Those sound like the kind of upgrades that I am looking for. (cheap and easy!)
Do either of those upgrades affect MPG? I have no idea - (newbie question)
Originally Posted by Dirt Bringer
That looks fantastic...especially those wheels. I want me some of those... If you are looking for upgrades everything I have read and been told points toward avoiding the strut brace. It does work well (including the "flexible" spt model), but it isn't really necessary and is very expensive. A drop in sway bar off an 08+STI will work wonders apparently (19mm), and costs only 100 bucks with the bushings included. A perrin lightweight crank pulley also supposedly supplies a few more horsepower and torques, better throttle response and helps with bogging at low rpms (another ~100ish upgrade). Less bling bling more vroom vroom. By the looks of that car you don't really need any more bling anyway. Go make her fly!
Oh yeah, I've been asking a ton of people but it seems you are one of the first to try. How does the car perform with the 18" wheels vs the 17? Did you notice any performance differences at all or wheel well clearance issues?