• Aug 13, 2007
Our weeklong hiatus of Reader Rides has ended, giving our Flickr pool a bit more time to amass cars and, more importantly, descriptions. Today's RR comes courtesy of Autoblog reader Neil and his 1999 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport.

Although driven daily, Neil hits up his local autocross course on a regular basis, so a series of modifications were performed making it a more competent corner carver, while keeping a modicum of civility. On the sticky side of things, Neil ditched the stock suspension in favor of Megan Racing coilovers, a rear strut tower bar, a Whiteline adjustable rear sway bar, an IPD front sway bar, and new Kartboy endlinks in the rear, along with custom heim joint endlinks up front.

An ACT Street Lite flywheel mates to an Exedy organic clutch, while a Phanton Grip LSD takes care of power delivery out back (no pun intended). Inside, he's replaced the stock seats and steering wheel with STI v5 pieces, along with a new stereo and a G-Tech Pro/SS performance computer.

You can read all of Neil's mods after the jump, along with two more pics and directions on how to submit your own ride for selection.



Suspension Equipment:

* Megan Racing coilovers
* Camber bolts at each wheel
* Rear strut tower bar
* Whiteline adjustable rear sway bar
* Modified Kartboy rear endlinks
* IPD front sway bar
* Custom-made heim joint front endlinks by Small Fortune Racing
* Hoosier A6 autocross tires

Suspension Work:

* Race alignment by Small Fortune Racing
* Corner balancing by Small Fortune Racing

Drivetrain Equipment:

* Phanton Grip rear limited slip differential
* Exedy organic clutch
* ACT Street Lite flywheel

Engine Modifications:

* Removed intake "snorkus" piping

Interior Modifications:

* STi v5 seats
* STi v5 steering wheel
* Upgraded stereo and subwoofer (removed for autocross)
* G-Tech Pro/SS in-car performance computer

Brake Modifications:

* Goodridge stainless steel brake lines
* ATE Super Blue or Typ200 brake fluid
* Single-stage brake booster
* Poterfield R4-S pads/shoes

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  • 10 Comments
      • 6 Years Ago
      Having raced against this car, I can attest that it's PRETTY QUICK. Neil has done (and continues to do) some nice work and cool mods to the OBS. I'm looking forward to this year's racing!

      -WileyC
      • 6 Years Ago
      Help-I have a 1997,& 1999 are there any service manual out there all I see is Legecy
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you ever find a manuel for the 99 subaru Impreza Outback Sport? I haven't been able to determine the corret one either.

        Thanks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      For those looking for a manual, try this:

      http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/6502873-subaru-impreza-1997-1998-workshop-manual

      I'm also the proud owner of a '97 IObS and so far, it's worked for me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Front-end "bras" just suck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      your Wicked Big Meet 2007 attendance gets my vote!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice ride, but I have to ask - why the sam hell would you start with an Outback Sport to build an autocrosser? Seems that starting with a regular Impreza that didn't have to be slammed quite so hard would be a better start...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wagons handle better than the sedans - better weight distribution. I bought this car with the intent of it being an autocrosser, so handling was the only concern. Aside from that, I like the wagon, and loading it up with stuff is a great way to get to and from autocrosses - that's a bonus.
        -N
      • 7 Years Ago
      snokus is the piping before the intake filter, located in the fender. it is suppose to smooth out/quiet/restrict the air flow. removing it might improve air flow and increase HP based on people's butt dyno