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Old 01-19-2009, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default AVO turbo kit

Ok Ive search all over the frign place on info on this kit. Has anyone on here actually used it and if so pros and cons? Was really thinking if keeping my car n/a but being that if I put $6000 into I still wouldnt be near turbo power. This is my DD and want reliablity as well. Not looking to get monster hp but would be very happy with WRX power. AVO kit states it comes with piggy back ecu and all hardware. Again doesnt state anything about tuning needed to be done just plug and play by the sounds of it. Last question being my car has 98k on it would it be safe to say get a wrx or sti short block and then just use my heads? Dont want to dump all this money into it then have my block blow at 5-6 psi.
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:18 PM   #2
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If reliability is your concern, you can't get more reliable than a factory setup, which means swapping in a wrx motor.

For that new of a car, you would be happier and better off in the long run just swapping. For 6k you could easily just drop your car off at a reputible shop and pick it up when it's done. Swap parts have come down from the 02' 03' wrx so you could find a low mileage motor and swap parts for 3k and have 3k left over for the labor. Or you could just sell your car and buy an 02' wrx and the difference might not even be $6000. I saw a 03' wrx for sale the other day with 80k miles, mostly stock, in good condition for $6500. They have come way down in price and it's definatley a buyers market right now.

If you had a classic Impreza and wanted a little boost and something to tinker with, I would say do a little turbo kit consisting of easy to find parts, but definately don't spend 6k. For a guy with an 02' RS, I would recommend the above. Just my .02
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:16 PM   #3
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Just go with a motor swap. I did the whole turbo kit thing and I highly recommend just swapping in a turbo motor. No piggyback computer's, no hassle with emissions, huge aftermarket support with turbo subaru motors. etc...

It's really a one sided affair if you look at the pro's and con's of both.
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