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High-Performance Subaru Builder's Guide: Includes the Impreza, Legacy, Forester, Outback, WRX and STI (S-A Design) Paperback – August 15, 2007

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Book Description

Now more than ever, Subaru fanatics have a wealth of factory and aftermarket performance upgrades at their disposal. In High-Performance Subaru Builder's Guide, author Jeff Zurschmeide explains in detail the similarities and differences between the Subaru models, and describes how to modify each for performance on the street and at the track. He uses over 300 color photos to show you how to modify your Impreza, Legacy, WRX, or STi for improved acceleration, handling, braking, and style.

About the Author

Jeffrey Zurschmeide is a lifelong automotive enthusiast and earns his living writing for newspapers and magazines on automotive topics. His driving and wrenching experience includes SCCA racing in old British and Italian sports cars, circle track racing in a Camaro, Drag racing in a Ford, T-S-D rally in a MINI, and stage rally in Mazdas and Subarus. He is currently the chief mechanic and co-driver for a Subaru 2.5RS rally car. He lives with his wife and daughter on a small farm in Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Series: S-A Design
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: S-A Design (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932494510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932494518
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Zurschmeide resides near Portland, Oregon, and makes his living as a freelance automotive and adventure journalist.

Jeff's work appears regularly in SportsCar and Loud Pedal magazines. Additionally, his writing and photos have been published in The Oregonian and Portland Tribune newspapers, the Mazda Motorsports Calendar, SportsCar, Auto News of the Americas, Grassroots Motorsports, Sports Car Market, Corvette Market, AutoExec, Victory Lane, MC2 and many other magazines and newspapers, as well as online at http://corvettes.about.com, myrideisme.com, iveho.com, jalopnik.com and many other outlets.

Jeff is the author of "Subaru High Performance Builder's Guide," "Automotive Welding: A Practical Guide," "New MINI Performance Handbook," "How To Design, Build, & Equip Your Automotive Workshop on a Budget," and "How to Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass and Carbon Fiber Parts."

In his free time, Jeff enjoys cooking, international travel, fiddling with sports cars, and guest-driving other people's race cars. He's always looking for the next great story to tell.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Khairul I. Sufandi on August 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
The book's title and editorial review is very misleading. I was expecting a book that will teach me how to do my own modifications on my sub, such as intake, exhaust..etc.. Instead, all this book touches on is what you can or should buy. It describes all the diff type of air intake kit, diff type of turbos, diff type of exhaust and diff type of ecu etc... All the info you can easily get off the internet for free.. Haiz, very dissappointed in this book. The book title should be, buyers guide to aftermarket subaru parts, not builders guide!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Martine B. Wedlake on November 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I read through the book, I wasn't overly impressed. It kinda reads like a product catalogue with lots of parts identified but lacking depth. But, now that I've had the book for a while, it's kinda grown on me. When I go looking for the next area to improve (coilovers, brakes, etc.), I tend to go reaching for this book. That's worth something...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Babb on March 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a very nice book if you don't know much about cars. If, like me, you were hoping for a more in-depth type of content from that offered in Subiesport magazine, don't bother. I learned absolutely nothing that I didn't know before. For me it's pretty much useless, but I do want to emphasize that the author has good intentions and that it is a well crafted book. I used to love this kind of book when I was 12.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Sechrest on September 3, 2008
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I really welcome this type of book but it was a little light in providing actual information. It primarily lists what you can buy for your Subie but doesn't get into much detail about install, what to look for, potential issues etc. It kinda reminds me of those shows on Speed Network where "its all great" everything works as advertised, no one product is ever better than another, etc."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Hershman on February 10, 2008
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I was looking for a book with good information specific to my Impreza WRX. This is an excellent source of information. It shares some specific upgrade information, which is OK, but also goes into specific differences between various engine/chassis specifications and their positives & negatives, which is an invaluable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 4, 2009
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For a newbie like me, this book is an excellent start. I own a 2005 WRX and want to start upgrading it, and would like to do the mods myself when possible. This book doesn't show you how to do things, it's more like what you can do, what you can buy, etc. And sometimes it says what you shouldn't try to do yourself (like ECU tunning) and what is a bolt-on modification you could likely do yourself.
Of course you can find all this information on the internet for free, but it's nice to have a book with everything in one place to start with.
Anyone willing to upgrade a Subaru is likely going to spend a few thousand dollars in parts and service, so $18.21 for a book is somewhat inexpensive for an extra amount of information. I'm a newbie but I have learned so far that RESEARCH is very important for any kind of mod you want to do, so this book provides you with an extra source of information and opinion from the experienced author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bmw5002 on April 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was gifted to me. I am a subaru enthusiast, owning a 2002 wrx and having swapped engines, transmissions, upgraded turbochargers, and even converted a stock 99 legacy to turbo, as well as tuned/remapped about 6 subarus, most with factory ecu reflashes, and one with a standalone ECU. For me, this book has absolutely no value. It really only shows what you can or should buy as aftermarket performance parts upgrades. It explains the parts in a very basic sense that would be great for a new subaru owner who has little to no experience with performance modifications. However, if you even have some basic experience with these cars or performance modifications in general, look elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Maggio on September 24, 2007
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If you are trying to decide what to do with your Subaru, this is the book. The book is a great reference source that puts in one place all the different mods that you can do to your ride. While it is easy to find this on the Internet, having all the information together makes it easy to compare and decide. If you have a Subaru, and want to make upgrades, I suggest you buy this book first, see what's available, and then check out the mods through the message boards and supplier sites to find the right fit for your budget and your skills.
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