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Old 06-22-2011, 12:13 AM   #1
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Default Essential mods for a WRX dd?

2011 WRX here. What mods or accessories would you all consider to be essentials, or at least highly recommended for this car? Doesn't matter how simple of mods. I'm using my car as a daily driver, but like to have fun! I love the car how it is, but improvement can always be made with functionality/practicality and reliability/longevity of the car.

So far I have a Defi boost gauge, tinted windows, and some yellowish fog light bulbs. I have been juggling the ideas of a clear bra (getting rock chips), better headunit, all-weather floor and trunk mats, upgrading the other headlight bulbs, and wiring the fog lights so they stay on with the highbeams. I've also been reading alot about the accessport and how a stage 1 may actually be better for the car than stock? I don't have a ton of money to spend, but want to treat my new car right! I definitely plan to get some new tires and probably a separate set of rims for the winter.

And yes I've searched, but so many threads are just about squeezing every last drop of hp out of the engine...
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:17 AM   #2
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Get some steelies for the winter, get a used turbo back exhaust and try to find someone local to give you an open source tune. (stage 2)

Then you can move onto suspension after that.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:19 AM   #3
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Boost Gauge, its an easy and quick way to make sure your car is running up to par.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:24 AM   #4
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Boost Gauge, its an easy and quick way to make sure your car is running up to par.
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So car I have a Defi boost gauge
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:38 AM   #5
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yep, got the boost gauge. probably getting some steelies or used rims. not sure about the stage 2 though since I do want to try and maintain as much of my warranty as I can. Thanks for your suggestions so far.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:40 AM   #6
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KartBoy short shifter
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:42 AM   #7
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KartBoy short shifter
Ah yes! I meant to add this as one of the things I was thinking about getting. I'm still debating between cobb and spt though...
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:44 AM   #8
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Kartboy > *
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:45 AM   #9
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Also, where are you located? I've got some 15" steelies in my garage I'll give away to a local.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:48 AM   #10
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Kartboy > *
lol I meant to say kartboy
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:49 AM   #11
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Surprised you didn't mention Mode Racing! It's double adjustable. Take a look into that!
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:49 AM   #12
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I have an adjustable SS. I have never adjusted it. Most people don't.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:49 AM   #13
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Also, where are you located? I've got some 15" steelies in my garage I'll give away to a local.
Oh man, too bad I'm in central VA
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:51 AM   #14
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15s might be a little small anyway
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:54 AM   #15
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Swaybars and endlinks are easy and cheap way to improve handling (at least inspire confidence with less body roll)
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:54 AM   #16
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You mentioned clear bra. Good investment saver. Sway bars.

Get the accessport, drop in filter, downpipe, and a tune if you want to feel a big difference. Little more spendy.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:57 AM   #17
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^^^ that's a must if you ever do highway driving, or are on winter roads that were recently sprayed with salt/rocks.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:57 AM   #18
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Also get a good setup of detailing goodies; at least a good wax to protect the paint.
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:00 AM   #19
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good info.
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:21 AM   #20
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I have an adjustable SS. I have never adjusted it. Most people don't.

Not adjustable in the sense that you get in and change it every time. lol
More along the lines of set and forget. So you get that perfect setting that's just right for you!
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:18 AM   #21
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Rally Armour mud flaps, a must have for our 2011s.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:24 AM   #22
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^^^ that's a must if you ever do highway driving, or are on winter roads that were recently sprayed with salt/rocks.
tell me about it, I am sick of gravel and salt rocks during winter.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:32 AM   #23
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:43 AM   #24
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:29 AM   #25
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I am in the same boat as you...and here is what I have done so far.

Kartboy Short Throw Shifter and Bushings - big different in shifter feel...a lot more fun to drive.
RaceComp Engineering Front and Rear Sway Bars - keeps DD aspect of suspension but able to push it harder in the mountains with drastically decreased body roll. Car still feels the same everywhere else
Audio - Headunit drastically increases the quality of the 2011 stock speakers. I didn't stop there though...
HID Retrofit Kit - TheRetrofitSource.com makes a kit specifically for the WRX that swaps out the existing halogen projectors for Bi-Xenon HID's. The stock halogens are terrible.
Stage 1 Tune - The stock tune on the WRX is terrible. It runs way too lean. The Stage 1 tune (I'm currently using a Cobb AccessPort with their OTS stage 1 map) is much smoother, better for the engine and gives you more power.

Optional

JPM Coachworks - Check out their website to get your shift boot and e-brake boot to actually match the rest of the interior.
DIY Seat Mod - Google it...it will give you much more bolster support without spending a dime.
Exhaust - Dealer had installed the SPT exhaust on mine. I like it...doesn't do a whole lot on performance though...

I'll be going to a conservative Stage 2 here soon, but that is just because I am chasing the infamous butt dyno...

Do Not Do...

Intake - Stock intake is rated up to 350hp I believe. Putting on anything else without a tune can actually cause you to lose power and it is debatable if they even help at all.
BOV - Actually hurts our cars for that pssshh sound. Stay away from these unless you are bolting on a huge turbo.
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