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Old 06-20-2001, 10:34 PM   #1
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Hi Guys I am looking into getting a used Impreza (old body style) 2.5 RS. Forgive me I am a V8 guy and I know very little about Subys but I do know that I dont want turbo cause of lag and this car would be driven daily and used for autocross and i need touque. I was wondering what are the best years and what are things i should look out for? Also Are there reliable Supercharger kits out there? Any superchaged Impreza peps out there I can ask my many questions? Thanks

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Old 06-20-2001, 10:40 PM   #2
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I would say the best year to get, if you can afford it is a MY00. The 99's had the intake issue. There are no "reliable" supercharger kits out there right now. There is only a handfull of SC'ed 2.5rs running around a couple are on this board.
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Old 06-20-2001, 10:46 PM   #3
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If you're staying naturally aspirated, I would definitely go with a MY00/01.

If you're going with a turbo, the MY99 is actually your best bet because of the stage 2 block and no pain in the butt MAP sensor.

There aren't any supercharger kits out yet. As always, we patiently wait for the ones in "development" to emerge.
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Old 06-20-2001, 10:51 PM   #4
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Unhappy Dang no good superchager kits?

Its hard to beleive theres no good SC kits out there? Theres plenty of turbo kits. right? Well is there turbo kits that are geared toward quick spool-up and little lag for autocrossing? Thanks

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Old 06-20-2001, 11:10 PM   #5
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a turbo will still work well, in autocross, you just have to get used to driving in the upper power band.

There are superchargers that will work, but they are either very expensive, or they kits suck. You'll probably find Rimmer, if you do a net search, but stay away from that guy. There's an australian company that does a SC kit that's supposed to work pretty well.

If you can do the work yourself, and don't need a kit, the smaller eaton SC will work.
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Old 06-20-2001, 11:28 PM   #6
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Cool Work whats that?

I can install a kit on the car myself. But I would rather stay with a kit thats been tuned for the car cause I dont know much about these cars yet. Caint be to hard. So a good SC kit (austrailian I assume) is about as much as a turbo kit? Well looks like more research.

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Old 06-21-2001, 07:55 AM   #7
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Post Superchargers - not yet !

There are several of us that are patiently waiting for an s/c kit to come out. Personally I'm waiting for my warranty to expire, or I'd already have one.

Check the private classifieds, frequently someone tries to sell them there.

I think I'd suggets beefing up the engine internals before slapping on a turbo or a s/c. You can get the car up to around 200 HP's with just intakes, exhaust, headers, etc. After that, you can throw a s/c on and you'll get even MORE power out of one.

I'd go with the 2000...in fact, I did! It doesn't have the MAF which caused quite a bit of problems with intakes, and it's got the Limited Slip Differential.....it was the first year for it.
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Old 06-21-2001, 10:20 AM   #8
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Thumbs up 00/01 years

Limited slip! Allright theres a plus! Was it standerd or optional? Ok so for what I want to do looks like MY 00/01 2.5 RS is what I am looking for? Now what I need to know is what things break and where quickly. Also what can I expect to pay for one in the 50-70,000 mile range? Thanks. I know its a lot of questions but I am learning

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Old 06-21-2001, 11:41 AM   #9
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Well i have a MY00 .... havent really run into any problems yet ... only weird thing is my airbox, the clamps dont wanna stay on .....i'm at about 19k miles so far ... oh one thing that does go wrong ... o2 sensor.... u will need to get that replaced if it hasnt already
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Old 06-21-2001, 12:02 PM   #10
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Default okay, short newbie list of things for subies

1. 98 & 99 used the MAF sensor, which works well with turbos, but not aftermarket N/A intakes. 00 & 01 use the MAP, which is more durable, but tends to run rich.

2. The engine itself is more or less bulletproof. 300hp out of an otherwise stock engine have been attained (91+ octane, a must) The clutch and gearbox, on the otherhand, have to endure the stress of the AWD system. Clutches regularly go to pot around 70,000mi (even on NA cars), and 2nd gear in a manual can't take much more than 8-10psi before it turns itself into small pieces. There are some stronger aftermarket clutches (ACT) available for good prices, and it doesn't sound like you plan on running huge boost even if you decide to go forced induction.

3. If it still has the original RE-92 skins, put them on the curb. Kumho makes a tire that is sized well to the RS, and its gotten a lot of good press from the locals on the board. As always, tires are a personal thing, tho. And oh yeah. 215's fine, but 225's are a huge squeeze.

4. Don't forget that the 98-01 RS's are just 2800lbs in full trim. That's not all that much, if you're used to driving a Monty. Combined with the 4.11 gearing and the wide torque, she scoots about rather well as it is. The upper end does suffer a bit from breathing issues, but thats easy to fix.

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Old 06-21-2001, 02:55 PM   #11
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Check out the SPD Tuning website http://www.spdusa.com/, under the "Techical Information" section. There is a lot of good information about subies and modifications to them.
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Old 06-25-2001, 06:30 PM   #12
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Cool Thanks!

Cool Thanks. All good points. Havent decided exactly what year I want and what future mods I want but Yall have given me stuff to ponder. Thanks again

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Old 06-25-2001, 11:09 PM   #13
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Default Well....

...I own a 2001 RS with almost all the goodies that Cobb Tuning has to offer. That is one of the reasons why I don't have a WRX, beside the fact that I love my car's body. But if money wasn't a factor , and I didn't own an RS, I'll be buying a WRX. Even knowing that I already beat some of them on the street and track.

They were almost stock; man you shouldn't worry about turbo lag, Cobb has different affordable ways to get rid of that almost completely. A WRX has a lot of potential.

Now don't take me wrong I love my N/A and still have some more room for improvement.

On the other hand a WRX will never beat a well done turbo installed on an RS.

Now if you find a reliable S/C go for it and later tell me where did you find it, I autocross and will love to have it.

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