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Old 10-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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I just got a Silver 2005 WRX with 105K.

I replaced the timing belt/water pump and all fluids.

After that I tinted the windows and debadged the trunk.

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I just ordered a Greddy up-pipe, Invidia Divorced DP, and Maddog Whisper CBE.

I will be looking to go to stage 2 and am interested in going the Tactrix way rather then AP, due to how expensive the AP is.

I'm currently living in South Lake Tahoe and cannot wait for the first day of snow.

Should I just put the CBE on and leave the up-downpipe until I can get a tune?

My goals are stage 2 and nothing more. I just don't want to screw anything up getting there.

I will also be getting a boost gauge as well as a wideband 02 for the dash where the clock is. What other gauges should I look into?
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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I will also be posting something similar to this in the engine management section.

I'm guessing I will start by editing my map and posting it before I do a reflash just to have everyone triple check my work.

Will installing the UP-DP without a tune screw anything up?
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:55 PM   #3
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I'd say leave the uppipe and downpipe for when you can tune it, and look into at least an oil pressure gauge
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:00 PM   #4
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:49 AM   #5
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:58 AM   #6
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looks exactly like mine. minus my hood being black. i just recently went stage 2 and like it a lot. you will be happy.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:28 AM   #7
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:26 AM   #8
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Yes, I would hold off on the up and downpipe until you can flash your stage 2 tune. just put on the cat back now if you are antsy.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:33 PM   #9
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Welcome To The Subaru Universe! Nice Rex! I have the same one in Blue! If i were you i would leave it all until you get a tune! Put it all on then the the tune. Its the safest way. But if you really wanna hear the rumble go ahead and put the CBE on. But i say due the DP and everything all at once. Better safe than sorry. hahaha! GL on the car. Best wishes to you Bro!!
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:06 PM   #10
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Sounds like you have already been bitten by the mod bug. Good luck staying at stage 2. Don't forget to mod the suspension. Its almost as much fun as letting the noise out of the motor.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:25 AM   #11
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Put the CBE on today. Talked to a local tuner in my town at a local car meet, were all set up for sometime this weekend.

I want to learn how tuning works. I just hope he is willing to teach .

I will be doing some mods to the suspension as well. I was thinking sways and maybe springs. What else would make me stick to the road?

Got a little sideways today, It was fun but a little scary at the same time. I need more time learning how this thing reacts to tight corners I guess.

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:02 AM   #12
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getting sideways is fun in the rain
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:04 AM   #13
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Sideways, when you know what is going on can be fun. Unexpectedly sideways, on the roads between Incline and South Shore is terrifying. A heartbeat away from munched car and or no heartbeat. I spent a bunch of time up there years ago and loved the roads. Looks like tires/suspension or getting your car on the track with a experienced driver/instructor to find the limits might be a good next mod. I almost housed my Saab on 28 in a 4 wheel slide on dry pavement about a decade ago. Someone had cut a corner too sharp, spread gravel onto an inside corner, I came thru too fast and slid on it across into the outside lane. I righted myself and got out of the way of a truck just in time. It was a game changer, finding your higher power, or pucker factor to 11 moment.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:53 AM   #14
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Congrats man, I too just picked up an 05. I got the sti, and love it. Stage 2 tuned. Tien super sport suspension, turbo back, all that good stuff. Def love it, went with the ap tho. Good luck on getting it tuned man!
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:58 AM   #15
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You might want to start looking for a good set of coilovers and some sway bars. Also start beefing up the bushings around the car and look into some polyurethane kits.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:02 PM   #16
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Sideways, when you know what is going on can be fun. Unexpectedly sideways, on the roads between Incline and South Shore is terrifying. A heartbeat away from munched car and or no heartbeat. I spent a bunch of time up there years ago and loved the roads. Looks like tires/suspension or getting your car on the track with a experienced driver/instructor to find the limits might be a good next mod. I almost housed my Saab on 28 in a 4 wheel slide on dry pavement about a decade ago. Someone had cut a corner too sharp, spread gravel onto an inside corner, I came thru too fast and slid on it across into the outside lane. I righted myself and got out of the way of a truck just in time. It was a game changer, finding your higher power, or pucker factor to 11 moment.
Yeah, I can see how getting sideways on 28 would be a real "pucker moment".

It was a semi-expected slide, I just took it a little too fast and over corrected just a bit much. Nonetheless I need more time behind the wheel of this thing before I push the limits, and with the extra power added here pretty soon I'll be hitting that limit sooner.

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You might want to start looking for a good set of coilovers and some sway bars. Also start beefing up the bushings around the car and look into some polyurethane kits.
I wasn't thinking coilovers as they are a bit pricey. As far as the bushings what bushings are you talking about? Possibly a link to the kits?

Just got a set of 16X6.5 steelies for my new winter tires I'll be throwing on after the first storm up here. Hope its a big one!

Then the only decision I'll have to make is do I want to snowboard everyday or drive in it???

Lets say I'll be going to Northstar and Kirkwood a lot more this year just for the drive.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:05 PM   #17
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And even more in the snow.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:18 PM   #18
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i just got an 04 and am looking to do similar stuff, one question however, can the stock exhaust handle a new uppipe and downpipe? also will i have a nicer exhaust sound or is that all just from the different exhuast?
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:28 PM   #19
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Welcome. The cat back can go on without any further tuning. I suggest you replace the up pipe even without the tune. There's a cat in the up pipe which has a tendency to grenade when you start raising the boost levels. You can fool the sensor with a 1watt 2.2k ohm resistor. As for the down pipe, it absolutely requires a tune.

Don't waste your money on coilovers if this is strictly a street car. Instead, get a decent set of springs/shocks and sways.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:31 PM   #20
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Welcome. The cat back can go on without any further tuning. I suggest you replace the up pipe even without the tune. There's a cat in the up pipe which has a tendency to grenade when you start raising the boost levels. You can fool the sensor with a 1watt 2.2k ohm resistor. As for the down pipe, it absolutely requires a tune.

Don't waste your money on coilovers if this is strictly a street car. Instead, get a decent set of springs/shocks and sways.
My ideas exactly. The cat back is installed already and I love the new rumble its got. I have seen the thread on the up pipe and have it sitting in my living room waiting to be put on with the DP this weekend. I got the one with the EGT bung so I don't have to do the resistor mod.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:39 PM   #21
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That egt sensor is going to fall apart without the cat and throw a code. You can reinstall it if you like, but it won't last long. I threaded in a bolt and sealed that hole, then used the resistor. Remember that downpipe requires a tune.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:42 PM   #22
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That egt sensor is going to fall apart without the cat and throw a code. You can reinstall it if you like, but it won't last long. I threaded in a bolt and sealed that hole, then used the resistor. Remember that downpipe requires a tune.
I'll ask my tuner what he recommends. It came with a plug. We will be going stage 2 in a couple days here, boy am I excited!
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