I finally pulled the trigger and put in an order for a cobb downpipe. Im finally gonna hit my goal of getting my 02 4eat wrx to stage 2.
The car has about 99k on the body and tranny and about 122k on the engine (old motor spun a bearing, had some other issues, and a mech suggested a new motor). The new (used) engine was rebuilt at around 110k miles. Everything on the car is stock at the moment, there are no aftermarket mods on it. What I am looking for are some tips and pretty much any advice that can be offered to keep this car running smooth.
In the coming weeks i plan on installing my grimmspeed uppipe, cobb downpipe, and flashing to an ots stage 2 cobb map. Ill be keeping the stock air box for now (although from what ive read i dont think the intake needs to be replaced anyhow). Later on when some money comes in ill seek help from clark tuning for a custom map to flash, but for now itll be cobb ots.
I also put in an order for goodridge stainless steel brake lines, also from what i read, this is a solid practical mod to improve brake response and reliability. Aside from that I have ordered the proper gaskets and donuts to replace while getting the up and down pipes installed. Ill be using the stock wrx catback (good idea? bad idea?) I didnt see the need to change catbacks. The sound would be great but ill keep an eye out in the classified I see awesome deals on used catbacks time and time again.
Are there any other "supporting mods" that need to be done after going stage 2? This is not a track car, I just wanted my daily to have a bit more power. Would there be any additional maintence steps for a stage 2 wrx (from what I read, it did not seem like there were additional steps)?
One other thing I just remembered, GAUGES! There are currently NO gauges installed on the car. I was thinking of adding some to help make troubleshooting any future problems easier. What gauges do you guys recommend? I planned on replacing the dash clock with a triple ati gauge pod. I was definitely going to add a boost gauge. I may add a wideband gauge since the cobb downpipe already has a bung for that sensor (thats obviously not the old reason ). I wasnt sure what the third should be. Any input on that would be great as well.