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Old 09-21-2001, 06:29 PM   #1
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Default First mod to perform on my WRX?

I know that this topic has probably been discussed before.

I'm posting this one for two reasons.

First of all, I would assume that with a car as "new" as the WRX, vendors are constantly coming up with new and better parts. So the answer to this question 2 or 3 months ago might be different today.

Second, I did a search for the title of this thread before I posted it. And since the word "first" appears in every thread (You'll have to find it) I found a LOT of threads.


So, what's the first mod to perform once I get my WRX(after the break in period, of course!)? I'm looking to basicly use it as a daily driver. However, my friends say that my "daily driver" style resembles what's found on the track.

I don't drive fast, so don't flame me about breaking the law.

I do take corners fast. So I'll probably be moding suspension/brakes/tires/handling before I drop a ton of cash on a Stage 1 upgrade.
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Old 09-21-2001, 06:33 PM   #2
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For a free upgrade, take out the intake silencer, if you want cheap handling mods, do what I am going to do in a couple of weeks, get the CUSCO sway bars from Cobb Tuning, I rode in a friends WRX with these and it is a night and day difference from stock. But a must is new tires! The car needs them to really shine!
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Old 09-21-2001, 06:33 PM   #3
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Hmmmm. I say tires. If you're upgrading and have the $$, some nice 17" wheels and tires. ITG airfilter, Kartboy and bushings, Momo shift knob, turbo back exhaust, uppipe....my God, it never ends!
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Old 09-21-2001, 06:38 PM   #4
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First free mod on a WRX should be intake silencer removal.
First $$$ mod on a WRX should definitely be tires. RE92's absolutely, positively, without a doubt, SUCK ass. In the rain they can be downright dangerous, especially since you say "my friends say that my daily driver style resembles what's found on the track. "
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Old 09-21-2001, 06:40 PM   #5
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I suggest a driver mod first, join a club or orginization and get to know your car and your abilities. Once you do that you should have an idea of what do do first. My opinion is this for mods;
Driver->Tires/rims->Suspension/brakes-> then the go fast stuff.
Of course you could throw in an exhaust system after tires or before, whatever you like.
I have only added mudflaps for a mod on mine.I love it stock, on the track I noticed what people meant by the tires being kind of sucky, they heat up real fast. But I am going to do mods in the order that I suggested, it should be a recipe for success. So first up is some Tarmacs and some Toyo T1S sweeet! then I might get an upgraded exhaust, then do the brakes then suspension, but it is mostly a matter of preference, remeber balance is the key, you need it to handle , brake and accelerate, not just accelerate
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Old 09-21-2001, 07:05 PM   #6
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I agree about the driver upgrade. I've always had a passion for driving, but haven't really done anything "organized" about it.

I've actually taken part in several manufacture sponsered promo events in my area (BMW, Lincoln, Chrysler) and have always done well. Some of the instructors actually suggested that I join a racing club.

I also agree with the braking thing. I blame the "accelerate, accelerate, accelerate" attitude on video games.
What do you mean, I can't hit 200mph+, tap the emergency brake and put the car into a drift at a 90 degree corner, and carry out of the corner still going 100mph+!?!?!?
COME ON!

Although I will say that Gran Turismo 3 is pretty realistic. No more of that. Only complaint is that there's no damage...

ANYWAYS... I'm showing my age...

Or maybe just my maturity level

What tires/rims do you recommend? I'd like to get something pretty decent, but not tires that I'll have to replace in 10k miles.
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Old 09-21-2001, 08:21 PM   #7
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If you're budget-conscious, Kumho 712's make an excellent second tire set. They're fairly grippy wet/dry, have decent treadlife, and cost approx $75 each. An example on the other end of the spectrum would be the Bridgestone S-03 Pole Position. Phenomenal traction, max performance, but expensive and lower treadlife. Tirerack.com has excellent ratings and reviews for more info.
Wheels tend to be an aesthetically-influenced purchase to some extent, so I won't get into them, other than to say try to find something strong and light, OZ Superleggeras comes to mind.
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Old 09-22-2001, 04:01 PM   #8
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i put Dunlop SP5000's on my car... great tires.... relatively cheap, so far have a good tread life... excellent grip in the rain... i recommend them... basically, just my 2.32600 YEN

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Old 09-22-2001, 10:28 PM   #9
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i agree with ditching the RE-92's
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Old 09-22-2001, 11:32 PM   #10
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You never specified wagon or sedan.. there's a difference in mod path there.

If wagon.. get a cusco rear sway bar. $155 shipped from bottle. (titan motorsports)

If sedan.. bring it back and get a wagon hehe jk.. well sorta
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Old 09-23-2001, 12:09 AM   #11
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Tires and wheels are the best 1st mod, I like BFGoodrich tires myself, they seem to last forever and have excellent dry and wet traction, plus the Comp TA's are rather inexpensive. Wheels should be strong and light, but be able to take the pounding of a daily driver, That exact statement showed up in Sport Compact Car when they described Axis wheels(Scared the heck out of me, it was like someone read my mind). Also try Racing Hart and Volk, all are lightweight. Remember, the lighter the wheels are, the more power that hits the ground. 17" are best size currently.
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Old 09-23-2001, 07:42 AM   #12
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This is the order I did my mods in, but any of them are good in any order!

Disabled Daytime Running Lights
Tires
Fumoto Valve
K&N Filter
Silencer mod
Mudflaps

From here on the rest of my mods got more expensive. This is where the mod bug hurts the wallet most. But, as you can see from the above list tires is the only expensive one that I felt was necessary immediately.
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Old 09-23-2001, 10:23 AM   #13
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1. Hacked intake silencer, free (3 hours)
2. Disable DRL's, free (5 minutes)
3. Cusco adjustable rear sway bar, $179 (75 minutes)
4. Kartboy shifter, $100 (30 minutes)
5. Kartboy shifter bushings, $25 (45 minutes)
6. K&N filter, $39 (10 minutes)
7. Blacked out headlights, $5 (5 hours)
8. Intercooler Screen, $6 (20 minutes)

The times for these Do-it-yourself (DIY) mods represent how long it takes someone with more education than practical experience. I followed instructions posted on the web, e-mailed questions when necessary, scraped fingers and knuckles, went to the hardware store a few times (get a good set of metric wrenches before starting anything), and cursed many times. I am pleased with each improvement, and think they represent an outstanding value.
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Old 09-24-2001, 12:19 AM   #14
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im hesitant about making any mods to a car because i'd have to be working on it all the time and i don't know jack crap about cars. is it really that easy, or do i need to know my stuff before i dig in?
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Old 09-24-2001, 01:35 PM   #15
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Just dig in. If you are cautious like you will break anything that has to be forced, things will take longer - but you should be safe.
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