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Old 11-02-1999, 07:10 PM   #1
GTMAN
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What is up everyone! I've been a spectator all this time and finally decided to join.

I've got a 98GT WGN Auto in a state that you can pull 0.8+G's all year round - almost - AZ.

The car has a rear 18mm swaybar and thats about it. I keep thinking about putting those Eibach's (with std shocks) on but don't know if the joy of driving would overcome the a bit scary loss of 1.2in clearance.

Plus does putting a 2.25in exhaust system help...are the power gains sweet enough to warrant the cost...or go spend it on suspension.

Anyway, any advice is welcomed.

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GTMAN (GT454@hotmail.com)
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Old 11-02-1999, 08:58 PM   #2
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Hey, its always good to hear from a new Legacy owner!! I think doing a complete catback exhaust with a high flow cat will be a big improvement (I'm not really sure though). I'm sure somebody else on the list knows though.

Also there are a few Legacy owners that have not posted? Why? Don't be afraid, we won't bite you. (subie gal might haha)
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Old 11-02-1999, 10:23 PM   #3
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Hey, I'm a 98 GT wagon owner up in Prescott. I haven't changed the exhaust yet. I have added a strut tower bar in the front and the 18mm rear sway bar. Big performance difference!

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Old 11-03-1999, 02:36 AM   #4
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GTMAN, good to have you around. Personally I would go for the exhaust. You won't get a ton of extra power but it will probably pull a bit better up through the entire rpm range. But the biggest reason I would get it is for the sound. To me there is nothing better sounding then the boxer engine and hearing it with a decent muffler makes driving it that much more fun( to me anyway). But the suspension is a great idea as well so it's a case of which would you rather. I don't think the suspension drop is that big of a deal and chances are a 1 inch drop is probably one of the least amount of drops you will find for aftermarket suspensions.
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Old 11-03-1999, 07:27 AM   #5
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I say exhaust is a good choice. That was the first major mod i went with. LOUD sweet noise!! A little more push, but that's it. You'll really feel the difference if you add an intake to the exhaust, but that's down the road.

After exhaust I added my springs upgrade - a 1.5" drop and the car still rides fine. If you have any questions, let me know....

And i wont bite unless i like you a LOT!
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Old 11-03-1999, 07:47 AM   #6
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GTMan,

I think Exhaust is a good starting point. Many people claim that getting exhaust will increase the HP by X% and that is true in some aspect. But there are combinations you might want to consider. Installing an intake will allow your car to breathe better, and along with the exhaust, it will allow your car to expell the nasties better.

Many people also say that bigger the pipe is better. Well yes and no. A bigger pipe will not give you the torque you need on the get-go. I will guarantee that a pizza delivery car can beat you on this. 3" pipe cat-back would be good when you're at higher speeds. After the muffler, size of the pipe tip will not matter. Mostly cosmetic. I've seen a 240SX with a 7" pipe. It looked REALLY STUPID! But everybody has their own little thing...Shooting golfballs, or bowling balls, it's up to you.

Good luck to you.
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Old 11-03-1999, 09:27 PM   #7
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Thanks for the welcome. If anyone comes down the Phoenix area...we gotta hook up.

For all the time I've owned the car, I've only seen 2 GT wagons driving around......these cars are rare. One green, one silver (like mine). Haven't caught AZ-GT's white GT though.

Anyway....the question now is what kind of muffler? Stroughmung, JC Soprts, Apexi, or a general one like TenzoR Venturi...looks very nice....Thermal....Scooby Sport is way expensive. Guess best vroom for the buck.

Sorry, but I just have too many questions...I'll try to not over rev you guys.

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Old 11-04-1999, 02:49 AM   #8
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GTMAN, I know a Subaru dealer here in PA that has a JC Sports cat-back system for sale. They had it on a Outback sedan but the owner thought it was too loud so he had them take it off and it has been there ever since. I can check to see if they still have it. I'm not sure if the sedans and wagons exhaust is the same though. It sounds very throaty. Sounds pretty good actually. Let me know.
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Old 11-04-1999, 06:23 AM   #9
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Check Dale Teague's postings on the main forum. He has G-teched his car stock, then with the underdrive pulley, intake and exhaust. It did drop his time in the 0 to 60. I just ordered the puley from him yesterday. He is really nice and professional, I would recomend everybody to order from him!!!
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