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Old 05-12-2001, 06:51 AM   #1
Benjamin Tang
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Post usdm 02 wrx drivetrain in bg5 legacy?

what do u guys think? there is supposedly a wrecked o2 automatic in ontario...

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Old 05-12-2001, 10:32 AM   #2
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Benjamin -

I think this is a great idea !

Its an aweful lot of work (especially grafting the WRX turbo electronics on to the Legacy), but certainly well worth the effort.

Please keep accurate instructions on how you went about doing this, so the rest of us can learn from your mistakes.

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Old 05-12-2001, 11:21 AM   #3
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I think you have good intentions, but that it's a bad idea. I had the same idea (figuring it's only a short time until people start wrapping WRXs around trees, that part seems to have come true...) Here's the one reason I think it's a bad idea: The main complaint you hear about WRXs (maybe the ONLY complaint, other than looks) is that it doesn't have a lot of torque, esp. below 3000 rpm. That's in a car that weighs quite a bit less than a Legacy. Couple 2.0 liter torque and the weight of a Legacy, and I don't think you're going to be a happy camper at launch and in low rpm situations. That's the main reason they use the twin-turbo set-up on the turbo Legacys, to emphasize boost at low rpms. I think it would be a good idea if you drove the piss out of the car all the time and could keep the revs at full boil, but in a daily used car, I don't think you would be happy. Good luck if you do it, it will be interesting to hear the results.
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Old 05-12-2001, 04:04 PM   #4
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from what I'm hearing, redoing the exhaust and upgrading to a better turbo ahs greatly improved off-boost response; it comes in a lot lower and a lot faster; figure you're going to have to fab a turbo exhaust anyways, and I think it would work. Also, TEC-II would go a long ways to reducing headaches; the only problem I could see is that the AT is electronically controlled, and you'd have to figure out how to control it; it'd definitely be fun, though
If I had a manual and just had to worry about fueling and stuff, I'd be all over this idea.....
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Old 05-13-2001, 01:25 AM   #5
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yikes! it was just a hypothetical question! you guys make it sound like i'm in the process of doing it

what about a smaller turbo?

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Old 05-14-2001, 09:34 AM   #6
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Motorob - Just wanted to point out that the WRX weighs in less than a hundred pounds different than the prev. gen Legacy GT wagon... According to my brochure, my '98 GT Wagon weighs 3180 lbs. The WRX wagon weighs 3165 lbs, and the WRX sedan weighs 3085 lbs.

The engine and the BD/BG cars should go together marvelously... If I had the time, money and ability, I'd go after it myself.

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<small>&lt; Whoops. Little weight typo. &gt;</small>

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