Nice thread with a lot of great information. I'm also a 40 something dad with 2 really young kids. I've already got the SPT exhaust & STI SSK which came with the car. I've already upgraded the sway bars with Whiteline Sways and Kartboy endlinks. I usually do suspension mods and then practice driving the car at AutoXs before adding more power. Like most of you, I'll probably go straight to Stage 2 after installing the GTWorx Suspension.
How many miles did most of you put on the engine before adding your power mods? I'm currently at 1600 miles and will probably wait until I hit 10K to 15K before doing anything.