when someone is cowed away from motorsports by an accident and drives like a grandma their whole life. There's a happy medium between that and reckless mania. )

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Old 10-02-2000, 03:08 PM   #12
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There has to be some sort of negative consequences when a misstep is taken, and some parents go right back out and get little Timmy another Mustang GT after he totals the first one.
I agree 110%. I went to school with the son of the owner of a Ford dealership. In ONE school year (9 months) this kid went through 7 cars. 3 Mustangs, 2 Explorers, and 2 T-Birds. Each one either got in an accident (most were his fault) and none were that badly damaged, but instead of fixing the first car and giving it back to the kid, daddy just gave him a diferent one... and probably sold the others as "demo" models at the dealership.

The point of this story is that this kid had, and probably still has) no respect for any of the cars that he drove.

Makes me mad....

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Old 10-02-2000, 03:17 PM   #13
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Old 10-02-2000, 03:36 PM   #14
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Subies,

You'll learn a lot just by reading the posts every day and by searching for topics that interest you. Our bent toward driving schools instead of telling you which products are good is meant to bring you away from the "Mod for the sake of modding" lifestyle.

The Subaru has deficiencies as it comes from the factory, and you'll read all about these elsewhere, it's just that most people mod their car past the capabilities of the driver. Especially a brand-new driver.

There's plenty that can be done to the Sube, or any car, it's just that the Subaru is a pretty good car out of the box, and if you know how to be fast (driving schools), you don't necessarily need to have the fastest car.

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