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Old 11-18-2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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Default New 2013 CBS WRX - 4-door - Thoughts on day three

I picked my car up from an out of state dealer on Friday. My original order wasn't due in until January or February, but I lucked out and found a very similar car while searching dealer inventories. The drive home was pretty long, but I made a lot of stops and took back roads to ease her in. After a weekend of driving, I can honestly say this is the most fun car I have ever driven. The only car that has come close for me was my 1994 SVX. I haven't been disappointed with anything about the car except for the underwhelming stereo. The car handles beautifully, shifts smoothly, and is very quick. I'm lucky enough to live in a rural area with curvy roads, and I'm a few hours away from the mountains in Western North Carolina. I'm already planning a trip in the next month or two. The SPT cat-back makes the car sound so pretty, but I'm worried that I'm pissing off my neighbors. I'm doing my best to drive out quietly, but it is still loud. Definitely pleased with my purchase though.

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I like the existing shifter so far, but I may feel the need to go aftermarket
I want to avoid voiding the warranty, so I'm not sure what else to consider
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:25 PM   #2
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I'll give you 3 months before you start modding, especially since you already have the shifter idea going. I'm just going to drop one name here: Kartboy.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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Yeah, I considered getting the STI shifter but the Kartboy seems to be a fan favorite. I'd prefer not to have warranty issues in the future, so I'm not sure about stage 1.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:44 PM   #6
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I picked up the same car just on Tuesday. I took it easy for 250 miles, filled it up, and have since been on it good a couple times. My first priority is hopefully finding a way to keep the traction control and hill assist off without an idiot light. When I shifted into second today the orange light came on, I'd rather have a chirp than a throttle cut .. thank you again, computer.

The SPT shifter is still pretty chunky... so far I don't really like it very much. Perhaps I will get used to it or it will loosen up a bit, it often doesn't want to go into 5th very easily. I figure it would have some resale value so I may replace it with the kartboy option in the future.

Did you get the boost gauge? The guy said it was on backorder / unavailable (?) so now i've got to install one...

and agreed on annoying the neighbors. The exhaust sets my neighbors car alarm off every time I drive past to park.. LOL. I have to clutch in and coast past his car and cannot park next to it or it honks 8000 times.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:50 PM   #7
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I decided to wait on the boost gauge. I'm pretty happy with the stock shifter, but I am coming from a 2004 Tiburon. The car I ordered had the STI shifter, but I decided I could live without it. If I make a change, it will be for the Kartboy. The specs they show for the Cobb accessport are appealing, but I think I'll hold off until I can learn a lot more about it.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:57 PM   #8
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From what I've read so far, with that exhaust, the cobb intake, and the stage 1 tune it's night and day. It really cleans up the curve, which so far to me definitely feels pretty off. There's a nice graph of stock vs stage1, I'll try to find it again here. The after looks very smooth, with lots more area underneath, while the before curve is really a poor tune that almost looks like they screwed it up on purpose.

With the AP you can roll it back before you take it in. But in my experience the dealer will do anything to deny deny deny warranty claims anyway, so I'm not banking on it at all.

Any thoughts on keeping the black paint in good shape? This is my first _new car, going from a used 05 RS that I'd occasionally wash if anything to this is going to be a challenge for me. I have to like, clean the wheels and stuff
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:07 PM   #9
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Any thoughts on keeping the black paint in good shape? This is my first _new car, going from a used 05 RS that I'd occasionally wash if anything to this is going to be a challenge for me. I have to like, clean the wheels and stuff
Yeah, it will be difficult. Black looks amazing when it is clean. I live in NC, so all the grime I used to deal with living in the NE in the winter is mostly gone. However, the pollen in the spring is vicious down here. The dealership told me I shouldn't need to wax it until next fall.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:50 PM   #10
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You only need a head unit, the speakers are actually decent. Get a good signal to noise ratio of > 92 and you're good.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:59 PM   #11
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I'll give you 3 months before you start modding, especially since you already have the shifter idea going. I'm just going to drop one name here: Kartboy.
+1 on the Kartboy. I have that in my 04 XT and its great!
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:46 AM   #12
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The SPT shifter sucks. I have it and hate it. Will be getting the Kartboy soon. If you haven't considered yet but are heading to the mountains where snow or cold conditions are present, I'd first spend my money on getting either all-season tires or winter tires. You will have to research what works best for you.

