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    RS - Budget performer

    Been lurking around here enjoying reading about all the different builds on here, so thought I'd add mine to the pile.
    I have owned the car for about 2 years now, after a hiatus period of about 7 years without a toy (the same story, family and houses)
    So when shopping for a car, I wanted to do some track days and hill climbs, yet the car still needed to be registered so I can still cruise to car shows, cars and coffees, and flog up and down the back roads.
    Enter the Subaru Liberty RS.
    Was a very tidy car to begin with, so basically the first stage of this car is to work on the handling.
    Mechanically, the car already had 3" stainless exhaust, VOS chip to run 16psi, WRX 4 pot front brakes and some king springs.
    Interior wise, WRX front and rear seats.
    Here's some pictures of when I first acquired it 2 years ago.

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    Current mod List

    Engine:
    Standard
    VOS chip
    Bosch coil conversion
    Gen 2 airbox with Apexi 45 degree resonator delete
    Hardrace Group N engine and pitch mounts
    X-Force 3 inch stainless exhaust

    Gearbox:
    Standard
    Ebay short shift
    Hardrace Group N mounts

    Suspension:
    BC BR Coilovers with adjustable camber tops F/R
    STi Alloy control arms with flipped mount for extra castor
    Whiteline anti-lift kit
    Whiteline bump steer correction kit
    Whiteline 20mm sway bar F/R
    Whiteline rear strut barce
    GC8 STI front strut brace

    Interior:
    GC8 WRX seats front & rear
    MOMO steering wheel
    WRX Gear knob
    Boost guage

    Wheels:
    Street - GD WRX 17x7 wheels
    Track - GC8 16x7 wheels with Nankang AR1 semi slicks
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    #2
    So what to do with it, get my cams licence and join the local car club and send it around the track at the local meet and see how she goes.
    I had a set of Liberty 17" wheels lying around, so I put those on so I don't flog the fuck out of the other road going tyres.
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      #3
      So next step was to work on the handling.
      - Whiteline front and rear sway bars
      - Whiteline anti-lift kit
      - Front and rear strut braces
      - BC BR Coilovers with adjustable camber plates front and rear

      I also fitted some Hardrace Group N gearbox and engine mounts.
      Sits a lot nicer now, and handles so much better.
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        #4
        So next step, take it to the track and see how much better it goes.

        It was quicker, only by about a half second, but it is a short track.
        Last edited by GNGBNG; 28-10-19, 11:52 AM.

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          #5
          So the next logical step to improve my times is tyres, which means new wheels.
          I opted to go back to 16's, and my choice of wheel is the 6 spoke WRX wheel, one of the lightest OEM wheels.
          I found a cheap set that needed some work, filthy and gutter rashed. So sand back and filed the rash off, and a lick of paint, sweet.

          So doing this on a budget, some one from the car club had a set of used ADVAN AD050 tyres they didn't need anymore with a couple of track days left in them, in the right size too. Yes please, thankyou.
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            #6
            What to do next, yep, take it to the track.
            Well fuck me, this was my first time on some sticky tyres. Dropped 2 seconds off my lap time.
            The cornering grip was amazing, as to be expected, but it was the shorter braking distances that surprised me.
            No pictures from that track day, but here are a couple from the Gunnedah Hill Climb.
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              #7
              Next was to paint the lower body kit to its standard black colour.
              Very happy with the outcome
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                #8
                Bloody hell that's immaculate from every angle. And an original plastic coolant top tank that hasn't cracked open?

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                  #9
                  RS <3

                  Fuck I want another one in my life at some point.

                  <3 <3 <3
                  Originally posted by brasher
                  TJ is 99% African American.

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                    #10
                    I've got an alloy header tank off a WRX, just haven't fitted it yet.
                    I've heard they are notorious for splitting.

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                      #11
                      +1. Sick love for these.

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                        #12
                        RS Liberty?! Hnnngggg.. get behind me, Satan!

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                          #13
                          Lol. All the usual sickos appear in the RS thread. Just missing Marty and Al

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                            #14
                            Had one of these drive lines with vf23 16psi link ecu etc in a brumby i had years ago was much fun.
                            Will watch with interest.

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                              #15
                              Everyone loves the RS Lib, I've had two (white and Mid-grey) still one of my favourite cars.

                              Nice build up, mods are perfect and its a very clean example.

                              Adam
                              Sandown 1.23.31
                              Calder 1.05.76
                              Phillip Island 1.47.95
                              Winton 1.33.30
                              H/Hills hill climb 1.03.3(FG XR6T)
                              Bathurst 2.47.49

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