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Old 05-03-2004, 12:25 PM   #1
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I just bought a 2002 2.5 RS and i LOVE it. im trying to decide what mods i should go with first, and suggestion we be appreciated. I would like to go up in hp and torque for sure, but I dont have a whole lot of money right now, so any help will be cool. thanks. Steven
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Old 05-03-2004, 12:29 PM   #2
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Old 05-03-2004, 02:44 PM   #3
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I just drove it on some great mountain roads, and I love it. However if i could improve anything it would be more low end power for quicker acceleration. I was on a long straight away and I got to 110mph, but i could have gone faster if i had better acceleration through the gears. I typically drive on curvy mountain roads, and highway, so handling is a must, so maybe a 20 mm sway bar, or something like that to improve handling. right now im looking at something in the $200 range. also should mention that i dont have much experience with mods; im a scoobie noobie. lol. thanks for the help.
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Old 05-03-2004, 03:03 PM   #4
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if you want lowend power, then you'll want to look at the cobb tuning header/cat combo, makes 17 ftlb gains at 2000 rpm by itself after doing intake and catback

for 200 bucks, i'd say a sway bar, maybe some endlinks if you can spare the cash

and if its still got the stock re92's, find some replacements in the near future
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Old 05-03-2004, 03:15 PM   #5
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Sway and end links for handling. If what you want is a faster acceleration through the gears, unless you're bogging and shifting at 2k RPM, you want mid and high end. A CAI will help you there.
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Old 05-03-2004, 03:17 PM   #6
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as i said im pretty new to this, so whats the re92's? i found a nice package form COBB, its the stage 1 suspension package for $382 (shipping included). has anyone purchased this or the individual parts, if so can you give me some feed back? thanks, once again im pretty new to this, sorry.

oh i guess your right, i want mid to high end, around 2500 - 4500 rpms.

and ive heard that a lite-weight flywheel is one of the best mods for the most improvement, is that correct? they are pretty expensive, so thats down the road aways, just doing the research.
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Old 05-03-2004, 03:24 PM   #7
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if you have the money for cobb, go with their packages. you won't be disappointed.

2.5-4.5k rpms is mid.

the RE92s are the tires that come stock on the 2002 rs. they're terrible, new performance tires will greatly enhance the handling and grip of your car.
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Old 05-03-2004, 03:50 PM   #8
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what type of tires would you reccomend for mountian/highway driving? while i was out driving today i saw a one of those safe turn speed signs, it said 25, i took it at 45-50 and thats the first time ive made the tires squeel. ive only had the car for 3 weeks though.

I think i'll wait for alittle more money and go with the cobb state 1 suspension package.

thanks guys for all the help.. please continue to post suggestions.
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Old 05-03-2004, 04:47 PM   #9
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do you all think that both the rear strut tower brace, and the rear sway bar are neccessary?
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Old 05-03-2004, 06:55 PM   #10
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what type of tires would you reccomend for mountian/highway driving? while i was out driving today i saw a one of those safe turn speed signs, it said 25, i took it at 45-50 and thats the first time ive made the tires squeel. ive only had the car for 3 weeks though.

I think i'll wait for alittle more money and go with the cobb state 1 suspension package.

thanks guys for all the help.. please continue to post suggestions.
That's because you were at the limit of your tires.

The stock tires are some of the worst I have ever encountered. New tires should be your first mod.

If you encounter more than 4" of snow a year. Plan to invest in seperate rims with dedicated snow tires. This is assuming you want to maximize your dry grip.

Read as much as you can about suspension and tires. Here I'll hook you up with a good link.

Read all of those stickies, and post questions if you have them.
http://www.automotivetech.org/forum/...s=&forumid=121
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Old 05-03-2004, 09:05 PM   #11
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i just bought a set of bridgestone potenza RE950 215/50H16 and love them. they ran me $429 and have been worth every cent. i can take a intersection at 50mph with stock suspension. i dont know how the 02 suspension is but the 00 stock is great for stock a little soft but it can handle most things. if your looking for cheap mods go to ebay you can find your strut braces and antisways at good prices. big name strut braces are some of the biggest rip offs when you figure that it is just piece of aluminum tubing weld to donuts of aluminum. and they charge you 200 bucks for this. i just bought a resistor for 12 bucks and should be getting it tommorow and will let you know if i see any differences. it promises 10-20hp. it claims this is accomplished by tricking the computer in to thinking the air is colder than it actually is and in turm pushes more air and fuel.

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Old 05-03-2004, 09:22 PM   #12
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How about spending on track days and autox. How much faster do you need to go on public roads. 110mph

Nice screen name btw. Looking forward to the "I crashed my Subie" thread.
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Old 05-03-2004, 11:00 PM   #13
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If you encounter more than 4" of snow a year. Plan to invest in seperate rims with dedicated snow tires. This is assuming you want to maximize your dry grip.
I do drive in over 4 inches of snow, usually, i live in NC. so thats good to know.

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How about spending on track days and autox. How much faster do you need to go on public roads. 110mph
I want to do autox sometime, and no i dont drive that fast on the hwy, i was testing it out. i want fast acceleration, not so much top end. can you give me some links to get hooked up with autox, and rallyx. thanks.

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thanks for the encouragement.. hahaha.. im thinking of either the cobb stage 1 suspension package, or the cobb CAI.
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Old 05-04-2004, 11:58 AM   #14
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Sure try searching in the South East Region forum on "autox" or "track". Maybe post a thread in there looking for some events. I am sure that there will be something near you.
Have fun.
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Old 05-04-2004, 12:07 PM   #15
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i got a stage 1 power pack. from COBB and love it. the CAI is loud, but i kinda expected it. over all i got more of a kick in the pants then i expected so i am stoked. it did cost me more then 200 bucks, i must say, but worth the cash. i also just ordered a kartboy short shifter, for 150, http://www.allwheelengineering.com/b...s=KB-016-1997. you will not get a power gain, duhh. but you will have a little more fun on the mt. roads.
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Old 05-04-2004, 01:08 PM   #16
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i have a 02 rs also, it is awesome, but it does seem like there needs to be 6 gears. I have an AEM cold air intake and that helped with the gear ratios. It added some top-end and it cost about $130. I have the same problem as you and I am looking at Borla headers and a cat-back but everything is for the WRX!!! Put turbo on it and you have an STI!! I live in NC also and last winter i took my car in 8 inches of snow and it did great!!
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Old 05-04-2004, 03:57 PM   #17
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i got a stage 1 power pack. from COBB and love it. the CAI is loud, but i kinda expected it. over all i got more of a kick in the pants then i expected so i am stoked. it did cost me more then 200 bucks, i must say, but worth the cash.
i'de say it was more than 200, maybe 865. haha, i want one two, except i would like to get stage 2 so i could get the headers, but thats alot of money. Im still debating on wether i should buy the stage 1 suspension package or the cobb CAI first. right now im leaning towards the CAI.

red22 you should look at the cobb equal length headers, they are nice man. COBB

I cant wait to test my car out in a snow covered parking lot.
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Old 05-04-2004, 03:58 PM   #18
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btw, what are your guys' 0-60 foot times. im trying to see what average stock time, or moded times are. thanks
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Old 05-04-2004, 04:21 PM   #19
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Put turbo on it and you have an STI!!

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I have the same problem as you and I am looking at Borla headers and a cat-back but everything is for the WRX
Borla headers....buy the ones that were made for 98-ON same with the catback, although you will need to roate one hanger which is no big deal. Some vendors already sell 02-on catbacks that fit perfect. I think Cobb and some maybe Borla or Brullen (sp) also made 02-on catbacks.

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