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Old 11-13-2012, 03:31 AM   #1
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Default 2012 wrx whats the first mods i can do(or not to)

being new to a turbo, not really to a Subaru, i see that it likes to heat up quickly more then my outback, its hitting winter time thank god, but to seems to stay just above half mark on the temp gauge, should i add or upgrade anything to help this?

also what is the first performance part i can add? one is the air intake i assume but after that....seems if i change one thing i really have to get to the rest quickly, it seems i cant wait right? or am i looking at it wrong....
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:35 AM   #2
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First performance mod has to be an accessport. Any other (worthwhile) power mods, including an intake, will be bad for your motor until you have a tune. Get the AP, go stage one, ride on that for a while, maybe some small suspension stuff like bushings, sways, a short throw, go stage 2 with a turbo back exhaust in a few months, and by then you will probably have a good direction on where you really want to go with your car.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:01 AM   #3
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Get a short shifter and bushings. Then maybe some sway bars and end links. While you are buying and enjoying those talk to a reputable tuner in your area and think about all the power mod options you have.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:18 AM   #4
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Unabombers Manifesto, stickied atop this forum, read it twice.

You're not overheating, you do not need to add anything to make the car run cooler. Believe it or not, a car runs better being on the warm side.

You don't need an intake, yours is already a cold air intake from the factory. It just doesn't make those loud noises associated with the "tuner" style intakes. And if you decide to get one, you NEED TO TUNE FOR IT.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:57 AM   #5
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Get a short shifter and bushings. Then maybe some sway bars and end links.
This is the exact direction I went.

I just got my Kartboy short throw shifter and bushings in last weekend.

My rear 19 mm swaybar from the STi is coming in today and will be paired with Kartboy endlinks front and rear.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:32 PM   #6
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What does stock wrx sway bars have,i got a 19mm in the outback, i got the subaru shorty shifter, it that the same?

But alright as long as theres nothing to worry about i am fine with that but does the radiator cover help at all?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:07 PM   #7
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The stock WRX rear swaybars are 16 mm. The STi 5 speed short shifter is not the same thing as the Kartboy. Shifter bushings are pretty similar (not completely the same) between the stock and SPT/STi bushings.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:54 PM   #8
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Driver mod. beat the piss out of it for the first 60k miles.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:04 PM   #9
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Nobody has said a downpipe and tune? Really?
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:13 PM   #10
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What does stock wrx sway bars have,i got a 19mm in the outback, i got the subaru shorty shifter, it that the same?
shifter and sway bars are very different things... you might either want to a) clarify what your asking. or b) do a lot more research...
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But alright as long as theres nothing to worry about i am fine with that but does the radiator cover help at all?
Let's use sentences to group thoughts. If the car is as it came from the factory and you are not putting it to serious track use, then the radiator cover does not help at all. It just looks pretty.

I think what we really need to talk about is what you want out of the car. What about the car dissatisfies you?
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:19 PM   #11
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Steering wheel feel and the exhaust note on the stock exhaust is a bit boomy what dissatisfies me the most,looking at the spt exhaust and adding front and back strut,19mm SB to the back with solid endlinks both side, like what i did to my outback, for performance i dont know where to start, as a basic starting point not asking alot of power just around the sti power
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:33 PM   #12
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Steering wheel feel and the exhaust note on the stock exhaust is a bit boomy what dissatisfies me the most,looking at the spt exhaust and adding front and back strut,19mm SB to the back with solid endlinks both side, like what i did to my outback, for performance i dont know where to start, as a basic starting point not asking alot of power just around the sti power
newer wrx's already have "around" sti power, if not almost the same out of the box.

front strut bar will do nothing for you.

forget the intake.

do you want to keep your warranty or do you not care?
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:48 PM   #13
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Can I please have that response in sentences and paragraphs? Logorrhoea is too annoying to grasp.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:58 PM   #14
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kartboy shifter
24/22 sways with kartboy endlinks
accessport
motul brake fluid
stoptech pads
catless DP and a TP stage 2 tune
epic springs

thats the route i went, im happy for now, fix all the issues
the car had out of the box..
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