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Old 12-24-2004, 08:40 PM   #1
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Impreza GC8 The L project...

I finally got my career off the ground so's I can afford to throw money at my car now:

stuff i have done

1. Full exhaust- OBX SS headers, hi-flow cat, 2.25" catback, OBX SS Dual-tip.
2. OBX CAI.
3. 16" WRX wheels.
4. RS rear swaybar.
5. RS struts & springs.

stuff i still have yet to do:

1. JDM WRX rear swaybar & metal endlinks all around.
2. KYB AGX's and prodrive springs.
3. GC8 hood w/ a scoop and trunk lid w/ spoiler.
4. JDM WRX disks all around.
5. GC8 WRX front & rear bumper and sideskirts if i can get them.
6. Lightweight crank pulley.
7. JDM EJ20K/L/M/N/O/P & 5MT swap with group N engine/tranny mounts.

She definitely isn't the same car I drove home from the dealership! She has way more pull from 3k to redline and much better throttle response. She's still a tad weak below 3k but Mr. Josh's pulley should help remedy that whenever it arrives, which will be never because he decided to jerk me around like some kind of fool... More to come!
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Last edited by bongchild; 12-09-2005 at 05:24 PM. Reason: mwa ha ha!
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Old 12-24-2004, 10:38 PM   #2
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sounds good. number 1, 2 (w/eibachs) i have and love on my 2.5rs. sounds like a good build up, not too pricey either.
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Old 12-25-2004, 06:19 PM   #3
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If intakes aren't that expensive, do that as well along with your exhaust. Personally, I wouldn't do either with a eventual swap in mind, because I hate buying parts and take a hit of them because I have to sell them off - I only buy them when I can keep them for long term. STi take-offs for suspension should be good too if you're not too high on adjustables. As for the rear brakes, might be better off going JDM and get the 2pot setup, or the legacy rotor upgrade along with the WRX calipers.
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Old 12-25-2004, 07:44 PM   #4
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/\ the exhaust will work with a motor swap, but it will be very restrictive. You might want to look into a used aftermarket 2.5" exhaust. #5, Yes, a coupe spoiler will fit a sedan, this is a well known swap. For #9, just spend the money on the endlinks, you'll be happier. #10, yes, the RS has sideskirts, black plastic from the factory.

Also, are you going to keep the 4eat or swap in a 5mt/6mt?
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Old 12-26-2004, 05:47 PM   #5
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Hey, thanks for the input guys! Keep it coming! So, legacy rotors would be better huh kgb? Why is that, if u don't mind my asking? better value? better fit? I wasn't planning on doing my intake because I was under the impression that u only need an intake if ur pushing 200+ horses. Now that I think about it, an intake should complement my exhaust nicely.
I've read/heard that 2.25" is the best size to go with for N/A. But I've also heard that 2.5" is the best route to take. Does 2.25" just apply to the 1.8L? And yes, I plan on keeping my 4EAT. I may change it to a 5mt when I get my engine swap. What would be downside to keeping the 4EAT?
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Old 12-26-2004, 07:11 PM   #6
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Buy a full jdm front clip. Sell the drivetrain. Or keep the drivetrain. Either way you'll wind up spending less than buying all the parts seperately. Selling the drivetrain will offset the cost of the clip and you'll get almost all the parts you want including aluminum control arms and wrx brakes.

Good luck
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Old 12-26-2004, 07:25 PM   #7
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Legacy rotors > WRX rotors in the back, which pushes the brake bias rearwards - stock brake bias is safety oriented, and thus will always always lock up the fronts first. As for intake - it's all about air flow, and you can only push out air that actually came into the engine. Velocity and pressure is the key to power - high velocity and low pressure is the best but with N/A, you can only compromise and tune for a certain RPM range. Also, if you do a CAI, you get cooler air = denser air = more power.

Again, figure out your end goal and mod accordingly - N/A and turbo don't have a lot of good common parts as you push for the performance envelope. If you have the money, buying a full wreck of a JDM car and swap probably nets you the best gain for a 93L
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Old 12-26-2004, 07:33 PM   #8
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really cheap lightened pulley set group buy going on on rs25.com
3 pulleys + belts for 160 shipped.
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Old 12-26-2004, 08:38 PM   #9
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I never thought of a front clip... That may be a very viable option for when my swap comes around. I would probably hold off on the brakes until then if that was the case. But for now I only have the cash to get the various stock pieces that I want from folks nearby. As for my goal... I just want a more fun daily commute and occasional off-road trip. I know the 1.8L ain't the best engine out there for upgrading, but I think it can be so much more with a few bolt-ons. After my mods I picture myself being able to merge onto the freeway without flooring it and being able to squeeze into city traffic without fearing for my safety or having to wait for it to clear up cuz my car can't get up to speed fast enough. BUT, my folks just cut me off so I have to pay for college out of my own pocket. Looks like my project will have to be put off for even longer.
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Old 09-26-2005, 06:53 PM   #10
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BUMP! cuz i'm bored at work and i feel like sharing with the NASIOC world.
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Old 09-26-2005, 09:57 PM   #11
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So it's been almost a year what have you done?

cheers

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Old 09-27-2005, 03:25 PM   #12
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I updated the first post to reflect what all I have done. I can't wait to get that pulley in! I'm curious about what kind of results I'll get...
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