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Old 11-13-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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When I bought my car this was the ad I saw. I don't know really what any if these are. Well some but most I don't. And was curious if these were some nice upgrades in my 02 wrx. Thank you.

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Pioneer DEH-P7000BT BlueTooth Receiver (phone and audio BlueTooth)
Whiteline Group 4 Coilovers (adjustable in height via strut body, bump & rebound via knob)
STI Strut Top Mounts
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Turn-in Concepts Rear Diff Bushings
Turn-in Concepts Outrigger Bushings
Turn-in Concepts Fender Braces
Turn-in Concepts Shifter Bushings
Perrin Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
Energy Suspension rear sway bar urethane bushings
Perrin End-Links
Cusco Rear Strut Tower Bar with V-Brace
STI Engine Mount Bushings
K&N Air Filter
Turbo-XS 2" Stainless Turbo Back Exhaust
PDE Flex Up-pipe
Kartboy Exhaust Hangers
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Enkei RPF1 17x7.5 Wheels
Custom Aluminum Centering Rings/Spacers
Pirelli P Zero Nero Tires
StopTech Braided Brake Lines
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Greddy, Peek/Hold/Warn Boost Gauge (silver)
Cobb Tuning Access Port -- Stage 2 Map Loaded
ABS Switch Mod
Fog Light with High Beams on Mod
EGT (catless) resistor mod
Grounding Mod
New Windshield (Oct 2012)
New Clutch (Jan 2010)



AND ALSO : can anyone tell me if this will fit my wrx. The picture says Sti I have no idea why but if anyone could let me know I'd appreciate it a bunch!
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...d=170642337256
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:32 PM   #2
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The decription for that lip says wrx, so yes it will fit a wrx. there is no 02-03 sti in the united states.

So why did you buy a used, modified car when you had no idea what the modifications were? Which leads me to believe you don't really know the condition of the car?
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:37 PM   #3
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The decription for that lip says wrx, so yes it will fit a wrx. there is no 02-03 sti in the united states.

So why did you buy a used, modified car when you had no idea what the modifications were? Which leads me to believe you don't really know the condition of the car?
Don't know much about them but he described most of it I drove it he drove it. I've been driving it for 2 weeks no problems. Except a drunk boost gauge.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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Pretty good list. Looks like they focused mired on handling than power. Chances are your tXS 2inch turbo back exhaust, is actually a 3 inch TBE.

Hopefully there is some sort of tune on it.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:41 PM   #5
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Pretty good list. Looks like they focused mired on handling than power. Chances are your tXS 2inch turbo back exhaust, is actually a 3 inch TBE.

Hopefully there is some sort of tune on it.
Yes it's 3 in and he said stage two he has a ecu reader he used once gave me thy also.
And stock tires/rims and winters also. And summers. And yes mostly handling mods

Pretty sure it's tuned.. He said it was
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:42 PM   #6
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70% of the mods you listed are for handling. Are there any specific mods you had questions about (i.e. location, purpose, etc etc)?
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:45 PM   #7
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what do you mean by a drunk boost gauge? its not acting right? If so, how sure are you that its the gauge and not the car/actual boost?

There is a tune, says stage2 tune loaded. Everything looks well done. Any questions on specific things?
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:45 PM   #8
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70% of the mods you listed are for handling. Are there any specific mods you had questions about (i.e. location, purpose, etc etc)?
Mm not really any questions on any. Was just curious of the quality of the upgrades. He said he's put 10k in upgrades. And I only bought the car for 9125 with a bunch of stock parts. And everything. And he has been the only owner of it. He's done most of the work himself or help from his buddy that owns a shop. Older man and you could tell he was very anal about his car.
Only 77k miles also

And the boost gauge would say I'm boosting while I'm in neutral barely accelerating. Or just starting from a stop sign its saying I'm boosting.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:25 PM   #9
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what do you mean by a drunk boost gauge? its not acting right? If so, how sure are you that its the gauge and not the car/actual boost?

