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Old 09-25-2001, 07:09 PM   #1
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2000 Impreza Outback

Default Questions about the 2000 Outback Sport

I just got a 2000 Outback Sport, and already feel the need to much with the rolly, bouncy bits.

My goal is not to have a super high performance car when I'm done, but to reduce some of the potential safety issues that I see with the stock tires, brakes and suspension.

I have been told that it is a simple fix to put the rear disc brakes from a 2000 Legacy on the OBS. What parts (and part numbers) are required to do this? How difficult is it to do?

Would moving to stainless steel lines reduces the stock setup's mush feeling? I've used SS with great results on motorcycles, but a friend who autocrosses told me that SS lines had virtually no effect on his Miata.

As far as the suspension is concerned, I will not be taking the car to the track, ever. I'd like to reduce the tendancy to understeer and reduce body roll. Since I plan to use the car to drive to Tahoe, a 4 hour trip, I'd like to achive this without compromising the ride quality or (for snow) the ride height. Replacing the springs and dampers is an option, but (from what I've seen) in order to maintain the same ride height, I'd need to use adjustable spring perch dampers with higher rate springs. This probably would make the ride much harsher as well, which I'd like to avoid.

That leaves me with the option of changing the rollbars. What size are most of you using? I'm thinking about using the SPO rear sway bar, since it seems to include all the hardware (links, mounts, bushings). Given the dearth or front sway bars and the fact that I don't want to add more understeer, has anyone tried the various sway bar links available? What effect did it have?

Last but not least, the wheels and tires. Currently I'm rolling on 15" steels with OEM rubber. I'm going to keep these wheel on for the winter, but come spring, I would like to put some better tires and wheels on. What's a good tire to use? Sure, the Potenza S03 is a great tire, so is the Pilot Sport, but I don't think I need that kind of traction. What about other less expensive tires?
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