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Hey thought it would be a cool idea to start a compilation of cheap and/or free mods that can be done to our cars for those looking to tinker but lacking the budget for buying stuff to put on their car.


Right now starting with a list. People can post ones i haven't thought of or listed and any pictures and/or links to threads related to said mods would be great. Will eventually compile pics and links for all mods I can would be a great little resource for us with minimal expendable income or just a fan of DIY mods...





Remove 3rd brake light bulb on cars with spoilers


(read post #7) http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1768&highlight=3rd+brake+light



Disable Seatbelt Chime


- Seatbelt clicking method http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6210

- Unplugging driver seat sensor plug http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52672

- Buckle hack method http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62304



grounding nav/dvd screen to use in motion


(super thread on nav/dvd hacking) http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36342

(writeup on in motion enable) http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63678




DIY front lip (have to buy garage door trim)






Replacing Seat heater backlights











Tucked Exhaust mod





Cleaning Exhaust Tips






Gutting CAT in UP (up pipe ) &DP (down pipe)

Only 05 and 06 LGTs have a cat in the UP. the UP Cat only helps when car is cold so 07+ they got rid of it


(Gutting UP) http://www.legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58332

(Gutting DP)





Grill (modifying stock)


(walk through with pics) http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1191120#post1191120

(another by BDII) http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=74132

(2008 grill by dmross) http://www.legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82815



Front Bumper Mesh


(Walk Through with pics) http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61843



TMIC (Top Mount Intercooler) mesh protection






DIY open induction cover (for air intake)





Trunk Vent for better subwoofer sound





DIY Short Throw Shifter (STS)




Disable DRL (daytime running lights)




- Make fog lights run as DRL - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42877



Blacking Out Headlights





Clearing Headlights (removing amber in corners)





Fully independent fog lights





Rear Tail Light Mod





Brighter tail lights



Unlock all doors one click (hack)





Gas Cap Mod (so cap doesnt scratch paint)





Flush mount for Escort Radar Smart Cord


4/5 EAT http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11100

5/6 MT http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...rt+Flush+Mount



Map lights come on with dome lights






Cheap AP (Access Port) dash mounting





Cabin Air Filter






- Debadging trunk (excluding scoobie oval) http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1175


- New colored Subaru Star Badgehttp://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58516




Removing Pin striping installed by dealers





Remove Cabin AC (smelly feet) smell





Jazzy Aux-in Mod for 05/06 radios





Turn on/off red gauge rings and/or gauge sweep





Changing your Oil (not really a MOD but good thing to DIY and save money...





Custom Badging and De-Badging





Painting stock wheels





DIY grilles - paint, mesh







Im sure theres a bunch more feel free to contribute i will continue to update the top post here with links pics etc..

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Wouldn't it be even better to replace the cat with a straight pipe?


The expansion/contraction that the cat chamber does will cause some unnecessary turbulence that decreases power.


Other cheap fixes are to check out so that all manifolds and joints are aligned and that no gaskets intrude into the airflow. Same for exhaust pipe - check that all joints are aligned.


A K&N airfilter is also a relatively cheap modification.


And try to figure out details that actually have an impact on drag. E.g. that the hood is adjusted right to avoid unnecessary turbulence over the fenders.


Strip out any unnecessary weight is another. - Who needs carpets? :p

It's all about power to weight ratio when it comes to acceleration.


And of course - there are wonderful details to be found at the Home Depot - even if they aren't intended to be for a car.


Replacing bulbs with LED:s is another fix that can go in relatively cheap. But you may want to go for an electronics store instead of the car parts. High intensity LED:s are actually relatively cheap if you buy them at the right place. And you can place them anywhere without having to worry about heat.

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jazzymt aux in mod!


got a link possibly?



Also i cant seem to find the DRL unplug walk through. know its around cause I used it the day i got my car home but didnt find it in a search yet.... Im trying to get info for all the ones I have...

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Great idea. http://legacygt.com/forums/images/icons/icon14.gif


Great thread. :)


thanks, being in college for another few months ive got this car and Ive had the modding bug with my other toys for years yet I currently have no access to cash so slowly tackling these cheap or free mods is giving me my fix till I get a job this summer... And DIY saving money is always fun money in the bank or not :spin:

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Does anyone know if there is a way to get the rear defrost and wiper heaters to stay on until you turn them off with out taking it to the dealer? (i.e. defeat the auto off after 15-20 minutes)
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Subscribe... Awesome list!



thanks, if anybody comes across a real good walk through for gutting DP/UP let me know I would like to add that... I have read plenty of punch it out with a screwdriver and clean up with metal brush but if somebody had better walkthrough with pics possibly it would be a great addition as that is a big money saver for going Stage II

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For wagon owners:


anybody remove the rear seatbelt assembly that is mounted in the headliner?


I use the wagon cargo area so much that the seat belt gets in the way too much, not sure if I need to remove the whole headliner or if there is an easier way

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GREAT resource!!!! Excellent!


OK, I don't think I saw these:



^ Tail-light modification.



^ "DIY" short-throw shifter.

<-- I love Winky, my "periwinkle" (ABP) LGT! - Allen / Usual Suspect "DumboRAT" / One of the Three Stooges

'16 Outback, '16 WRX, 7th Subaru Family

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GREAT resource!!!! Excellent!


OK, I don't think I saw these:



^ Tail-light modification.



^ "DIY" short-throw shifter.


thanks for the support, going to add them now

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NP! :D I'll see if I remember anything else from long-ago, too!

<-- I love Winky, my "periwinkle" (ABP) LGT! - Allen / Usual Suspect "DumboRAT" / One of the Three Stooges

'16 Outback, '16 WRX, 7th Subaru Family

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