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Old 10-30-2013, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,
I am gonna own my first Subie tomorrow. Ive had alot of cars, and this car will be my main commuter to and from work. Here are the details:
-2007 two tone Silver over Gray
-2.5i (Wish it was XT)
-54,000 miles, One owner car from Dealer in Long Island NY.

Can anyone please advise me of what i should be aware of or look out for? Or advice for easy/must have upgrades? Intake, audio, suspension, etc?
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Welcome.

Check the suspension, fluids, tires and enjoy the ride. Get it up on the highway a lot to keep it running clean.

As for upgrades, you and the car will come to a compromise. It never fails.
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If its your daily, keep it as is. I have a scangaugeII and love it, keeps me in the know. I did LED interior lights and love it, nice and crisp.
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i would firm up the suspension and thats about it (if you want it firmer, especially the rear). i wouldnt waste time with extra power or engine upgrades on a non turbo engine but to each his/her own
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i would firm up the suspension and thats about it (if you want it firmer, especially the rear). i wouldnt waste time with extra power or engine upgrades on a non turbo engine but to each his/her own
I thought the ride is nice for everyday use. Are you talking like king springs?
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Front suspension: get a look at the lower control arm bushings.
Rear suspension: install a set of KYBs meant for the 2nd generation outback- part #341276.

Get up on crutchfield.com and pick out a nice stereo. If yours has the manual 3-knob climate control this will be a fairly easy and inexpensive upgrade. If it has the dual-zone auto HVAC, it will be expensive and somewhat difficult.

Leave the engine alone for now- start reading up on tuners, local or remote. They can edit your car's ECU to produce different results and take advantage of intakes etc.
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Rear suspension: install a set of KYBs meant for the 2nd generation outback- part #341276.
What is the purpose in going 2g for the rear?
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any upgrades is a personal matter. i cant tell you whats a "good" ride or not. i feel my XT is sloppy. my 2006 camry v6 and 2002 corolla handles better around corners than the suby can (perhaps they are lower to the ground). and im just taking corners at regular cornering speed, not racing.

like rasterman said.

this thread will be the most informative about suspension and the whys
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What is the purpose in going 2g for the rear?
Go check out the 3rd generation suspension thread. Lots of details there. phatvw did a good job of organizing it.

Short version: 3rd generation outbacks have a much more loosey-goosey feel in the rear suspension which at best gives a floaty, wallowy ride which can be nauseating to rear seat passengers. At worst it can contribute to a loss of control at higher speeds on poor roads. The 2g shocks are much firmer. The parts are a direct fit with no modification required. It's an inexpensive way to dramatically improve the handling of a 3g outback.

phatvw lists some mailorder suppliers and prices- I found the parts much cheaper at a local supplier.
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kyboutlet is also cheap
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