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Old 11-08-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default Just put a deposit on a '14 WRX Hatch. What are "must have" purchases?

Hey all,

I just put a deposit down on a WRB WRX Hatch coming in a few weeks with STS/bushings, armrest extension, and floor mats.

Are there any "must have" small purchases I should get to start my ownership off right? Coming from the Focus ST, lots of people purchased RMMs right away because of the terrible factory one. So I'm looking for small things that have a huge effect on ownership experience for now.

My only plans right now are clearbra/tint and tail light overlays. Long(er) term I'm planning on doing something with the exhaust (catback/axleback) and upgrading the head unit.
Anything else I should be factoring in?


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Old 11-08-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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Insurance.

I don't know what a RMM is.

Another set of wheels with winter tires?

The car really doesn't "need" anything. I tend to ask myself "what is wrong with the car that I need to fix?". If the answer is "nothing", then, there ya go.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:51 PM   #3
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Maybe a short throw shifter, the one subaru offers is so so, but most would agree that the one from Kart boy with bushings is the way to go.

Jack I think the RMM is rear motor mount.

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Old 11-08-2013, 03:55 PM   #4
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Gasoline should be pretty high on your list.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:56 PM   #5
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Drive it for a few months, then ask yourself what you feel is missing. I might say you NEED a matching aluminum dead pedal, but you might feel its not necessary.

Like Jack said, a set of winter wheels and tires would be money well spent.

(Also if it were me I would cancel the factory STS/bushings and get a Kartboy or Cobb STS.)
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #6
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I agree with the above. Being on my 2nd hatch, I would say cargo mat for trunk area also. I also wish I had thrown on the SPT exhaust for a little more rumble and they could have rolled it into my payments. Good choice on armrest extension and mats though.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:14 PM   #7
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Hey all,

I just put a deposit down on a WRB WRX Hatch coming in a few weeks with STS/bushings, armrest extension, and floor mats.

Are there any "must have" small purchases I should get to start my ownership off right? Coming from the Focus ST, lots of people purchased RMMs right away because of the terrible factory one. So I'm looking for small things that have a huge effect on ownership experience for now.

My only plans right now are clearbra/tint and tail light overlays. Long(er) term I'm planning on doing something with the exhaust (catback/axleback) and upgrading the head unit.
Anything else I should be factoring in?

Thanks!
Gas
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:40 PM   #8
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Gasoline should be pretty high on your list.
Crap! Now I'll never afford a WRX
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:22 PM   #9
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Crap! Now I'll never afford a WRX
Especially every 4th day or 250 miles which ever come first.
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:55 PM   #10
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I have a 13 STi and I would say going from the factory STS to kart boy STS I wish I wouldn't of spent the money on the factory shifter but it happens. Get the SPT cat back it has a nice rumble to it. Unless you like stupid loud then aftermarket is more for you. Other than that if you want performance upgrade sway bars end links and for some extra ponies get an accessport. Should be really nice startup to it
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:06 PM   #11
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Mine had the factory short shifter. I ended up getting a kartboy short shifter and front/rear bushing. The difference was amazing! I wish i would have done it when i bought the car! Tint is also a must.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:41 AM   #12
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Drive it for a few months, get used to it. Then to buy whiteline sways + kartboy bushings and be astounded at how much of a change it makes.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:20 AM   #13
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With winter coming I would suggest some Rally Armor mud flaps
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:34 AM   #14
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On the non-performance side, the cargo tray and rear cargo net are nice for DD stuff.
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:19 PM   #15
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A decent brain (probably the second most important)
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This list MUST be revised!!!

Have you not seen Young Frankenstein?

"Would you mind telling me who's brain I put in?"

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Old 11-11-2013, 01:37 PM   #16
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The best bang for your buck IMO are going to be short throw shifter with front and rear bushings, front/rear swaybars with endlinks and a new headunit. Considering we are coming up on winter storms and you will be getting a car with summer tires then you should really upgrade them to at least a A/S tire but if you can spend the money on an extra set of rims and winter tires so you can swap them out on seasons.
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:52 PM   #17
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1) I wouldn't do an SPT system until you hear it and drive around with it. I'd much rather have the OEM system as a backup rather than having the car only come with the SPT system. Many people report droning with the hatchback SPT system.

2) Get on Amazon and order two rolls of this. You're going to need it if rattles bother you.
JVCC FELT-06 Polyester Felt Tape (1mm thick felt): 1 in. x 75 ft. (Black): Amazon.com: Industrial & ScientificJVCC FELT-06 Polyester Felt Tape (1mm thick felt): 1 in. x 75 ft. (Black): Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific

3) $120 PTP Lava turbo blanket. Helps improve spool response time and reduces heat soak to the IC.

4) Kartboy shifter bushings - front only. If you add the rear shifter bushing, the shift action becomes clunky and a significant amount of gear whine and lash is introduced into the cabin. I had the SPT rear bushing and removed it after 2 months use. It was annoying and really, the shift action is great with just the front bushings.

5) OEM SPT STS. I bought this used and it only came with the lever. I like it because it maintains OEM quality, has a rubberized damper in the lever to reduce NVH, and it maintains the OEM shifter height while reducing throw by about 30%. With Lathewerks shift knob, I can adjust for height and throw as well (see next bullet).

6) Weighted shift knob. I have the Lathewerks stainless 1lbs shift knob. It's great. It adds heft and is adjustable for height (~1").

7) OEM 19mm STI rear sway bar $90. Can't go wrong with this. OEM quality and looks, a bit more roll stiffness in the back, 15 minute install, not hell on the OEM endlinks.

8) Forester headunit. Do a search on this. It's a huge improvement over stock. I got mine for $180 on E-bay.

9) 07+ Nissan Altima exhaust tips swapped onto the OEM tips. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2368854

10) Seat spring mod and consider putting blocks between the lower seat frame lateral side supports and seat foam. This greatly improves lower seat lateral support and keeps you legs from splaying outwards while maintaining OEM seat looks.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:06 PM   #18
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2) Get on Amazon and order two rolls of this. You're going to need it if rattles bother you. JVCC FELT-06 Polyester Felt Tape (1mm thick felt): 1 in. x 75 ft. (Black): Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific
Good lookin' out, Max. I'm all over this for a couple buzzes/creaks I have.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:00 PM   #19
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With winter coming I would suggest some Rally Armor mud flaps
+1 mudflaps are a must.
subaru paint is pretty weak, protect it how you can
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:14 PM   #20
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I would enjoy it first, then see what can you upgrade. Maybe TBE, CAI.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:17 PM   #21
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biggest must have is full coverage insurance
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:30 AM   #22
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The stock tires are crap in the snow. I don't know how much you get in MD, but if you don't get them don't drive in it.

New head unit is a nice addition as well as a sub to add some base. The speakers aren't that bad. Short shifter and bushings are also great great upgrades.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:41 AM   #23
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I just picked myself up a '14 hatch. So far I've picked up a plate relocator, mudflaps, tail red tail light film, shift knob and waiting to hear back from the 2nd place for 3m Clear wrap. I plan to have the whole hood,fenders, bumper, lights, mirrors, door edges, wheel arch's, rear bumper done. I may also do the windshield.
Then I'm going to drive and enjoy the car for a while.
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