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155 to 165hp from 1996-1997 Legacy


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#1 Sleeparu

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Posted 10 July 2004 - 08:43 AM

Okay... I asked my Subaru dealership this and they were clueless, so I'm hoping someone out there can help me with this!

I have a 155hp 1996 Subaru Legacy GT that I'm planning on upgrading... lots of mags with how-tos on the Impreza 2.5RS that I have lots f info... the one thing that nobody can tell me is this:

What did Subaru change from the 1996 to 1997 model year to jack the horsepower rating up by 10hp? Can I do this to my engine with relative ease?

Thanks all for help!

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Posted 10 July 2004 - 09:02 AM

Okay... I asked my Subaru dealership this and they were clueless, so I'm hoping someone out there can help me with this!

I have a 155hp 1996 Subaru Legacy GT that I'm planning on upgrading... lots of mags with how-tos on the Impreza 2.5RS that I have lots f info... the one thing that nobody can tell me is this:

What did Subaru change from the 1996 to 1997 model year to jack the horsepower rating up by 10hp? Can I do this to my engine with relative ease?

Thanks all for help!


Basically, they went from hydraulic lifters to solid lifters. Piston height may have been an issue too. No, this isn't easy, unless you consider completely changing your heads (at the very least) easy.

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Posted 10 July 2004 - 09:18 AM

head replacement is pretty easy :) time consuming more than anything else.

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Posted 10 July 2004 - 11:31 AM

Did they also go from DOHC to SOHC then, or was that in later models?

#5 SkiGuyGT

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Posted 10 July 2004 - 05:44 PM

No the '96 and '97 2.5 had DOHC. (Phase I)

It is not at all worth the effort to get 165hp, save your money for an '05 GT.

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Posted 10 July 2004 - 10:01 PM

They added the "torque box" in front of the throttle body. That was one thing.

I also have a "Shop Talk" somewhere that talks about shortened pistons, moly coating on the pistons, etc. There were some internal changes from 96 to 97. I think they even played with the compression ratio a bit.

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Posted 11 July 2004 - 05:36 PM

They added the "torque box" in front of the throttle body. That was one thing.

I also have a "Shop Talk" somewhere that talks about shortened pistons, moly coating on the pistons, etc. There were some internal changes from 96 to 97. I think they even played with the compression ratio a bit.

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Yeah i think they did becasue you only need regular instead of 91 octane gas in the later 2.5s.




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