Hello Subaru veterans
A true n00b here - I'm looking for some advice on lightly modding my first Scooby, a 2009 WRX Premium Sedan that I bought about a month ago, pictured here
Not sure if this forum is the correct place, but I couldn't find anything better. Please feel free to move this/point me in the right direction.
I would like to update ya'll on my progress as I add parts, I just wanted to get your opinions first on what I should and shouldn't do so I don't go off strapping a bunch of random parts on my car and ruining it.
This is not a daily driver. Well, it sort of is. It's my main mode of transportation, but I only drive maybe 2-3 times a week and mostly it's for fun
My goals are:
I want this car to be fun to drive, visually striking/sounding, and not liable to explode/suffer massive damage that will hurt my wallet every 2 months.
I don't want to go too hard into modding the engine, suspension, etc. Mostly aesthetic stuff, maybe a cat back exhaust (SoCal represent), an intake, a tune, things like that.
This is what I'm thinking in terms of my first few mods, let me know what you think!
I wanted Cobb, but sadly they only make their catback for the Hatch version of the '09 WRX, which I've been told is not compatible with the sedan.
I'm looking at Invidia, Perrin, and Borla. I want it to be loud on the top end but not too crazy at idle, with a nice low rumble and as little rasp as I can get.
This is the first mod I'd like to do, the stock exhaust is so underwhelming....
Pretty much set on doing Cobb because I think their shifter knobs look tight, but I'm open to maybe getting a different SSK and just getting the Cobb knob (lol @ CobbKnob)
Considering going with an AccessPort, but I really think for my purposes I don't need the ability to change my tuning setup on the fly. Would a custom tune be a good idea?
I like the idea of getting a few extra horses out of this beast but I don't want to go crazy with upgrading the turbo and all that mess.
Cold Air Intake
Haven't looked too much into this, even though I know it is important and a very basic mod. Suggestions here would be appreciated; should I do this before exhaust and other things?
Maybe a splitter, side skirts? Haven't looked into this too much, it's not a priority for me and I'm not even sure that it's practical for my purposes.
Any general advice I should follow? Recommendations for places to get them done around LA? I haven't looked too much into this
Any other suggestions for parts that I should do before/in concert with the ones I mentioned are much appreciated!
I don't have enough $$ to do them all at once, but I want to do this right and not cheap out on anything, so I'm willing to take a pickaxe to my wallet and pony up for the next year or so to really get this car to the place that I want it.
Please don't hate on me, I'm just a poor newbie soliciting advice from the guys who really know what they're doing!