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Old 09-29-2003, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default New WRX owner, looking for suggestions

I've had a hard on for these cars since they hit US soil 2 years ago. I couldnt afford one new so I waited 2 painful years until now. I picked up a used silver 02 with 11k on the clock. I got it for a little over 19k.

My question is, what do I do now to squeeze a little extra out of her? I know I'm getting a turbo timer and a K&N drop in but after that i need some help. Which timer would you guys recommend? Also I love the sound BOV's make but I've heard some people say they actually hurt perfomance on the WRX since I guess the car comes with a diverter valve from the factory.

What about exhaust systems? I like the dual outlet look. Who makes a kit that flows but sounds close to stock and as far away from a fartcan on a civic as possible. What about an up-pipe. Ive heard alot of things about them not fitting properly and causing the exhuast to move and hit things making noise.

Sorry for the barage of questions but im excited to get this sucker breathing better.
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Old 09-29-2003, 01:29 AM   #2
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Skip the turbo timer. Not required on the WRX. BOV's are also not needed.

Common mods are an ECU reflash (www.cobbtuning.com, www.vishnutuning.com), and exhaust mods.

It's nearly impossible to make a subie sound like a civic. Vishnu makes a stock looking twin tip, but it's pricey. Search around and you'll find many options...MRT, M2, Stromung, etc.

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Old 09-29-2003, 02:06 AM   #3
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Depending on what you'd like to spend there's alot of things to make it breathe much better. Free mods are the silencer removal (removes some intake restriction and lets you hear the turbo) and gutting your up-pipe (removes exhaust restriction into the turbine side of the turbo). I did the silencer removal myself (well worth it) but the gutting thing scared me a little - so I got an up-pipe and catback exhaust. It was spendy but WELL worth it....installing it myself helped me to understand the layout of things too. However, if you're not into "tinkering" too much, there's a few companies out there that make stage kits that'll help avoid the big task of retuning between mods. Try Vishnu, TurboXS, Cobb Tuning, SPO Motorsports......lotsa stuff to choose from. Enjoy!

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Old 09-29-2003, 02:28 AM   #4
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Gauges, gauges gauges. Get an uppipe. The car will spool soooooooooo much quicker. cost 139 up to almost 300 depending on what brand. Get some gauges so you know what your engine is doing. Did I mention getting gauges? Downpipe. Gauges, gauges and more gauges.
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Old 09-29-2003, 07:29 AM   #5
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here is a free mod remove the snorkler out of the right fender well and get a drop in filter. an intake is not needed. unless you want to waist money on one. also gauges are a important vital it lets you know how much boost how hot the or how rich you are running. next is engine management get this and you are one step closer to be putting those V8's to shame. and then after that just have fun with it. another good web site great prices. www.thewrxstore.com
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Old 09-29-2003, 09:25 AM   #6
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Up pipe, downpipe, and an ECU reflash. Soon as the local tuner gets setup I will be doing the Cobb Stage One reflash, and I have read nothing but good things about it. Best bang for the buck at $400.
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Old 09-29-2003, 09:45 AM   #7
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Default Re: mods

Originally posted by subbie_rs2.5
get a drop in filter.
shiv's dyno (Vishnu ) shows no change between a drop in filter and the stock filter

didn't know if you knew that, but an FYI for those that didn't

speed safely

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Old 09-29-2003, 03:33 PM   #8
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I have the Stromung dual tip. It gives it a nice throaty purr. Not super loud, but you know when you get on it. The snorkle removal is an excellant free mod. You will be able to hear the turbo and recirc valve, untill you get the exhaust.

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Old 09-29-2003, 07:24 PM   #9
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forget the timer and intake save your money for an uppipe, catback and reflash. this will give you miles of smiles
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