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Old 06-02-2002, 08:36 AM   #1
JerzeeEagle
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Question Serious thinking of a '02 WRX

Hi. I signed up because I've gotten interested in purchasing a 2002 WRX. I've been doing some reading on this board the last few days but didn't see the answers to my questions so I will go ahead and ask them before making this purchase. I was contemplating of getting an s2000 instead but I kind of need a daily driver and not just a weekend or summer ride.

I want to get a manual WRX with a few of the options but I'm not quite sure what options are good or if anyone else got them. The reason I will be getting the options is because I won't be modding any car I have until atleast 3-6 months after buying it.

STI PERFORMANCE MUFFLER: is that exhaust any good or will I find myself replacing it very soon after?

SHORT THROW SHIFTER: same question for this option, what brand is this short throw shifter and is it any good?

PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION KIT: any clue what brand this is or is it just Subaru spiced-up suspension kit?



Thanks for any help you guys can provide.
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Old 06-02-2002, 02:20 PM   #2
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Hi, I just picked up my WRX sedan 10 days ago and even though I haven't had a chance to open it up yet, I love it~ For options, I got the rear spoiler, security system, and armrest. I like some of the aftermarket wings, but I want to keep a low profile. I went the lazy route in getting in the Subie secruity system so I wouldn't have the hassle of installing one later. The armrest I like since you have extra room to put stuff in, and a place to rest your arm.

I'm a n00b here still, but I'll give you my 2 cents.
Regarding the S2000, though I've never driven one, it seems a very competent car, although a completely different car from the WRX - more of a true sports car than the WRX in terms of pure handling, but offers less cargo room. The Honda is bit quicker all around, but you have to get the power at very high RPMs. I'm not sure where you live, but AWD comes in handy for me during bad weather in New England. I saw a post comparing these two cars, so you may want to search again.

STi Muffler - I wouldn't get it unless you know how you want your mods to end up, say in 1-2 years. You can always get it later if you really want it.

Short Shifter - I believe the Subaru SS replaces the entire linkage. I will be getting the Kartboy SS with bushings after hearing opinions on this board. The install is quite simple. There are other SS available too. Again I would search around here.

Suspension - I haven't heard any bad things about this, but its pricey. Why not test out the stock suspension first, get a feel, check around, and decide?

I would reckon that most people that own a WRX find it a quite capable car in stock form. But of course, it is always tempting to upgrade parts. Just get the damn car, then decide on mods! Good luck in whatever you choose. Hope this helped some.

~Cheers
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Old 06-02-2002, 03:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: Serious thinking of a '02 WRX

STI PERFORMANCE MUFFLER: It's a fine muffler, but very pricey. Don't buy it yet. Go to a few meets and listen to other mufflers/exhaust systems to decide which one you like best.

SHORT THROW SHIFTER: My favorite shifter - Get it (if you decide not to get the STi short shifter, get the Kartboy w/ bushings)

PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION KIT: The STi performance suspension is, again, very pricey, but it gives a well balanced "sport tuned" ride, and it's great if you have the money and are looking for a "set it and forget it" suspension.

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Old 06-02-2002, 04:27 PM   #4
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Funny, all the parts you mentioned are off the STi model (no more, no less).

The muffler is very nice, and you'd probably like it.. but it is VERY EXPENSIVE. There are very nice alternatives out there. I mean.. it's just a muffler, not a turbo or cat-bat.

A short shifter is worth the cost. Most people are very happy with theirs. The option is the shifter out of the STi. Others exsist and can be just as good for a little less. In fact the kartboy ss with its bushings is a board favorite here (the bushing upgrade). COBB tuning is making an infinately adjustable one if you're interested.

SPT Suspention upgrade is basically suspension parts out of the STi model. It is a major upgrade. You get shocks, springs, control arms, bushings for a price you're not going save any more than a few pennies going anywhere but the dealer. I assume the $1800 SPT kit includes installation. If the dealer tries to ding you with installation on top of the $1800, get it elsewhere and get it installed by a shop (which should come close to $1800 total).

