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Old 04-04-2001, 02:56 PM   #1
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Post Newbie need to Know-- What's the first mode should be done?

I am getting a 2002 2.5RS at the end of month(Can't afford WRX...). What's the first mod that I should do?? Is it the same as the last gen. 2.5RS?? Install the anti-sway bar??

Just wondering, if I want to change my suspension, which one should I go for??

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Old 04-04-2001, 03:03 PM   #2
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Buy some good shoes.
RE92's suck.
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Old 04-04-2001, 03:04 PM   #3
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Is that the tire that you're talking about??
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Old 04-04-2001, 03:11 PM   #4
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I would go with a cold air intake(cobb or larrys[ www.imprezars.com ])first off,
with a K&N high flow or filter charger. Then a short throw shifter with some STI or Cussco bushings. Then a front and rear tower strut bar and finish it off with a WRC wing V5. Should be about $750-$800.00

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Old 04-04-2001, 03:11 PM   #5
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First upgrade to make is always the nut behind the wheel. Second thing you should do is new tires. After that, spend some time learning the car and practicing your driving. The shotgun approach rarely works. Do one thing at a time, find the limits, then address them.

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Old 04-04-2001, 03:12 PM   #6
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IBO- yes, I mean tires.
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Old 04-04-2001, 03:14 PM   #7
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Good points... I only drove my friend's 01 2.5RS with auto tranny a few times. I am getting a manual tranny on my 2002 2.5RS.

Thanx guys, keep feeding!
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Old 04-04-2001, 03:18 PM   #8
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Well, that depends how much money you are willing to spend and what you want out of your car. For the little things which make a nice difference in my opinion are the shortshifters from either kartboy or cobb, maybe a whiteline swaybar. I personally went for the rims and tires first (yokohama A520's are excellent) and then exhaust, a strommung dual tip with the midpipe and the borla headers. Next I ordered the cobb shortshifter, whiteline adjustable swaybar, then the cobb cold air intake, and finally the cobb cams are in this friday, suspension (DMS golds)are next. Work your way up, like I did. But its really a matter of preference on how you want to do it. Hope I helped some, Later.
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Old 04-04-2001, 03:35 PM   #9
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I don't know much about the new body style, but for old skool body MY< 02 a rear anti-sway bar was a good first mod.
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Old 04-04-2001, 03:42 PM   #10
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My mods in order were:

K&N Airfilter
18mm rear sway-bar
Pirelli P7000 Supersports (won't buy these again)
STi engine/tranny mounts
Ganzflow intake
STi replica short shifter from imprezars.com
N1 exhaust from imprezars.com
I'll be replacing the suspension soon with KYB/AGX struts and Eibach springs.

For the money, the sway-bar, shifter, and intake/airfilter were the best. Tires are really important too, but you might want to wear yours out some first so it doesnt feel like a waste. The new engine and tranny mounts also make a big difference in how solid the shifting feels. The stock suspension is pretty good, so i waited 30k miles before thinking about replacing it. My only cosmetic mod was clear side markers. I really just wanted to improve performace so it all depends on what you want.

Hope that helps some.


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Old 04-04-2001, 03:58 PM   #11
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Thanx guys that helped a lot... I guess I have a long way to go before thinking of a turbo. Well, I am really going for performance wise, don't wanna end up like some rice cars.

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Old 04-04-2001, 04:48 PM   #12
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Well you said you weren't getting the WRX cuz it was too expensive.

If you bought a brand new MY02 RS plus turbo with all the trimmings, that would put you above the cost of a new WRX.

So if WRX is too pricy right now, RS + turbo is too

good starter mods could include, UD pulley, intake, sway bars, short shifter, exhaust, lots of vinyl stickers (j/k )

Like a previous poster said, it's all in how much you have/willing to spend.

