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Subaru Crew - Modifications II



  • logger2logger2 Posts: 31
    Thanks for all you advice guys. I am going to take my first stab at modifying my forester. I am going to go with either a K&N or an amsoil filter and a dual cup holder. If anybody has any info on changing the wiring to increase the strength of the fog lights, i would appreciate it - costs, how to? etc. Also, if anybody knows where to get one of those black stickers with the white lettering for the windshield, i'd like to put that on too.

    One thing i find very aggravating is to try and track this stuff down in Canada, it seems hard to find here. any ideas??

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    I think Susquehanna Motorsports offers wiring tips as well as wiring products. Check out:

  • seamus3seamus3 Posts: 98
    barresa11: i have some other autoX stories you would love. my friend and i were caught in the middle of a race out in the middle of the woods, near shelton, in his '87 toyota pick-up. it was pretty crazy. i have seen part of that race in the capitol forrest, it's cool.

    i'll check out the amsoil filter.
  • logger2logger2 Posts: 31
    Anybody know which K&N Filter fits in the forester? I finally found a supplier that's local!

  • rplumrplum Posts: 48
    Your dealer should be able to do a quick search for you regarding the K&N air filter part number. I used to know the Impreza models #s, but my brain is getting foggy. If I find them before I see them here, I will post them. Way back when, I had an amsoil on my personal car (1998 Impreza) and I was quite happy with it.

    Just got back from a trip to the U.P. Michigan where I got the chance to put some pretty cool cars through their paces at the test facility in Houghton.

    I got to drive what is probably the only Audi RS4 in America, an Audi A6 4.2 Wagon, a Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 Estate, a Subaru Impreza GT Turbo, a Hummer, the new Audi MDX, BMW X-5 3.0, Lexus RX300 and some other GM cars. We were analyzing the different stability and AWD systems, and even though it lacks the fancy gadgets of the others, the Impreza was very highly rated by our test group, until it went into a snowbank a bit too hard. The RS4 also lost a bit of it's front fascia (big $$$$$!).

    Subaru made a very strong showing, and I would say most of the engineers preferred our Impreza over the RS4 on most of the snow/ice surfaces.

    I also came away from the trip certain that the next modification my personal car will get is a rear limited slip diff. no questions about it.

    -still catching up..........
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    Ryan, please assure us that it was some other engineer and not you that had a hand in either stuffing.


  • rplumrplum Posts: 48

    nope, I stayed "clean". I put the Hummer somewhat into a bank, but just backed out and that was it. My test group half was on the other side of the facility and when we returned, the Impreza and the RS4 were both "dinged". The Impreza was eventually hacked (stretched) back together (minus the A/C), the Audi RS4 parts are all proprietary and will most likely cost GM big dollars to replace. It was still fully functional though.

    I hope the guys that did it lost some sleep. I was sick seeing the RS4 fascia all bent up. what a lovely car. I'll have pics tomorrow, and I'll try to get them up on my photopoint account.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Ryan: sounds like a fun time. Nice to have access to the press fleet, no?

    I'd still love an RS4 Avant. Sweet power. Wow!

  • ramonramon Posts: 825
    Yup, I have been thinking about this device. Think it's a good investment to get more hp out of my aged EJ22? Yeah 1999 was a good year ain't it Colin? ;-)
    Anyhow, it's time for me to get more hp. I alreayd have Intake, catback and pulley. No headers yet. Wish i can. But not sure if I can stand any more noise! My passengers are afraid of my car. Babies cry when I drive by, alarms go off in the parking lot, city thinks that it was hit with an earthquake... =) So please share your view of Apexi's SAFC.
  • fjm1fjm1 Posts: 137
    Looking to buy a early to mid 90s Legacy turbo wagon. Currently own a Acura 92 GSR and 00 BMW 323 sport so I like my cars with rip/zip. The Integra just won't haul enough people/stuff so I figured wagon. BMW only hauls ^$$, no Home Depot potential. Researched the specs and found the 95 and up Legacy wagons to be slugs. The pre95 turbos at least have potential.

    I enjoy aftermarket shadetree upgrades but haven't found much on the web for these wagons. Even without upgrading I would probably be happy with the power. But we can always use more power can't we? Suspension seems to be no problem, but a upgraded turbo is the ticket. I have checked Cobb, SPD, and Rallispec w/no luck. Any others?

    Is there any major gremlins on these wagons? Models or years to avoid?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Like the plague! I just spent $500 on parts to convert my XT6 to non-air suspension... Not a fun prospect.

  • lucien2lucien2 Posts: 2,984
    Check here:

    Folks on this site will have some answers, as a few of them have exactly the car you are considering.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Justin Coleman, a local i Clubber, has the SAFC and showed it to me up close. He ran through all the functions and they looked pretty cool.

    He also showed me dyno charts, and they looked impressive. He's up 40hp at the wheels with all his upgrades, and he doesn't even have headers or cams!

    The catch is you have to program it, and the best way to do that is on the dyno. So that's what costs you.

    The good news is that it has good fuel programming control, and actually calculates the mileage for you. Overall it was actually running 2% leaner than before, which could save gas.

    If you like gizmos, it's one heck of a gizmo. You can display all kinds of charts with lights that move up and down. Not my cup of tea, but...

  • ramonramon Posts: 825
    just want to add somemore oomph to the car.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    He did say it gave him more power, but I think specifically it provides better control of the fuel/air mix and such.

    Its cost plus the dyno time may not make it the most cost-effective mod.

    Just my 2 cents' worth.

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    Speaking of mods, any more developments in Project Forester 2.5RS?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've been thinking...

    What else can I do that'll keep it civil for the baby?

    I've read a bunch more about K&Ns, and definitely decided against those. Foam filters are much less talked about, though.

    I still have to buy that intake hose and try to silence the hum.

    Then what? Maybe swap the tranny fluid to synthetic, as well as the rear differential fluid.

    As for non-peformance mods, I'm working on an in-car DVD player. Got the notebook PC from work, managed to get DVD software for it, then a car-charger for it, so now it's ready to go, I just have to try it.

    Funny thing is only the baby sits in the back seat, so it'll probably be showing Sesame Street videos.

    Come to think of it - that is a performance mod. I'll drive faster to get it over with! ;-)

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    Seasame Street as a performance mod -- that cracked me up! Hey, who knows, the sound of a turbocharger spooling up just might be soothing to a baby!

    I think we've hit all the low-hanging fruit in terms of mods. Anything else before we go to Phase II? Sesame Street in dts surround sound?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hmm, good point. Now to sell that turbo concept to the wife...

    I may follow the i Clubs instructions to paint the logo the same color as my Forester (Acadia Green Metallic). I wonder if the touch-up paint will be enough to do that big of an area.

    Or I could do it in yellow and get an extra 5 horsepower!

    Then I have to try to suction out that small indentation in the rear passenger side door. It's very minor, but I notice it.

    Spring cleaning, maybe? I may clean the brakes a bit. During the recall of the master cylinder they bleed them, so no need.

    No mods on the horizon for now, though I did help Hutch put his 18mm rear sway bar on this past weekend. :-)

  • lucien2lucien2 Posts: 2,984
    Brakes, droog. Metalmaster Powerstop pads for the front from Primitive (, and Motul 600 synth fluid, maybe SS lines, although that isn't as important, IMHO. Got my Powerstops Friday, along with a pint of fluid. Waiting for better weather, as I don't have a garage.

    What have you read about K&N? I've been told they really don't filter very well after a while. Someone from i-Club GAVE me one at the 1st MASC meeting, but there ain't no diff on the butt dyno. I think the paper one is going back in.
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