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    new to the tuning world...need help


    I recently purchased a 2002 Impreza WRX sedan and I need some advice. I bought the car because I know they can be VERY fun but also because I live where we get a lot of snow and my rear wheel drive car doesn't do well in it.

    Basically I need to know if I need to tune my car if I just add and Up pipe. I did a little research and I thought I read that the stock one has a catalytic converter and sometimes they ruin the turbo. I am completely stock and I want to upgrade the car power wise down the road but right now I need to get through the winter. I have never owned a car with a turbo until this (Im only 23).

    I tried to search this info but I wanted to get a for sure answer because most of the things I read were being done to cars with performance parts. My car is a 2002, 90k miles and is an automatic ( I know, i know, should have got a manual) but for the price and miles I couldn't pass this one up.

    I am sorry if this has been asked a million times; please feel free to correct me if I am completely incorrect as I am new to all of this.

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    Hates Earth with the power of 1000 Suns RayfieldsWRX's Avatar
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    You should be fine with the stock tune, for just an uppipe. If you go down the downpipe path (where you start to see real gains), you'll need to think about at least an OTS (off the shelf) tune, to keep the car happy.
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    If you're in an area where you get snow/ice in the winter, invest in some snow/winter tires. Had a set of Blizzaks on my '02 WRX for 3 years in southwest Michigan and it walked through 8" of snow better than many of the 4wd trucks. Snow tires turn a WRX into a real road warrior in the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WRX Joker View Post
    Basically I need to know if I need to tune my car if I just add and Up pipe.
    No. You will get a CEL that you can address with a resistor. Search here for resistor CEL fix for more info.
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    Like others have said stock tune is totally fine but make sure to get a new set of rubber for the winter. With that said though, hello and welcome and congratulations on the new ride! If you plan to get tuned start with a custom "Stage 1" tune and then see from there if you want anything more!
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    thanks for all the help! I am going to get a new set of tires asap.

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