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theSTOVE 03-24-2012 10:17 PM

1997 Legacy L wagon project
I've grown up with Subaru's in the family but this is the first I've actually owned. I found it on Craigslist listed for $3,600. Eventually talked him down to 2,800 and I bought it. I'm the second owner of the vehicle and it's been extremely well maintained with all of documentation to prove it. It's a 1997 Legacy L wagon with a EJ22E motor. 140,000 miles and counting! I have seen some awesome rides on the forum and can't wait to begin working on the wagon. I will post some pictures of my current set up and I'll keep updating the thread as I make changes. I've put together a list below of current and future modifications I have planned.

Future/Completed Upgrades:

Durlast Gold 750 CCA battery(DONE)
Hybrid intake(DONE)
K&N air filter
MSD Coil pack
NGK Platinum spark plugs(DONE)
Lightweight pulleys
CosmoRacing short shifter - Piece of shit. Don't buy. Please don't buy.
Prothane shifter bushings(DONE)
Prothane shift stablizer bushing(DONE)
Duralast lower ball joints(DONE)
Duralast outer tie-rod ends(DONE)
Weighted shift knob
RedlineGoods shift/parking boot
2-1/4" custom exhaust(GETTING QUOTE / NEXT MOD)
Duralast gold ceramic brake pads(DONE)
Duralast rotors(DONE)
Front strut support bar
Rear strut support bar
15%/20% Window tint(Next)
Aftermarket Fog Lights(DONE)
LED strips under the dash and rear seats(DONE)
Sand blast/gold powder coat stock 14" wheels for winter
New Goodyear all weather tires(DONE)
^ Over all a very clean car. Some hail damage on the roof and hood. I'm looking for a GT hood with scoop to swap out my stock one.
^ 14" stock rims :/ - Thinking about using these as my winter tires and getting some nicer 16"s for summer.
^ Took off the belt guard and sanded off all the rust and painted. Added a custom upper intake tube connected to the stock air filter box at the moment.
^ The interior is super clean. I'm going to add a short shifter, new shift and parking boot, and a new knob.
^ Eventually I would like a roof rack. Makes it a lot easier to travel with all my gear.
^ I installed new fog lights but I am looking for a JDM front bumper with more aggressive over sized fog lights. Any suggestions?

theSTOVE 03-26-2012 12:47 PM

anyone out there?

FreedomPenguin 03-27-2012 08:17 PM

Forum is slow to respond mostly in this section. Heres my 98 legacy L.

I had the same style wagon you had, i swapped out bumpers and such. and i got some nice leather shift boots from redline shifter company in vendor section.

throw a wing on the back, i personally think it makes it look realllly good. also, tint your back windows if you like tint, tint makes everything look better in my opinion.. i went with 15% tint on mine. costed like 240 bucks for complete install with lifetime warranty. I really REALLY want a tach, i switched clusters out, just to find out my car doesnt even have the wiring for the tach.. i need to find a good aftermarket tach and throw one in and wire it up. your so lucky to have one. i hate having a empty circle on my gauge cluster.

goodlooking car, tint and snowflake wheels would set it off in my opinion. with a new hood.

edit i see you already saw my thread, i realized your the guy who was asking about the shift boots.

you have a good car. i will be following this thread for later viewing.

michiganSOOB 03-27-2012 08:40 PM

nice scoob! wheres that hole in the wall ski area, looks like my home hill here in SE Mich, and a roofrack would be nice for gear

Taylorbailey2 03-28-2012 12:45 AM

Cant wait to see what you do with it. I got a 1998 legacy gt. I just started working on it too. just got done with my car payments so finally can start focusing on mods.

theSTOVE 03-28-2012 09:11 AM

Freedom - Your wagon is pretty much exactly where I want mine. Bumper swaps, tint, set of nice summer wheels and tires. I'm in the process of finishing up payments on it as well. Pretty much every check I get I find a small thing to upgrade or sock some away to save up for something big. I'm was thrilled when I found the market place on here. AWESOME parts for sale. Super excited to get some stuff.

