This is a discussion on thoughts about k&n typhoon intake within the Engine Modifications forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by Motoxdude6 ok then what are some semi-simple not outrageously expensive upgrades recommended before an intake? Start saving ...
well i can afford some stuff. i can do a CAI as soon as i get my tax refund its not to expensive 300 bucks aint that bad. short throws only about 100 so thats not to bad either. a hundred or 200 bucks here and there i can do. its just when something like the exhaust i want is $900 thats what sucks. since i have a kid and family i cant put my car first anymore like i did when i was younger.
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Current Car: 2014 Golf TDI
Previous Cars:2012 WRB WRX Hatch, 2004 RSX-S, 1998 Grand Prix GTP
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Like these guys said, save up for an access port. Nothing that increases performance can be done on the WRX or STi without a tune and the intake doesn't really do a lot for them other than make a bit more noise and mess with the MAF.
I put an Nameless axleback exhaust, a BOV (these guys hate them) and an AEM dry filter + removed the resonator. These are basically noise makers more than performance boosts, but I also bought a Cobb SR intake for when I decide to get an access port. I haven't purchased one yet because I've heard that it voids the warranty, as the dealerships can check on how many times the ECU has been flashed. (also something to consider). Good luck!
ok, so what im getting from all the info ive been reading and you guys have told me, to me it sounds like an uppipe would be a good first investment for me that is relatively cheap ($215) and is pretty simple and tuning is not needed quite yet? i know im going to need a protune the further i advance in mods, my first main goals is to get a few good things done that wont require a tune. anything that requires advanced tuning and what now i will be taking it to cobb plano, tx to get work done. along with trying not to spend an arm and a leg, i am very picky about high quality work and parts, especially if its going to be in a car i spent 25g on haha
From what I've read on the newer ones, the uppipe is really not a necessary mod until you get into changing turbos and such. On the older ones (<06), the reason the uppipe mod was done was to get rid of the catalytic converter, and increase turbo spool, no real performance gains on the newer ones though.
ahhhh ok gotcha. man, im so new to this its overwhelming sometimes. sp, not for first mod, but just wondering, how about aftermarket headers? i know headers are usually a pretty decent upgrade for cars/ trucks. i have thorly headers and flow masters on my 78' dodge power wagon. it sounds like a beast lol. anyways. so just some wish list shopping i made a list of stuff id like for my car, regardless if unnecessary, just ideas. no imparticular order
-COBB SF intake system
-COBB short throw shifter( w/ front/rear shifter bushings)
-COBB 3 port BCS
in all honesty id really prefer to just purchase an entire exhaust system, i particularly like the invidia q300 quad tip exhaust, and not just piece by piece, since cobb doesnt offer an entire exhaust system. like i said the only downpart to that is an entire exhasut system will run me probably $800+ but that is something i will get over time. we will just see how things pan out when i get my tax refund
I am in basically the same boat. I've done a lot of reading on what's recommended and what's not, but with the differences in years and WRX/STI there's a lot to know. And I don't have a bunch of green to throw at it one time either, so I have been piecing it together. I also need to keep it streetable and reliable, so that limits some of the options as well.
I haven't made a lot of mods to mine yet and I really haven seen or heard of too many people who have messed with the headers, unless they are getting into the really high output engines, mostly just the up/down pipes and back. These are definitely a lot different than a V-8, or even a na 4. I've done a lot of work on my bike, and this is a far different beast.
Please read the posted links. Headers have to be VERY carefully chosen for a turbo vehicle. Go too large on the primary diameter, and you will hurt spool considerably. That being said, a quality Equal Length Header is an excellent upgrade, but you will need to consider fueling upgrades long before this.
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I wouldn't get the k&n intake. I'd stick with the more supported brands AEM, perrin and Cobb. But that's not based on any facts just my personal preference. And I agree with T0rque. If a quality intake isn't what you consider inexpensive. Then don't mod your wrx....
EDIT: I just read through page 2 of this thread...........facepalm indeed
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yea im gunna stick with cobb as much as possible. i know they arent the cheapest, but paying for quality is always worth it. and they are not even that expensive for some parts. my main concern is just reliability and stability. while getting more power of the car if it means get it all done by professionals
and besides there is a cobb tuning like 5 hours from where i live and thats not to far