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Old 05-30-2019, 10:07 AM   #1
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I've been lurking on these forums on and off for a few years while I debated on buying a WRX. Last week I took the plunge and purchased a 2018 WRX base MT with about 16,500 miles. This is my first manual in 15 years so there has been an adjustment process, but I am still enjoying the car. I plan to keep the car mostly stock until I get proficient at driving a manual again. This forum has provided me with lots of good information and I hope to be an active member here for years to come.

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Old 05-30-2019, 10:08 AM   #2
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I can't post pictures yet so I'll have to share pictures at a later date.
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:14 AM   #3
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Congrats. First mod = Cobb Accessport

Stage1 will make your driving a lot easier and get the most out of your engine with no other mods.
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:25 AM   #4
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Congrats. First mod = Cobb Accessport

Stage1 will make your driving a lot easier and get the most out of your engine with no other mods.
As soon as the power train warranty runs out, even though the risk is small I'd rather not chance a denied claim in the event of a catastrophic failure.

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Old 05-30-2019, 11:56 AM   #5
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^ Sounds smart.
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:00 PM   #6
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As soon as the power train warranty runs out, even though the risk is small I'd rather not chance a denied claim in the event of a catastrophic failure.

Ryan
What's it like to have such self control, and where can I purchase some ?
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:22 PM   #7
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What's it like to have such self control, and where can I purchase some ?
If I had self control I would have bought a Camry.
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:46 PM   #8
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Congrats man!

Something I noticed and it was brought up to me few days after getting the car, is how easy you can get used to the car and start getting the feel of the car getting slower. which get people the "Bug" to start modding. IMO if you want to go faster, get a car that is that fast from factory...when you get bored, keep trading...don't mod..unless a project car, not your daily.

but again, congrats
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:02 PM   #9
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I can't post pictures yet so I'll have to share pictures at a later date.
Everyone can post pictures.

Put them on imgur
right click on the picture in imgur
left click on "copy image address"
Put the image tags before and after the link [img] and [/img]
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:07 PM   #10
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Everyone can post pictures.

Put them on imgur
right click on the picture in imgur
left click on "copy image address"
Put the image tags before and after the link [img] and [/img]
profit

I put them in Google Photos and created a link, then posted using the insert image button, the photo didn't show up.
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Old 05-31-2019, 02:19 PM   #11
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I put them in Google Photos and created a link, then posted using the insert image button, the photo didn't show up.
what you posted isnt a direct link to the actual image, just a link to the webpage. it's why the image tags dont work. I dont know, and dont think, google photos allows direct image links.

imgur will let u copy the direct .jpg link.
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Old 05-31-2019, 02:50 PM   #12
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what you posted isnt a direct link to the actual image, just a link to the webpage. it's why the image tags dont work. I dont know, and dont think, google photos allows direct image links.



imgur will let u copy the direct .jpg link.


10-4 thanks.
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:10 AM   #13
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Hey all,

Also a first wrx owner/sports car owner and just signed up here as a member. I live in CA and I heard the emissions tests are extremely difficult and annoying to pass, so I was hoping to get some questions answered here:

Information on my 2017 wrx:
- borla catback installed.
- just purchased and will install: grimmspeed ebcs, grimmspeed catted jpipe, and cobb accessport.
- I want to get a tune soon.

Questions:
1. Does it matter if I get a dynotune or protune?
2. With these above-mentioned mods, can I still pass emissions test in CA?
3. If I cannot pass emissions test, can I simply un-marry the tune and return to a stock tune in order to pass emissions test?
4. If I cannot un-marry the tune to pass, what can I do instead to ensure I pass CA testing?
4. Does anyone have any recommendations for tuners in los angeles or orange county - preferably around OC?

Thank you!
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:35 AM   #14
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Hey all,



Also a first wrx owner/sports car owner and just signed up here as a member. I live in CA and I heard the emissions tests are extremely difficult and annoying to pass, so I was hoping to get some questions answered here:



Information on my 2017 wrx:

- borla catback installed.