Thannks MichiganSoob - Yea.. that resort is in Weston Missouri. It's an hour and a half from my home town in Kansas. It's the closest thing to make some turns on and being someone who is so obsessed with snowboarding I'm very grateful for it.

Taylorbailey2 - I'm still making payments on mine (within the family not a bank) So since my payments are low I'm still socking away a bit every check for mods. Super excited to get started.

theSTOVE 03-28-2012 01:30 PM


Just changed my valve cover gaskets and grommets. First time I've gotten to take a look inside the engine and see how well it was reallllllyyyyyy maintained. I'm so happy with the results. It looks sooooo clean inside. No gunk, no sludge, no buildup what so ever.

Also just put in a new Duralast Gold battery. 650 CCA. The battery in the vehicle was the original!!!! 15 years old.. can you believe that? It still worked too.. The sides were starting to bulge and there was a lot of corrosion built up on the terminals. Thus the reason I replaced it. Subaru knows how to make one hell of a battery..

Baddog 03-31-2012 08:37 PM

My duracrap battery lasted 2.5 years.

monkeyposeur 04-01-2012 12:37 AM

Mmm, clean valve covers.

theSTOVE 04-01-2012 06:43 AM

Well Baddog I happen to be a manager at Autozone so I ended up getting the DLG battery for $34.99 as a "used" battery. It's only a few months old so even if it only lasts 2.5 years it would still be worth the money I paid for it haha.

I guess you could say I skimped out on the Optima :/ - They are awesome batteries but I just didn't want to pay full price lol.

FreedomPenguin 04-01-2012 08:28 AM


Originally Posted by theSTOVE (Post 3825590)
Well Baddog I happen to be a manager at Autozone so I ended up getting the DLG battery for $34.99 as a "used" battery. It's only a few months old so even if it only lasts 2.5 years it would still be worth the money I paid for it haha.

I guess you could say I skimped out on the Optima :/ - They are awesome batteries but I just didn't want to pay full price lol.

Consider yourself lucky, optimas are junk.
My brief over view of batteries..
Ive ran AC Delco in the past and wasn't that impressed by them. I went through 3 of them within 2 years on two different cars. Same with Interstate batteries which they used to use at my work (I dont know why either because they were nothing but junk)

I would much rather go with a Costco Kirkland Battery which have done me good in all my vehicles (Surprisingly its also made by Johnson Controls, only thing I can think of is that Johnson Controls builds these a lot different from their other brands). Also I don' believe the Kirkland batteries are pro rated because I had one fail at 5yrs and they gave me a free replacement.

And I still stand behind what I said about the Optima's I talked to quite a few professional automotive electrical guys and they all told me to stay away from Optima because they are garbage now that they have been bought out.

Just saying..

heresmymind 04-01-2012 10:37 AM

i've had my red top for 3 years now and it is just as good as it was the day I bought it. a good grounding kit made, and better terminals help the life of the battery. easy flow = less stress on the battery


theSTOVE 04-02-2012 09:50 AM

See I feel like there is contradictory evidence on almost any battery and any brand. I've had fantastic luck with a 1 year warrantied battery just like I have with a 3+ year or a prorated battery. The duralast batteries have always been a "decent" battery for me. Provide me with a few more years of my car not dying. I have seen the red top batteries go bad fast and have to be dealt with just like any other cheaper battery.

Part of me wants to think your situation Freedom has to do with your climate and where you live. Do you agree? Seems like you've tried every battery brand under the sun!

While I'm aware Duralast batteries and even Optima's aren't the best battery. It's still a good deal for what I pay for them :) They are all made in mexico anyways..

FreedomPenguin 04-02-2012 01:02 PM

yeah, alaska is tough on batteries. costco's where its at for tires and batteries for me. the warranties are top notch. maybe i had lemons, but i really avoid optimas for alaska cold anyway.

theSTOVE 04-04-2012 04:56 PM

Another Update
New pads and rotors in the front. :)
^My buddies dog hanging out why we finish work on the car.
^Nice and clean :) New painted calipers are next.

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