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    Hello all, my name is Jim or cityside75 on the boards. I'm from Carol Stream, IL located outside of Chicago. I just picked up an 02 black wagon with 45k on it, and I absolutely love it. Of course, the performance is great but i also have two kids, and the car is so practical for us it's just ridiculous. My practical father thought I made a great choice, while my performance-loving buddies are amazed by it too. It doesn't happen often that those two factions see eye to eye

    I also have an 88 Supercharged MR2, that is currently being stored for the winter. I'm keeping that car near-mint for my kids to love like I do someday, it has 66,000 original miles on it, and currently gets about 1,000 a year on nice days when I can take the T-tops off. I've made a few minor modifications to it, including a revised intake and a HKS Supercharger Pulley upgrade, along with the MK3 Spyder wheels.

    Thanks to the board, I've already learned a lot about my car. I do have a question though...on the MR2, the intake was an easy choice for the first mod for the car, but I don't hear much about intake mods here. Is the stock system pretty good, or do a lot of people go with a cone filter or something similar?

    Also, I'm slightly intrigued by the pre-turbo cat removal mod that seems so popular, but will my car fail emissions without it?

    Thanks for the info, and for the board!

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    Welcome to the club, it's great to see another one from the Chicago area!

    The stock intake system is definitely they way to go, although alot of people opt for a K&N filter. Also, the up-pipe cat delete would be a great first mod. You'll get some hp but mostly the biggest difference is that the turbo spools around 500rpms sooner. As far as my understanding, you won't fail emmisions with out the up-pipe cat, because it's really only working while the car is warming up.

    Pics of the wagon? the MR2?
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    welcome to the club, we usually meet out in glendale heights on thursdays if you're interested in making it to a meet. If you want more information PM me.

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    Welcome to the club.

    Ditch the intake and buy an uppipe. You should feel a significant difference.

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    before looking to buy an uppipe verify that yours doesn't already have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH
    before looking to buy an uppipe verify that yours doesn't already have one.
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    Thanks for the replies. I'm going to do a little more research to determine if my uppipe's been done, although I doubt it since the rest of the car is totally stock. I'm still not sure if I'm going to make any mods to the car because it has to serve as a reliable family cruiser as well, but who knows.

    How difficult is the uppipe mod to do? I know my way around a car pretty well, and do all my own work on my other cars. I have a pretty good tool collection at this point too.

    As far as pics, the dealer is going to be removing a few dings and scratches next week, so I'll post some pics of the WRX once she's prettied up. I'll find pics of the MR2 and post them soon.

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    Well there's no 100% definate way to see if the uppipes been modded as whoever did it could have pulled the stock one, gutted it and put it back in. YOu can't tell that from the outside.


    Your uppipe goes from your header to the turbo, with the intake box removed you should be able to see it, or looking up from onder the car you should be able to see it. Two things I would look for would be 1.) if it's shiny & or has no heatshields 2.) if the EGT sensor that's in most of them has been removed. I don't think you'll be able to see the EGT sensors placement with it installed, so you may have to look for where the sensor would plug in.
    Remove the little plastic cover next to the passenger side strut. Look for a wire with heat sheilding on it running towards where the uppipe is. It's been a few years since I was dealing with that, this cable may be inside some type of plastic covering as well.

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