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Old 04-01-2015, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default A Hypothetical question

Say you have a new 2015 NON WRX/STI Impreza and you win $5000 in the lottery.

What, if anything do you do to the Impreza?

okay...it's not so hypothetical after all. I got a $5000 bonus this year and I'm thinking of stuff to do to the car.

I have a Sport Limited (Auto, CVT, no navi) with 1300 miles on it and I'm wondering what, if anything could be done with it so I could use some suggestions.
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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Ceramic tint, nice stereo, trunk mat, deposit $4200.
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:36 PM   #3
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Why spend money you otherwise wouldnt? Unless you were planning to anyway...

I very much like my car the way it is but to be honest if I could go back to square one Id probably JUST do the stereo since its a commuter.

It was fun learning my way around the car though.
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:57 PM   #4
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I have the same vehicle except the 2014 model. My suggestion would be to add items that you would get your money out of. For me, I love my rear seat back protectors and matching hatch area protector, my custom audio setup (although Im an audio guy), and my rear bumper protector (the black plastic one you see on crosstreks). If I personally had $5k to spend on the car, id get copper colored wheels which completely negates my own advice. Sorry if this post didnt help at all. lol
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:33 PM   #5
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Trade it in and use the extra $5000 to upgrade to a wrx.
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:49 PM   #6
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$100 for an STi Rear Sway Bar, $500+- for a tactrix/throttle happy tune. Put the other $4400 against the loan.
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:06 PM   #7
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larger rear sway bar
http://subaruonlineparts.com/subaru-...ay-p-2163.html

replace the stock air filter with a K&N one
http://www.knfilters.com/search/apps...za&engine=2.0L

Put a light weight pulleys on the engine
http://perrinperformance.com/i-13324...x-fa-fb-engine.
http://perrinperformance.com/i-18067...-fr-s-brz.html

Replace stock tires with performance tires from whatever brand floats your boat

Use CUSCO chassis bars to stiffen up the body
http://www.cusco.co.jp/en/catalog/chassis_bars.html

Get a tune from ThrottleHappy
https://www.facebook.com/Throttle.Ha...rofile_browser
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2658018

Use whatever is left over to repay car loan, and if you don't owe any money on the car stick the money in a interest bearing account for a rainy day.
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:06 PM   #8
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Thanks for the suggestions. Tint appointment is Saturday, and I am trying to source the Speaker upgrades at a bit of a discount over what the dealership charges.
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Old 04-02-2015, 02:04 AM   #9
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So...5000 after the taxes have been taken out or before which means you have 2500 to spend.
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:47 AM   #10
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So does California take 50% of your hard earned money? **** that, I'll stick to 32% in NC.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:14 AM   #11
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It's $5k after taxes
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:24 AM   #12
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Thanks for the suggestions. Tint appointment is Saturday, and I am trying to source the Speaker upgrades at a bit of a discount over what the dealership charges.

tint is definitely a good choice. You are just looking to do the OEM kicker speaker upgrade?
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:36 AM   #13
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Trade it in and use the extra $5000 to upgrade to a wrx.
+1 I'd upgrade to the WRX as well
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:37 AM   #14
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Hookers and blow. Its all about the experiences
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:49 AM   #15
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Trade it in and use the extra $5000 to upgrade to a wrx.

Pretty sure it would take a lot more than $5k to upgrade to the same year or equivalent WRX. And, depending on the OPs priorities, it might not even be considered an upgrade. For me, I chose the non wrx model because of my daily commuting distance, lower grade minimum octane gasoline, price difference, etc... Its not all about the speed.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:29 AM   #16
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I chose the non wrx model because of my daily commuting distance, lower grade minimum octane gasoline, price difference, etc... Its not all about the speed.
Right, and while the $5K might get him into a WRX, it won't cover the increased running costs.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:38 AM   #17
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rear sway bar, new wheels/tires, lowering springs (to fix reverse rake) and possibly a new stereo. Providing you install everything yourself, you should have lots of $ left over.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:38 AM   #18
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replace the stock air filter with a K&N one
http://www.knfilters.com/search/apps...za&engine=2.0L

Use CUSCO chassis bars to stiffen up the body
http://www.cusco.co.jp/en/catalog/chassis_bars.html
Isnt there a thread on the forum with data proving that K&N is not the best way to go? I want to say the AC delco filter has been proven better as a stock replacement? Probably wrong on the brand.

Also, Where do we find these CUSCO bars in the US? I cant read Japanese and didnt see any pricing in that link.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:02 PM   #19
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@notarat. Nice bonus. @revin pretty much.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:03 PM   #20
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Turbo kit
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:35 PM   #21
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Isnt there a thread on the forum with data proving that K&N is not the best way to go? I want to say the AC delco filter has been proven better as a stock replacement? Probably wrong on the brand.
AC Delco is best for engine health and longevity. K&N gets you a few more horses.
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:44 PM   #22
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tint is definitely a good choice. You are just looking to do the OEM kicker speaker upgrade?
I was considering just the Kicker upgrades because I happen to like Factory decks. I guess I'm a bit of a minimalist...(I just like simple designs with fewer, larger, easy to manipulate buttons)

I'm not the audiophile I used to be in my younger days when removing the back seat of my Focus so I could fiberglass in an Amp Rack and box was "a fun weekend project"

Considering this is very little more than my commuter car, I don't need to go to wild on the stereo system
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:47 PM   #23
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AC Delco is best for engine health and longevity. K&N gets you a few more horses.
I too would go with the Delco over the K&N just based on past experiences K&N isn't bad, I just prefer the additional safety margin of the Delco.
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:51 PM   #24
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larger rear sway bar
http://subaruonlineparts.com/subaru-...ay-p-2163.html

replace the stock air filter with a K&N one
http://www.knfilters.com/search/apps...za&engine=2.0L

Put a light weight pulleys on the engine
http://perrinperformance.com/i-13324...x-fa-fb-engine.
http://perrinperformance.com/i-18067...-fr-s-brz.html

Replace stock tires with performance tires from whatever brand floats your boat

Use CUSCO chassis bars to stiffen up the body
http://www.cusco.co.jp/en/catalog/chassis_bars.html

Get a tune from ThrottleHappy
https://www.facebook.com/Throttle.Ha...rofile_browser
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2658018

Use whatever is left over to repay car loan, and if you don't owe any money on the car stick the money in a interest bearing account for a rainy day.
Those pulleys look interesting!

I am also interested in the tune but, with the newness of the car, I dunno if I wanna chance something going wrong and having a legitimate warranty claim denied because of changes I made to the tune...Hella interesting thread though...I read most of it today while waiting on my network scans to complete
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:52 PM   #25
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I'd pass on the pulley. FHI used a harmonic damper for a reason.
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