Greetings Fellow Subaru drivers!
I am currently in the stages of purchasing a few upgrades for my 2011 WRX. So far, in terms of research this is what I am looking at
Invidia Catless Divorced Wastegate Downpipe - $295
Cobb Short Ram SF intake - $195
Cobb Short Ram SF intake housing box - $85
Cobb Access Port - $500-$600
Custom Tune - $300-$500
In total I am looking at spending about $1600 plus and minus $300 for shipping and install cost. However I know friends that work at Subaru and wouldn't charge me install, and the only thing I need installed is the downpipe as I can do everything else.
So the question I have is just what opinions everyone has on these parts. What I am looking for, is mods that will increase my WHP and Torque without a dramatic increase in sound and fuel consumption (although saving gas would be even better). Talking with my mechanic, these are the upgrades he suggested minus the AP. The Short Ram would increase airflow, and the Downpipe as well, and with a decent tune should bring me on STI levels of power while saving gas (he claims). I've looked at different brands for the downpipe and I know a lot exist and Invidia seems the best so far, unless someone can suggest otherwise. Cobb SF intake has been on my list for a long time now, and it is less expensive the K&N intake. I want a custom tune because I live in Canada and while I know it is easy to grab a map online, most of the maps are for places in the US and my Subaru mechanic friend mentioned that a lot of people end up grabbing tunes that don't work for their cars in Canada (due to land elevation and etc) and end up damaging the car instead. Originally my mechanic suggested I just get a custom tune and be done with as he says that even a custom tune on stock parts would increase power and save on fuel consumption. But I want more, then a friend suggested the idea of an AP but not for setting maps but for having multiple maps to store after the custom tune. One for winter street driving with less power better on gas, Summer street, more power but still good gas consumption, and one for track, for maximum power sacrificing some gas.
So what do you guys think? Suggestions? Opinions? I am open to anything. As I don't plan to do a lot of track, every day driving is my main concern, and any of my fellow Canadians will tell you winters here in Canada can be very rough. So I want don't want to spend anymore then the list, I don't want my car to sound loud, I want it to be effectively a sleeper, and I am focused on saving gas as well as increasing engine power.
To clarify, my two friends, One is a subaru mechanic, the other has owned his own shop for 10 years and been working on Subaru cars for over 6 years, he is a huge subie fan and knows them inside and out and alot of his customers are Subaru owners as well.
thanks for the help guys!