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    Just traded my truck for a bugeye. Was wondering if I should go ahead and change out water pump/timing belt since has never been replaced. Heard it is recommended at 80,000. Also, typhoon or AEM intake? Car is completely stock. Looking for some added hp. Do I need to get it tuned after I get the intake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jheller9010 View Post
    Just traded my truck for a bugeye. Was wondering if I should go ahead and change out water pump/timing belt since has never been replaced. Heard it is recommended at 80,000.
    Follow the schedule in the manual to the letter. I do not know by whom the 80K interval is recommended. Subaru does not use that interval. Do the work anyway as it's past the age interval anyway though.

    Also, typhoon or AEM intake?
    No intake.

    Do I need to get it tuned after I get the intake?
    No intake. Follow the link in my signature. You do not need a tune for an up pipe or a down pipe. However, again, follow the link in my signature for any/all info.

    First, though, read the owner's manual cover to cover. If the car didn't come with one, at least the schedule is available online. Follow that for all work.

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    GD Timing belt service recommendation (according to the manual) is at 105k miles...so you are about there. Make sure to do water pump, tensioners, and all that jazz along with it while it's all apart. Some dealers will say that the tensioners don't need to be replaced, but I don't buy it. I've seen some that have warped.

    You won't get any gains from an intake on a Bugeye. The stock airbox isn't restrictive (to a certain point) and already pulls cool air. If you want power, as SD says, look into a downpipe. But it is advised to get it tuned if you want to see the best results for the money you spend. Also if it's stock, look into replacing the stock uppipe with an aftermarket catless one. It's a preventative maintenance item as over time as the cars get older, the catalyst material has the propensity to break apart risking in catastrophic damage to the turbo, and further more, your engine.
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    Search timing belt service on here and there are some good write ups.

    Chances are your clutch is nearing end of life as well, they typically last 70,000-100,000 miles. If it was driven at stock power levels like a grandma, maybe a little longer.

    Your struts are probably past it as well if they are original.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    Chances are your clutch is nearing end of life as well, they typically last 70,000-100,000 miles. If it was driven at stock power levels like a grandma, maybe a little longer.
    So I should feel pretty good at >300whp and 110,000 miles with the OEM clutch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    So I should feel pretty good at >300whp and 110,000 miles with the OEM clutch?
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