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Old 02-04-2019, 06:05 PM   #5101
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Tire rack. If budget is an issue, General Altimax (studable, but work great studless I'm told). If not, Michelin X-ice xi3s.
Thanks. I decided on Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ for the winter. I don't need to drive it in really bad conditions.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:00 PM   #5102
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im 46 and have only owned mine for 2 days. 09 sti.
the list has started though.
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:16 AM   #5103
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A manager at my job is in his early 50's with a brand new WRX. Everyone with a WRX or STI are in their 20-30's here, so it's kinda weird seeing him drive it.
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Old 02-05-2019, 05:53 PM   #5104
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37, with a 27 year old

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Old 02-05-2019, 06:03 PM   #5105
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I'm 49 and drive a 2007 WRX wagon limited, all stock.
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:19 PM   #5106
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I'm 34 and I just got a new to me 2017 limited. I've wanted one for years but an anchor ex wife was holding me back.
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:30 PM   #5107
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37, with a 27 year old

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Old 02-06-2019, 12:51 PM   #5108
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37, with a 27 year old

Looks very similar to mine actually. Same color (262). Mine does not have the sunroof, and is missing the rear spats and side skirts though.

Looks super clean. What mods and how long have you had it? Loving the STI fog covers and the rally mirrors.
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Old 02-08-2019, 08:46 PM   #5109
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I'm 43, with this old car. 04 STi, all stock still, that's going to change soon.

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Old 02-10-2019, 09:56 PM   #5110
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I’ll be 66 in two weeks. ‘05 SAABARU with Invidia Q300 from turbo back and a COBB AP.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:35 PM   #5111
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I will be 40 years old in a couple years and I plan to buy a Brand new WRX STI. I have three subarus right now. Been waiting on that STI. Gotta pay off the wife's forester first.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:50 PM   #5112
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55 in a month. 2006 WRX.
End of this month getting full 07 STI swap and ACT clutch.
DCCD with Spider/Iwire, OEM switches.

I'm guessing timing, but likely by end of this year will be pushing 450whp or more.

Car started as a rough ex-ricer. Had the sawzall fender hack job welded up and inner rear fender wells raised. Front end straightened and missing parts replaced. Hood roof and trunk are a bit rough and show a little hail but that's OK by me. She is gonna be treated like a whore anyhow.
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:55 AM   #5113
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Hey all, new to this forum, which is surprising since I have had a couple of WRX’s.

I can actually speak for both my younger self and present day demeanor here, because the explanation of the past echos to my present day mindset.

First:
In about 2011 I owned a 2004 Subaru WRX in wearing the java black pearl paint option and was absolutely gorgeous and remained in sleeper appearance. The best part about the paint wasn’t just the deep black look, but when you parked it next to a tree - or anything green for that matter, it would impress a fabulous green hue, hence the green and gold paint flake.
Anyways, the mods were as follows:
- 20% on the windows all they way around
- Strut tower brace
- STi TMIC And STi hood scoop painted to match car
- Custom 3 inch CAI
- STi turbo inlet
- All new hose’s and airflow tubing (grimmspeed)
- HKS super sequential BOV
- Greddy headers
- 3 inch custom up pipe
- 3 inch HKS cat-less downpipe
- 3 inch Greddy EVO 2 exhaust modified with resonator delete
- VF39
- 750cc Deatschwerks injectors
- Walbro fuel pump
- Heat-treat hardened trans gears (OEM gears bought and sent to machining shop for special hardening process)
- Rebuilt shifting mechanism with upgraded bushings (cannot remember brand)
- Apexi Turbo Timer
- A-pillar pod with AFR
- Boost pressure gauge on the steering column(both were auto meter)
- COBB Acessport mounted to window

Okay, I think I got everything. Oh yeah, the the outside was in meticulous shape and was 99.9% stock. The only dead giveaway was the exhaust and STi hood scoop. I had a custom map built from COBB to max out the performance and reliability. Boost pressure would hit 27psi and set at 25psi. The thing tore a hole in the ground through 3rd gear. So much that I had to get stronger clamps to hold the top mount on- it would blow off of the throttle body during high boost shifts. Not good, but solved with stronger clamps.

Anyways, on to the numbers. The car sat at about 440hp and 400tq. Had it dyno’d shortly after the COBB tune.

I had plans to do a couple more things such as springs, wheels, and brembos, but circumstances that were out of my control forced me to part with the vehicle. I had to sell off some parts of the car before selling it. As well as run a stage 2 flash tuned to 18 PSI (not sure of the HP on that tune). When I sold it there was around 60k miles, and sold it for like 14k. Not a bad price to pay for years of exhilarating adrenaline rushing fun. And anyone I took for a ride would be jaw dropped at first and they say to me “dude, how do I get one of these” - I loved it..


