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theSTOVE 03-24-2012 09:17 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 11:47 AM

anyone out there?

michiganSOOB 03-27-2012 07:40 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 03-27-2012 11:45 PM

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 08:11 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 12:30 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 07:37 PM

My duracrap battery lasted 2.5 years.

monkeyposeur 03-31-2012 11:37 PM

Mmm, clean valve covers.

theSTOVE 04-01-2012 05:43 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.

heresmymind 04-01-2012 09:37 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 08:50 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..

theSTOVE 04-04-2012 03:56 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.

theSTOVE 04-06-2012 10:44 AM

Exactly the same situation for me. Squeaking and a bit of shimmy/play when braking hard. Took them off and had like 75% of pad left, just crappy pads. Being from Autozone i put on Duralast Gold ceramics. Just left a brake training class a few days ago for work. They explained how the new DLG pads have changed. Bosch developed them and they are super quiet with exact OEM design. Made in small batches so the braking material mix is consistent. They are much improved over the old DLG formula. So far so good. All I care about is the lifetime warranty though.

Also just added Sylvania Silverstar Ultra headlights. In combination with my fog lights I loveeeeee the end product. I can see soooo far down the highway and country roads. I'll post a pic soon.

michiganSOOB 04-07-2012 08:24 AM

snow in missouri damn yeah here in michigan we have lots of places especially Up North im subscribed i want to see where this wagon goes

theSTOVE 04-19-2012 11:44 AM

Interior Lighting
I went ahead and did a little interior accessory lighting. Went with the blue LED's and wired up a blue LED switch to control it all. I have 2 more to add for the rear seats as well.

I'm trying to be careful about not.. ricing out anything.. I hope this doesn't cross that line. I think it looks pretty nice.

What do you guys think?

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