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#4935 of 5351 I use the term "heavy modification"
Apr 01, 2005 (2:28 pm)
to mean anything that will do any of the following:
a) potentially or absolutely void a portion of the new car warranty
b) potentially cause reliability to drop
c) potentially cause end-user friendless to drop
Vishnu and others are good, yes, so let's give a best case scenario that items B&C are mitigated to reasonable amount. A is *not*. You can hope your dealer won't notice, you can remove the item(s) before any major service, or you can not care and pay out of pocket without complain when the time comes--
But just because a lot of people do it, and power can be easily increased on a turbocharged car, does not mean it should be taken lightly.
I wouldn't mess with a daily driver still under warranty. Even after the warranty expires, I would advise having a backup means of transportation.
Light modifications: exhaust, air filter in the stock housing (NOT an intake on a stick), brake pads, brake lines, wheels, tires, any I/C/E gear (audio / video), and even suspension when using all the factory mounting locations without modification.
FYI, I'm 29 and signed on to Nabisco in june 1999. I modded the bejezus out of my '99 Impreza RS and plenty of hotrods that proceeded it, so I am speaking from experience and not just some chicken-little fearmongering. There are younger WRX and lower trim Subaru owners, sure, but most STi and Legacy GT owners are my age or older.
Apr 01, 2005 (2:32 pm)
I would use the terms "difficult installation", "expert knowledge", "fabrication required" or perhaps "not end-user installable" to describe things that seem to be down the 'heavy' path Nicholas was trying to describe.
You can seriously install a Vishnu piggyback in an hour or less, yet suspension is probably a 2-4 hour project with 2 competent mechanics and no airtools or a lift.
#4937 of 5351 Re: Practical [hondafriek]
Apr 01, 2005 (3:35 pm)
(4) buy what you want in the first place, if you wanted 300HP buy it to begin with, then if anything breaks in the warranty period it is the car makers problem not yours.
There it is in a nutshell. I've been trying to explain this to a friend of mine who is (sort of) chastizing me for getting an STi instead of getting a LGT and modding it. Like Colin, I've done my share of modding cars over the years, and I long ago came to the conclusion that the factory engineers have *far* more time, money, and energy at their disposal than I do. Their "mods" also come with a warranty
#4938 of 5351 Re: STi -- wingless and semi-wingless [fandc]
Apr 01, 2005 (3:48 pm)
Thanks very much for the reply! I'll poke around the site and see what I find.
#4939 of 5351 Re: Relative [ateixeira]
Apr 02, 2005 (7:31 am)
What exactly does a "Reflash" consist of? What is the usual gain?
#4940 of 5351 Re: Relative [95legacy]
Apr 02, 2005 (7:42 am)
Here's some read from EcuTek
#4941 of 5351 Re: Relative [hypov]
Apr 02, 2005 (2:29 pm)
Woah!! Good reading. So, performing a reflash is basically reprogramming the factory ECU or is that wrong?
Could I get a new ECU for my "95 Legacy or is it too old?
#4942 of 5351 Re: Relative [95legacy]
Apr 02, 2005 (3:18 pm)
You could get a new ECU, but it'll probably be similar to that that is in your '95 Legacy.
Unless the map format and or the terminal has been changed, it should work...
shoot EcuTek a query
#4943 of 5351 Re: Spring Rates [ateixeira]
Apr 04, 2005 (7:28 pm)
Thanks for the reply, Juice. I'll check that thread out. I've also since found a specialty spring & suspension shop in my area that can have new coils made to replace the stock equipment. I'll post what they have to say once they've had a look.
From what I've found out so far from an excellent source at Subaru Canada, the one danger in stiffening up the back end of the Outback may be creating a situation where the vehicle oscilates or rebounds over rough roads because of the different spring rates front and rear. The goal is finding just the right balance to accomplish the task without going too far.
#4944 of 5351 Legacy Turbo Mods so far....
Apr 05, 2005 (1:27 am)
Well just wanted to post up the mods to the 94 Legacy Turbo...
Koni Sport Inserts
JVC MP3 Head Unit
Wilson Lil-wil Magnetic Antenna
20% Tint on sides and rear
Scooby Sport UK Axle-back
STi Short Shift Linkage
STi Trans Mount
RacingBrake WRX front Rotors
RacingBrake 4-pot Calipers
Hella Micro DE HID Driving Lights
Hella Air Horns
99 RS Wheels with Faulken Azenis 215-45-16 Tires
Yet to be installed:
STi V4 TMIC
WRX TD04 Turbo
VDO EGT, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, Boost Gauges
JIC Coilovers with Camber Plates
STi Motor Mounts
Poly Steering Rack Bushings
Goodrich SS Lines
Borla Divorced Wastegate DP
Custom DP to Mid-pipe w/Highflow Cat
Scooby Sport UK Mid-pipe
That's about it for now. It's a great daily driver Also makes a good HPDE car