- Feel free to skip ahead if you want. I'm a thorough person. I can't help it.
We've actually had this car for over a year now which is crazy to me but time flies I guess. Originally, we wanted to get to know the platform, showcase some parts with it, and get deeper with our involvement in the Subaru community. We are indeed doing that but the project took a proverbial back seat to our 2013 Ford Focus ST which we've had since it was new and decided to swap to our 3rd turbo, a GTX3582, get a stroked and forged 2.3l engine, and upgrade to a port fuel system in addition to the DI system, among a lot of other things. That was decided on shortly after we bought the WRX. Now that the ST is running again, we're onto the WRX.
We bought the car 100% stock in used condition with about 13k on the clock. It was super clean and a really good platform to start modding. We did some initial dyno runs and custom tuning with the Cobb AP. I'll discuss results below. Up to this point, we've also done some exhaust work between the downpipe and the catback which is also shown below. I'm really happy with the car. As a company, we started off in FWD DI cars but have been anxious to get into a more popular, AWD platform. The benefits are immediate. I think the stock WRX is more fun from a stop and halfway through 2nd gear than either of the big turbo Mazdaspeed 3s or Focus STs we've built for ourselves so far (except when we have slicks on at the track). So I was immediately excited. Ever since we've been tuning and bolting on, the car has been really responsive to changes. I now fully understand why "Stage 2" is so popular with this platform. It truly is a different car.
Now that I've TL;DRed you, I'll get on with it. We have some very specific goals and some not so specific goals but either way, we'd like to share our progress with the project with you. If you have any comments, suggestions, ideas, or remarks about what we're doing, we'd love to hear about them.
As always, we are in this business not just as enthusiasts but as professionals that are here to help you with your parts, as well. We'll link any parts we use and we're glad to answer questions about them. Let us know how we can help!
At the end of the day, we're not doing anything groundbreaking with this project. WRX builds have come and gone. But considering it's not a daily driver and we're going to use the car for fun stuff only, we figured we'd let you in on the fun.
Project Notes, Updates, Installs, Etc.
Stock Dyno vs. Custom Tuning via Cobb AccessPort (Tuned by us)
Track Day at High Plains Raceway - 10/22/2016
Brake Upgrade, Wheels, and Tires
Intercooler, Blowoff Valve, and Pitch Stop Mount Upgraded
Killer B Oil Pan, Baffle, and Pickup and Grimmspeed Up Pipe Installed
Revised Tuning after TMIC and Up Pipe Install