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Old 04-04-2001, 05:04 PM   #13
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Well, this is how it is. My parents are buying the car for me, and they limit my budget to $3000CAD, so I only can afford 2.5RS. And for the mods, I am paying it with my money.
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Old 04-04-2001, 05:19 PM   #14
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Ya I agree with beachbum. The AWD takes some getting used to, especially if you're used to driving FWD. In snow and ice they act like RWd until traction is gained again and then it recovers VERY quickly. With wide tires that come with them you "hydroplane" on top of snow easily. Yet I've never been stuck in my driveway on glare ice going up hill (steep!).
Then go rear sway bar and Coooooooool rims
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Old 04-04-2001, 05:23 PM   #15
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Sweeeeet... Well, I used to drive my sis's 94 Millenia, I guess I do need sometime to get used to it.
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Old 04-04-2001, 05:25 PM   #16
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tires ... and then a trunk monkey and a keg
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Old 05-22-2001, 04:45 AM   #17
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Definetly get yourself a Trunk monkey ($12). Money well spent at http://www.tikinet.com/impreza/monkey.html



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Old 05-22-2001, 05:24 AM   #18
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first get some chrome 20" assassyns, or some other flashy, heavy wheel that looks like it was designed by a drunk person armed with a spirograph.

then a big "type-r" or "tuned by razo" windshield banner, and then some blue headlight bulbs, and you're all set for a while.

once you've got some more ca$h money, get an intake that's yellow anodized (since a yellow one will give you 50 more hp than any other color intake), and some yellow sparkplug wires (since they'll give you 50 more hp than any other color sparkplug wire), and the biggest muffler you can buy (don't bother with a properly tuned cat-back system, it doesn't make as much noise, so it couldn't possibly make as much power).

after this, it's time for the stage IV package, which includes some seatbelt shoulder pads, indiglo gauges, a single windshield wiper, preferably made of yellow plastic (it's more aerodynamic than other colors), and all the vinyl graphics you care to tack on, it all depends on how fast you want to go. remember, yellow all the way! yellow (or carbon-look) vinyl weighs less than any other color.

at this point, you should be at around 4-500hp, and running 11's easily.

seriously though, have you bought the car yet? i would look around for a pre-'02 2.5RS since...

A) it's quite a bit lighter than the newer car, which will give you a slight edge right off the bat (sorry, i'm one of those fanatical "light is right" people).

B) it'll be a little cheaper than the newer model (more $$$ left over for tires, swaybars, and whatnot).

C) umm...it looks better (?) it's all subjective of course, but the new body style without the crazy hood scoops and such just doesn't look right to me.

anyway, this post is WAY too long now, so i'll stop.

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Old 05-22-2001, 06:21 AM   #19
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heh heh, that's too funny. I love the sarcasm.

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Old 05-22-2001, 09:16 AM   #20
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Get a REAR sway bar...Makes the car much MUCH more fun to drive and shouldn't set you back any more than $100. Hands down the BEST first investment!
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Old 05-22-2001, 09:59 AM   #21
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For the $5000+ difference in price I saved by buying a RS I can easily build a RS that will eat a stock WRX.

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Old 05-22-2001, 10:32 AM   #22
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I think racecarriot forgot the 4foot tall 250+/- hp aluminum wing. seriously, first thing i changed was the restrictive airbox, intake is the way to go.

it depends on what kinda of driving you do most, street, auto-X....drag&lt;?&gt; either way most people are right, those RE92' suck. i did a nice 4wheel drift...only because my re92's broke loose.

but i would go with intake, exhaust,shifter, suspension. dont forget to reset your ecu after each mod.

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Old 05-22-2001, 10:37 AM   #23
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I think the first mod to be done is for some performance driver training... like autocross school or rally school... and then you can know your car better, and you can drive it responsibly/better, and thus, you'd know yourself what you need to modify...

my 2 cents.
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Old 05-22-2001, 11:55 AM   #24
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I agree with Dan_E.
Best Bang for the buck, and you will like driving your car a lot more. It will handle so much better.
Go for an adjustable bar so you can do a little experimenting.
Not that I have to worry about it, but driving on snow covered roads warrant an adjustable bar.
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Old 05-23-2001, 12:24 AM   #25
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In order of priority:

1. Driving practice (auto-X, rally-X, etc)
2. Remove excess intake snorkus
3. Driving practice (auto-X, rally-X, etc)
4. New tires (BFG g-Forces rock! (KD, KDW, KDWS depending on where you live)
5. Driving practice (auto-X, rally-X, etc)
6. Rear sway (anti-roll) bar (Warning! throws you out of stock class in Solo-II)
7. Driving practice (auto-X, rally-X, etc)

From there, it's all up to you.

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