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Old 12-24-2012, 12:06 AM   #1
AWDrifter21
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Hello members.
I recently became an active member again since selling my Suby back in 2009. Now got an STi and needs a little fixing but I need your advice/opinions, if you don't mind.

1. I want to and actually need to buy a new downpipe and catback and coilovers
( the STi I just bought has a no name custom dp and catback that is pretty bad quality)
a. I was thinking about cobb DP and catback, but I have two babies so I actually might need a catback with a silencer.
b. Downpipe, im looking at a divorced DP, any recommendations?
c. Coilovers Im thinking about BC BR racing coilovers.

2. I need a shop to install as with my pregnant wife and baby I don't have the time to install it myself. I was thinking Precision Tuning or AZP installs? or even NoLimitMotorsport.

My main dilema is there installation prices are high here and low here, but another shop it is low there and high here. Maybe I need to mix and match shops to install?
So members, if I can hear your opinion on what I need, let me know.
Maybe I was thinking of just getting a downpipe and putting stock STi exhaust?

Help me members, thanks again!
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:24 AM   #2
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oh yea, also need to purchase a Cobb AP for my 05 Sti .....
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:39 AM   #3
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Precision tuning has some pretty fair prices. If you go to their website has all the cost for installation. Rich is a good guy with a lot of knowledge.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:43 AM   #4
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Azp installs. No doubt. Great group with no bull****.

As far as parts cobb or invidia are both good pieces, for the catback its up to you. Since you want quiet id suggest getting the cobb exhaust, or even a cobb replica. It isnt flashy looking and by no means obnoxious or loud. Youre only wanting new? If you wanna save some $$ id say find them used on the classifieds.

As far as coilovers what are you looking for out of them. If your main goal is going lower vs performing as best as possible then bc br is good. I ran them and had no complaints but know that it wont be a smooth ride, if you go that route I wpuld recommend swift springs.

Azp is the right shop to ask about suspension, everyone there road races and knows how to properly set a car up. You can get aligned there no issues.

As for an ap, they can also get that for you, I believe everyones prices are roughly the same on the boards for those. Im sure you can chat with adam or paisan From azp about specific details In that aspect. Dont mix and match, just call them and doing more Installs at once usually means cheaper here or there because you can knock out multiple things doing similar installs....

when it comes to subie shops youll see that many have a close nit following, azp is good peeps, wont regret going with them. Just read the vendor review forum and make up your mind for yourself about the local shops.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:57 AM   #5
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I would go with AZP installs, or look into JDS Motoring, their shop car is a sti and they have worked on my subbies before. As far as Precision, I would not go there. Rich really knows his stuff but they are lacking in certain areas. I won't get into specifics here but if you were considering them I would gladly say it through pm. Good luck whatever the choice is.
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:05 AM   #6
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AZP and Broken Motorsports are both vendors here with good reputations. Your best bet is to actually call each shop and ask for an estimate as many places will often discount pricing based upon multiple installs. You can't go solely off website prices.

As for parts advice check out the individual tech forums, but consider used exhaust parts to save some money and consider open source tuning with someone like STiMikey (PhatBottiTuning) instead of an accessport and save yourself $500.
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:14 AM   #7
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Thank you all for your advice and opinions. I have actually gone to both shops to get work done and I like both but I did feel more comfortable at AZP.

With the parts, I've been searching used but looking just locally dont want the hassle of shipping. Hopefully AZP or whichever shop I choose can hook me up with good prices on parts and installation.

@ JiveTurkey
Are you saying upgrading to the swift spring would provide a more comfortable ride? I won't track this car as it will be my DD mostly with my kids and wife from time to time. I just want a nice low (quite low) aggressive stance. What spring rates would you recommend if i upgrade to the swifts?
Ill be running 18x9.5 rims and want it pretty low...

@ all other members, your opinions and advice are always helpful, thank you.

keep them coming....
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:54 AM   #8
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Id suggest 8k 8k...and yes swifts will make the ride a lot better, the bc ride harsh. I used to have 8k 10k it was bome shattering at times, swift springs make such a difference.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:57 AM   #9
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AZP. Only place!
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:00 AM   #10
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@singincanary
Never heard a lot of Brokenmotorsports but ill check them out. Open Source.... my friends have done it but its either a hit or miss or a lot of gas for road tuning

@JiveTurkey
I think i saw your car or maybe one of your friends cars in edgewater a few times. slammed sti with blue te37s... nice setups with good quality parts.
I take your suggestion as well as do more research on 8kg/8kg on swift with BCs !
Thanks.
ill post up pics once my car is complete.

more comments/advice welcome.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:20 PM   #11
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If you are worried about a harsh ride (I see you are worried about your kids), I would go with a good strut and spring combo over coilovers. It will ride better, last longer, and perform better than cheap coilovers.

As for a shop, I would talk to the guys at AZP. They are honest and can help you with everything you are asking about.
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