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Old 05-02-2004, 09:30 PM   #1
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Default My current RS.. or a new WRX?

I'm in the position to buy an 04 WRX sedan at a very good price: $4000 under MSRP. Currently I have a 2002 RS with (roughly) stiffer springs, 23" rear sway bar, intake, cat-back, and 225/45/17 tires. If I get the WRX, I'll most likely sell my aftermarket parts to make a down payment on the car.


I've been autocrossing a lot lately and my car has proven to be quite the competitor in STS, but I've wanted a WRX ever since I bought my RS. Now that I can afford one, though, I'm not sure that I want to get rid of my RS. On one hand, I'll have a very balanced car that beats Porsches and Z06's (with PAX, of course) and on the other hand I'll have a WRX with a stock suspension and turbo lag.


I have driven an STX WRX at an Auto-X, and while it was really fun on the straights, coming out of turns was a real let-down because of the tubo lag. Actually, the owner of that WRX drove my car this past weekend and he couldn't get over how well he could get out of the turns. He also said my car is more balanced than his, suspension-wise, and he's got the suspension off of an S202!


So, yeah. I really do want a WRX, but it's not going to be as much fun at Auto-X. Especially if I use the money for the WRX to buy some KYB-AGX's and some headers.



I'm not real sure what the point of this thread is, but if anyone wants to comment, go ahead.

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Old 05-04-2004, 08:48 AM   #2
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These are words from an autoX n00b so keep that in mine...

You'll have to adjust to a slightly different driving style with the WRX. You'll need to keep on the throttle a bit more to keep the boost up in comparison to your RS.

I never had a chance to autoX my GC6 but I totally had fun @ autoX skool in my STi Ver. III GF8. This weekend will be the Detroit region season opener so we'll see how I get along in actual competition.

Good luck making the decision. (I'd say go turbo but I've caught the turbo bug big time... )

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Old 05-04-2004, 09:50 AM   #3
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If you got a WRX can you use some of the after market parts from your RS on the WRX? Like your tires, springs and rear swaybar.
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Old 05-04-2004, 11:38 AM   #4
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You can always drive the WRX in stock til you get the $. IMHO you should decide which one you want to drive all the time and worry about autox 2nd. If you are driving well you will do well in either car.

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Old 05-04-2004, 12:07 PM   #5
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get it sell every thing but the wheels..

i had a 2000 rs the transition to the wrx was difficult at first
i did three things that help
1 uppipe
2 underdrive
3 215/45/16 azenas (biggest difference) feels like 4.11 vs 3.90

now that i am runing my swap car that has a 4.11 with the same tires it is like having a 4.44
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Old 05-04-2004, 03:45 PM   #6
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Yeah, I forgot to mention I'm not selling the wheels.. mostly for aesthetics, though.




I'll probably go with the WRX, but I'm gonna try and get the payments low enough so that I don't need to sell my aftermarket parts.

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Old 05-04-2004, 05:33 PM   #7
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my 2¢ for WRX

1) Nut at the wheel makes the largest difference (as KC has reminded me)
2) Cat-back exhaust
3) Azenis tires
4) Cobb AccessPort (drive with Stage1 map, autox in STX with STX map)
5) Plant money tree in garden
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Old 05-04-2004, 05:37 PM   #8
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6) ???
7) Profit




What is "nut at the wheel"?

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Old 05-04-2004, 05:38 PM   #9
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What is "nut at the wheel"?
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Old 05-04-2004, 07:13 PM   #10
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Old 05-04-2004, 08:51 PM   #11
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GC8 in STS for life!!!
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Old 05-04-2004, 09:54 PM   #12
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FXT with a STi or even WRX take-off suspension will be the best of both worlds. Good handling, low end torque and almost no lag.
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Old 05-04-2004, 10:08 PM   #13
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FXT with a STi or even WRX take-off suspension will be the best of both worlds. Good handling, low end torque and almost no lag.
Thats so crazy that it just might work!
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Old 05-05-2004, 02:47 PM   #14
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Thats so crazy that it just might work!
It did. Here in Kansas City an SCCA member that usually runs an RS in SM class ran his FXT at the final event last year. I believe he'd done some suspension work to it, and used the wheels/tires from the RS.

End result: 2nd Fastest time of the day, and he smoked the Cobra guys that were there.

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