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Old 03-08-2004, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default If you had an '04 WRX Wagon and $1K.......

.....what would you do?

This is my dilema. I have an '04 WRB WRX Wagon and about $1K to play with on the car. I intend to leave it looking factory stock on the outside ('cept for tint) and not void my drivetrain warranty. Don't need stereo equipment. Just performance oriented suspension and drivetrain mods/upgrades, with the best bang for the buck.

I'm totally open to suggestions.......dream away.

If your looking to sell me something, PM me, please don't do it in this thread.
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Old 03-08-2004, 02:02 PM   #2
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Cobb AccessECU/AccessECU Stage I reflash.
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Old 03-08-2004, 02:16 PM   #3
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Read this thread.

Personally I think for looks-wise you should at least go with painted side skirts. They add an insane amount of looks to the car for no more than $90 (if you can get them painted at a bodyshop.)
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Old 03-08-2004, 02:22 PM   #4
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Cobb's AccessECU $400
GT Spec uppipe $120
Bosal or Stromung downpipe $200
Perrin Pulley $120
Prodrive Y pipe $99

None of these will void your warranty unless they can attribute them to blame for the cause of your car's injury. That being said, you play, you pay. Visit the warranty forum for more info about this.

Many of these items can be gotten cheaper used, check the for sale forum.

When it comes to exhaust stuff, talk to locals about your state's emissions laws prior to messing with your cats via your local regional forum.

And visit www.rallydecals.com and get a "You just got beat by a wagon" sticker.
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Old 03-08-2004, 02:22 PM   #5
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I gotta agree with lstepnio, get a Cobb AcessPORT ECU!

You should also consider some Rota 17in's with a decent tire like the Kuhmo 712. This will be a huge improvment over the stockers.
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Old 03-08-2004, 02:54 PM   #6
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First thing should be 17" wheels and tires. Spend what's left on a good performance driving school.
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Old 03-08-2004, 03:19 PM   #7
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Don't forget your steering rack bushings.
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Old 03-08-2004, 04:19 PM   #8
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$1000 to your Roth IRA if you haven't already contributed this year.
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Old 03-08-2004, 04:33 PM   #9
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Get the AccessPort, a larger rear swaybar and some better tires.

You may want to wait until you get some 17" rims before you buy new rubber though.
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Old 03-08-2004, 04:35 PM   #10
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I looked for a similar thread but couldn't find anything, thanks for the link.

I was reading about the COBB Access when I whipped this thread up. A friend of mine has a similar setup in his Golf, one where you can select octane grades etc... and is really happy with the setup.

What's the deal with the rack bushings?
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Old 03-08-2004, 04:38 PM   #11
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$1000 to your Roth IRA if you haven't already contributed this year.
Believe me, if I have 1K to play with, the Roth and the Educationals are topped out already. Wife would hand me my ass if I blew money out of our refund without those being topped out.
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Old 03-08-2004, 04:42 PM   #12
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I was in the same boat as you. I have an 04 wagon and a little extra to spend. I ended up pre-ordering the Cobb Accessport, getting a 20mm sedan sway bar, kartboy droplinks, Noltec front endlinks, Samco Ic hoses, and a rear strut tower brace. I am happy with what I have done so far, but there is always so much more to do.
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Old 03-08-2004, 06:55 PM   #13
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I would get LO-JACK and reduce my insurance payments...
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Old 03-08-2004, 07:07 PM   #14
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I'd hop in my new WRX and drive to Las Vegas with $1,000 in my pocket.
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Old 03-08-2004, 07:17 PM   #15
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Question about AccessPORT and AccessECU......if someone buys the AccessPORT do they need the AccessECU also to switch between maps? Or do you only need to buy the AccessPORT now?
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Old 03-08-2004, 07:31 PM   #16
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Believe me, if I have 1K to play with, the Roth and the Educationals are topped out already. Wife would hand me my ass if I blew money out of our refund without those being topped out.
Good man.
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Old 03-08-2004, 08:28 PM   #17
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Question about AccessPORT and AccessECU......if someone buys the AccessPORT do they need the AccessECU also to switch between maps? Or do you only need to buy the AccessPORT now?
No, the AccessPort does all of it for you. Check out Cobb's forum at www.wrxforum.com for all the info you'll ever need about it.
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Old 03-08-2004, 08:33 PM   #18
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Great thank you! That sounds really cool.
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Old 03-08-2004, 08:47 PM   #19
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Old 03-08-2004, 09:39 PM   #20
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Not to mention that the AccessPort has 10 differnt settings and besides the 6-8 weeks shipping time, it's cheaper then sending them your ECU.
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Old 03-09-2004, 06:47 AM   #21
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Wheels and Tires.

I got my Rota Tarmacs and Pirelli Pzero tires on the forums, paid 750 for both... the tires were new, and the tarmacs were in good condition.
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Old 03-09-2004, 06:57 AM   #22
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Originally posted by mrbigisbudgood
.....what would you do?

This is my dilema. I have an '04 WRB WRX Wagon and about $1K to play with on the car. I intend to leave it looking factory stock on the outside ('cept for tint) and not void my drivetrain warranty. Don't need stereo equipment. Just performance oriented suspension and drivetrain mods/upgrades, with the best bang for the buck.

I'm totally open to suggestions.......dream away.

If your looking to sell me something, PM me, please don't do it in this thread.

Quite honestly, aside from wheels/tires/suspension, I would take the money to pay the car off early.

Once you own it and you are outside of warranty range, then you can power mod it. WRXs are pretty competitive in the stock and STX classes. Too bad you got a wagon though (wheel width considerations).

Good luck with the money.

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Old 03-09-2004, 07:33 AM   #23
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Wheels, tires, rear sway bar and a couple of Porsche Club of America driving schools!!!

You can put everything you want on the car but if you don't know how to take it to the limit WITHOUT exeeding them, you threw it all away!

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Old 03-09-2004, 09:07 AM   #24
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The thing for me about 17" wheels is that I live in the country. If you drive by my house, there is a sign that says "Welcome to the Middle". I drive alot of gravel and mud/gravel roads on the weekend, then drive 400 miles to Milwaukee for work on Monday. Yes, I could swap the wheels out every week, but that's a total PITA. I was seriously considering a set of 17" Gunmetal Tarmac II wheels, but I'd destroy them sliding around the muddy corners on the way to my bro-in-laws house. I don't want to drop $800 on something I know I'm going to destroy. I also want to keep the car looking stock, as to not attract attention from the law (they're bored around where I live, with nothing to do but pull people over for going 3 over).

AccessPort is probably the #1 thing on my list at the moment. The simple fact that I can drive it like a jackass on the weekends on the 93 OCT program and set it to economy for my weekly commute to Milwaukee makes it very desirable to someone who has a "dual purpose" car. After that, a sway bar/strut tower kit (COBB Stage 1), I have noticed quite a bit of roll that feels like is comming from the rear.

Thanks for the help. I was leaning towards engine management first and elimination of some body roll second and you guys pretty much solidified that.

I'm also looking at buying one of the silencer elimiation kits off e-Bay. Are they worth the $50 they're going for? Also, what's the deal with the rack bushings
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