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Old 03-15-2016, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default anyone plan to keep their 2015+ wrx/sti stock???

i don't know if i'm just getting old or what, but i have what is essentially my dream car; 2016 sti, and i really have no plans to modify it much, if at all.

are there any others out there that are either happy with the car as is or for some other reason have no plans or desire to "upgrade" their cars with additional aftermarket parts?

i guess i'm not saying "i'll never mod this car", but i really don't have much in the works for it. i think it's a stout car right from the factory and it, quite simply, does exactly what i want it to do already.

from the start, i knew that i'd end up putting a trailer hitch on it so i can haul my mountain bike around (i like the hitch-mount racks). this car, IMO, is totally amazing as far as performance and handling. i don't know that much needs to be done to it at all.

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Old 03-15-2016, 09:36 PM   #2
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Yeah, same here, planning on leaving my 2016 CWP WRX STI stock.

As in nothing, not even a sticker.

Car works perfectly. Feels great. Everything I hoped it would be. Love it.
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Old 03-15-2016, 09:49 PM   #3
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That's what I thought I was going to do, but after a year I think I'm getting that itch to mod my car.
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Old 03-15-2016, 10:41 PM   #4
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Mines still stock since I got it back in September. Only tint the windows and put on mudflaps. Nothing has been touch engine wise as well as suspension.

My idea is to get an STi when a newer engine emerges and focus on that.
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:20 AM   #5
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mine is still totally stock and I think it's pretty sweet.

I'm considering getting an AP for just a conservative tune with all stock parts. I spend enough time working on equipment as it is and have no desire to start ripping factory parts off the car and tossing them in a dumpster, considering they are all designed pretty well to begin with.

speaking of which, some version 2 access ports are for sale on ebay pretty cheap. I wonder if there is any difference other than the screen and interface? I really don't care about that as I won't leave it mounted.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:20 AM   #6
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im interested to see if a FA20 motor will last a 100k. so I plan on staying stock until the motor craps. if it holds up good. if not, then ill rebuild and go stage 1 and that's it engine wise. looking more to upgrade the crap brakes!
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:25 AM   #7
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I'm keeping the car mostly stock except for a few cosmetics. Mainly the lip kit and a roof rack for my bikes which is already on the car.

But I've also considered an AP for a "Stage 1" tune with stock parts. Maybe a larger rear sway bar, and wheels.

That would be it though.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:36 AM   #8
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I plan on keeping my '16 STi mostly stock. I've added wheel spacers, and I've thought about an axle back exhaust and a set of RCE yellow's.

It's my daily driver, so I want it to be as reliable as possible. Plus I have a weekend/track car that satisfies my modification urges.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:38 AM   #9
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im interested to see if a FA20 motor will last a 100k. so I plan on staying stock until the motor craps. if it holds up good. if not, then ill rebuild and go stage 1 and that's it engine wise. looking more to upgrade the crap brakes!
I don't know where you get your facts from, but the brakes on the newer WRX's are definitely not crap, they're actually pretty good. They will slow you down just as quickly as brembos would.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:42 AM   #10
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I don't know where you get your facts from, but the brakes on the newer WRX's are definitely not crap, they're actually pretty good. They will slow you down just as quickly as brembos would.
well seeing as how he owns a new WRX, I'd say he's getting his opinion from putting his foot on the brake pedal of a new WRX. I don't think he shares your opinion of them being pretty good.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:45 AM   #11
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I don't know where you get your facts from, but the brakes on the newer WRX's are definitely not crap, they're actually pretty good. They will slow you down just as quickly as brembos would.
sorry dude, the brembos are kick ass like it or not
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:48 AM   #12
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well seeing as how he owns a new WRX, I'd say he's getting his opinion from putting his foot on the brake pedal of a new WRX. I don't think he shares your opinion of them being pretty good.
I own a 16 WRX and the brakes are fantastic, if he were to do some research, he would find that the WRX stops just as quick as the STI. The only thing that will make you stop faster is better tires...Upgrading brakes is only really worth it on the track when heat dissipation matters. But, this is completely irrelevant to this thread, so carry on...
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Old 03-16-2016, 09:41 AM   #13
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I own a 16 WRX and the brakes are fantastic, if he were to do some research, he would find that the WRX stops just as quick as the STI. The only thing that will make you stop faster is better tires...Upgrading brakes is only really worth it on the track when heat dissipation matters. But, this is completely irrelevant to this thread, so carry on...
2016 WRX with those crappy brakes stops sooner from 60-0mph than a 2016 STI with those amazing Brembos.

http://www.motortrend.com/news/2015-...ti-first-test/

But as you said, on the track, brake fade is actually a thing, if you are experiencing brake fade on the street? Might be a problem retaining your license long term...Might also venture a guess that your engine is gonna be beat down by your 100k milestone.

Now you can still improve the brakes, but tires might be a better first step, or maybe figure out if your typical driving scenario on the street really needs better brakes than what a stock WRX already delivers, 'cause they certainly don't suck.

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Old 03-16-2016, 10:38 AM   #14
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brake fade absolutely does apply to street driving and you don't have to be driving like a maniac to experience it.
depends where you live I guess, but if you are on back country roads that twist and turn up and down you can get your brakes wicked hot fast

That's part of it, the other is that those big painted calipers just barely clearing the wheels look cool
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:51 AM   #15
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brake fade absolutely does apply to street driving and you don't have to be driving like a maniac to experience it.
depends where you live I guess, but if you are on back country roads that twist and turn up and down you can get your brakes wicked hot fast

That's part of it, the other is that those big painted calipers just barely clearing the wheels look cool
Sure, if my daily commute was in the Berkshires, I could expect brake fade, but in general, most people don't have a daily commute thru the mountains.

