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Old 05-22-2005, 07:24 AM   #1
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Hi people,

I have a 1995 Legacy Wagon. It has a very unpowerful 2.0 litre engine (I think the smallest size in many countries is 2.2 litres). Anyway is there any cheap (comparitively) ways to make this more powerful?

I only have 92kw of power (122 horsepower I think that is).

I know of Air filter- Exhaust System can have some effect, also I know that engine computer chips can be put in.

Would one of these options make any difference to the power of my otherwise lovely vehicle?

I already have 215,000 kilometres on the clock (134,00 miles). Would any upgrade kill my engine, or is it so old it doesnt matter?

Any suggestions would be fine.
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Old 05-22-2005, 01:40 PM   #2
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Just do an engine swap!
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Old 05-22-2005, 02:06 PM   #3
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With that many km's you have a pretty tired engine, you'd be lucky if it's even making the stock HP numbers. You are not going to get much out of that engine and would really be better off putting the money towards a swap in the future or other upgrades such as tires/suspension etc.
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:05 AM   #4
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Hi people,

I have a 1995 Legacy Wagon. It has a very unpowerful 2.0 litre engine (I think the smallest size in many countries is 2.2 litres). Anyway is there any cheap (comparitively) ways to make this more powerful?

I only have 92kw of power (122 horsepower I think that is).

I know of Air filter- Exhaust System can have some effect, also I know that engine computer chips can be put in.

Would one of these options make any difference to the power of my otherwise lovely vehicle?

I already have 215,000 kilometres on the clock (134,00 miles). Would any upgrade kill my engine, or is it so old it doesnt matter?

Any suggestions would be fine.
cold air intake, sheilded with good pod, headers, plane the head to raise compression, change your cams, chip or preferably new computer would give you a bit of an increase. you could go all the way and fully balance it and blueprint it, knife edge crank, massive oversize valves, etc etc REmemberr the way to make power in an N/A car is revs. More revs, more power, as there is a limit to its volumetric efficincy, that turbos dont have. ( to a point)
And even with the bolt on mods, youd still get beaten by an RS with poddy and boost controller, after spending 500-1000 slides.
After the full n/a build, 6k plus, you may beat it, until the RS puts a td05h on it and 3 inch mandrel, and chips it. ($900 ish)
So what im getting at is to have an n/a car that beats turbios is very impressive, but for the cost, its way easier in the long run to drop in a 93-95 WRX engine, get it certed, and then go for it.
you can pick up import WRX and STI engines for pretty reasonable prices now, theres heaps of places selling them.
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Old 05-26-2005, 08:11 PM   #5
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I'd really consider a swap. Then it'd be a monster
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Old 05-27-2005, 02:18 PM   #6
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Not a very good platform to build from...

I aggree with the swap...
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Old 06-04-2005, 01:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions guys.

I dont even want or need big power. My previous car was a Ford Telstar TX5 with a 2.5 litre motor putting out 121kw (160hp). That car was perfect for me in terms of speed. All I want is to approach that level.

I guess I may just have to make do for now, I never expected a sports car, but the 2 litre is way slower than expected (Auction buy, no real test drive). Otherwise the car is brilliant.

Here in NZ I see Subaru engines advertised sometimes, how difficult would it be to get another better Legacy motor put in? I cannot do the work myself. It is probably worth just buying a new car, or putting up with this one.
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