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Old 07-16-2005, 12:09 PM   #1
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Hiya, this is my first post, bouht a new 2.5rs wagon yesterday, commin from an evo it needs some things to make me happier with its performance. because the impreza and wrx are on the same platform, are parts for the wrx also for the impreza? can I buy an exhaust or strut bars or swaybars or anythin for a wrx and it will fit the impreza, also if its for an impreza sedan will it fit the wagon. any info on what parts will fit both will be greatly appreciated. thanks. and yeah dont be like search cause i looked on the boards and it takes too long I'm goin to the shore and wanted to order some stuff before I went when I come back they will be here. Thanks to anyone who helps me out with this.
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Old 07-16-2005, 01:34 PM   #2
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Depends on what year wagon you have. Be a lil more specific. I assume you have an 02-03 or 04-05 wagon? When it comes to chasis, 02-03 TS wagon's can use RS sedan strut bars and swaybars. Same goes with WRX stuff. The chasis is the same (minus suspension components like springs, correct me people..) When it comes to exhaust, yes, the hanger locations are the same when you compare the 02-03's and 04-05's. However, the size piping is what your concern would be. You would not want to buy a WRX-specified catback due to it's piping size (usually 2.5 or 3 inches, which is too big for the NA engine.) When it comes to axlebacks, thats a whole different debate. But physically, they WILL fit.

!!!I say this assuming you have a newer body style wagon (02+)!!!. If it's an older school wagon, I'm not too up to date on those years. However, I assume they'll fit anything exhaust wise and suspension wise from the 2.5rs of the 98-01 years.

Hope I was clear on this. Anyone correct me if I'm wrong!
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Old 07-16-2005, 01:58 PM   #3
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If it's an RS wagon then it has to be an '05 because that was the first year for that designation. All GD (2002-2005 in the US market) Imprezas are very similar and share lots of parts. The wagons have a slightly narrower front track so some suspension parts are different. Rear sways are the same, fronts are specific for the RS. Strutbars are a waste O' money on the front but some people swear by the rears on a wagon. Your engine has a MAF intake so intake parts for the previous MAP based models won't work. The exhausts are very similar but you are better off using parts for the RS due to the previously mentioned sized differences. The front flange on the midpipe of the WRX is larger so it doesn't match up with the RS catpipe outlet.

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Old 07-16-2005, 02:40 PM   #4
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thanks for the help, thought it was sorta clear when i got it yesterday everyone would assume it's an 05 but yeah its an 05 rs wagon some color red i forget the exact name starts with an S, lol I definately wanna do front and rear sways, after that I'll see what kind of difference it made and then choose strut bars, all my previous cars had front and rear so probably I'd do the same here. Intake I have been lookin around and it seems like my two best choices are between cobb or injen rd1222 unless you guys can suggest somethin better, I heard borla header doesn't fit very well, only other header I've seen so far is the cobb and it looks nice, probably gonna save up and get that, then as of now I've only seen stromung and cobb exhausts but then again I have only been lookin around for a bunch of hours. I think as of now (considering I only have like $500 to work with) I get front and rear sways and an intake then save up some money and choose from there, anyone suggest a certain sway bar? seen hotchkis and also seen the subaru performance sway bars, and cusco. any input from you guys helps and thanks for helpin this scooby newby.
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Old 07-16-2005, 03:15 PM   #5
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Suspension: Springs from 2004+ WRX / STi Will work, but because you have an N/A wagon, the front is lighter, so you may have to mix and match springs to get a proper looking drop.
I'm running 04+ Tein H-Techs up front and USDM 04 WRX STi springs in the rear. Great balance. Some people have had better luck using Prodrive 04+ Springs
Swaybars: Front is fine unless you're into crazy oversteer. The rear, look for an 02-03 WRX Sedan Rear, it's 20mm vs. the 04+ 17mm.
If you're looking for a more extreme Rear Swaybar, get an 02+ WRX Progress Adjustible Rear.

Engine: Intakes will have to be 2005+ Specific because you have the newest intake manifold design.
Exhaust, well anything for an N/A 1993-2005 will work, one hanger might be off slightly. Funny enough, the Ebay cheapo headers seem to work better and last longer then the Borlas do.

Body: Wagons are hard to find parts for, only a few wagon specific bodykits, but you can swap on USDM / JDM Headlights if you want HIDs, grilles are the same, Fogs are the same 04+

And the Color... San Remo Red
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Old 07-16-2005, 05:09 PM   #6
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For suspension and sway bars, I'd definitely say either Perrin or Cusco. Both are quality companies. You won't be dissapointed with either of them. I've also hear good things about Helix, but I wouldn't want a purple swaybar

I highly suggest Perrin, because you can get their adjustable one for under 200 bucks, and it comes with upgraded, hardcore mounts.

And I agree with BrysImpreza, you really don't need a front swaybar. Do the back, see how you like it first.

I've also heard that people will mix front and back springs for a good drop.
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