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Old 07-15-2001, 06:46 PM   #1
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Default What actually is WRX..?

First off i need to say i'm a newbie...

I'm about to buy a used '99 5 speed 2.5 RS, but i was wondering, whats the difference between that and the WRX, And i dont mean the new 2002 WRX, cause i've seen pics of the older model that had WRX on it. Is there some part, or type of engine, or whatever that specifically makes it a WRX?

If so, what would i have to go about doing in order to make the car i'm getting into a WRX (aside from just putting a random WRX decal on the car).

Thanks for any help that can be given
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Old 07-15-2001, 06:59 PM   #2
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Okay, I'll bite...

1. Go with the sticker. It's WAY cheaper.
2. Turbo a 2.5RS. Wicked fast, lots of torque.

3. Buy an '02 WRX. Fast, keep your warranty, no sticker required.

Ask North Ursalia..he's working on a Version 6 replica and may have some tips...

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Old 07-15-2001, 07:01 PM   #3
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wrx real wrx = turbo stock. across teh seas. here we get the na rs. which boosts well depending on what year you have.. but they boost well.
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Old 07-15-2001, 07:04 PM   #4
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Alright, thanks guys
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Old 07-16-2001, 12:07 AM   #5
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for those who did'nt a wrx is mearly a stock impreza which has had a special logo attached to the trunk lid which ads an unblievable amount of power to the car. I myself am about to add a few more if I can get my hands on them
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Old 07-16-2001, 01:26 AM   #6
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Kinda relevant, but WRX means World Rally Xperiment.
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Old 07-16-2001, 02:28 AM   #7
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The WRX and RS are both boxer engine AWD Subaru Imprezas, however here is the main difference:

The RS is a NA 2.5L engine
The WRX is a turbocharged 2.0L engine,

The WRX is much faster stock. Both cars have the ability to be rockets. It all depends....
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Old 07-16-2001, 05:22 AM   #8

wrx = world rally experiment

ok, i just made that up but rx-7

does mean rotary experimental (design) #7
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Old 07-16-2001, 08:36 AM   #9
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No, it really does mean "World Rally Xperimental"

To answer the question yet again,

There are now two body styles of Impreza. The original (GC8) body is what most people think of in the US as the 2.5RS. This was the Impreza body used for ALL Imprezas worldwide, whether they were WRX, STi, RS, L, whatever. The differences lie in the engine, drivetrain, and cosmetics.

The new body style is also used worldwide for EVERY model of Impreza, WRX or otherwise. The release of the WRX (turbo) model in the United States just happened to coincide with the launch of the new body style. Unfortunately, this leads many people to believe that the WRX style is somehow different from any other Impreza. Not so! Only the engine! You can also buy a 2002 2.5RS in the new body style, it lacks the hood scoop.

Hope this helps!

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Old 07-16-2001, 10:02 AM   #10
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To convert your car to a real WRX but left hand drive for a 99 you will need to get about $25,000 worth of parts both new and used.
for the STi version and about 18,000 for the standard wrx

STi ver. 6

Engine, trans, ECU, wiring harness, axials, whole drive train will run about 15,000 to 18,000

Then suspension and bushings,forged alum control arms and sway bar about 2,100

4-pot brakes about $800

Wing,spats, front lip spoiler,grille, clear corner lights and exterior mods about 2,500 for genuine stuff

steering wheel, STi pedals, and door sills and, seats f&r 2,300

Other stuff like short shifter, eng trans mounts single stage brake booster etc. and other stuff can run up to a couple thousand.

If you need more info you can pm me.

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Old 07-16-2001, 11:49 AM   #11
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Forget making it a "real" WRX. You might as well just move overseas and buy one for how much it would cost for a true conversion.

Just turbo your RS and make more power than most WRXs in the US! With a few simple suspension upgrades, you'll also outhandle stocks WRXs.

Swarbars, springs, struts, braces, tires - if you shop around and buy some used parts, you can get your car to handle like a dream for under $1000.

Engine wise, you can stay N/A or go turbo. IMO, you may as well go turbo. You probably ran out of a warranty a long time ago, and you'll have the potential to make much more power with a turbo than N/A.

Turbo setups start around $3k and go up from there - don't forget to factor in installation costs if you're not going to do it yourself. You'll also need some safety gear (gauges, timers, etc) to do it properly, so add another $400 or so. So for about $3.5 - 4k (plus installation), you'll be pushing more HP and torque than any stock WRX.
Again, if you shop around and buy used parts, you can save a significant amount of money. For example, I have bought Eibach springs, KYB struts, FHI rear anti-swaybar, Rallispec exhaust, Cusco rear strut brace, Kartboy shifter, and clear corners all for just over $800. Sure, everything is slightly used, but who cares? I've saved myself almost another $800! That's two car payments.

Do yourself a favor, though, and bide your time on modding your car. Don't jump into anything just because you want to mod. Learn as much as possible about every possible option before choosing a product. The RS has a decent aftermarket - there are multiple options for each product available. Make sure you make the right choice the first time.
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Old 07-16-2001, 02:14 PM   #12
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World Rally Xperiment??... World Rally Xperimental?? I'm not sure either of those are correct. From what I read in a magazine, quite a while ago, WRX = World Rally Xtreme. Subaru initially wanted to name it the WRC, but understood the WRC people would object to the name. Hence, WRX!
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Old 07-16-2001, 04:07 PM   #13
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Default WRX world rally expermental

That's pretty much the accepted idea

Back in the 80's subaru took a GL sedan put the XT turbo engine in it and made it light as possable called it the RX for rally expermental, they put the same engine in a lightweight gl hatchback and called it RX (commonly called a RX2)
during this time subaru attacked the world rally scene with the legacy turbo and did not well, so they took the legacy shortened it made it lighter and enter the impreza, their showcase turbo impreza was the WRX..
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