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Old 05-17-2004, 10:21 PM   #1
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Hey, I just bought a 2000 RS Sedan and I'm really looking into putting an aftermarket turbo setup on it, and I was wondering if I could get some advice from people who have already done this. I had a WRX at one time but I'm a college kid so I had to sell it and get in something cheaper. What would you reccomend? Thanks

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Old 05-17-2004, 10:22 PM   #2
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should've kept the wrx -- the RS turbo is gonna cost you more
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Old 05-17-2004, 10:27 PM   #3
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Just do an engine swap, it's cheaper on the long run.
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Old 05-17-2004, 10:48 PM   #4
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Insurance was killin me on the WRX...

I got in this RS pretty cheap and I'm not looking to spend a ton, just a little boost. Just looking for suggestions thanks.
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:08 PM   #5
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I know from personal experience... engine swap.. it will seriously save you a butt load.
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:42 PM   #6
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What if he got a complete kit from Forced Air Tech or AVO? Wouldn't that be as much or cheaper than an engine swap?
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:56 AM   #7
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Yes it would. As long as you can be smart and keep the red-mist and the boost bug away, and stay below 6psi you should be fine. I have been running 4psi on mine for a while now with no problems. It isnt the fastest car on the road, but it is alot faster than most...
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Old 05-18-2004, 10:22 AM   #8
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Thanks guys...I'll look into both options.
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Old 05-18-2004, 10:31 AM   #9
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Please defing what a TON of money is.
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Old 05-18-2004, 10:35 AM   #10
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I'm over 12 grand into mine now.
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Old 05-18-2004, 10:59 AM   #11
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Tats-

A ton of money on a turbo is 4 grand and up to me.

I was looking for something around 2500, but I am willing to spend more if it will make a huge difference and its reasonable.
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Old 05-18-2004, 11:15 AM   #12
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Nope...Sorry to bust your bubble but 2500 will definetely not do the trick, (of course unless it's an used kit at a bargain price). No matter what kit and/or setup you buy, in order to have a "RELIABLE-TROUBLE FREE-DAILY DRIVER" turbo RS you will spend more than $3500-4000 USD... I'm a little over 10 grand

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ps.- And of course that's without even thinking of the fragile RS transmission...
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Old 05-18-2004, 11:36 AM   #13
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Ha, I won't be spending 10 grand that's for sure. I don't have that kind of money. I don't have to have 300+ hp, I'm just talking a little boost, like 50-75 boost.
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Old 05-18-2004, 11:45 AM   #14
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I have the forced air tech stage 3 and I blew my motor and transmission.
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Old 05-18-2004, 02:57 PM   #15
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For the record...

I have a Ludespeed stage I and the TMIC from the Stage II.
I have an AT car.
I am boosting about 3.5-4psi
It is quick enough.

That is all.
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Old 05-18-2004, 03:44 PM   #16
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Thanks Forester...

How much $$ did that run you?

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Old 05-18-2004, 04:35 PM   #17
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Keep your rs stock and pretend its quick, this will save you a lot of money.

Ludespeed 3, Sti ra gears, flywheel, clutch, brakes, injectors the list is long

I could be driving an New STI instead of fixing my Rs

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Old 05-18-2004, 04:54 PM   #18
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RS-T = wasted money pit

2 blown motors, 2 blown tranny's, enough money into the POS that I could have bought 2 STi's brand new with the cash I've spent on the car.

My wife has a sign that she puts on it, when the car is in my garage vs. at FAT or Kingpin, that says "For Display Purposes Only".

That alone should help you understand what happens when you get the boost bug...
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:18 PM   #19
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Keep your rs stock and pretend its quick, this will save you a lot of money.
Thast what I do
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:20 PM   #20
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I'm about 8 grand in right now.
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:27 PM   #21
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Originally posted by 25rstautoxr
Keep your rs stock and pretend its quick, this will save you a lot of money.
Get a NOS sticker and voila! Fast enough

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Originally posted by 25rstautoxr
Ludespeed 3, Sti ra gears, flywheel, clutch, brakes, injectors the list is long.....I could be driving an New STI instead of fixing my Rs
Gospel truth... There is hope it will end someday. (2 Dead transmissions and a RA in the works, 5 blown MAFs, 2 sets of clutches, 2 Oxygen sensors, 1 Stock ECU)

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Much love to the GC8's, or is it stupidity, if you talk to my wife she will say its the later.
In my case my wife has got so used to it that when I get pissed and start yelling that I'll sell the [email protected] car, she's the one that defends it and I quote: "How the are you going to get rid of Scooby; do you know how much money WE have spent on Scooby? You know you'll miss it if you sell it and I don't want you bitchin around the house"

Well, at least Scooby is all paid; no debt
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:26 PM   #22
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Yeah, but how many of you guys who blew your motors pushed more boost than *reccommended* and was hard on the tranny? Ive heard guys talk that they have had zero problems with an rs-t or gt-t around 6 psi.
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:28 PM   #23
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its all in the tuning, kastle will be the first to admit he was being stupid when he blew his

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Old 05-18-2004, 08:36 PM   #24
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Exactly. Thats why Im not skimping on mine. I am getting a nice ludespeed stage 2 from the private sellers. I have to buy a few things first, but I will get on the ball with management. Oh yeah, hey PHATsuby, how much better do you think the parallel rail mod will do? I know its not a performance thing, more of a saftey thing by keeping #3 from getting too hot. Oh, and how much boost did kastle push when his went boom?

Oh yeah, do you think it would be a good thing to install the safeguard before its boosted so it can be setup to where the engine runs normally without picking up noise, so when the turbo goes on, if there is any extra niose (knock) it will detect that and not just the engine?? I had a disscussion today with my freind and he thought that would be a good thing to do as well.
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its all in the tuning, kastle will be the first to admit he was being stupid when he blew his

Ben
13psi on a built motor... I've pushed 18psi on it, but the combo that day really was the problem... I've blown a motor at 7psi though too...

New motor won't be so likely to blow...
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