There is a tune, says stage2 tune loaded. Everything looks well done. Any questions on specific things?
Essentially his boost gauge either reads nothing but vacuum or goes sporadic into boost. This is based on his 2 threads on the same subject just 2 days ago.

OP did you have the car inspected at all? That would have been the FIRST thing to do, especially when buying modded. Luckily most items listed are handling and no mods are out of Stage 2 parameters except the intake. (And depending on how old the tune is from Cobb, it may actually be when Cobb supported K&N)

One thing that I see that I would be suspect is is the "custom" wheel spacers. Essentially any wheel spacer used on these cars are bad UNLESS (well not unless, but this helps majorly) the wheel studs are the extended model. This is for insuring that enough thread grip length is present for the lug nuts. How do you know if you have extended lugs? Well without asking the previous owner, you'd kinda have to guess without taking a few things apart.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:28 PM   #10
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Essentially his boost gauge either reads nothing but vacuum or goes sporadic into boost. This is based on his 2 threads on the same subject just 2 days ago.

OP did you have the car inspected at all? That would have been the FIRST thing to do, especially when buying modded. Luckily most items listed are handling and no mods are out of Stage 2 parameters except the intake. (And depending on how old the tune is from Cobb, it may actually be when Cobb supported K&N)

One thing that I see that I would be suspect is is the "custom" wheel spacers. Essentially any wheel spacer used on these cars are bad UNLESS (well not unless, but this helps majorly) the wheel studs are the extended model. This is for insuring that enough thread grip length is present for the lug nuts. How do you know if you have extended lugs? Well without asking the previous owner, you'd kinda have to guess without taking a few things apart.
Actually have not gotten it inspected yet.. I should. But the spacers are on now but I'm having my snow tires put on as we speak and he's taking them out I'm sure.
And is that good at supported but k&n? Not sure how old the tune is
The vehicle was also the guys daily driver until the day I bought it so I'm sure It would pass no problem but good point.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:32 PM   #11
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I would either go get a pro/e-tune or find a stock intake and put it on. Even when it was a "supported" intake by Cobb it didn't exactly mean the tune was changed enough.

And you MIGHT need the spacers depending on the offset (not mentioned) of the wheel. If you're having the tires put on professionally, have them figure out if you need the spacers. My guess is no.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:33 PM   #12
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Yes the guy doing the tires is pro. He's going to do a general look around of the car up on the lift and tell me what he thinks.
Old owner also said I won't need spacers on the winters.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:35 PM   #13
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When I bought my car this was the ad I saw. I don't know really what any if these are. Well some but most I don't. And was curious if these were some nice upgrades in my 02 wrx. Thank you.

Subaru security upgrade
Pioneer DEH-P7000BT BlueTooth Receiver (phone and audio BlueTooth)
Whiteline Group 4 Coilovers (adjustable in height via strut body, bump & rebound via knob)
STI Strut Top Mounts
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Turn-in Concepts Rear Diff Bushings
Turn-in Concepts Outrigger Bushings
Turn-in Concepts Fender Braces
Turn-in Concepts Shifter Bushings
Perrin Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
Energy Suspension rear sway bar urethane bushings
Perrin End-Links
Cusco Rear Strut Tower Bar with V-Brace
STI Engine Mount Bushings
K&N Air Filter
Turbo-XS 2" Stainless Turbo Back Exhaust
PDE Flex Up-pipe
Kartboy Exhaust Hangers
Kartboy Short Shifter
Kartboy Shift Knob
Enkei RPF1 17x7.5 Wheels
Custom Aluminum Centering Rings/Spacers
Pirelli P Zero Nero Tires
StopTech Braided Brake Lines
SpeedBleeders
Greddy, Peek/Hold/Warn Boost Gauge (silver)
Cobb Tuning Access Port -- Stage 2 Map Loaded
ABS Switch Mod
Fog Light with High Beams on Mod
EGT (catless) resistor mod
Grounding Mod
New Windshield (Oct 2012)
New Clutch (Jan 2010)



AND ALSO : can anyone tell me if this will fit my wrx. The picture says Sti I have no idea why but if anyone could let me know I'd appreciate it a bunch!
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...d=170642337256
Looks like a real solid list for a nice well rounded WRX.

