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Old 10-06-2012, 02:39 PM   #1
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hey everybody.
ive recently bought a 02 wrx and i just wanted to ask around and see what should be my first upgrade after i tune it up and make sure everything is running good.

however i do have a budget. i'm only 20 plus im a full time student and work full time.

ive heard of installing a short ram or cold air intake, switching to 3" piping, and switching to high performance spark plugs, but im new to all of this so i wanted advice from ppl who actually owns a wrx.

any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:41 PM   #2
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Make sure you get a tune for your mods.

Read Unibomber's Manifesto. It'll answer all the questions you have. We don't hand out answers like that. Welcome and Grats on the car!
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:49 PM   #3
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Thank you, Much obliged!!
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:46 PM   #4
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Stock spark plugs, no intake. Downpipe and a tune.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:56 AM   #5
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If you would like a little more power and peace of mind, you could swap out the stock up pipe for a catless one.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:45 AM   #6
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the best mods on a budget is called maintenence.

keep up on it.

if you have a limited budget, and something breaks, you might not be able to fix it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:10 AM   #7
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You have a 10 year old car and I'm guessing you need it to go to work/school. Spend any money you have on maintaining it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:53 AM   #8
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my basic approach is quality and timely maintenance and when things break/wear out install better. i modded to preserve my 100k warranty then phase 2 after.

Regular maintenance like wax exterior, clean interior, regular oil change, water wetter are not expensive. when things get replaced install better example irridium sparkplugs total $24.

so what else to upgrade? set goals for the car that fit your lifestyle and budget and read nasioc and read again.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:51 PM   #9
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Thank you! I know I'm def going to make sure it's running properly before I make any upgrades! Thank you all though!
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:59 PM   #10
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stock intake
stock plugs

These are a must:
DO A TIMING BELT! or else engine will explode!!!
used catless uppipe so your engine doesnt explode!!!
Buy a used dp

If you have money left over then spend it on a downpipe and a tune. By then you will know enough about your car.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:00 PM   #11
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Well I had a friend whose a mechanic check the belt and he said its good! But il get a second opinion and the previous owner already installed a invidia uppipe! So then I should just get a down pipe and that would be good for now right?
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:51 PM   #12
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How many K's are on the car? There is a spec for when the timing belt should be replaced, it's there for a reason, do it then, not before and not after.

Maintenance is key, there's no point in spending all this money on aftermarket parts and then never changing the oil on the car, or brakes and so on.

Just buy the regular recommended spark plugs for your car, search Unabombers manifesto, there is a thread in there to do with the plugs that are supposed to be used in our cars. Don't waste your time or money with "high performance plugs"
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:05 PM   #13
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Once all the maintenance is done definitely change the stock uppipe to a catless so your turbo doesn't eat the cat. Then when you have the money get a downpipe and a tune at the same time. Also an intake at the same time as the tune if you want one.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:19 PM   #14
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Another vote for the catless up pipe and miantenance, that's where i'm at as well with my recent purchase
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:06 PM   #15
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Lol Apparently nobody reads threads anymore. About 4 posts up the OP states that the previous owner installed an Invidia Up pipe into the vehicle already.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:54 PM   #16
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Window tint is always a nice cost effective first upgrade.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:04 AM   #17
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Currently there is a 120k! Im trying to get the tune up this week and then il go from there with all the advice you guys said!
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:08 AM   #18
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sounds like time for timing belt, tensioner, pulleys, and water pump if they haven't been done.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:37 AM   #19
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See that's how new I am to this bro! Lol I've heard about everything else but never about a tensioner thing!
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:48 AM   #20
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See that's how new I am to this bro! Lol I've heard about everything else but never about a tensioner thing!
Look for a gates timing belt kit. Comes with the belt, water pump and timing belt tensioner. Cant remember how much mine was but i wanna say like 250.

This isnt the one for your car but look for something like this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gates-TCKWP3...751938&vxp=mtr

Get that done...change your trans and rear end fluid...you'll end up changing your coolant when you do the timing belt change. Then go from there. Spark plugs too, i'd recommend NGK iridium plugs...dont do one step colder. Defiantly do this stuff first and you'll be golden.

And yes once you do that stuff i'd say get a catless downpipe and a stage 2 tune from a reputable shop nearby.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:59 PM   #21
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Ok thank you!! il look into that immediately!
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:42 PM   #22
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I don't know if you already have one, but a boost gauge is a must. Every turbocharged vehicle should have one, even stock ones.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:46 PM   #23
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Timing belt and a catless uppipe are a plus...but I don't personally believe in buying a used downpipe, at least if you're going to stick with a catted one. If you go catless, that's another story.

also, EXPLODE!!!

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stock intake
stock plugs

These are a must:
DO A TIMING BELT! or else engine will explode!!!
used catless uppipe so your engine doesnt explode!!!
Buy a used dp

If you have money left over then spend it on a downpipe and a tune. By then you will know enough about your car.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:21 AM   #24
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I got my Gates timing belt kit with water pump for $300ish. They shipped it to Italy in about 6 days, which is very fast. Good luck with the work. Look up Meatys timing belt thread...there are videos!?!!
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:19 AM   #25
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OP Welcome to NASIOC! I also started with an 02 WRX, great car! Lots of love for the bugeye.

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stock intake
stock plugs

These are a must:
DO A TIMING BELT! or else engine will explode!!!
used catless uppipe so your engine doesnt explode!!!
Buy a used dp

If you have money left over then spend it on a downpipe and a tune. By then you will know enough about your car.
Great advice right there. Don't forget to do the water pump when you go in there and do the timing belt. On my 02 the coil packs started to have issues at that mileage also. Also, what tires on the vehicle? If they are crap, replace them before modifying.

As for modifications, because you are starting on a vehicle that is high in mileage I'd inspect first what needs attention and go from there. For instance, you don't want to make more horsepower if your suspension and or brakes are in bad shape.

If the brakes are in great shape and the suspension is nice and tight then start with some used exhaust bits. I don't recommend going used with everything, but a pipe is a pipe new or used. Just make sure it's not rusted, dented or in abnormally rough shape in any other way. Uppipe, downpipe and the rest of the exhaust and also pick up a used V2 AccessPort. I would also highly recommend either DEI thermal wrapping the uppipe and downpipe sections or sending them out to get ceramic coated. Goes a long way in turbo spool (not that a TD04 needs much help ) and under hood temps.

This would put you pretty much on par with a stock STI. Plenty of street power and lightning fast spool. From here I'd focus on suspension (coilovers or a nice spring/strut combo...maybe some endlinks and swaybars, etc.) Good luck and enjoy the car
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