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Old 06-17-2008, 02:10 PM   #1
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i want to buy an 08 WRX hatchback but i hate the clear tailights and that chrome piece running in between tail lights.... anything you can buy or do to cover that chrome plate running along the back making them look even more like a focus.....

one more question... people always say the WRX has a crappy second gear that breaks if you put a big turbo on... IE 20g turbo or bigger... true?
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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Get a bugeye, that will solve the first problem.

In that car, it's 3rd that's the weak one. It has little to do with the turbo, but has everything to do with the driver. A small turbo can just as easily break it as a larger turbo, because the torque hits harder. There are cars out there running 350-400whp on the stock transmission and haven't broken it, but there are retards out there at 230whp breaking gears.

I have 300+ whp and have launched 50+ times and tracked it more than 30 times, and have yet to break a thing.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:17 PM   #3
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there's an easy fix for the looks of the 08 WRX/STI.... buy an 02-07

& how long the tranny last depends mostly on the driver & how agressive you drive your car. There have been people breaking teeth on stock set-ups & there are some in here who are running 20g's on the stock tranny & aren't having any problems. It's hit or miss...
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:31 PM   #4
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theres a panel SubaruGenuineParts.com is selling for that chrome part to fix that, and the lights you can use film tint or whatever its called.

Look at teh member gallery for examples...many ppl have that chrome panel taken off and red out lights
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:51 PM   #5
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there's an easy fix for the looks of the 08 WRX/STI.... buy an 02-07


NICE!!

But yeah there is alot of nice 08's out there in the members gallery 08 WRX/STi thread.

(Not my favorite year but they'll grow on me)
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:15 PM   #6
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i want to buy an 08 WRX hatchback but i hate the clear tailights and that chrome piece running in between tail lights.... anything you can buy or do to cover that chrome plate running along the back making them look even more like a focus.....

one more question... people always say the WRX has a crappy second gear that breaks if you put a big turbo on... IE 20g turbo or bigger... true?
The 08 use the LGT tranny from what i read it's pretty strong. I didn't like the 08 at 1st but it grew on me. I also got one of my friends who tought the 08 was butt ugly to get one and now he things it's sexy as hell. There are red and smoked over lays for the tail light. You can buy the painted sti center to replace chrome center. It does not look like a focus more like a rx330.
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:19 PM   #7
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Get a bugeye, that will solve the first problem.

In that car, it's 3rd that's the weak one. It has little to do with the turbo, but has everything to do with the driver. A small turbo can just as easily break it as a larger turbo, because the torque hits harder. There are cars out there running 350-400whp on the stock transmission and haven't broken it, but there are retards out there at 230whp breaking gears.

I have 300+ whp and have launched 50+ times and tracked it more than 30 times, and have yet to break a thing.
yes go BUGEYES!!!!!

i was one or those "tards" you speak of. i broke it on more than 230 whp though
but i was being a asshat when i happened. jamming gears, aggressive down shifts, launching, ect. that night.
never again.
but my new tranny i treat better now


but to the op, if you dont like the look then go for a older model/different body style, that way the money you saved you can invest in the stockmarket.... or the car
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:25 PM   #8
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Brick wall and about 50 mph!!!
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Old 06-17-2008, 06:01 PM   #9
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hey thanks for actually being helpful guys.... thats why i like this forum... lots of actual positive responses
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Old 06-17-2008, 06:28 PM   #10
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hey thanks for actually being helpful guys.... thats why i like this forum... lots of actual positive responses

I have a MY08 hatch and love it. Interior, wheels & tires,suspention,tune are all things that are gonna make the car look and perform better.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:49 PM   #11
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:56 PM   #12
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I have a MY08 hatch and love it. Interior, wheels & tires,suspention,tune are all things that are gonna make the car look and perform better.


Yep, as long as it's clean and tasteful.


To the OP, for aesthetics I can't stand anything chrome on our cars. I don't like blacked out tails, but anything that comes on the car from the factory in chrome would, in my opinion, look better replaced. That's about the only recommendation I can make, as vague as it sounds.


Springs/wheels/tires is the best starting point, it gives you a base for the rest of the exterior, and something to compliment.
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