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Old 05-29-2003, 12:19 AM   #1
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Question Need RS-T advice

Ok, this will be my first real project car ever, and my eyes are starting to hurt from reading every posting about going turbo. I'm getting mine professionally installed and tuned so that's not an issue. I just put in a down payment for one of the Ludespeed kits, but I see a lot of people really pushing the limits of their ej's with psi and so forth.

I don't plan on making a supercar, I just want a reliable sleeper with more speed!

If you guys could help me choose a Ludespeed set-up (including options and other helpful parts) that would be the most reliable RS-T ever for around $4500 I will be forever in debt!


1. must be very very very reliable, I drive 500 miles a week for work!

2. Smoke a WRX, of course (about mid 13's would make me mucho... )

You guys rule...Thanx
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Old 05-29-2003, 03:36 AM   #2
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well i don't know about reliabilty, but a stage 3 with 2.5" catback and a clutch will be about 4500 plus install, and give you good power from what i've seen, near wrx hp, and much more torque
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Old 05-29-2003, 12:41 PM   #3
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I would like to go with a ludespeed kit b/c of the better components, but I plan to go with the PDM kit because of their W-A intercooler. There are advantages for this setup: cooler chilled boost, shorter/less obstructed boost-to-intake path, and best of all... no hood scoop needed! A true sleeper!

The only disadvantage I could see is the fact that it requires its own (little) radiator... which is included, and an electric water pump (also included). The PDM W-A i/c sells for $1500.

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Old 05-29-2003, 09:19 PM   #4
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Kreeger, I already put money down for a Ludespeed kit so I'm locked into that. They just had a group buy with an unbeatable price! I appreciate the link though.

Recently I wrote Bill from i-speed and he wrote me back with some good stuff:

"I really prefer to have the Link installed on the 00 and up because of the MAP sensor you get to use for daily driving. The problem with the 00 and up are the MAP sensors that can only handle 2 pounds of boost then they cut. So they can not read boost levels above that. So even with the special little triack to let boost go above that, there is no good way to tune. Piggy backs really don't work well in my opinion. I have tried all of them and they don't work well. When you get the engine management, you will notice instance power increase even fi you are only running 5 pounds of boost.

I went from an AFc and ITC with my turbo kit to the Link Plus and gained about 30-40 horsepower, becasue iw as actually able to tune it. Plus the car runs a lot smoother under boost. With piggy backs the car was constantly unsmooth and rought at certain points. So yes I do realy recommend the Link Plus or anything that will control the engine fully.

Also having bigger injectors sure does help too. If you are planning on running only like 5 PSI your car will last a long time. If you start boosting mroe and more then things start to wear out a lot quicker."

Ok so Ludespeed Stage 3, and what else to increase reliablity?

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Old 05-30-2003, 12:07 AM   #5
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So looking at the Stage 3 kit for my 99RS then my engine build up! is it ok to run that kit on a stock RS for about a year or longer? and how can you run lower then 6.6 PSI on that kit? i thought you have to at least run that. and can you swap out the BOV with any other one that would fit a WRX? SSQV for example? and is the Links Plus a full ECU replacement or is it still a piggy back system? and how do the injectors work? (Meaning, how big of differences, not literaly HOW DO THEY WORK. i know that one.) Thanks much all! Peace.
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Old 05-30-2003, 12:15 AM   #6
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You can use the 4.5 wastegate spring, not too expensive. The Link + is a full replacement. The injetors should be a big difference for saftey reasons, I've seen my duty cylce hit 60% in NA form so with 5psi I'd imagine them going static. Nice thing is the stage 3 kit comes with 440cc injectors, roughly double the size of stock.

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