Second:
(Fast forward to about 2014)
I had though about that previous WRX for years and always thinking to myself “damn I shouldn’t have sold that”. Kicking myself to this day about it. So what did I do? I went out and got another one! Only this time it was a 2005 WRX in WRB! Not much different as you all may know, but sure did remind me of the old one.
Here’s a list of the mods:
- AEM CAI
- BOV (eBay)
- Megan racing strut tower brace
- STi turbo inlet
- Upgraded intercooler piping
- Eibach lowering springs (2 inch drop)
- Cat back 3 inch exhaust with resonator delete
- Cat less downpipe
- Apexi Turbo timer
- Boost gauge on steering column (autometer)
- Bronze painted OE wheels
- Yellow painted OE calipers


After failing emissions, going to the nearest shop to have them tell me I need to go to a tuner shop, calling the tuner and having them tell me it was going to cost me somewhere in the ballpark of $800, I decided it was time for something different. At the time I was in automotive school, on my way to becoming an automotive engineer, so I decided to try my hand in open source tuning. So, I bought a Taxtrix cable, and downloaded RomRaider and ECU flash and began reading. It took me a sold two months of reading just to perform my first parameter change and road test. After another couple of months I ran the car through emissions and passed! This was a ver fulfilling moment, because I had learned something that I had never done, performed modifications, and the results of my modifications were successful. Not only were they successful the car was putting down 315hp and 298tq! Not bad for being done at home. No check engine light, and reliable as ever for the next two years I owned it. In fact, I never had to change a thing afterwards. Even spoke the the person who bought it from the dealership I traded it to, and he hadn’t done a thing to it.




My ownership of WRX’s thus far has been from my early 20’s till I was about 28. I have never stopped thinking about either of them, both having to go due to financial problems and beginning a family. My mindset has always remained the same “I will own another one” AND “ I WILL do the modifications that I want so to, regardless of what others think.” Will it be my daily? Probably not. I have owned and been in may high HP vehicles since then, and not one of them has made me feel like my Subaru’s did. The goal for my next project is 600 hp. Period.

SO, regarding the post:
I think you should do what you want! I know people that are in their 40’s even 50’s that still have fun in these cars. Perform mods, tune, and drive the heck out of them. I know I will be the old guy with the sleeper Subaru beating cars 10x it’s value. I think age is irrelevant, have your fun and most importantly BE SAFE!

By the way I’m actually searching for the owner of my the black ‘04 I owned. If anyone knows of someone that bought theirs from Illinois from a guy named Brian let me know please!

If you read this, thanks for reading!
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:14 PM   #5114
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38 v1 wrx import standard.
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Old 02-20-2019, 12:56 PM   #5115
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37 and driving a 2015 limited.
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:15 PM   #5116
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I joined this forum when I bought my 05 wagon at 27, now I’m 41 with a ‘17 wrx.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:17 PM   #5117
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I mod my car so much there’s no turning back! To make my post pertinent, I’m 45. I have a 2015 WRX that just passed 118k miles. Though about getting another but don’t feel like starting over.
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:07 AM   #5118
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I'm 63 and I've had my 2015 WRX since new. It's completely stock and has 89.5K miles on the odometer.
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Old 02-27-2019, 08:52 AM   #5119
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I'm 30 + 38 and bought a 2018 premium in Pure Red, last November. This car is fun to drive, and for the price paid, is a pretty much unbeatable value.
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Old 03-04-2019, 03:48 PM   #5120
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2013 WRB hatchback

I’m 57 and sought mine brand new after owning a 2003 BMW M5 since new. I wanted a “simpler” car with better mpg but still fun to drive. My brother, who own 5 Subis, finally convinced me to get one. I wanted a white sedan but my wife and bro talked me in to getting the hatch... so glad I listen to them.

It’s fun driving... reminds me of my 80’s Scirocco I used to mod when going through college. My WRX is far from refined but is sure fun to drive.

Never kept my car stock... but I kept this one stock up until last year: got an exhaust and short shift... brought back my old habits again.

Installing KONIs and king standard springs with all sways next month... can’t wait...

Chris
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:50 PM   #5121
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Turned 30 this past November, still haven't left the Subaru game yet 13 years on NASIOC this coming June. Still have my 05 2.5RS and my 06 WRX.

Also crazy to see that the forum is closing in on it's 500,000th user account
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:06 AM   #5122
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Default Anti-lift kit

I'm not sure about your year, but the anti-lift kit for the first generation was really fun. The ALK keeps the inside tire down when you are turning hard and applying a lot of engine torque, say rocking a tight corner at fifty in second gear. I tuned two 2002 wagons and I found that upping the size of the rear sway bar and installing the anti-lift kit provided noticeable handling improvements. On my current 2002 wagon which has an STi engine, I added JDM STi shocks, front and rear sway bar hardware and bigger diameter sway bars. These all increase noise and harshness without a huge improvement in handling. I have found that tires usually limit handling as much as anything. You will have fun with the exhaust - nothing like a flat four brraapp!


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I’m 57 and sought mine brand new after owning a 2003 BMW M5 since new. I wanted a “simpler” car with better mpg but still fun to drive. My brother, who own 5 Subis, finally convinced me to get one. I wanted a white sedan but my wife and bro talked me in to getting the hatch... so glad I listen to them.

It’s fun driving... reminds me of my 80’s Scirocco I used to mod when going through college. My WRX is far from refined but is sure fun to drive.

Never kept my car stock... but I kept this one stock up until last year: got an exhaust and short shift... brought back my old habits again.

Installing KONIs and king standard springs with all sways next month... can’t wait...

Chris
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:57 PM   #5123
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:28 AM   #5124
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I've been 30+ for more years than I was 40 & under. My wife has a few more months to go to get to the same place.

We're both just as insistent as ever about having a MT and "decent" power in any car we buy. I've already got a car that's gradually moved toward 'toy' status and hogs most of the "mod money", so there's no plans for modifying the WRX just yet. There will be a separate set of wheels and tires by next fall's cooler months and possibly something like Koni yellows and Michelins of some Max-Perf sort further down the road. For little or no $, I'll see if I can crank the fog light aim up a bit (illuminating the pavement that's below the sight line over the hood is such a waste of good light).


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Old 03-08-2019, 09:56 PM   #5125
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