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    tips for a new owner of a used/ modded wrx?

    first off i wana say im still pretty new to this site, so apologies if this is in the wrong place! but i recently bought a used, 02 wrx off of a buddies buddy for 2500 bucks. it had around 95K miles, and the body isn't the best, and theres little rust under the car. my friend said the turbo has been swapped with an STI one, and he has an FMI mounted on it, with a piss poor BOV off of ebay that i unplugged and capped the air line on. he clearly was never any good at electrical because everything in the car is hacked and sliced, and slowly but surely im tearing it down, and fixing what i can find. i took out his gauges, a turbo timer, and the stock turbo gauge because none of it worked and it was wired all wrong.. so question is really, after i fix that up, where should i start next? im going to fix a stuck caliper, and give it a tune up, but i don't know anything about this car, and i really don't know what he did to it in the amount of time that he had it. all i know that he was the original owner, and he was clearly terrible at electrical. this is my first subaru, and really my first turbocharged car, so any help to get started would much abliged

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    coolio, ill look into it!

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    Compression test, Check for Vacuum leaks, Tune-up, and what SD Said^.

    However, you're still not ready to drive. Install the stock BPV back onto the car and take off the BOV. The turbo upgrade from the previous owner also needs upgraded injectors, a tune, and a larger intercooler...at least. So make sure you have these things, and an upgraded fuel pump wouldn't be a bad idea. The FMIC is not recommended, I would just sell it and buy a STi TMIC, process west, spearco, or Grimmspeed TMIC. I bet it has an aftermarket intake as well, because I'm not sure how he could fit FMIC piping with the stock intake system still there. The intake will need to be tuned for also. But if you want, the stock intake system is more than capable, cheap, and readily available. You did the right thing taking the turbo timer off, it is pointless on turbo subarus.

    I'm assuming this thing has been tuned right? Post pictures and we can point out anything else that has been tampered or modified.

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    honestly, i dont know if its ever been tuned or not. i do want to put a stock intercooler back on because it seems like that front mount is pointless, especially since it looks tacky, and some of the tubing is bent.. thats a picture with all the tubing ran. id love to do away with all that and get that turbo cooled the right way (its a TD05 in case you were wondering). he ran an intake from the turbo to the filter with rubber hosing
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    bump!

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    Double bump

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