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Old 06-25-2003, 05:10 AM   #1
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Default Looking for reasonably priced mods...

Hey all,

I wanted to start off by saying that I've spent the past two hours just browsing the forums, and it's been incredibly helpful! I am a new member here and I really appreciate everyone's knowledge.

Anyway, I've got a '97 Legacy 2.5 GT with almost 100K miles (argh!). It's running great for the most part. It's had synthetic oil since day one (I'm the second owner) and regular maintenence checks and services. I'm wanting to do some 'light' mods to the car, both engine and suspension, and I'm looking for suggestions. I don't have a lot of money to spend, but if I had, say, around $1000 to drop into it, what would you all recommend I spend it on?

I finally ordered a K&N air filter (I've heard good things about them) but I know that it won't do much for performance. I would like to get new struts, front and rear anti-sway bars, a cold air intake, and possibly a new exhaust. I don't want to lower the car, as I drive on crappy roads often enough that I need the ground clearance.

I must say that I've spent a lot of time in this car, and it is one of the more enjoyable cars I've been in. I fall in love with it all over again every time I drive a twisty backroad, drive in the snow, or pass a slow car!

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Old 06-25-2003, 06:43 AM   #2
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If you're getting a K&N, just remove the snorkus and it's pretty much a CAI. Forget about getting a CAI, from what I heard, only difference is the bling. With a grand, I'd suggest tires, rear swaybar, and tints (if you don't have none or save leftover for struts). You can get KYB/Eibachs. From what I heard, it's a very good setup for daily and track days. Plus the drop isn't very significant. Others feel free to chim in.


Oops forgot winters. The two should drain your grand, if not more.
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Old 06-25-2003, 09:53 AM   #3
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If you are just looking at engine, I'd say pulleys.

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Old 06-26-2003, 09:50 PM   #4
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Default Some more ideas

All ideas mentioned above are great! Think about the strut tower brace idea as well. If not both, then think about the front brace. I'm the second owner of my GT and it came with it from the previous owner (along with a Borla muff, thicker rear sway, K&N filter and a set of summers and winter tires).

The front bar is great for turn in, really crisp! I'm looking at getting the rear one as well.

Have fun man, this car is a blast!!
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Old 06-26-2003, 11:14 PM   #5
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Default my two cents ...


Probably the most cost effective and simple mods to consider first ... upgrade to an 18 mm rear sway bar (stock for Outback) and a really good set of tires ... these two items will make a world of difference .... then you can decide where you want to go from there ...

you might also consider ... wrx seats ... they bolt right in and are much more supportive and very comfortable for many folks ... I will not go back to the stock seats ...

tires ... I'm partial to Firestone SZ50 EP's ... a very good tire ... good wear, quiet, good on gravel, pavement ... I'm on my third season with ~ 5/32 left .... and these tires have seen track, autocross, rallycross and lots of backroad driving ... I will be ordering a new set soon ..

good luck .... welcome to a rather "exclusive" group of legacy gt owners ... ..

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Old 06-27-2003, 09:12 AM   #6
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Default Re: my two cents ...

Originally posted by cfwdfw
welcome to a rather "exclusive" group of legacy gt owners ... ..
And if it is a 5MT then welcome to an even more exclusive group!

Wife and I will both be doing practice runs at our first autocross tomorrow in our 2.5GT. Everyone I talked to told me to buy an 18mm rear swaybar but instead I bought a 19-20-21mm adjustable. Over time I moved it from 19mm to 21mm and now consider it just perfect, matched with the oval front and rear strut tower braces.

I'm hoping that tomorrow's practice runs will shred the crappy tires enough to justify buying new ones.

Once you start modding your car it is a slippery slope that leads to insanity! It is adictive. I'm building a planning list of the next mods for mine.

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