So my bro is looking at picking up an 02 WRX(or maybe 04ish).
Price wise is keeping him with the 2.0L.
He checked out a nice one today. great body, stock rims. HKS ss (routed into the intake) hks boost controller, bigger injectors. Running 15psi, Full 3"(turbo back). Uppipe, JDM STi tranny(5spd), STi top mount intercooler. Tein Suspension.Bully clutch(canadian company)Stock brakes. You make no mention of any sort of engine management. Sounds sketchy...running 15psi with the stock turbo you don't need bigger injectors, a bigger intercooler, or a blow-off valve (or an STI transmission for that matter). Maybe the previous owner was running a bigger turbo and swapped before selling? 2.0's don't like running for long without EM.
Basically he said it was decently quick. Obviously handled better than his stock suspension 92.5 DSM, though he felt his dsm shifted nicer!(amazing I know, but weve done some mods to the shifter to make it nicer than stock) He also didnt like the high catch on the clutch and thought it was wierd. I dunno what its like on subarus but mine is pretty high. I just told him not to worry about that. My '04 catches high as well. It took me driving it for 1 day to get used to it
the 2.0L at 15psi had enough pull and wasnt too laggy in his opinion.
it has 60k Miles on it and he noticed oil leaking from the oil inlet line(into the turbo) aswell as noticable oil leaking from the intercooler outlet to the intake inlet.
I figured the higher psi (and likely abuse) has the turbo hurting a bit.
Is that normal for the turbos on wrx's? yes, but then again it depends on how much oil he saw
what kind of psi are people running? I'm running an Accessport Stage 2 with 15psi
how does the stock computer handle bigger injectors(1 step up from stock) and higher psi? That I don't know, I would never try it
oh ya he thought the brakes were shat. had to push the pedal quite a bit before he got any bite. Worn brakes? or is this normal for wrx's? Mine were ABSOLUTE SHIT until I upgraded to better pads...they were barely even worn down but had horrible feel. Running Hawk HP pads now with Brembo blanks and they feel 1000% better
I figured they need to be changed.
Any other things to watch out for? Tips? Its much appreciated.
The STi tranny is a nice touch to the glass issue of the stock one and that 3" will sound sweet. Im hoping it works out though the turbo oiling issues are somewhat bothersome. Not a huge deal but who wants to spend that kind of coin on a new car and need to do a turbo swap at such low mileage?!