Hi all, my first post here in clubwrx.net. I'm a Honda guy, so this is all relatively new to me, but I have been lurking around for quite some time regarding information about STi's. I'm looking into getting an 04 or 05 STi sometime by the end of this year and figured it would be the right time to join clubwrx forums. Learned that BOV's make you run rich in between shifts and that intakes usually make you lose power, so heh, no looking into upgrading any of that. ButI still have a few questions if you guys would be so kind to answer as my search brings up info mostly on regular WRX's.
1.) I've learned that the stock turbo for the STi is good up to 300 or so whp and is relatively simple and cheap if I were to go with Cobb's Stage 2 Accessport and TBE, but I'm wondering is how much power can the EJ25 handle safely on a stock block?
2.) Looking at Cobb's Stage 2 dynograph, it looks nice, but I'm wondering if tuning will be involved in order to achieve 300whp or so with it?
3.) How expensive would it be to upgrade the STi's pea shooter for a larger snail?
4.) Is it really expensive to maintain STi's? Aside from premium fuel and synthetic oil changes, is there anything in particular that I will have to be aware of?
5.) And finally, to those who own STi's, what are some things you guys dislike about the STi?