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Old 07-21-2000, 06:26 PM   #1
Basil
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MY02 WRX Wagon
TXS Stg 2 - 242 whp

Post Rallispec MY00 Intake review (kinda long)

"Your car sounds like a rally car now!"

I just got back from Rallispec this afternoon, after having a MY00 intake, STI motor/tranny mounts, and an underdrive pulley installed. The service was, as alway, excellent - I can't say enough good about the quality of service and parts that the Rallispec guys provide. So here's what I've come up with so far:

Mounts: Really helped improve shifting. The transmission mount is a must do mod - I was surprised enough to screw up my first coupla shifts because I wasn't used to the slop being gone. The trade off (increased vibration) is well worth it, since the vibration isn't all the bad.

Pulley: The car revs faster, and I get engine braking a LOT sooner than with the stock pulley. I can't say I noticed a hp increase specifically because of the pulley, but remember I also had the intake installed at the same time.

Intake: The intake went on in very little time - it looks like it won't be a big deal to pull it and replace the stock box. Build quality is excellent - everything you'd expect from Rallispec. It mounts to the car very solidly - I'm in fact unable to shake it much - it looks like vibration is almost nil. As to power, there is definitely a boost - how much? Hard to say, but I think the dyno numbers that Rallispec posted are spot on. It's at the point where the butt dyno stops becoming effective, and the internal organ dyno begins to take over (ie, sloshing around like the devil). Sound is incredible - if this is what a WRC car sounds like, I wonder if Burns wet himself the first time he went WOT in a tunnel - I nearly did. It's not at all intrusive until 5k rpms at WOT - and then it really roars. I was a little surprised at the heat shield, since it appears to be made of lucite. We'll see how that works, and it might get replaced with something else. They did a great job cutting, finishing, and mouting it though. Is it worth the price tag? Yep - no doubt about it.

Complaints? None, really. My alarm siren vibrated off, but that was probably because the bolt wasn't tightened down all the way. No biggy, a quick trip to Pep Boys cleared that right up.

Rumors? Plenty - from what I was told, they're hoping to have a n/a Impreza running at 230 hp in 6 months. That's exciting. I won't go into details, I think that's for them to do - but it's made me reconsider my going turbo some..

All in all a good trip - I hope to be making a trip to Altered Atmosphere's 4wd dyno sometime in august, and get some numbers then. I'll try and post pictures this weekend. I'm very pleased (I've said that already, haven't I?), and can only give Rallispec the highest of commendations.

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Old 07-21-2000, 06:42 PM   #2
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Sounds promising.

Did you hear anything about the turbo kit Rallispec will be offering?

N/A or turbo... the choices never seem to get easier, only tougher.

Its nice to finally have a wide variety of choices and a number of alternatives to reach the power levels we desire.

I'm beginning to formulate something of an idea on how I want to proceed with my mods. Only thing lacking is the money to put the plan into action.

Let us know what numbers you get from the dyno.
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Old 07-21-2000, 06:50 PM   #3
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They're expecting the 1st kit in the mail anytime now.

Yeah, if they can get a 230+ hp Imp n/a, I have to wonder if turbo is the way to go. We'll see, I guess.

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Old 07-22-2000, 07:31 PM   #4
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Basil...
how much for the mounts and intake installed.....rough estimate?
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Old 07-22-2000, 07:51 PM   #5
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Im still having fun blasting second and third with my new Rallispec intake and 2.25 exhaust. I played with the AFC a little and it seems that adding some fuel really helps the power. I pumped up the numbers a little more than they set it at, and earlier in the RPM and it starts pulling very hard at 3k and just keeps on going. And that scream comes on earlier too. Seemingly there is no limit, other than that pesky rev limiter. Which brings up another good point about N/A. With the NA route you can safely boost the rev limiter up. Once you have done all the cam tricks (valve springs and all that) you could easily get 7K or 7.5K out of this engine. That alone would mean 60mph in second gear (faster 0-60 times) and less shifting on a fast autocross course. I feel that a solid NA route would be much more effective for autocross than turbo. And Street Mod would be alot of fun with all those toys!

Rallispec rocks, even if they are expensive. Which doesnt necessarily mean they make lots of money off their products.

And there is no loss of torque down low with the Rallispec setup. Second gear pulls just as hard from around 900 RPM as it always has. So what is the downside to the intake and exhaust? Nothing unless you fear acceleration and dont like scaring the neighborhood cats. Personally, I like seeing the ***** 's run for cover.

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Old 07-22-2000, 09:17 PM   #6
Basil
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I can't remember the breakdown exactly, but the intake was around $375 installed, and the mounts were around $275 installed. But my mount installation didn't go quite as planned, due the beauty of airtools - apparently the factory cross-threaded one of my engine mounts during installation, which of course messed up the screw and the block -so they had to fix that.. I also got a 2nd filter, just in case, which was around $75.. I could have done the intake myself, but there's no way I could have done the mounts the way they were - thanks again to Rallispec for sorting that out.

Since I've got a MY00, the last thing I wanna be doing is adding fuel - if anything, everything should be leaned out a little along the entire curve.

I've seen no loss of low end torque, and I'm running Rallispec's 2.5 N1 catback - but this might be because I've had the N1 for a while now, and if there was any power loss because of it, I'd have long gotten used to it.

Oh yeah, that scream is something - I was playing with that all night.. I ended up next to a neon green MY99-00 miata (I've gotta get pictures) which was lowered, be-wheeled, body kitted, etc - the light went green, the foot went down, and the miata disappeared in a scream of induction - and I had 2 passengers in the car. I'm happy.
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