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Old 06-02-2010, 08:33 PM   #1
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Ok I have added a K&N Drop in filter on my 2005 2.5 RS. What would be my next mod with the best bang for the buck in the power department. I know theres gonna be a few who will start flaming me about building power with an EJ253 but whatever I'm not trying to make it a drag racer or a super car. I just want a little more grunt for now until I turbo or sc the thing, and eventually that awsome boxer sound. So let me see your suggestions. And I'm NOT staying N/A.

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Old 06-02-2010, 09:08 PM   #2
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For the boxer sound youll need to get a set of unequal length headers. Your car has equal on it right now. Then grab a nice catback exhaust.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:09 PM   #3
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UEL headers will help you get that boxer rumble. Your not going to be able to make much more power with the N/A. Just stick with handling.

Wait for other people to come by and tell you to make it handle great. Im sure someone will tell you how to get a little more power.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:55 PM   #4
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I have secured a cat back I'm still doing research on different headers. Ok in the handling department what does the H brace do?
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:57 PM   #5
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UEL header with good catback will get the good sound (nowhere near close to a WRX though).

And don't buy any more K&N Filters; waste of money.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:04 PM   #6
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Not according to the ol butt dyno, and I cant find a CAI for my car which has the MAF sensor
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:32 PM   #7
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I've got one in CT. Its an Injen that came off my old engine. As far as I understand it the H brace stiffens up the chassis. I think there is a FAQ that covers this, check the Newb Bible (Unabombers Manifesto).
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:33 AM   #8
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If youd like to part with that Injen how much shipped to 13603
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:16 AM   #9
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I'm in the same boat as you are, trying to get more power out of my 2.5i. I recently dropped a K&N filter in to mine too and noticed a difference without dynoing it so good choice there.

If I were you I would invest in some beefier sway bars to help keep that power under control haha. But seriously, buy some suspension mods and you'll be happy you did.
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:03 AM   #10
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I'm in the same boat as you are, trying to get more power out of my 2.5i. I recently dropped a K&N filter in to mine too and noticed a difference without dynoing it so good choice there.

If I were you I would invest in some beefier sway bars to help keep that power under control haha. But seriously, buy some suspension mods and you'll be happy you did.
Ya, you really noticed that 0-2 hp gain from replacing an air filter.

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Today I picked up a Tsudo Cat Back, Cusco Front and Rear Strut Braces, STi silicone hoses, STi sway bars, A 3 gauge pillar mount(A/F,Oil psi, and Volts) for 2 bills I'm happy with my choice
Next time, spend a few seconds researching before buying. STI sways are going to be inferior to aftermarket alternatives, those A/F and volt gauges are going to serve absolutely no purpose as their measurements are meaningless (esp that AF gauge), and the Tsudo catback is open to the possibility of rust considering where you live.
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:31 PM   #11
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Ya, you really noticed that 0-2 hp gain from replacing an air filter.



Next time, spend a few seconds researching before buying. STI sways are going to be inferior to aftermarket alternatives, those A/F and volt gauges are going to serve absolutely no purpose as their measurements are meaningless (esp that AF gauge), and the Tsudo catback is open to the possibility of rust considering where you live.

Really the A/F will be useless? Hmmm EVERY automobile I've put forced induction to has REQUIRED a wideband O2 and a gauge to aid in tuning. Some people think they know everything without knowing anything lol
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:37 PM   #12
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Really the A/F will be useless? Hmmm EVERY automobile I've put forced induction to has REQUIRED a wideband O2 and a gauge to aid in tuning. Some people think they know everything without knowing anything lol
404 forced induction not found.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:08 AM   #13
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Suspension Suspension Suspension
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:55 PM   #14
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Today I picked up a Tsudo Cat Back, Cusco Front and Rear Strut Braces, STi silicone hoses, STi sway bars, A 3 gauge pillar mount(A/F,Oil psi, and Volts) for 2 bills I'm happy with my choice
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:35 PM   #15
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Today I picked up a Tsudo Cat Back, Cusco Front and Rear Strut Braces, STi silicone hoses, STi sway bars, A 3 gauge pillar mount(A/F,Oil psi, and Volts) for 2 bills I'm happy with my choice
I hope you got the "STI Pink" sway bars that are optional extras from the dealership and not OEM STI sway bars. The bars off a stock STI (or aftermarket bars designed for the STI) won't fit...
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...37&postcount=3
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:41 PM   #16
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A good nitrous kit may be good for a N/A motor
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:05 PM   #17
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Well they were pink I have painted them satin black, I'm kinda doin the whole sleeper thing. In the end I'm not sure if I'm going to grab a Raptor SC kit or build a nice turbo set up.
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:03 AM   #18
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I should hopefully get the car back today I super stoked
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Best bang for the buck, for me, has always been lighter wheels, and good tires.
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:32 PM   #20
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Best bang for the buck, for me, has always been lighter wheels, and good tires.
I totally agree I'm eyeballing a few different sets right now
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:42 PM   #21
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I dont get it?????
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:45 PM   #22
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I dont get it?????
he's saying you're N/A

he must've missed the part about you planning to go F/I ... as did byzantium

also, helps to specify whether or not you are talking about Wideband or not.. byzantium assumed you meant narrowband.
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:59 PM   #23
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Aaaah my bad then but he was still a bit abrasive about N/A tuning period though. Theres always a way when your N/A Lol
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Aaaah my bad then but he was still a bit abrasive about N/A tuning period though. Theres always a way when your N/A Lol
Yes, it's called spending an boatload of money for little or no return. As for your purchase, for spending a whole $200, the chance of you having gotten a good wideband is zero because even used you're looking at $150 for one. At the price you paid, that's even highly inexpensive for one that isn't a wideband. On top of that not all tuning solutions are compatible with all widebands. That goes back to the whole researching before you buy thing.

As for me knowing nothing, you're talking to someone who has multiple times the relevant knowledge that most of the people here have.
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Yes, it's called spending an boatload of money for little or no return. As for your purchase, for spending a whole $200, the chance of you having gotten a good wideband is zero because even used you're looking at $150 for one. At the price you paid, that's even highly inexpensive for one that isn't a wideband. On top of that not all tuning solutions are compatible with all widebands. That goes back to the whole researching before you buy thing.

As for me knowing nothing, you're talking to someone who has multiple times the relevant knowledge that most of the people here have.
And aparently no reading ability yet again where in my $200 parts list does it say I got a wideband O2? NOWHERE IT'S A FREAKIN PILLAR MOUNT. I hate to tell ya I've been building cars since you were in highschool son, granted I DONT KNOW EVERYTHING like you seem to THINK YOU DO. But I'm not stupid, now if your in the northern NY area sometime I'd gladly take you for a spin in some of my machines. I love how people can turn a simple discussion into a pissing match.
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