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Old 08-16-2000, 08:48 AM   #1
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Question Anyone done forced induction on their 2.5 GT?

Hey all, I just want to know if anyone has turbo'd or supercharged their 2.5 GT yet and if you can tell me about it. I want to know the good and bad, all of it.
The reason I'm asking is because until last weekend I was planning on getting rid of the legacy when the new turbo Imprezas come out. On sunday I went to an autocross in bristol conn. and there was a lancer there(yes a lancer prepped by ralliart,imported from Ausralia). He ran the course in 36.? and I ran it in 38.9. Now he has everything done to his car and 18" race tires. I have the basics(and tein suspension) and 16" street tires. Now if I am this close to a lancer why shouldn't I turbo my Legacy, get some race rubber and start kicking all ass?
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p.s. He went home after the race and came back with his other lancer(no I'm not kidding!)
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Old 08-16-2000, 09:24 AM   #2
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I wish i could afford that!

The GT is a very well balanced car if driven right with the right bits.

Sounds like you're either a good driver and he wasn't going as fast as the car probably could have gone.

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Old 08-16-2000, 09:46 AM   #3
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Hey, yeah I'm getting my '99 GT turbo'd soon. Right now I'm just finishing up the rest of my build-up before I do the whole swap.

Going to be swapping in a 22B block that has been bored out to 2.5L. Before I drop in my hi-boost turbo. I'm going to be raising my compression of my stock 2.5L block from 9.7:1 to 10.7:1 and then drop that into my '98 Legacy L

I can tell you the reason why our Legacys are so fast (even without a turbo), it's b/c of our near 50:50 weight distribution. If you've noticed, nearly sixty something % of the weight is located in the front for the Imprezas, yes they're 300lbs lighter, but when it comes down to it, the rest is chassis dynamics... that's why BMW's are so nice

I believe from an issue of Road & Track (their Anniversary one) they did a comparison on a 1997 '98? GT, and listed showed a weight distribution of 54%(f) 46%(r)

So in theory, if we went and relocated the battery to the passanger side trunk, went with a light weight hood (and possibly new fiberglass bumper) we can alter the weight to 52%(f) 48%(r)


For the GT, there is really no downside to adding a turbo. That's b/c if you're running something like only 5psi, you'll have plenty of power in any gear. Great for freeway driving! I'd have to recommed going with a JC sports turbo for this.
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Old 08-16-2000, 04:23 PM   #4
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" I was planning on getting rid of the legacy
when the new turbo Imprezas come out."

While I admire the Imprezza/WRX for its mechanicals & nimbleness , one of the reasons I got a Legacy was the size. The longer wheelbase, extra girth and notably larger interior cabin make for a much more comfortable (and safer feeling) ride esp when everyone & their mother drives a freakin' SUV these days. The compact car thing gets old sometimes esp if you got someone shotgun.
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