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    That heat shield is one of the most popular ones. It looks great, prevents heat soak well, and is easy to install. I have it on my car and... cant give it enough praise.

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    You're smart to do so. After a few cbe experiments I ended up with a 3" setup that mates to the spt muffler for the 08-10. Its a little deeper than factory but very very quiet and flows enough to support my hp needs/desires. The dp/tune is the best bang for buck out there. You'll be very pleased with the outcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FMS View Post
    I am sure you have probably seen this but it may help you out:
    DIY Stage 2+ (Downpipe, Uppipe, TMIC, EBCS, Ram Intake, Wastegate Blockoff, EWG)

    I find the downpipe to be so simple. An hour of time and you should be solid.
    I have read that actually. It did seem easy for you but I'm sure you're 100% more mechanically inclined than I am haha. Do I need all those other items for stage 2? I thought that all I needed would be a downpipe. Or are they to ensure that the car runs safely on stage 2? Sorry if you already mentioned and I missed it - it's a pretty long and comprehensive write-up you did haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hung_Wei_Lo View Post
    I have read that actually. It did seem easy for you but I'm sure you're 100% more mechanically inclined than I am haha. Do I need all those other items for stage 2? I thought that all I needed would be a downpipe. Or are they to ensure that the car runs safely on stage 2? Sorry if you already mentioned and I missed it - it's a pretty long and comprehensive write-up you did haha.
    The extra parts are strictly support mods.
    EWG - solved an overboost problem we were having.
    TMIC - cracked the OEM one on a 3rd gear WOT pull.
    EBCS - helps regulate wastegate control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FMS View Post
    The extra parts are strictly support mods.
    EWG - solved an overboost problem we were having.
    TMIC - cracked the OEM one on a 3rd gear WOT pull.
    EBCS - helps regulate wastegate control.
    I hope I don't run in that issue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hung_Wei_Lo View Post
    I hope I don't run in that issue!
    You shouldn't
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    It's not that bad at all. Just take your time and don't stress...

    ...although it did take Mikie over a year to install his dp...
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    Quote Originally Posted by xFalleNx View Post
    It's not that bad at all. Just take your time and don't stress...

    ...although it did take Mikie over a year to install his dp...

    hahahaha
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    Was reviewing this thread as I'm half way through my downpipe install on my '13 WRX; a friend is coming by tomorrow morning to help supervise me under the car. Removed the factory heatshield and loosen the 5 turbo to downpipe bolts all the while leaving the TMIC connected . The breaker bar with a swivel head makes the tight area easier to get too. Want to keep all the stock parts intact so I can convert back to stock when I sell it next summer, so I'm installing a couple add-ons for this project. Using a Cobb downpipe (nice quality), Perrin thermal downpipe blanket, PTP thermal turbo blanket, and Perrin heatshield. Both the heatshield and turbo blanket might be an overkill but I figure the more heat I can keep away from the TMIC and in the turbo will work better.

    The setup is a simple Stage 2 with AEM intake, Torque Performance map(s), Cobb AccessPort, Cobb downpipe, and factory CBE for now. Want to see how quiet the factory CBE is with the new downpipe and stage 2 installed before deciding on an axle back upgrade. Again, this is a simple one year of fun project then revert back to stock and sell in 2014. I love my WRX and happy with it, more so than my BMW 335i with a Dinan Stage 2 I had a couple years ago. Next year's project looks like it will be the new Corvette Stingray; just love tinkering with cars and bikes and then moving on to another fun project; just like dating

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