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96 L Turbo Wagon
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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
So I am starting my members journal. I got into the subaru game when I got my first car at 17 years old. It was a 2001 Legacy GT wagon 5 speed. I picked it up in September of 2009. The Legacy is a good car and runs great, so I am not wanting to molest it because I would eventually want to swap in a flat 4 turbo.

So that brings me to my second Subaru purchase. My 1996 Impreza L wagon. This will be my project/build up leading to an eventual turbo swap. I will update the thread on all my new additions and modifications.

I am open to suggestions and any help is appreciated.



Current Mods:


35% Tint all the way around
HTauto's Jun Style Front Lip
JDM V6 Grille
Gorilla Red Spline Lug Nuts
Paint matched side view mirrors
JDM rear spats
Plasti-dipped Subaru letters
JDM V1-4 bumper
JDM STI foglight covers
Clear banana turn signals
RS sideskirts
JDM gf8 taillights
HTautos replica sti upper wing
Osram Nightbreaker Plus headlights
Genuine JDM green I badge
RS hood
OEM Crystal Clear RS Headlights
JDM clear corners
JDM style clear sidemarkers
Hella Supertones
Paranoid Fabrications Exhaust Hangers
Amber LED corner lights
White LED license plate lights


OEM Lamco Gauge Pack w/ Red LED conversion
Red STI Floormats
JDM Tiger Stripe Front Seats
OEM foglight switch
Z-Interiors Red Fabric Door Panel Kit
Black fabric painted rear seats
45mm Prosport Electronic Boost Gauge
Cig lighter/din tray (replaces ash tray)
OEM steering column gauge pod
OEM wrx front+rear speakers
OEM underseat subwoofer
OEM wrx/sti pedal covers (brake/clutch)
Steering Column mounted Scangauge II
Sony Head Unit
Grip Royal- Royal Halo Steering Wheel
JDM aftermarket hub adapter
Kartboy short shifter
Flossy Snowball Grip-rod
Ebay Suede Shift Boot
LHD EDM wrx/sti cluster
93-97 armrest extension


Raceland Ultimo Coilovers
XXR 531 17x8 +35
Nankang Noble NS-20 215/40r17 tires
WRX 20mm rsb w/ polyurethane bushings
Eibach rear camber bolts
WRX sedan rear lateral links (10mm widetrack)
Rallitek Front Shifter Bushings
Kartboy Rear Shifter Stay
GrpN STI Trans Mount


Stoptech Stainless Steel Front Brake lines
04 fxt rear hubs (disc to drum brake conversion)
Brake proportioning valve from a Legacy SS
Rear 02/03 wrx calipers w/ H6 brackets and rotors
Front 05 wrx calipers/rotors
Brake Master Cylinder Brace


Stock ej22e longblock
Clocked TD04 Turbo @ 7 psi wastegate boost
Wrapped/coated InfernoFab UEL single port headers
One step colder NGK v-power plugs
ACT HD Pressure plate and organic clutch disc
ACT Streetlite Flywheel
OEM Nissan check valve
Custom 2.5" aluminum intake
HKS Super Reloaded Air Filter
Wrapped/coated Subachad Up pipe
Custom Catted 2.25" Downpipe
3" HKS Hi-Power Catback
06 wrx TMIC w/ oem bpv
Modified (for GC) OEM GD hood scoop IC splitter
Ebay Catch Can
Ebay turbo blanket
Throttle body coolant bypass
Vortech 8:1 FMU
Walboro 255lph HP fuel pump
Grounding kit

Soon to come (bought but uninstalled):

Ganador Side Mirrors
SYMS side skirts
Paint front lip and rear spats
Fix rust and repaint quarter panel
Custom built 2-piece BBS RC090 17x8+20
JDM smooth rear bumper
Custom DIY meth kit
NXS Manual Boost Controller
Custom DIY rear diffuser and front splitter
Whiteline solid rear endlinks
IHI vf23 turbo

Future Mods (Not bought):

205/40/17 tires
Full car buff and polish (paint restoration)
Repaint vents and scoop
ISIS or other custom 3" blast pipes
16G turbo
Repaint quarter panel
RA Roof Vent

Thanks for reading


96 L Turbo Wagon
3,641 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Update. I just purchased 2004 wrx front and rear sway bars and rear endlinks that are getting shipped out tomorrow. 65 bucks shipped :D

96 L Turbo Wagon
3,641 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
I did end up installing the 17mm wrx rear bar+endlinks painted red, LED tag lights, ebay short shifter, kartboy delrin knob, grounding kit, ebay tow hook, and wrx all weather floor mats. Its also been partially debadged, destickered, and replaced with other decals.

Waiting to install
-RS sideskirts ($100)
-Sti axleback/wrx adapted midpipe ($80 sti catback/$55 adapted midpipe)
-Ebay Strut tower braces ($46)
-Rallyarmor UR mudflaps in red ($95)
-Semi-gloss white spray paint for wheels

I replaced the injector, starter, illumination control module, hvac bulbs, and fixed the rear hatch wiring so third brake light, wiper, defrost, and power locks work!!!!

And instead of a swap I will be doing a EJ22-T conversion this summer. I already have TD04, TMIC, and Up Pipe

96 L Turbo Wagon
3,641 Posts
Discussion Starter #11

wrx braking powaaaa! I found out my 15" legacy wheels wouldn't fit over the brakes but luckily I had wrx wheels

96 L Turbo Wagon
3,641 Posts
Discussion Starter #14

DIY Lip on my newly acquired L bumper

wrx pedal covers I got on ebay and kyb agx struts I got from bansheeboy at ocm

96 L Turbo Wagon
3,641 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
Thanks. Yeah I'll definitely whore some pictures after the front end and lowering it. I'm picking up springs tomorrow and going to throw my rs hood on soon with 22B vents and bumper and fogs. I gotta do the mudflaps and rs sideskirts too

The lip is the DIY version from home depot. Go to the diy section index and its the home depot lip A in there. The material is frostking garage door seal and I bought separate 2 8 packs of 10 mm nuts and screws for the hardware. Its an easy and affordable diy. I highly recommend it

96 L Turbo Wagon
3,641 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
Thanks. The lip is basically a must have with the rs sideskirts. It would just look strange without one

96 L Turbo Wagon
3,641 Posts
Discussion Starter #20 (Edited)
I just picked up some brand new h&r race springs for 200 bucks. I just need to get one replacement agx and I'll be putting these together.

Question: Do I need that compression tool to put these together? When I put the spring on the strut it looked like it wouldn't need compressed in order to put the tophat on

And should I run some saggy butt spacers with these? H&R's site says it lowers 1.75-2.5 inches so I'm assuming its around 2.5 in front and 1.75 in rear
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