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Old 04-29-2013, 01:05 PM   #1
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hey guys i bought a 2008 wrx sedan 6 months ago and im trying to start doing mods to it, and im just wondering where i should start? its completely stock. and i dont know that much about where to start as far as mods. please help!!!
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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An exhaust is a good starting point+ you get the nice rumble
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:20 PM   #3
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Do a search for the words "First Mods" in the Newbie forum, and you'll find tons of threads.

Also, fill in your profile so that we know what part of Russia you're in.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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Welcome. I bought a 2008 WRX Sedan 2 years ago and am still working on compiling a mod list. The only thing I've done thus far is the kartboy shifter, RA flaps, winter tires, and scheduled maintenance.

I've started to compile a list on suspension upgrades as that's the common complaint about the 2008 model, but I won't be pulling the trigger on anything until the car is paid off. I've not even posted a thread asking for feedback on it because I still have a few more months of payments before I can justify the cost to myself.

Overall, I think the most important thing to keep in mind is to not be in a hurry. I've been searching these forums for the past 2 years trying to wrap my head around how mods and the like work and what I should start with. Take your time and do your research, while you are doing your research make sure you keep up with maintenance. In part of my research I've come across a few threads where tuners are including maintenance on part of their pre-tune checklist. Seems pretty important.

That's all I have. Welcome to NASIOC, put on your flamesuit, you'll need it
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:05 PM   #5
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Welcome to the Subaru game. I am going to start off by describing the game of Subaru's to you, rather than suggesting the sweetest modifications that I can think of. Now, first let me start off by describing Honda's. The Honda game can only be played one way, and that involves; wheels, slammed suspension, maybe a turbo, sound systems, roll cages, racing seats, upgraded exhausts, and cool sunglasses. These economical cars are not designed to be an enthusiasts car. A sub-culture has developed around this idea, and attempts to create cool cars.
Subaru's, on the other hand, are designed as enthusiasts cars. The Subaru game can be taken in any direction. You may find everything from a track prepped STi with racing suspension, functional roll cage, and high horsepower to an Impreza with off road racing lights, rally exhaust, and snow tires. The point is,, EVERYTHING IS ACCEPTABLE

You simply have to set a goal for yourself and your car.

Here are a few examples of goals:
"I want my car to be super fast"
This individual may seek; engine upgrades, fuel components, turbo/intercooler, drivetrain, engine management.

"I want my car to be sweet'n low"
This individual may seek; rare wheels, airbag suspension, straight pipe exhaust, HID headlights.

"I want my car to be faster and handle really well"
This individual may seek; downpipe, catback exhaust, tires, coilovers, brake pads, COBB AccessPort

For now,
Enjoy your new car
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:10 PM   #6
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i'd start here:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1169984
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2462278

and here:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=91
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=32

research, research, research.

what complaints do you have with your car's performance now? start researching those areas you want to improve. don't have any complaints...? if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

you definitely need to determine some goals and consider what your primary uses of the car will be... daily driving only, autox or rallyx, track days, slamming it on dem rimz and secretly or blatantly being laughed at, etc. then figure out a budget to get there.

exhausts make more farts than ponies, but don't require a tune. any other power mod will. so, you'll need to determine what tuning methodology you want to go with before installing anything.

specifically, the 08 wrx has the absolute worst stock suspension of any year wrx. once all your maintenance is up to snuff, i'd start there... a "bar" minimum would be to get a larger rear sway bar. you could do an oem sti bar very inexpensively. the 08-10 sti is 18mm, 11+ sti is 19mm. the stock 09+ wrx is 16mm, while the craptastic 08 is 15mm. this alone with be a vast improvement to your car's handling.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:17 PM   #7
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What is the best tuning method?
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:38 PM   #8
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Any word on benefit of the 2011+ sti sway bar upgrade vs aftermarket(say rallitek street kit or comparable "non tracked" setup)
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:52 PM   #9
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Get rid of the god awful stock shocks, springs, and tires. Optional: toss on a rear sway bar. Then go stage 2. Enjoy your "new" new car.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:57 PM   #10
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What is the best tuning method?
well, "best" is a pretty subjective term. i personally use an accessport with a stage 2 torqued performance map. accessports are easy to use, have a ton of cool features, and you can use cobb's free maps, or go with a custom/semi custom e-tune, or have a professional dyno tune done with it. they're expensive though.

or you can can do a opensource tune, using various software that is available. in my limited knowledge of opensource tuning, it seems you have to be fairly computer saavy and have a decent knowledge of how your ecu works to go this route successfully, but it can be very effective and much less expensive. tuners can go this route too.

i'd check out this forum and it's sub forums to get better ideas of the various tuning methods:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=80

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Any word on benefit of the 2011+ sti sway bar upgrade vs aftermarket(say rallitek street kit or comparable "non tracked" setup)
well, it's super cheap and way better than the wimpy 15mm one our cars were plagued with, but more on the mild end of performance upgrades.

i personally am running an adjustable whiteline 22mm rear bar and support braces with rallitek endlinks, and eventually will upgrade my front to an adjustable 22mm. the goal for my car is a sporty daily driver.

read through this swaybar thread for setup combinations and their performance descriptions, find one that suits your needs and budgets, and decide if the 19mm bar fits into your goals:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2462278
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:07 PM   #11
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Get rid of the god awful stock shocks, springs, and tires. Optional: toss on a rear sway bar. Then go stage 2. Enjoy your "new" new car.
absolutely! the 08 has HORRID spring rates.

the 08 has 151# front 136# rear springs, while the 09+ wrx and 08 to 10 sti have 217#/194# springs. i picked up some 2012 wrx springs to mate to some excel g struts and shocks, but have changed directions and am going with '11 sti springs, which are 250#F/297# rear. hope to get that stuff installed in the next few weeks.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:48 AM   #12
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Get rid of the god awful stock shocks, springs, and tires. Optional: toss on a rear sway bar. Then go stage 2. Enjoy your "new" new car.
This!!!

My 08 handled like it was riding on marshmallows. Scary car to drive at stg 2 levels.

I went Coilovers, and a bunch of whiteline bushing inserts. Didnt even bother with sways the improvement was that dramatic.

Do lots of research and take your time. Enjoy
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:14 AM   #13
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What is the best tuning method?
Stop asking questions. Start reading.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=533787

There is no such thing as "the best". Everyone has their own opinions, and the only way to decide is to use your best judgement. Best judgement means knowing what the hell you're talking about in the first place.

Go talk with a tuning shop. Go to some meets and get some advice. Read the posts that people have linked you. Do some searches like I said in my first post. A billion and one (yes, actual 1,000,000,001) people have wondered the same thing on what's the best way to mod your car. The problem is, it's different for everyone.

We don't know what your end goal is: fun? racing? AutoX? Track? Drag? Rally? Upsidedown?
We don't know your budget is: $500? $5,000? $50,000?
We also don't know where you live: Soviet Russia? Messico? Aussieland? Austin, Massachusetts?

You need to do some more work yourself before we can tell you anything useful.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:06 PM   #14
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Thank you
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