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Old 07-06-2005, 10:53 PM   #1
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Default I want to turbo my 98 outback

Right now I have a mostly stock 98 outback and im wondering if any other of you guys with a 98 legacy have turbo'd and what process you went through to do it.

I have heard that our head gaskets have problems and I don't want to blow mine .
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Old 07-06-2005, 11:17 PM   #2
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I want a turbo too as long as you are passing them out!!!
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:11 AM   #3
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The headgasket problems were known when Subaru put the cars into production . But you do have some options. If you are going to be doing a whole engine buildup cometic has a great piece. You can also have custom copper ones made. If you are going to be doing low boost applications you can use just a new headgasket. The problems have been fixed in the new gasket kits that Subaru sells.
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:42 AM   #4
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Will it be worth it now to go with an aftermarket gasket so that if I end up tuning the car to be boosted at higher psi I won't have to replace it again?
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Old 07-07-2005, 04:23 AM   #5
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Dekka98, to go much over 6psi boost, you need to do some major engine rework (like lower compression pistons) which means you will have the heads off again.
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Old 07-07-2005, 08:52 AM   #6
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It's cheaper and safer to do a WRX swap. You can find a WRX engine for around 1500 nowadays.
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Old 07-07-2005, 10:37 AM   #7
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It's cheaper and safer to do a WRX swap. You can find a WRX engine for around 1500 nowadays.
if you have the knowledge to do so yourself...
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Old 07-07-2005, 11:43 AM   #8
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Yeah I agree if you do the swap and you have the knowledge it would be more cost effective, but if you have the money and want the big engine then you can rip your block apart puts some better pistons and cams, maybe a set of better heads. And then you could run a turbo that would have more than 6. But the only problem is the money. Because that is what I wanted to do but I'm just going to save up for a wrx, and use that for a drag car. Cause I already have the coldair, underdrive pulley, and the header, now getting the custom exhaust to fit.
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:32 PM   #9
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you can run more than 6psi on a stock block, i have been running 11psi on mine for a while now and JoeT does as well, he tracks/auto-x's at 14psi, stock block. do it properly and you can run higher boost without internals.

a swap is something to consider though, i highly doubt you can do a full swap for 1500, its gonna be closer to 3k all said and done with you doing labor, if you are really concerned with internals jut buy a STi shortblock and swap that, but that is 1500 right there, and you have a budget

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Old 07-07-2005, 02:08 PM   #10
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xcntrk's was 5000, thats engine tranny rear end and all
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Old 07-07-2005, 07:45 PM   #11
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xcntrk's was 5000, thats engine tranny rear end and all
And if I don't know how to do that myself... how much am i looking at?
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Old 07-07-2005, 08:01 PM   #12
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It's cheaper and safer to do a WRX swap. You can find a WRX engine for around 1500 nowadays.
Where??? I want one. I thought mininum cost for the engines were about $3k then you have another $1-2 in other parts/labor.
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Old 07-07-2005, 08:35 PM   #13
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a lot of it you could

so much of it bolts up

but then again, if you don't know how, you prolly don't have the tools either...

you'd have to start calling shops and asking, if i were you i'd find subie specialty shops even if you have to drive a ways, for piece of mind anyhow.

i'm so thankful.... i have boxer4racing in my backyard. i'm going to PICK UP a sway bar in a week. they are about 40 minutes away.
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Old 07-07-2005, 09:47 PM   #14
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Phatsuby what kinda turbo kit do you have on your car
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