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View Poll Results: So which is more fun to drive and own???
02-05 WRX Stage 2 FTW! 58 46.03%
Damn, even a Stage 1 02-05 is more fun than that 06 lux-mobile 9 7.14%
Stock 06 WRX, bish! No replacement for displacement! 50 39.68%
Farking get a Marauder! 9 7.14%
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Old 05-06-2006, 04:07 PM   #1
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So what's more fun? #'s torque specs blah blah blah, which car is more enjoyable to own and drive? People with experience in the matter are a plus



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Old 05-06-2006, 04:11 PM   #2
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I'm going from Stage 2 WRX to a 2.5L block (no AVCS) so I'll let you know in a few days, although I'll still be Stage 2 with the 2.5L block. I'm gonna make an educated geuss and go with the 06 WRX though.
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Old 05-06-2006, 04:38 PM   #3
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I had a Stg 2 02 WRX and now I have a 06 limited and I think it is a better car in every way, it handels better the inside is nicer and the power is much improved I cant wait to get my AP
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Old 05-06-2006, 05:55 PM   #4
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So what's more fun? #'s torque specs blah blah blah, which car is more enjoyable to own and drive? People with experience in the matter are a plus



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Old 05-06-2006, 06:08 PM   #5
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The 2.0l makes MORE lowend power... so the no replacement for displacement line is out.

Obviously the 06 has a lot of other things goign for it that the 2.0l doesn't...but the motor (in THIS case) is not one of them...
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Old 05-06-2006, 06:10 PM   #6
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I had a Stg 2 02 WRX and now I have a 06 limited and I think it is a better car in every way, it handels better the inside is nicer and the power is much improved I cant wait to get my AP
Its MUCH improved over a stock WRX. Your stage II was more powerful...
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Old 05-06-2006, 06:11 PM   #7
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I'd still take an 06 in a heartbeat....
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Old 05-06-2006, 06:15 PM   #8
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The 2.0l makes MORE lowend power... so the no replacement for displacement line is out.
Where did this chart come from? I find it hard to believe.
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Old 05-06-2006, 06:17 PM   #9
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Where did this chart come from? I find it hard to believe.
They are Cobb's dynos...laid over each other...


How could that be hard to believe? Its being forced a lot of boost in the low end to make that power.... Thats a STOCK 06 motor...

You can clearly see where the 2.0l gets boost shoved at it around 3k, where the 06 motor isn't nearly making as much (thats where the 2.0 takes that big jump...make perfect sense and you can feel it driving...)

Low 13's at 100+ sure as heck has to come from somewhere...

I would hope a modified 2.0 could hold its own against a stock engine...

Jump on the gas in a stock 06, then do it in a 2.0l. They feel fairly similar, the 06 just runs out of gas up top.

Done plenty of test pulls with a neighbors 06...the 2.0l on an OTS map is without question a near dead match through the low-middle RPMs for a stock 06...after that...I creep away

Again, I'd still take the 06...

If you want to see the stage II vs. stage II overlay, I have it from a guy on here...

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Old 05-06-2006, 07:41 PM   #10
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Old 05-06-2006, 07:41 PM   #11
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The 06 is a better daily driver. Easier to drive in the city and in traffic because of the low end torque. It doesn't kick you in the ass when boost comes on strong at higher RPMs like my 05 did. A stage 2 06 WRX should be fun though
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Old 05-06-2006, 08:36 PM   #12
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hmmmm... for cheaper-ness and kick in the ass I think I'm going to have to go with the 02-03 then, fun > *
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:01 PM   #13
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hmmmm... for cheaper-ness and kick in the ass I think I'm going to have to go with the 02-03 then, fun > *
You missed the point, the kick in the ass happens because those models have no guts before the turbo spools up, where as the 06 has some go at low rpms.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:06 PM   #14
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They are Cobb's dynos...laid over each other...

How could that be hard to believe? Its being forced a lot of boost in the low end to make that power.... Thats a STOCK 06 motor...
It's easy to find it hard to believe: the 2.5l car feels like it has better low end. I have a Cobb stage 2 MY02 and a stock MY02 and the low end is improved with the AP, but not to the point where it feels better down low than a 2.5l. I'm not saying it has more power, just that it feels like it does.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:18 PM   #15
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Lightened flywheel + lightweight pulleys on the 2.0L block + Stage 2 map and parts = a feeling of more power down low.

In reality the power comes on faster downlow because of the uppipe, but the pulleys and flywheel get the revs up faster so you achieve power in the same range but you're quicker to get to this range.

***Add in port and polished stock headers and you'll get more low end and top end power, plus a more linear powerband.

***Add in an upgraded TMIC or FMIC and you'll get a more linear powerband and *MIGHT* (depending on engine management) see more boost that would give you more power and earlier.

***Add in a port and polished td04 turbo and a port and polished downpipe. Now you have all the bolt ons to get as much power as possible out of the stock turbo. After these bolt ons, if you want more power downlow or anywhere - you're going to have to start building the engine.

This is what I'm doing for my 2.0L block (minus the lightened flywheel atleast until my clutch goes and I'm down there anyway).

The 2006's will always have a handicap over us, because there's no replacement for displacement.

My ideal setup would be H6 or inline six with a quick spooling turbo, or a 2.5L block bored over to 3.0L - thats the only way that we'll ever make power downlow.

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My ideal setup would be H6 inline six with a turbo.
Um a horizontally apposed inline six. Doesnt make sense?
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The 2.0l makes MORE lowend power... so the no replacement for displacement line is out.

Obviously the 06 has a lot of other things goign for it that the 2.0l doesn't...but the motor (in THIS case) is not one of them...
Wow comparing stock to stage 2. I wonder where the chart for stage 2 2.0 and stage 2 2.5 is and let's see where it stands then.
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I really liked the thread title and was hoping to read more than just "I'd rather drive an '06". My view is that I have an '05 and am jealous of the '06 but I'm not going to trade it in, but after stage 2 on my '05 will I be just about as happy as to how compares with an '06?
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Um a horizontally apposed inline six. Doesnt make sense?
h6 or* inline six
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Wow comparing stock to stage 2. I wonder where the chart for stage 2 2.0 and stage 2 2.5 is and let's see where it stands then.
Read the question.

It wasn't "Oh a 2.0L Stage 2 will make more power than a 2.5L Stage 2. It was what does a Stage 2 aka modified 2.0L feel like in comparison to a stock 2.5L.

There's no replacement for displacement. Of course the 2.5L is going to be a better platform, so long as it flows equally as well as the 2.0L.
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Old 05-07-2006, 12:33 AM   #21
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buy a marauder ftw
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Old 05-07-2006, 07:19 AM   #22
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/ thread FTW!!!
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What's better, a chicken sammich or a ham sammich?
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Chkn FTW!!!
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No way man, ham is teh fastar through my system.
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