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Old 07-08-2005, 03:18 PM   #1
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So as some of you know I'm starting to mod my 96 Impreza L Coupe. It has the 2.2 L motor which means it also has the auto tranny... so...


What would be some "cheap" mods to do? So far I have:

STi Rear Sway Bar... soon to be Whiteline Adjustable
2.5in Midpipe and STi axleback exhaust
De-snorkled
FRAM intake panal

I'm also about to buy a Mr. Josh's Crank Pulley. So what would you do next? I don't necessarily need huge hp gains (although that would be great), but I'm looking more for faster acceleration. Hope that makes sense, lol.

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Old 07-08-2005, 04:54 PM   #2
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Old 07-08-2005, 05:15 PM   #3
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catback wont do anything, and I'm not sure if the pulleys really help autos either (remember reading that somewhere, but could be wrong)

I'd go for handling:

swaybar,springs, tires, steering rack bushings

if you want power:

CAI
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Old 07-08-2005, 06:03 PM   #4
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Suspension mods are the best bang for buck mod you can do to your N/A powered Subaru.

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Old 07-08-2005, 10:58 PM   #5
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Borla headers are kinnda of a 300$ waste, with no power gains. An intake will help. I got an intake from rallitek which has treated me well.
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Old 07-08-2005, 11:04 PM   #6
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catback wont do anything, and I'm not sure if the pulleys really help autos either (remember reading that somewhere, but could be wrong)
Actually, auto or manual, it will give you power gains. but you get more power gain from catback if you have an intake.

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Borla headers are kinnda of a 300$ waste, with no power gains. An intake will help. I got an intake from rallitek which has treated me well.
another... WRONG! headers gain best if you have an intake and a full exhaust setup. You wont get 15whp from just a header, you need more supporting aftermarket parts.

Anythign can give you better performance. You can get better acceleration from new rims if you got a set of rims that are lighter than stock wheels. Of course, the cheapest mod that you can see/hear the difference is a CAI. BUt if ur a handling person, then maybe the struts and sway bars will give u more smile on your face...
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Old 07-09-2005, 12:20 AM   #7
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Light rims and good tires. This mod will help you 2 fold well actually 3. Bling, less rotational mass(same idea as your pulley) Handleing. I believe that just may be the definition of bang for buck.
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Old 07-09-2005, 12:39 AM   #8
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Light rims and good tires. This mod will help you 2 fold well actually 3. Bling, less rotational mass(same idea as your pulley) Handleing. I believe that just may be the definition of bang for buck.
new rims and tires will be quite expensive... its bang for the buck, not buck for the bang
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Old 07-09-2005, 02:30 AM   #9
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I'm in the same boat as you, i have a 96L coupe...auto. I have a weapon-r intake and an apexi n1 catback. its def. louder but i think the intake helped the most. seems like lower-mid rpms, its the exhaust but after about 5k the intake is alot louder than the exhaust. ive heard alot of people buying the generic cai intakes off ebay and making them that way. just make sure you have a good filter. im about to swap the cheap weapon-r ones out for an injen one. also, go suspension, seems like you have whitelines on the way, so finish it up. i just put on my rims and getting coilovers and sway bars soon. then im going to save up for my engine and tranny. i know suspension pieces are expensive but no matter what you do to the auto 2.2, i dont think you'll be happy and you def. wont be that fast, even compared to a stock RS
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Old 07-09-2005, 05:55 PM   #10
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Im pretty sure good rims and tires can be had for 1500, people part with barely used rims that are just about perfect everyday in the classifieds. Since youve done most bolt on engine mods, save headers, suspension should be your next series of mods. And Im not sure who else besides borla makes headers for the L. Borlas are cool, some gains, but they definetly dont fit in the bang for buck category. Coilovers or strut/spring set ups will run about 1K, and Im sure some of you will agree a good set of rims and tires should come before those, and may be more useful than those.
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Old 07-09-2005, 05:59 PM   #11
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Sorry for the double post, but I think you need to realize your getting to the point where mods arent gonna be cheap anymore. Only 2 of the mods listed so far are really cheap, CAI and steering bushings. Unless your really good with tools, springs may only be 400ish, but add in several install hours plus an alignment, they arent exactly cheap anymore.
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