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Old 09-12-2017, 01:05 PM   #1
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Old 09-12-2017, 05:32 PM   #2
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When I jeer that its stemming from the amount of flipping time Ive personally wasted on my own cars

So even if you do setup a knock free boosted 2.5rs or something. Then you look back and you realize.....

The brakes are crap, the suspension is crap, the auto transmissions are crap, all the stock bushings are crap, the pistons are crap, the rods are crap, the ecu is a huge crap, the headgasket is likely about to crap.

So when you replace the whole car with better stuff. It's great. But if you started with a wrx you wouldn't have a wiring nightmare and you could get a head-start on alot of things. But even wrx stuff isn't up to par and you usually end up replacing most of that aswell eventually.

Only heavily modify If you're 100% willing to break it is a good rule of thumb
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:33 PM   #3
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I had a N/A 2.5 legacy wagon that I loved and wanted to get more power out of it.
Went online looking for performance parts, couldn't find anything apart from exhaust and intakes.
Went online and looked at forums for answers and everyone said buy a factory turbo car.
Dismayed I ended up doing the exhaust headers for sound and new rims (already have Bilstiens). Unfortunately it was written off, then brought an N/A OUtback and a few months later brought a Turbo legacy.
I just wish now I had just got the Turbo Legacy first.
Now the Outback stays DD stock and the other car is for playing and tinkering
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:29 AM   #4
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To be honest, I never thought of picking WRX before and it was my mate from DSRLeasing who advised me to pick one and he gladly assisted me in picking and doing everything as he is long time fan and pretty knowledgeable about it. Since then, gotta say it was the best advice anyone has ever given me.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:38 PM   #5
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:58 PM   #6
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Swaps are a labor of love, that's for sure. Throwing a turbo on a first or second gen legacy or GC can be fairly simple if you don't go too crazy for power. That being said I spend a few years working on a swap into a second gen BK wagon. I found a WRX with a blown engine and that was a lot easier project haha. But I love swaps. I'm working on a WRX swap into my 93 SS and me and my buddy are getting close to swapping in a closed deck 22T/205 hybrid into his 95 GC with a WRX wiring harness merge.

If you really want it, not because you can't afford a cheap WRX, then go for it if you love working on cars and want to learn something and are willing to do your research. I think a lot of times people say to just buy a WRX (myself included) is that the person asking the question thinks that it is going to be easy when they have little to no experience working on cars or the budget or patience to see it through. I don't want to see some poor guy end up with a mess on his hands that he will abandon due to pissing away all their money on a failed project.
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Old 09-15-2017, 06:41 AM   #7
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I did my hg a year before putting on my supercharger. Would have been a great time for new 257 block. So that was just really bad planning but the car was our family daily at the time.

Otherwise I think price between SC add on and sell for an XT are about the same. I think mine is more fun.

Also I do believe the SC is easier on the engine with boost being linear to Rpm.
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Old 09-15-2017, 06:03 PM   #8
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If you really want it, not because you can't afford a cheap WRX, then go for it if you love working on cars and want to learn something and are willing to do your research.
yes!

The problem with most of the people asking about these swaps is that they think it will be a cheaper alternative to buying a wrx. Very rarely is that ever the case... It adds up real quick once you start making a proper car, not just slapping on a turbo. I have a spreadsheet showing exactly how much it has cost me...
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