Thread: 2.5i to GT
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#10: 07-16-2012, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by 1stick3pedals View Post
It depends on how attached you are to your current car. And it depends on how much you are willing to do or willing to pay a shop to do.

Was it worth it? I never looked back.

The GT does benefit from slightly better brakes and some tech features.
1stick3pedals, I give huge props to you for completing the project and I bet your car is a blast to drive.

To be realistic though, and I hate doing that, you put in about 4 grand to get the car to the stock power potential of an LGT. That's just the power output, the brakes and everything else are still the lesser model.

It also depends on what the OP wants to do with the car. Sure, you can spend the extra money a GT would cost and add things to a 2.5i to get to a stock GT power level, but the GT also has upgrade potential from there. You can get to around 400awhp on a GT engine without tearing it apart, the converted 2.5i will not get you anywhere close to that.

It's all in what you want out of it. I don't think anyone who mods their car, 2.5i owners included, put a ton of work in to it and then are just done, completely happy with the power level. You always want a little more, and that little more will start to get very costly when you have to start tearing apart the motor to support higher power levels.

From your other thread:

Originally Posted by 1stick3pedals View Post
I wasn't considering doing that for a couple years. I'm planning on pulling the motor and talking to a subie engine specialist. Probably do full internals and 255/257 bottom end. If you don't lower the compression it's going to be costly to turn up boost without damaging something. Unless you just swap in a WRX/STi motor.
I don't get the full mentality...

Last edited by SSpeed; 07-16-2012 at 10:35 AM..