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Old 05-14-2006, 01:50 AM   #1
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Default Lifes complex decisions

Last summer I bought (cheaply) a set of snow tyres mounted on some old 2002 - 03 16" WRX wheels. The wheels were so corroded that the paint was bubbling up in spots and a few wheels were developing "slow leaks". As a "fix", I had the tyres dismounted, and the wheels media blasted with some silca/glass bead down to bare metal. So far I have hit them with some "self-etching" primer, and a quick coat of surfacer/sealer. I will be hitting the pitted sections with some sandable primer, and doing a fair amount of sanding in an effort to create a smooth surface on which to lay down a few top coats of final paint over the next few days.

My thinking was that I was gonna try putting together a set of "goldies" that wouldn't look bad on my dark red ruby mica '96 Legacy. However when I mention "gold" colour rims, all my real life car friends basically cringe and tell me not to.

My original sense was that this Legacy "L" was going to be a "stealth car" that nobody really notices, so I can drive around and basically be invisible to the public. The more I think about it, the more I think the gold colour wheels are totally wrong for a "stealth" Legacy. The problem is I am not sure what colour would be bestest. A dull/dark silver colour might perhaps be a better choice ? Any thoughts ?

Originally when I bought the car I was basically going to convert it (suspension and brakes) to a Legacy GT and be happy with a stealth car that while basically gutless, delivered proper handling and braking performance.

As a Stealth / Winter-beater I have sort of been toying with the idea of building it up into an Outback/SuS (Sport utility Sedan). I figure all I need to do this are Outback/SuS springs, Struts, Lower Suspension mount "Spacers", and slightly larger aspect ratio tyres, and possibly a revised speedometer drive gear. I have always thought the the Sport Utility Sedans look really cool, even if they dont handle especially well. Do I need to do anything else ?

Have any of you built an Outback or SuS from a Legacy "L" ?

Just HOW bad do these things really handle ? For sure I will eventually need stiffer anti-roll bars, and stuff but I figure I can adapt to it. Have any of you driven these Outback or SuS things ?

Thanks to any and everyone for what ever input you might be able to provide me with.
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Old 05-14-2006, 09:54 AM   #2
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No gold rims, they might look good, but they stand out, and you don't really want that (especially when drifting around in the snow )

Ask Strat81, he turned his L wagon into an outback. He loves it, although it doesn't handle that well, he's done things to it (like rear strut bar) that help make it handle decently. I wouldn't say they handle terribly, just average for a medium size car.
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Old 05-14-2006, 03:54 PM   #3
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The actual outbacks dont handle that badly at all. It would be like going from 16" rims to 14" rims though.

I get the same response from car people about gold rims. I dont really care what they think though. Gold rims are definitly not stealth. If you want stealth then go with a light silver of some sort.
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