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Old 11-29-2012, 02:48 PM   #38
wildrcj
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Join Date: Jun 2012
Chapter/Region: South East
Vehicle:
2012 WRX
Ice Silver Metallic

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Ok. So i got all the work done. I had Rev Works install the DP, Cat back, SS brake lines, and shifter with bushings. I installed the intake and brake master cylinder brace myself. also, the license plate delete was me (i hear it gives +50 HP )

Rev Works did a great and quick install. Matt gave me great advice on the car, recommending the invidia exhaust.

Mod list:
Invidia Catless DP
Invidia q300 quad- titanium-tip Cat-back
Kartboy Short Shifter and Shifter Bushings
Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Perrin Brake Master Cylinder Brace
AEM Intake
Cobb AP OTS Stage 2+AEM map
Subtle Solutions WRX Front License Plate Delete

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The Exhaust:
Im thrilled with it. It is just the right volume, but lets you hear just enough of that classic boxer rumble. At idle its as quiet as stock, and as you add throttle it increases until its screaming at WOT. On the highway, cruising at 70-80, the rumble is still there, but not intrusive. I listen to the radio at the same volume I did before.
My only issue with the exhaust is the fitment, which I have spoken to Matt at Rev Works about, and will be fixed. The issue is that the left side protrudes more, and hangs lower than the right. Otherwise, love the quad tipped look.

Shifter:
Nothing new here. Its a Kartboy SS. Its awesome. Everyone knows that. Coupled with the stiffer bushings, its made the shifts click directly into place, no more fishing for gears.

Master Cylinder Brace/SS Brake Lines/DOT 4 fluid:
Even though I put the MCB on later, the combined effect of these mods is that my brake pedal is firm. Sadly, it does nothing to take up the initial 1" of dead space in the pedal, but you get a feel for that very quickly. I love the way the brakes feel now. They should come like this from the factory.
Install on the MCB was a B****. But well worth it.

AEM Intake:
Awesome piece. Easy install. Now you hear the turbo spool, and bit of the BPV.
I know the power increase is negligible, even though my butt-dyno says its there.

License Delete:
Purely aesthetic of course, but makes use of the license plate holder in states like FL, where we don't have front plates.

COBB AP:
Nothing I can say that hasn't been said before. Its awesome, easy to use, and the OTS maps are sufficient for my uses right now. The car pulls strong, and smooth.
I also like, that as I do add mods, and get pro-tuned, I can have multiple maps, like economy mode, or even a race gas map.

Overall review:
Unsurprisingly, it feels like a whole new car. It is exactly what I wanted, and i couldn't be happier.

Some things to note before you mod your car this way.
1) if you go catless you will smell fumes, if you open your window, or if your AC is pulling from the outside. Doesn't bother me, but will bother some people im sure. If your windows are up, and you're AC is recirculating, you will not smell anything.
2) At WOT shifts, I do occasionally get after flares (flames from exhaust). From what I've read, this isn't a massive issue, as its just a side effect of a slightly rich tune. When i get pro-tuned i assume this will be almost completely extinguished. Also, I am concerned with melting my bumper because of the exhaust fitment issue noted above. Hopefully after fitment is fixed this will no longer be a concern.

Next mods:
24mm Sways front and rear w/ end links
Whiteline steering Rack Bushings
Group N tranny mount
Whiteline positive shift kit
Pitch Stop mount
Rear Diff mount
Grimmspeed Air Oil Separator

Then:
Grimmspeed 3-port EBCS
Bigger Injectors (750cc?)
TMIC (Process West I think)
Forge BPV
One Step Colder Spark Plugs
External Wastegate and Uppipe
Pro-tune

Let me know if anyone has any suggestions about my mod order. I've spent ages lurking this forum, and i think im doing it right.

By the time all thats done, I think it will be a really solid DD - not that it isn't already. And then.... who knows? do i go balls to the wall with turbo upgrades and internals? Make it a dedicated track car? or just keep it as is and drive it forever?

ahh. the possibilities.
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Last edited by wildrcj; 11-30-2012 at 03:19 PM.
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