+1 Defiant Awesome needs to be a Sticky!!!
I can tell you right now as I am Having P&L build my 400-420WHP car what it is taking and I still will have a few things such as headers, up and Spearco 1000CFM TMIC before I really see the cars potential. The AXIS Stage 3 shortblock and all supporting mods plus the ones I have done already I am already well over the $10,000 mark on a car I have only had since April and 2 months othat time its been down going on 3 month now. But I am going there taking the route that will last. Your right I know guys that drop the URGT35R package on and are making 430WHP for like $5000 but for how long? I have been through 2 OEM STI engines just on COBB Stage 2 and a tune.
Again nice writeup looks like you have been wanting to say this for awhile.