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Old 10-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #26
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Welcome OP! and congrats on your new car! First things first. Find any maintenance paperwork that's been done on the car. it's already got at least one modification, so definitely go throught with a fine tooth comb.
1. timing belt, water pump, plugs (unabomber's manifesto)
2. center and rear diff fluid (there's plenty of threads about which to use etc)
3. compression and leak down test (any reputable shop should be able to do this for you)
4. simple mods, exhaust, dp, V2 accessport, heat wrapping, etc (remember almost any mod you do will require a tune in order for everything to work correctly)
5. ENJOY!
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:13 PM   #27
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First thing you need to put on this sick ride is a BOV!! Its the best mod for your car bro like totally. PSHHHH BRO.. PSHHHH!!!
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:08 PM   #28
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A lot of good tips in here, stick with the DP, UP, Stock Air box, and an AccessPort for suure! Your Scooby will love you for that!
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:28 AM   #29
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Sorry for the late response been studying for midterms! But Yeaaa I actually ran into a guy at my church who knows all about how to fix up my car, plus he used to race so he knows all I need to do! But like you guys were saying he said don't put nothing on until I've gotten a diagnostic, then the basic tune up and then lil minor things which will make a big difference! And so on! But as the brand of tires I have on the car it is kumho, and as of maintenance records he gave me all the paper work with every thing he did! So I'm just ready to do the tune up but ppl are lagging it and I'm not trying to get hustled at a subie dealership!
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:32 AM   #30
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And iight question time! Is a Cobb access port different from a Cobb access port? Or what's better because I mean they both do the same Job with flashing your car to different stages and the maps right?
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:56 AM   #31
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And iight question time! Is a Cobb access port different from a Cobb access port? Or what's better because I mean they both do the same Job with flashing your car to different stages and the maps right?
Cobb access port from a Cobb access port....??
Not sure what you're asking, but there are vehicle and year model specific accessports, so an 07 wrx accessport won't work on an 02 wrx. They do come with a few different maps.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:39 AM   #32
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Lol mybad! I meant is a Cobb access port different from the v2 access port they're talking about in the post above?
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #33
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V2 is version 2, the newer, better version. Opensource if you can learn. Cobb if you want to be pretty foolproof. I chose foolproof
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:11 PM   #34
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Okidoke! Well is there anywhere I can buy where I don't have to pay 3 bills? Lol
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:05 AM   #35
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OP Welcome to NASIOC! I also started with an 02 WRX, great car! Lots of love for the bugeye.

Great advice right there. Don't forget to do the water pump when you go in there and do the timing belt. On my 02 the coil packs started to have issues at that mileage also. Also, what tires on the vehicle? If they are crap, replace them before modifying.

As for modifications, because you are starting on a vehicle that is high in mileage I'd inspect first what needs attention and go from there. For instance, you don't want to make more horsepower if your suspension and or brakes are in bad shape.

If the brakes are in great shape and the suspension is nice and tight then start with some used exhaust bits. I don't recommend going used with everything, but a pipe is a pipe new or used. Just make sure it's not rusted, dented or in abnormally rough shape in any other way. Uppipe, downpipe and the rest of the exhaust and also pick up a used V2 AccessPort. I would also highly recommend either DEI thermal wrapping the uppipe and downpipe sections or sending them out to get ceramic coated. Goes a long way in turbo spool (not that a TD04 needs much help ) and under hood temps.

This would put you pretty much on par with a stock STI. Plenty of street power and lightning fast spool. From here I'd focus on suspension (coilovers or a nice spring/strut combo...maybe some endlinks and swaybars, etc.) Good luck and enjoy the car

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If staying on a budget, its best to upgrade things when they go bad. Wait till your tires are bald before replacing, use up your brakes before upgrading, etc. When keeping to a budget, it makes no sense to throw out perfectly good parts. Also, if you want to free up some mod money for me, take a look here- (shameless plug, I know) http://www.ebay.com/itm/GOODYEAR-GTK...73b43e&vxp=mtr

If you think that is too much, look at the same one on amazon- before shipping.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:13 AM   #36
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A good , inexpensive upgrade (besides maintenance ), would be Short shifter and shifter bushings.
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