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Old 08-05-2005, 10:44 PM   #1
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Outback Sport Looking for real-world advice on modifications for an OBS

I have an '02 2.5L OBS wagon. I've had it for almost 3 years and am on the downhill side of payoff. It's been a great car except for the recent head-gasket/coolant loss fiasco that SOA is fixing under warranty.

What I'm looking for is mods that are reasonable in scope and cost until the car is paid off, at which time I'd like to drop in an STI driveline. I really like the bugeye Imprezas and have zero desire to own an STI in its' current '06 form. Nothing personal; if you like it, great. I don't, so not really looking for one. I am not looking to build something that is just for looks, or "rice", as I see it.

Keeping the above in mind, the car has 60K left on the warranty, which at 60 miles/day round trip to work will be gone in two years. I'm not ready for an ECU yet because as much as I drive, I still need my warranty. No coilovers, too much money.

This is where I'm headed, feel free to add comments to the items below. Really looking for solid help on this one. All input is appreciated.


CAI or low-restriction airway.
Equal-length headers
High-flow cat
Cobb catback exhaust.
Cams and head job if I keep this engine; this will be if I keep the stock 2.5 SOHC engine
Mount upgrades
Bolt on turbo(?)

Engine swap recommendations for "down the road"?


Right now its' an automatic. Don't know what I can do here. Wife has multiple sclerosis and cannot drive a stick.

If I "ban" the wife to my Nissan Titan she drives now, can the 5sp or 6sp manual be "dropped in"?


17" or 18", keep the stock rims for winter use.


End links and bushings
Sway bar upgrades
"Pink" STi -20mm springs
Tower braces


For now, converting rear drums to WRX disks (Thanks, Ken! )
Big brake kit for front and rear, might need 18" wheelset for this one.


Already has Alpine system.


Would like to add STi or WRX interior


Car is Sedona Red and Gold. Gold will be gone.
Already has Morettes.
Remove roof rails
Hatch spoiler
Body kit

This sums it up. I want a good project car that will hang with WRX's and possibly STi's once paid off, something that states very clearly "You just got spanked by a wagon". Also, end goal for engine swap is 350 whp. If you're kind enough to comment, please add what you think the costs in US$ will be.

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Old 09-02-2005, 01:07 PM   #2
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