Congrats on the purchase and enjoy!
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:22 AM   #13
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You don't even need a new head unit. Get an amp for it and retain all the factory functions (usb/aux, wheel control, etc..) without having to install a bunch of adapters.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:28 AM   #14
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The SPT shifter sucks. I have it and hate it. Will be getting the Kartboy soon. If you haven't considered yet but are heading to the mountains where snow or cold conditions are present, I'd first spend my money on getting either all-season tires or winter tires. You will have to research what works best for you.

Congrats on the purchase and enjoy!
What don't you like about the SPT shifter that you think the Kartboy will fix?

I agree that if you drive anywhere cold, winter tires are a must.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:29 PM   #15
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The SPT shifter is still pretty chunky... so far I don't really like it very much. Perhaps I will get used to it or it will loosen up a bit, it often doesn't want to go into 5th very easily. I figure it would have some resale value so I may replace it with the kartboy option in the future.
just so you know the kartboy doesnt replace the spt. spt is linkage and kartboy is the actually rod. have both on mine.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:49 PM   #16
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The SPT is NOT the linkage. It is the lever. Subaru only sells the entire assembly, because that is how they purchase it. The Kartboy lever will sit slightly lower than the SPT, but the pivot point is nearly identical.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:37 PM   #17
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I'd like to know why you think spt is so much worse then kart boy. I have spt in my 2011 wrx
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:48 PM   #18
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The SPT is NOT the linkage. It is the lever. Subaru only sells the entire assembly, because that is how they purchase it. The Kartboy lever will sit slightly lower than the SPT, but the pivot point is nearly identical.
Ok then i retract my bad advice. always saw it was linkage, didnt realize that.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:54 PM   #19
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Ok then i retract my bad advice. always saw it was linkage, didnt realize that.
I've seen that posted all over too. But it was recently confirmed with Kartboy that it is actually the lever and the linkages are identical. I'm not sure if that applies to all model years, but it is definitely true for the current generation.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:10 PM   #20
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Any thoughts on keeping the black paint in good shape?
Having owed a black WRX wagon and black OBXT, I can tell you that the car will often look like crap in direct sunlight. Subaru paint sucks, and black paint shows scuffs and scratches very easily. In the evening it looks much better.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:35 PM   #21
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Dynamat extreme inside the doors and roof made a huge difference for me... I went ahead and replaced the stock speakers with some focals and was going to buy an amp next, but I'm happy with the signal from the stock head unit. I get no distortion at max volume... It could be louder, but since I have two kids in the back, clarity and engine noise are my priorities
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:55 PM   #22
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I know what your next purchase should be... a camera! hint, hint
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:09 PM   #23
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Here are a few shots from an imgur album I made this weekend. http://imgur.com/a/m2C3s
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:30 PM   #24
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Dynamat extreme inside the doors and roof made a huge difference for me... I went ahead and replaced the stock speakers with some focals and was going to buy an amp next, but I'm happy with the signal from the stock head unit. I get no distortion at max volume... It could be louder, but since I have two kids in the back, clarity and engine noise are my priorities
Amps although help with loudness, are designed for enhancing quality. If your focals are designed to work at say 65 watts and you send the stock 16 or so watts, your are robbing your speakers of proper power to give you good sound. Speakers and an amp are the only way to make it listenable. I have a kid in the back too, but she isn't in the car all the time. I also only amped the fronts, but i don't listen to it loud, just clear at level 20
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:07 AM   #25
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Amps although help with loudness, are designed for enhancing quality. If your focals are designed to work at say 65 watts and you send the stock 16 or so watts, your are robbing your speakers of proper power to give you good sound. Speakers and an amp are the only way to make it listenable. I have a kid in the back too, but she isn't in the car all the time. I also only amped the fronts, but i don't listen to it loud, just clear at level 20
I hear ya, and I was prepared to buy an amp, but I don't feel the need to add one at this point. Would it sound better? Probably, but I'm happy with the setup and don't go over 25-27. That is the highest level I am comfortable subjecting my 2 and 3 year old kids to who happen to be in the back at all times

I was pleasantly surprised that when I turned it up to max volume, there wasn't any noticeable distortion.
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