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Old 09-22-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default 1st Subaru: 09 Impreza WRX, 1st mods question...

Hi all,

I was thinking I would start out by purchasing a Megan Catback exhaust, and a Gimmick Up Pipe.

Later I was thinking of purchasing a Cobb Catted Front Down pipe, and keeping the last Cat stock for appearances due to living in the Car Nazi state.

At this point I would like someone to tune the car. Would I need to purchase a COBB AP (I think it's called that) in order for someone to tune it?

Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:05 PM   #2
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nice!pics of the car...
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:09 PM   #3
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For a tune you would either need an AP or go opensource. Why modding so fast?
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:09 PM   #4
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DO NOT modify your car whatsoever! That car has been out like 2 days and NO ONE makes engine management for it yet and modifying without engine management is a BAD idea.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:12 PM   #5
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lol. Wouldn't be prudent.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:15 PM   #6
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Please listen to everyone, do not do anything to the car. You also want to break-in the car properly and that means no mods for a long time.

Plus the car is fast stock, enjoy it.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:16 PM   #7
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Seriously tho, I'm just thinking ahead. I wouldn't do anything except a catback exhaust right now. That said, I know it's only a matter of time before people figure the car out no?
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:18 PM   #8
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I already got over a thousand miles on the car and it's barely a week old. I know that is bad, but I babied her the whole time. It's just that I commute 50 miles each way to work.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:19 PM   #9
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I'd enjoy the car a little before modding the tar out of it.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:20 PM   #10
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In the future you will want...

Cobb AP, or EcuTek or UTEC for engine management (there are others those are the most popular)
Bellmouth Downpipe (Many companies make it)

And thats it for Stage 2 which will make you as fast as an STi if not faster w/ the new 09 set up.

But it will take months for EM to be developed. Be patient.


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Old 09-22-2008, 08:24 PM   #11
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In the future you will want...

Cobb AP, or EcuTek or UTEC for engine management (there are others those are the most popular)
Bellmouth Downpipe (Many companies make it)

And thats it for Stage 2 which will make you as fast as an STi if not faster w/ the new 09 set up.

But it will take months for EM to be developed. Be patient.


TAKE PICS!

Thanks for the input! I'll take pics this week some time. I am really happy with the car tho. I am coming from an 06 Si and the torque is very nice =) .

Anyhow, I'll check back in with you guys in a couple months. Chargers / Jets game about to start!
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:23 PM   #12
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An 09 WRX256, nice!

You just bought the car, its brand new, why in such a hurry to mod/molest the car. What you should be thinking about is breaking it nicely for about 5-10k miles. You have plenty of time to mod, wait a year or 2. I put my first mod, a borla catback at 80k miles and I bought my car brand new. chill.
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:47 AM   #13
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Pics, noowwww
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:42 AM   #14
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ya.. lets see these pics.. like yesterday
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Omg this thread fails to deliver.
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:09 AM   #17
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stay away from the gimmik up pipe. Stick with something like TurboXS.

Although really, you already have a catless up pipe, at this level there is no reason to change it out. Further down the road, sure.


Go with a catback, it wont mess anything up without engine management.

The UTEC will likely bolt right in and go, but there are no base maps out yet as far as I know, the AP will likely go right in as well, but again, no basemaps yet. A good tuner can make you maps on both. An 08 stage 1 or 2 basemap would likely work fine to start off with, but need a good amount of tweaking to get where it needs to be.

An open port cable would be a great option, since you can leave the stock mapping there, and just modifiy those maps to eliminate the CL/OL crossover, and tweak boost and timing. But get someone to help you with that until you really understand it.

I am selling a guy a dark grey 09 WRX sedan today (I am a subaru sales guy as well as defiant autospeed)
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Our mod path of choice is AP with stage 2 map, catback, sway bars, good tires. From there look into coilovers or just springs then more power with a stage 3 or a stage 4 with a 18g or 20g turbo upgrade.

Note: AP maps for 2009 wrx/sti will be available in about 4 week'ish.
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Our mod path of choice is AP with stage 2 map, catback, sway bars, good tires. From there look into coilovers or just springs then more power with a stage 3 or a stage 4 with a 18g or 20g turbo upgrade.

Note: AP maps for 2009 wrx/sti will be available in about 4 week'ish.
You guys work fast. Anything for the 93 oct crowd?
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The catback is a safe upgrade.

The uppipe is a waste, as the stocker is already catless.

I wouldn't go beyond a catback without EM though.


How does the car feel? Noticeably better than the older models? (assuming you've driven them)
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:20 PM   #21
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Our mod path of choice is AP with stage 2 map, catback, sway bars, good tires. From there look into coilovers or just springs then more power with a stage 3 or a stage 4 with a 18g or 20g turbo upgrade.

Note: AP maps for 2009 wrx/sti will be available in about 4 week'ish.
So I won't need a down pipe for a Stage 2? Thanks for your quick response. Yeah, as soon as I got my 06 Si I modded it, and there were a couple reasons why I stopped putting money into her. One reason was that I had the Hondata reflash, SSR header, EVO2 exhaust, and Injen CAI, and I only gained about 30 whp over stock. Plus there was no engine management (KPRO) to tune with unless I wanted to change out the throttle body/cable (from DBW) and lose my dash display.

It sounds like the AP is where it's at tho. Does anyone know if the 09 WRX has a cat in the up pipe or not? I heard the 08's did. Forgive my utter failing ignorance I am brand new to turbo cars.
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So I won't need a down pipe for a Stage 2? Thanks for your quick response.

It sounds like the AP is where it's at tho. Does anyone know if the 09 WRX has a cat in the up pipe or not? I heard the 08's did. Forgive my utter failing ignorance I am brand new to turbo cars.
You *DO* need a downpipe for Stage 2.

The 09 does *NOT* have a cat in the UP
The 08 did *NOT* have a cat in the Up either
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^^ right. 06+ = NO CAT in up-pipe. You will have one in the DP so you'll want a DP for stage2, as stated above. Just clearing up other models with/without cats in UP.
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lol. Wouldn't be prudent.
Not at this juncture...
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