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Old 01-12-2009, 07:45 PM   #1
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Hey guys I recently got an 04 STI about a week ago after I had an 05 WRX which got totaled because some guy decided to go through a stop sign and nail me. So here is the new replacement:



So I am recently new to shifting because my WRX was an AT so that is a new yet great experience!! So I was aware of the steering rack bushings should be changed which I plan to do to go with those whiteline ones. But what else would you guys recommend that you did to yours once you got your new vehicle? It just came off of a fresh oil change and I did some searching and I was coming up with people doing a lot of bushing changes and minor things. So I am potentially looking into a short shifter/bushings or sway bars. But I am mainly looking to hear what you guys used to get better handling feel mods to this list because I have more than enough power just would like a some smoother shifts and better handling/ride for passengers. Thank you for any help in advance!

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Old 01-12-2009, 07:55 PM   #2
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The search button is always useful but nonetheless... If your looking for better handling without sacrificing ride comfort then I would go for a set of sway bars or at least a rear sway bar. The steering rack bushings are nice but there will be a minimal increase in the amount of NVH(noise,vibration, harshness) you get through the steering wheel, it's a cheap mod anyway.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:34 PM   #3
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Hey guys I recently got an 04 STI about a week ago after I had an 05 WRX which got totaled because some guy decided to go through a stop sign and nail me. So here is the new replacement:



So I am recently new to shifting because my WRX was an AT so that is a new yet great experience!! So I was aware of the steering rack bushings should be changed which I plan to do to go with those whiteline ones. But what else would you guys recommend that you did to yours once you got your new vehicle? It just came off of a fresh oil change and I did some searching and I was coming up with people doing a lot of bushing changes and minor things. So I am potentially looking into a short shifter/bushings or sway bars. But I am mainly looking to hear what you guys used to get better handling feel mods to this list because I have more than enough power just would like a some smoother shifts and better handling/ride for passengers. Thank you for any help in advance!

Mod list so far:
Rally Armor Mud Flaps
Cobb SF Intake
Cobb Accessport v1 Stage 1 Flash
JSC Speed! They have a great website and their tech support is unmatched. Some of them drive Subie's as well..............
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:23 PM   #4
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looks clean, how many miles? If over or around 60k you should start thinking about the timing belt (and all other accessory belts while you're in there) as well as diff and transmission fluid. Also test out your clutch to see if it's still grabbing like it should.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:32 PM   #5
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looks clean, how many miles? If over or around 60k you should start thinking about the timing belt (and all other accessory belts while you're in there) as well as diff and transmission fluid. Also test out your clutch to see if it's still grabbing like it should.
Hey guys thanks for the posts, but the car currently has about a hare over 50,000 miles on it and the clutch still feels great. The car was completely clean when I bought it the previous owner was a bit older and the only mod he did was install a viper alarm system on it. So she has some rust on a few places like the turbo and a few other areas in the engine bay and undercarriage , but its kind of expected when you deal with these northeast winters.
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