- just purchased and will install: grimmspeed ebcs, grimmspeed catted jpipe, and cobb accessport.

- I want to get a tune soon.



Questions:

1. Does it matter if I get a dynotune or protune?

2. With these above-mentioned mods, can I still pass emissions test in CA?

3. If I cannot pass emissions test, can I simply un-marry the tune and return to a stock tune in order to pass emissions test?

4. If I cannot un-marry the tune to pass, what can I do instead to ensure I pass CA testing?

4. Does anyone have any recommendations for tuners in los angeles or orange county - preferably around OC?



Thank you!


Might want to start your own thread.
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:46 AM   #15
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As soon as the power train warranty runs out, even though the risk is small I'd rather not chance a denied claim in the event of a catastrophic failure.

Ryan
Considering you got it pre-abUSED, good idea. You have no clue just how badly treated this car was before you bought it.

Now, if you'd bought new, I'd say go ahead and put in the AP (I did). But with all that time someone else has had to wring its neck irresponsibly, definitely wait out the warranty period before modding drive and power train.
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:24 PM   #16
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Just my 2c:
Congratulations and Welcome to the Club!
Invest in an Good Air to Oil Separator as soon as you're out of warranty, these cars have a lot of oil consumption issues no matter who you talk to out there.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:05 PM   #17
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+1 on waiting for warranty to run out... AP makes the car a lot more driveable (especially in traffic) but honestly just hold out until you can do exhaust and get a pro tune. It will also give you time to think about the direction youd like to take the mods in the long run
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:38 PM   #18
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If I had self control I would have bought a Camry.
LOL! POST OF THE YEAR!
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:30 PM   #19
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I've been lurking on these forums on and off for a few years while I debated on buying a WRX. Last week I took the plunge and purchased a 2018 WRX base MT with about 16,500 miles. This is my first manual in 15 years so there has been an adjustment process, but I am still enjoying the car. I plan to keep the car mostly stock until I get proficient at driving a manual again. This forum has provided me with lots of good information and I hope to be an active member here for years to come.

Ryan
Welcome to the wrx community !
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:41 AM   #20
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If I had self control I would have bought a Camry.
Hahaha. Congratulations and welcome! I, too, just got my first WRX a couple of months ago. And, it has been over 15 years since I've owned a stick, as well. It is quite smart for you to wait for the warranty to expire before tuning yours. For me, though, this car is probably the most difficult to drive, smoothly, that I've ever experienced. Sure, you kinda get used to it. But, I don't know how anyone could stay happy on the stock tune. I just passed my 1,000 mile break-in, and will be installing my Accessport just as soon as I get the oil changed. I considered waiting a few thousand miles, or even the duration of my warranty, before making map changes. However, living with the car, I just can't wait any longer. I also have a Perrin shifter stop and a heavier shift knob for it, that I've yet to install.

Good luck with your new Rex, and I look forward to seeing the pictures.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:44 AM   #21
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Hahaha. Congratulations and welcome! I, too, just got my first WRX a couple of months ago. And, it has been over 15 years since I've owned a stick, as well. It is quite smart for you to wait for the warranty to expire before tuning yours. For me, though, this car is probably the most difficult to drive, smoothly, that I've ever experienced. Sure, you kinda get used to it. But, I don't know how anyone could stay happy on the stock tune. I just passed my 1,000 mile break-in, and will be installing my Accessport just as soon as I get the oil changed. I considered waiting a few thousand miles, or even the duration of my warranty, before making map changes. However, living with the car, I just can't wait any longer. I also have a Perrin shifter stop and a heavier shift knob for it, that I've yet to install.

Good luck with your new Rex, and I look forward to seeing the pictures.
I may change my mind on the tune because the rev hang makes it really hard to consistently drive smoothly and I feel like it has sluggish throttle response especially from idle. At the very least I'm going to get 30k miles on it before I make that decision. I've had the car 3 weeks today so I'm really just starting to get used to the way it drives, and even with the couple of issues I am enjoying the car. Thanks for all the warm welcomes.

Ryan
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