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The Official Cars Discount / Thrift & DIY Questions and Bragging Thread.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Thrift Vader, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. Nobleprofessor

    Nobleprofessor Senior member

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    I am SUPER IMPRESSED! Great job Vader! If you were closer to me, I would definitely look you up when I needed body and paint work. This is a true skill and something that has saved you THOUSANDS of dollars! Really great!
     
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  2. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    thanks broseph! [​IMG]
    gotta keep collecting the skills. next job with it will be a serious mechanical overhaul.
     
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    Ok, so not really a "car" diy but a couple years ago I modded my father in law's golf cart that he uses on his hobby farm. Added a rear seat kit that folds down into a utility box. Really works great. [​IMG]
    This coming Memorial Day I'm gonna add a spring to engage the engine a little more for going up and down hills. Probably gonna replace the drive belt and do some routine maintenance as well. I may increase the governor a little (shh, dont tell anyone that) Also upcoming on the list is replacing the seat/covers because there are some tears in them. Been thinking of swapping out the rear springs as well because it sags pretty good in back with 2 people using the rear bench seat.
     
  4. ridethecliche

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    Thought this was fitting to ask here.

    Mom currently has an Acura TL from 06 that she bought recently from a family member. She likes it, but has wanted an SUV for a bit. The car's a bit too low for her taste, but she likes how it drives. Dad needs a new car too and might retire his current car and use the TL if she goes through and gets something. He has a super short commute so no real issues.

    She was looking at the Forester, but I recommended against it unless she got the XT since the engine is anemic as fak. She also likes the RAV4. I'm trying to get her to go for either a used 2.0XT Forester or a used V6 Rav4. Price range is probably about 20-25k. I thought getting the XT or Rav4 from carmax was a good bet at the price range. Rav4's with the V6 are available for even less than that. Looks like a solid car as well.
     
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  5. horndog

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    Toyota fanboy here so I gotta go with the V6 Rav4. My sister has a 2010 and it's been an excellent car and certainly has enough power on tap if want it.
     
  6. ridethecliche

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    @horndog @Thrift Vader

    Do you guys know if you can do an EG33 swap in an impreza and retain the radiator and AC? I'm probably better off stepping up to a used legacy GT or something, but part of me is curious about how much it would run to swap one of the bigger NA subaru motors into my 02 TS wagon. The body's in pretty solid shape, so it would be a pretty fun car. I could always add in rear caliper brakes as well to compensate for the power. The auto trans should hold up okay as well. I'd be a bit worried about all the crazy ECU shit that would have to be done, but I think there are people that know how to do that.

    I know the WRX or STI swap is far more common, but far more people want those parts and the EG33 gets into the same power ballpark as a stock 02 wrx so it should be more than enough.
     
  7. horndog

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    I had to google an EG33... it only came on the SVX? Are these very common? Just LS swap it. :devil:
     
  8. ridethecliche

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    Yeah, I love subarus, but you really can't get more reliability than from an NA engine. I honestly think that the price is right too. We found a 2012 or something with 20k miles for sub $20k. Can't really beat that. I think it's a solid choice for her.

    Subaru really needs to update the 4 banger on the stock Forester. My TS is lighter (and an 02) and my 2.5 engine makes 166hp at the crank. The new ones are 170hp. Yikes.

    The 4 banger rav 4 is also about 170hp. I really don't think she should step down. The last time she bought a new car (civic coupe in 04 afaik), she lamented that the pickup was worse than the 92 camry she was driving before that. I know that would happen if she moved from the acura to a stock forester or rav4.

    I wish I could lay claim to the acura haha, but I actually didn't really like how it drove/handled.
     
  9. ridethecliche

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    There are a few floating around since they're not all that sought after. I found an svx on craigslist the other day for 2500 and it had like 100k on it!

    LS Swap?

    A flat 6 would be freaking sick in this wagon. I really don't give a crap if I drive this car through residency if it's reliable. I've put enough money into it at this point to make it a bit of a tank. I hope I'd get some scratch for the engine that's in there now since it's had the valves and head gasket done.