I will venture to guess that most drive stop light to stop light, and brake fade isn't really a major issue.

Yes, Brembos look cool, no, for most people, they don't experience brake fade as an issue except in their cool daydreams about their ideal daily drive (the kind of daily drive they show in Subaru commercials, not their actual daily drive).
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:00 AM   #16
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im interested to see if a FA20 motor will last a 100k. so I plan on staying stock until the motor craps. if it holds up good. if not, then ill rebuild and go stage 1 and that's it engine wise. looking more to upgrade the crap brakes!
I'm in exactly the same boat. For the most part, I go very easy on the car as it's a daily driver so the power is satisfactory for that and I can't complain about the fuel economy. I did however recently get my car back with 10% leakage across all cylinders with 12,000 miles so I'm not exactly optimistic about the engine lasting very long. Just hope it doesn't ever leave me stranded.

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brake fade absolutely does apply to street driving and you don't have to be driving like a maniac to experience it.
depends where you live I guess, but if you are on back country roads that twist and turn up and down you can get your brakes wicked hot fast

That's part of it, the other is that those big painted calipers just barely clearing the wheels look cool
The WRX is slightly lighter than the STI so it really doesn't need huge brakes. I don't see many benefits from brembos for street driving. You can put the largest brakes on the smallest car and it won't matter if you have an idiot behind the wheel.

Only thing I wish the WRX had was the STI transmission. Can't say I notice a difference between electric and hydraulic steering like everyone else but the 6MT in the WRX is far inferior to the 6MT in the STI. LSD would be a nice addition too.
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:17 AM   #17
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2016 STI Limited with trunk lip:
Stock except for cosmetics: front lip spoiler, rear spats. But I MUST get the JDM fog light bezels, definitely a must have. Considering a pro tune with factory parts. Hard to push it to its limits on regular roads so I find it good so far.
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:25 AM   #18
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I kept my STI stock for approximately 6 months. Then I heard my buddy's '11 STI with a catback and a downpipe. Pretty much sealed my fate right then and there.
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:49 AM   #19
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TFLCar - Everything you wanted to know about the 2015 WRX

That video above is a rare find, an actual technical-oriented video with almost too much info on the WRX and the changes + features new for 2015.

It shows that Subaru spent a lot of money and invested a significant amount of engineering into the WRX. They did all of this while meeting many requirements. This car was designed and tested as a complex system of moving parts and electronics, and modding is the act of introducing unknown variables into this system. Basically it boils down to pay to play - if you can't / won't pay, don't play.

I'm at a point on my path as a car enthusiast where I won't pay to play, and would rather buy a faster car to begin with (and learn to be a faster driver) than to try and mod a cheaper car up.

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Old 03-16-2016, 11:54 AM   #20
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Sure, if my daily commute was in the Berkshires, I could expect brake fade, but in general, most people don't have a daily commute thru the mountains.

I will venture to guess that most drive stop light to stop light, and brake fade isn't really a major issue.

Yes, Brembos look cool, no, for most people, they don't experience brake fade as an issue except in their cool daydreams about their ideal daily drive (the kind of daily drive they show in Subaru commercials, not their actual daily drive).
your probably right on your assessment of most daily drives.
Personally mine consists of 35 miles daily of twisty back roads where hard 65mph braking is frequent. But honestly I'm sure the WRX braking is totally fine too, with maybe minor fade worst case.
I just love the look of big calipers that fit tight against a wheel and almost look like they are going to rub.
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Old 03-16-2016, 01:11 PM   #21
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Only doing convenience and slight personalization mods to mine.
The motor stays "as is."
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Old 03-16-2016, 04:57 PM   #22
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Staying bone stock here. I've had the wild GT30R turbocharged beast in my last one. The resale value will hold much better if you leave it like that. I did the three year financing on it and plan to keep it for at least 5 years. Its really enough car for a daily driver and very occasional track days in its stock form. Maybe with track wheels and tires.

I'm just waiting to see what if anything Subaru does with the motor. I imagine at best in the somewhat near future we'll see a direct injected version with maybe 20 more HP.
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Old 03-16-2016, 05:11 PM   #23
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My heavy modding:

Morimoto D2S projector refit with blacked out reflectors, LED Foglight bulbs, Custo Brake booster brace, Mishimoto catch can on the PCV side, badge overlays, and that's about it.

I plan on keeping it a while, light improvement over halogens is incredible with refit headlights, catch can is pulling lots of water vapory oil scum so I consider that a must do for valve maintenance.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:41 PM   #24
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Planning on picking one up this spring, Limited. Will stay pretty stock other than cosmetic things. Mudflaps, tint, maybe a lip kit. Will leave the engine pretty much alone, at least for a while. I've never had a warranty before and I'd rather not void it straight out of the gate.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:48 PM   #25
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Planning on keeping stock with one exception: getting an IAG AOS installed tomorrow (after walnut blast, of course). Just turned 30,000 miles, and read enough that minimizing carbon build-up should keep this DIT engine going strong.
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