Hello all. I'm introducing myself. I've owned my WRX wagon for quite a while, but haven't been a member here, nor have I modded anything on it. Uh, I think it's a 2003 - last year of the bugeyes, whatever that was. But it sits in the garage a lot and doesn't get used much. Maybe 5K miles a year. Anyway, I figure it's old enough that now I don't mind modding it. Somehow it bothers me to muck around with a brand new car, but if it's older I don't mind as much.
I don't intend to do any engine mods; it's fast enough for me, and I prefer reliability and dependability over a few 10ths of a second here and there. But I am looking at suspension/wheel/tire/brake mods, since the stock tires are getting thin and should be replaced soon anyway.
From my bit of reading (yep, read the FAQ), it looks like I'll go with 22mm adjustable anti-roll bars front and back, and aftermarket links. Probably keep the stock springs, since the car does need to be used on occasion for highway duty and hauling. Maybe new struts; haven't decided on that one. When I had my Civic Si, I was happy with Tokicos, but I don't know if there's something better for the WRX.
I haven't seen any vendors selling hollow anti-roll bars. The ones I've seen (whiteline, etc.) were all solids. Any recommendations there, or is it a case of 22mm is 22mm, and they're all the same, so why pay for hollows? I am 50 years old, which in my book is way too old to be driving a car that looks like it belongs to my grandson, so generally I will keep it looking stock.
Is the STi Brembo front brake caliper worth it? I see them for about $600 on e-bay, but frankly I haven't run out of brakes and I have driven it pretty hard on a few occasions.
Anyway, I wanted to say hello, say thanks for the site (since it's been useful already), and say that I'm in the DC and WV area if anybody needs assistance with wrenching (I'm not bad in that area).