The suspension upgrade is very good because it's a well designed kit made for the car. Also, there are like 0 shocks to be found aftermarket.
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Old 06-02-2002, 06:20 PM   #5
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Remember, STi = $$$

Sti muffler very expensive for just a cat back exhaust.
Agree with Austin, go to a meet, check out what others have. I have a Scooby Sport Turbo back and luv it. I also like the BPM stuff.

Short Shifter: I went with KartBoys with the harden bushings combo. Really feels nice.

Suspension: I went with a set of Whiteline springs to reduce the dreaded fender gap. I am not going to upgrade to a set of coilovers. If you got the change, coilover the way to go.

Good luck on pick a new car. I love my WRX!!!

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Old 06-02-2002, 06:34 PM   #6
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Default Re: Serious thinking of a '02 WRX

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Originally posted by JerzeeEagle
I want to get a manual WRX with a few of the options but I'm not quite sure what options are good or if anyone else got them. The reason I will be getting the options is because I won't be modding any car I have until atleast 3-6 months after buying it.

STI PERFORMANCE MUFFLER: is that exhaust any good or will I find myself replacing it very soon after?

SHORT THROW SHIFTER: same question for this option, what brand is this short throw shifter and is it any good?

PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION KIT: any clue what brand this is or is it just Subaru spiced-up suspension kit?



Thanks for any help you guys can provide.
STi equipment is of the highest quality out there for Subarus. You can't go wrong with them.

The STi muffler has a sweet sound, but as with all things there are many ways to achieve the same goal. You pay much more for the STi muffler versus, a universal muffler such as Flowmaster, but technically, there aren't many gains with adding just a muffler so I would not recommend it.

The STi shifter for the most part is as good as you can get.

The STi suspension upgrade kits are perhaps the best set it and forget it setups out there. You definitely won't go wrong with an STi suspension. Since its a complete kit, bushings, struts, springs, bars, and arms, the kit is designed as a complete system with very well thought out goals.

A benefit is that you can get the STi shifter and suspension added to your loan if you are leaning that way. Thats what I would do, get the shifter and suspension, and skip the muffler.
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Old 06-02-2002, 06:51 PM   #7
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One of the last Sports Compact magazines had a test of turbo backs. They also threw in the STI muffler.

I don't have it in front of me so I don't remember the details but I do remember that the STI muffler performed amazingly well. Especially since it was being compared to more complete exhaust systems.

Definately a fine piece of equipment.

The suspension, while expensive, I have heard great things about. It's a tad pricey but you get to put it in your loan and also you get it on and don't need to worry about suspension any more. If you have the money, it's highly recommended.

The shifter is a personal opinion thing. Many prefer the Kartboy shifter which is cheaper.
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Old 06-03-2002, 12:19 PM   #8
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what about a boost gauge ? are they worth the install from the dealer, or is aftermarket or seperately purchashed OEM one a better idea?
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Old 06-03-2002, 09:48 PM   #9
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I just wanted to mention a few thing about you saying you wanted a daily driver. the S2000 will NOT be a goot daily driver. 1- limited space 2- the car revs high. Fine for the weekend drive or race, but do you really wanna be at 6k RPMs most of the way to work? 3- depending on where you live this could be a good or bad thing: it's a convertible so if you live around here in NE it's not eh best choice for the winter. I think that it has a plactic rear window too, though I'm not too sure on that. So I think a WRX would be a better daily driver/weekend toy. (I haven't driven either, but I just wanted to throw in my opinion)
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Old 06-03-2002, 10:49 PM   #10
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Yeh, I pretty much decided on the WRX as my daily driver. I wanted to make the 2002 M3 my daily driver but a business deal went sour so now I will make the most of it with a WRX instead. I'm just waiting on a few loose ends, a week or two and I will be heading to the nearest Suburu dealership with my print-out of the options and etc., I want. I know there will be days going in and out of New York City where I wish I had a automatic but, eh, it's just one of those cars that you need a manual to fully experience.
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