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Old 08-24-2000, 05:39 PM   #1
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Question New to the Board- any Outback Mods out there?

Got into performance driving school AFTER I bought a '99 OB. Now I have a leetle money to make it better. I assume everyone would suggest an Unorthodox pulley? If you had $500 to $800 to spend on a OB, how would you do it? Acceleration, handling, or a little of both?

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Old 08-24-2000, 06:17 PM   #2
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They have the same DOHC 2.5L as the MY98 Impreza... so as far as engine mods: Intake, Exahust... (watch the intake though, you have a MAF, which dies easily if not baby'd).

Not sure about the suspension though, the outback has a different geometery than the GT or L, so I don't know what shocks/springs will fit. I am relativly sure that the strut-tower bars for a MY99 Legacy will fit your OB, and you should already have a 18mm rear swaybar. And of course tires to keep it all on the road.

From what I have heard: the Underdrive pully is not worth it, very little gains (if any).

So, for $500 get a WeaponR or some other intake kit, and a Stromung muffler. That will help you breathe better. Then get the strut-tower bars and tires.

Of course I have a 2000 GT which is a completely different animal, so I could be talking out of my ass...

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Old 08-25-2000, 03:42 PM   #3
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Well, I'm not sure if all the OB had the air suspension... but if it doesn't just use the GT-Wagon parts (ex Springs & Shocks/struts),
Do the front and rear strut tower bars.

As for the speedo, what's the original size of the OB tires? if you're doing a rubber upgrade from like (ex - 205/70/15) you'd need to go to a 225/60/15 or something similar to get the same rotational diameter
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Old 08-25-2000, 03:56 PM   #4
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AFAIK swapping suspension between the GT and the OB isn't that easy. The OB's suspension is actually got a lift on it, the axles are different, the geometry is different, etc. It would be easier and less expensive to sell the OB and get a GT.
My wife's '97 OB has 16" GT wheels and a set of 215-60VR16 Pirelli P6000's and the handling difference is amazing compared to the stock 205-70-15 XW4's. Now her OB has better grip than my RS. IMO the best performance upgrade would be tires(on 16's if you can swing it).

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Old 08-25-2000, 05:59 PM   #5
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Yea, that is what I thought. Maybe I can find a set of RS wheels from Octagon Spares for not too much dough, and keep the stock wheels for winter.
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Old 08-26-2000, 01:37 AM   #6
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Ok, this is what I'd do... since you have an OB, it rides so high, swap in a GT suspension, get the strut bars, and put in a K&N panel filter... when you're doing performance driving, alot of it is in the corners, thus handling would be the more important thing.. I have a '99GT and I find that the higher I rev it the better it gets in the DOHC.. but only until 5500rpm...

Do the tires as well if you're on the 15's get a 205/55/15
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Old 08-26-2000, 01:51 AM   #7
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I'm in a similar situation in that I have a 97 legacy outback. It's due for a suspension change anyway at almost 80k.
Which parts of the GT suspension would you swap in? Why not go with an aftermarket suspension?
Dropping to a smaller height tire sounds like a good idea, but how do you correct the speedo, etc? Change the speed sensor?

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Old 09-04-2000, 10:43 AM   #8
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Here is something you might want to try that is pretty cheap to do.
I finally got around to returning the K&N panel filter (PN 33-2031-1) to my wife's 97' Outback that I borrowed when I first got my RS. While I was at it I decided to remove the Snorkus thing (silencer) that lives in the fender well so the intake would pull cooler fender air in. For the RS this takes quite a while as you have to remove a ton of those plastic clips that have a sort of screw that work like dry wall mollies. This is needed to remove the whole fender splash guard to get the Snorkus out as it's quite large.
http://www.impreza-rs.com/silencer.html


I'm happy to report that with the Legacy OB and possibly regular Legacy's, you don't have to take the wheel off along with a ton of other stuff. Just 2 of those plastic things that hold part of the splash guard in front of the wheel just behind the bumper is all. Then you can pull down the plastic shroud and get the snorkus out with out any problems. It's only held on in two spots w/ 10mm bolts. One you have to get to from the engine bay between the airbox and intake tube that goes in front of the head lamp. The other from the fender well. Removing the snorkus will make it so you'll be pulling cool air in from the fender and not hot air from inside the engine bay. You will be eliminating the silencer (aka snorkus) and that tube that is bolted in just above the passenger side head lamp. There will be a hole in the fender where that tube hooks up to the snorkus. It happens that there is a plug that fits in that hole perfectly. It's normally from a 2000 RS (PN 46059FA000), I happen to have one and put it in there. Cleans up the look nicely. The plug costs 6 bucks I think. If anyone wants pics of what I'm having a hard time describing let me know. It really only took 20 min or less to do.

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