    The turbo engine swap would have more upgrade potential, but this car is going to be a daily and hopefully not a project so the NA seems like a safer bet.

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    Fuck, I should just buy this thing and figure out wtf to do with it once I have it.
    https://hartford.craigslist.org/cto/5590463092.html
     
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  10. Cj52racers

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    The SVX is such a cool car. Rarely ever see them as they were like 60 grand in 1994 money when they were new. They were quite advanced for the time. Not sure how reliability/parts availability will be as there was a lot of stuff in those cars that didn't get used elsewhere in their lineup but damn they're coll.

    2k is really cheap too. :slayer:
     
  11. ridethecliche

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    I don't care about the car, I just want that engine in my car lol. I wish I knew what it would take to do it.
     
  12. horndog

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    Ask NASIOC. I'm told the H6 3.0 in the mid 2000s Outbacks are solid engines, but that work is expensive on them.
     
  13. ridethecliche

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    Might be a turd, but it's my turd.

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. Cj52racers

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    What up bug eye.

    Also, yeah, I could see that being a cool swap. Those cars are so cool though on their own, I'd want to drive it. Probably one of the more advanced production cars of its time.
     
  15. Thrift Vader

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    Hold up. Mr Subaru checking in. What's this crack talk of pulling an SVX engine to slam in a bugeye??!!!! :plain:

    If i said i wanted to buy an auto NSX, and slam the engine in a CRV?, i'd be drawn and quartered. I know you love your wagon, and are loyal to it. But close your eyes, take a deep breath. And open your eyes.
    to see the badassery that is Subaru's one and only grand tourer. The SVX.

    Yes, you should buy it. Drop in a 6spd manual. Have it detailed PROPERLY, stick some BBS LM's on it. And thouroughly service it.

    Sell the bugeye to pay for the initial maintenance, and rims/tires.

    You wanna hang with the doctors and their sweet cars at social meets? Be your own man. Roll in a legit understated Japanese superstar.

    (Their only weakness is the auto box. Bulletproof with the 6spd in it. And more fun too. Uneven length manifolds for the rumble.:slayer:)
     
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  16. ridethecliche

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    Unfortunately that car would not make it through the winter here. Way too freaking low.
     
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  17. Fueco

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    Exactly... That's what I love about my car. I can brush off the accumulated snow from the top/windows and drive through 2+ foot snow drifts to get going with no issue. [​IMG]
     
  18. ridethecliche

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    Yeah, yours is higher than my TS and I was fine. I have winter tires mounted on 15 inch steelies and all seasons on 16 inch alloys. I just got the alloys recently and rattle canned them black and blasted them with clear coat in my driveway while I was waiting to put them on. It's not a perfect job and a few touch ups I've had to do look awful from a foot away, but overall it has made the car look so so so much better.
     
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  20. Thrift Vader

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    Lol. Nasioc. So that's where you have been getting all the wrong information? :foo:

    I have to say this nicely, you have the least compatble Subaru to swap. As it is a usdm only model. You would have to rebuild it mechanically from zero. Only retaining the body itself. The conversion you speak of would not only require a correct selection of parts, but a sizable amount of fabrication know-how. And a stand alone ecu plus tuning costs.

    Just walk away. Towards a better, more flexible project. Like said SVX. Where the only initial fab work would be installing the 6spd and clutch/pedal assembly. You could go with an ecu and custom turbo later on if you had the cahones.

    Snow? Don't be silly, they handle snow just fine. No lower than my wrx, or my wife's gtb. If you can't drive a Subie with buckets of torque in the snow? You are doing it wrong. :lol:

    With your bugeye? Swap it all, or nothing. And if you must? A leggy RSK manual twin turbo swap with ecu and drivetrain/brake setup would be a fun project.

    Sorry to seem harsh. But i'm doing the right thing by you here. With as much as i have learned. It just doesn't make economic or performance sense. Trust me this one time?
     
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