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Old 03-31-2003, 03:33 PM   #1
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Is this car worth doing any mods to. I have an oppourunity to pick one up on the cheap and I was wondering if it is worth it. Can the car be modded enough to be worth it...suspension,engine,brakes?

Please help
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Old 03-31-2003, 03:54 PM   #2
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depends on what you consider a worth-while hp, and how much cheap is.

Don't expect anything like the WRX.....you could probably get it around where the stock RS levels are or more......
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Old 03-31-2003, 04:12 PM   #3
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Did you drive it yet? I find the 2.2 more than adequate, and if it isn't loaded with power options weighs less than an RS so the actual performance difference is negligible.
Most all Impreza parts are interchangeable between the L and RS, so you can swap at will (and get great deals from RS owners tossing their stock stuff). Here's a page about our L that we have upgraded to RS spec:
The only Impreza model I wouldn't buy is the early 1.8 or Brighton models. The 1.8 is an older generation engine and just doesn't have the power, nor is it as swappable as the later 'big' engines.
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Old 03-31-2003, 10:50 PM   #4
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I am very happy with the 140 hp that the L produces stock (the RS's are only 167), and now that I am running the 16" wrx rims with some so so rubber it's even nicer
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Old 04-01-2003, 10:11 AM   #5
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NotAnRS is not right about the 1.8L. the impreza never used the EA82 engine, it's an EJ18, with same design of the 2.2 and 2.5. this engine is as swappable as any other one: I know it, i've done it. I replace my 93 EJ18 by a 2001 EJ25 from an RS, and it bolt directly on the crossmember, because there is no difference in there. cooling system, ac/heater system, throttle wire, fuel line are bolt-on. the powersteering line bolt right there but you have to trick the bracket. the EJ18 show the same powerband, and have same hp and torque by liter figure as the 2.2
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Old 04-02-2003, 10:37 AM   #6
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I have been beating some RS's and the odd WRX at the autox's. Kosta has been cleaning up with his 1.8l L in his locals.
You can mod the crap out of them just like any other impreza.
But the best part is that the RS didn't come in wagon form.

Some folks have swapped in the 2.5l, the 2.0T, the 2.2t and turboed the 1.8 and 2.2 with good success. These power upgrades can be fairly involved but are often less expensive than RS turbo projects as you can use used parts.

If you want super performance get a cheap awd brighton and swap in an sti drivetrain. Total cost is less than $15k including a bunch of suspension upgrades.

RS brakes are a good cheap upgrade. Also lots of RS folks are currently selling off stuff to buy the STi or WRX so performance parts are going for cheap. You can do a build up for 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of retail parts.

The hardest part is finding a good cheap L in your area to start with.
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Old 04-03-2003, 02:36 AM   #7
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Originally posted by linsavy
The hardest part is finding a good cheap L in your area to start with.
Yes, if you ever even find one and its in good condition and you think you might want one in the future... GET IT!

Took me 6 months of looking to find mine... There was a 97 2.2 wagon I saw initially but decided not to cause I thought I wasnt ready, and it was 6 months until I saw this car...
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Old 04-03-2003, 02:51 AM   #8
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A modified 2.2L can be as fast or faster than a stock RS. Upgrade the suspension, brakes, rims/tires and you'll have a pretty fun car to drive. It won't be super quick but will at least have enough power to get you where you want to go.

I'd steer clear of the 1.8L unless you plan on doing an engine swap later. It's not horrible in my lighter FWD car, but I wouldn't want an AWD car with the EJ18.
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Old 04-03-2003, 02:15 PM   #9
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Originally posted by DoinkMobb
A modified 2.2L can be as fast or faster than a stock RS.
Dang Skippy!


What plans do you have with your 2.2ltr Impreza? Autoxng, Road Racing, Ice Racing, Dragracing, simple quick commutes around town...what? For all out speed I'd simply have to say, 'NO' to your question. "Is this car worth doing any mods to."
I'm no expert on these things and I haven't explored the limits of this engine either. Perhaps someone with a built 2.2ltr can give you more info if that's what you are into. L8Rs
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