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Old 08-31-2004, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default Faster...? or not?

Since the first day I found this board, I've been doing my homework reading all about the WRX and what people recommend upgrading their cars. After a few months, I ended up driving a car with catless uppipe, Stroumng high flow DP, mid pipe, prodrive oval tip axleback, Cobb AP Stg2. I met up with a fellow member last night who just bought his car not too long ago and we chatted. It's until that point I found myself actually learnt quite a bit from scratch (I'm a computer guy who knew nada about cars). I got on the freeway afterwards and noticed there's minimal traffic, and I decided to go WOT and see how it feels. It's fast, don't get it wrong, but somehow I'm just getting the feeling that my car WAS faster stock... I remember I was in complete shock the first time I went WOT on the stocker because of how hard it pulled after 3k. With all the mods I have, I no longer get that grin on my face because my car doesn't seem to PULL as hard as it used to... I no longer get knocked deep into my seats, and I don't get that heart stopping acceleration anymore.

What is it guys? Is it just me getting used to the WRX, and getting sucked into the black hole of modding my car? or is it something else?
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Old 08-31-2004, 05:47 PM   #2
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Take a spin in a stock car.

I think it's human nature bigger, better, faster, more.

I wish I could do a vishnu reset on my butt dyno !



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Old 08-31-2004, 05:53 PM   #3
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Maybe because a Cobb stage 2 car has very little to no lag, the acceleration is just nice and smooth. With a stock car there is some lag then the power just hits making it feel faster.
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Old 08-31-2004, 05:53 PM   #4
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You are just used to your car and the mods. You are remembering the first initial "hit" when you first got your car. Now you are a junkie. Constantly chasing that first high. It is a vicious circle. You mod your car when you can, and it only temporarily satiates the craving in your brain. You need more. More money, more parts, more hp. It never ends.
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Old 08-31-2004, 05:58 PM   #5
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^^^ Very well said
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Old 08-31-2004, 06:02 PM   #6
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You are just used to your car and the mods. You are remembering the first initial "hit" when you first got your car. Now you are a junkie. Constantly chasing that first high. It is a vicious circle. You mod your car when you can, and it only temporarily satiates the craving in your brain. You need more. More money, more parts, more hp. It never ends.
I guess that's what they created the dyno for us huh?
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Old 08-31-2004, 06:17 PM   #7
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Old 08-31-2004, 06:30 PM   #8
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Your a junkie, addict... its worse then crack. Your life will never be the same. You have to make a choice stop cold turkey and never go back(well maybe). Like I did... or keep going, like I did the first time. If you keep going you will never have another hobby and you will be a very poor person. Unless you can change your addiction into money... but then it becomes work and you start to get bitchy.
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Old 08-31-2004, 06:49 PM   #9
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Your getting used to the car. After owning a LS1 that ran low 12s it seemed slow after while. Its always nice to have a slower car. That way you appreciate the faster one with out spending more money on it. Oh wait who am i kidding. Ill spend money on the car no matter what
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Old 08-31-2004, 06:53 PM   #10
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Butt dyno has no reset button after a new mod addition
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Old 08-31-2004, 07:17 PM   #11
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They're all right, no matter what you do, it'll eventually feel like it's getting slow. I couldn't stop grinning for a week after I put a VF34 on my car.

Now i'm contemplating a V7 swap, and a 6MT. My original plan was stage 2 like you . . .

Consider yourself addicted. . .
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Old 08-31-2004, 07:29 PM   #12
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seriously... is it possible that my car IS indeed slower than stock...? I mean... (refuses to believe he's in denial)
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Old 08-31-2004, 07:48 PM   #13
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no, its not possible.
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Old 08-31-2004, 07:59 PM   #14
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He needs a bigger hit. Both his car and his wallet.
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Old 08-31-2004, 08:17 PM   #15
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and i think, as your neck muscles become accustomed to the additional forces, you'll feel slower as well
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Old 09-01-2004, 12:49 AM   #16
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Yeah, I think you are used to it. I had a worked over 97 cobra that was quicker than **** on the straights, but after driving it for 2 months, it didn't seem nearly as fast as it was. Same with the rex... If you think it is slow, try to give a similar speed car a run for its money, and see what happens...
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:14 AM   #17
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I guess it really depends on all the mods you do. I was using a JDM STi top mount i/c on my wagon for over a year. I only have a lightened pulley, catless up pipe, and the oval tip prodrive. I put the stock i/c back on in preparation for taking it to the dealer, and it felt much quicker. I know I know, the larger i/c causes additional lag with the stock turbo, but it was enough for me to keep it off for good. I too remember that feeling when the car was new, and seemed really fast. I am seriously considering the Vishnu reflash at this point. 280hp is a much nicer, rounder number than 227.
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Old 09-01-2004, 04:26 AM   #18
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The reason WRXs feel faster stock is because of the uppipe, and catback system. There's some serious lag in the stock setup so the turbo comes in like a seriously strong kick giving the feeling of the car up and moving! I remember that "rush" when my car was stock, it felt INCREDIBLE. After the uppipe/turboback was installed, the turbo came on so smooth you didn't even feel the boost curve.. (not as much anyways). Trust us when we say you are definately faster.

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Old 09-01-2004, 09:24 AM   #19
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I guess it really depends on all the mods you do. I was using a JDM STi top mount i/c on my wagon for over a year. I only have a lightened pulley, catless up pipe, and the oval tip prodrive. I put the stock i/c back on in preparation for taking it to the dealer, and it felt much quicker. I know I know, the larger i/c causes additional lag with the stock turbo, but it was enough for me to keep it off for good. I too remember that feeling when the car was new, and seemed really fast. I am seriously considering the Vishnu reflash at this point. 280hp is a much nicer, rounder number than 227.
i will buy that jdm sti tmic from you...

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Old 09-01-2004, 04:57 PM   #20
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I am going to hang on to it to see what Vishnu says after the stage 1, but I will get back to you if I sell it.
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Old 09-04-2004, 09:57 PM   #21
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Yep, sometimes when you go from stock to stage 1 or 2, you lose some of that kick in the pants acceleration, because stg 1 and 2 usually smooth out the curves.

There's an easy fix for that though, new TURBO. Vf 34 does it for me for now, nice kick in the pants from 4-7K. IT's starting to get old and slow again though. . .Ummmm
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Old 09-04-2004, 10:39 PM   #22
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go drive a stocker...I think you have just grown use to the power you have.
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