A few notes, mostly personal opinion based on facts.

I don't care for K&N filters. They give zero power, because the restriction is the stock airbox, and they don't filter as well as a paper element.

I am a Kenwood man, so I don't like the Pioneer HU



And yes that lip should work fine.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:00 PM   #14
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Looks like a real solid list for a nice well rounded WRX.

A few notes, mostly personal opinion based on facts.

I don't care for K&N filters. They give zero power, because the restriction is the stock airbox, and they don't filter as well as a paper element.

I am a Kenwood man, so I don't like the Pioneer HU

And yes that lip should work fine.
I feel you on the k&n maybe ill get a new one who knows. I just don't know what I'd need to do after I bought one like to re tune?
And the radio is a pain the neck to figure out but I got Bluetooth a little speaker thing above my steering wheel pretty cool I guess. But it works nice haha.

And thanks for the opinions this thing does hug the road very well. Really loving it

And also even though I don't know much about cars with all these extras and the shape it's In. You can't give up a deal like that. I've always wanted a wrx too. Since I saw it on "top gear"

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Old 11-13-2012, 02:39 PM   #15
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Personally I'd never purchase a modified car unless I knew the owner well. As far as this one goes like everyone else mentioned almost everything on that list is suspension tid bits. In my eyes this is a good thing because most people that don't know how to mod a car correctly try to buy a bunch of go fast parts (usually cheap knock offs) and then drive the piss out of it sometimes untuned (or with a crappy one at best). The fact that the previous owner invested a fair amount of time/money on suspensions leads me to believe that he has an actual understanding of the car and focused on what could make it more enjoyable to drive.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:47 PM   #16
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Personally I'd never purchase a modified car unless I knew the owner well. As far as this one goes like everyone else mentioned almost everything on that list is suspension tid bits. In my eyes this is a good thing because most people that don't know how to mod a car correctly try to buy a bunch of go fast parts (usually cheap knock offs) and then drive the piss out of it sometimes untuned (or with a crappy one at best). The fact that the previous owner invested a fair amount of time/money on suspensions leads me to believe that he has an actual understanding of the car and focused on what could make it more enjoyable to drive.
Yes I was going to but a stock one but I saw some used privately all stock with like 100k miles selling for 10k$. My friend has an 07 all souped up and such with 107k miles and he paid 14k he Said I got this for a steal. And yea I'm glad he did more suspension work then anything.
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I like the list of mods. How about an ETS top mount intercooler on a great holiday sale price?
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:22 PM   #18
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I like the list of mods. How about an ETS top mount intercooler on a great holiday sale price?
Only if I knew what that was
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:25 PM   #19
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oh boy... the vendor, ETS, is talking about a top-mount intercooler (aka TMIC). Ask the old geezer if he changed his or kept it stock before selling it to you
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oh boy... the vendor, ETS, is talking about a top-mount intercooler (aka TMIC). Ask the old geezer if he changed his or kept it stock before selling it to you
Ok lol. Not sure if I need one. But I'll ask him
Stupid question. But is that what like cools the car? So far I've had no high temperature issues at all. Just saying

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:20 PM   #21
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Just found out that the intercooler is stock. Should I upgrade that?
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That would be up to you.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:03 PM   #23
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That would be up to you.
Well I haven't had any overheating problems whatsoever

And tbh not even quite sure what an Intercooler does. I'd assume cool down the motor but doesn't the radiator dothat?
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A new TMIC would be able to provide colder air to the turbo, but may be more prone to heatsoak than your stock one. Getting a turbo blanket and/or heat tape would help TMIC heatsoak or you could just use a FMIC to avoid it altogether.
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Well I haven't had any overheating problems whatsoever

And tbh not even quite sure what an Intercooler does. I'd assume cool down the motor but doesn't the radiator dothat?
Intercooler has nothing to do with overheating.
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