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Old 04-17-2005, 07:34 PM   #1
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hello, everyone thanks for taking the time to read this.

i bought a 2002 wrx 2.0 turbo with an automatic. i do a lot of city driving and stick shift was just geting old for me. i want to ask if the is anything i could do right off the bat. are there any extra things that can be removed for a little more power. i am going to be a tight buget with doing up grades so i want to start off right and work my way up to the big boys. i can find my way around the chevy 350 and fords 302 like most but this is a whole new thing for me. never had something like this. the car was alreadt set up with 17in wheels and a body kit so it has the 2005 sti look but not the punch. i have notice somedays it runs like a raped ape and other just a plain old car. it has 54,000 miles on it. where should i start building on this car? i there restricking air flow part that can removed? i'm starting off with $100.00 what should i get first? is there a wrx club in the chicagoland area? thanks
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Old 04-17-2005, 07:38 PM   #2
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Saving up for some engine management would be most benefitial...Since your on a limited budget it seems like start off with the Cobb Accessport. Just plug it in and push a couple buttons and it will reflash your ECU (quick 30 hp with all stock parts)...O by the way, come to the Starbucks down in Schaumburg on Thursday night...A ton of Subies there...Fun time...
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Old 04-17-2005, 07:42 PM   #3
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Engine management and a torque converter. But those are some spendy purchases.

For cheap starters though, eBay ERZ up and downpipes. You can use those with no engine management and be happy.
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Old 04-17-2005, 07:44 PM   #4
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the wrx is a great platform to build off of however it's going to be immensely different from older american cars. First thing you'll notice - the engine is CRAMMED! Hard to get your hands anywhere without removing things.

Where should you spend your money? Since you've said the car runs like a "raped ape" sometimes and that is has a body kit and wheels you should already assume it's been modded. 02 wrxs have tranny issues and with 54k on a possibly heavily abused car I would recommend changing out all the fluids and putting in some really good oil. Has the car been maintained (i.e. been in for all its factory scheduled maintenance)?

Yes, the intake silencer can be removed for free - you'll hear the turbo a lot more. Someone will link you to the instructions

Once the car is in good running condition you can think about modding. Cobb stage 2 (tbe & ap) is ~$1500 and most users will tell you this is the best bang for the buck - a day and night difference from the stock car.
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Old 04-17-2005, 07:45 PM   #5
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red rexx thanks for the input. what time at starbucks? i live in crystal lake so it 20 min drive for me
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Old 04-17-2005, 07:53 PM   #6
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a hundred dollars isnt going to get you too far. The best first mods for power are uppipe and downpipe (removing the cats... if you dont want to remove all cats, leave the last one furthest from the engine). You can get a helix uppipe / downpipe combo for fairly cheap.. but it will run you more than a hundred dollars.

Engine Management is great, but you need to plan on what you are ultimately going to wind up with. If you want a lightly modded car, grab an accessport. If you want more than that, you need to look into a UTEC, EcuTek, Hydra, or AEM EM. There are others if you search around, but I believe the big 3 are UTEC, EcuTek and the Hydra.

Do some research.. its been beaten to death.

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Old 04-17-2005, 08:00 PM   #7
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