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    Thumbs up Another new '08 WRX owner

    Happy to join the fold. I bought about a week ago after shopping for 2 months. I have been driving Eclipses until this car (actually still have my last eclipse...was not getting great trade money so why not keep it?)

    Looked at a couple new '07 STis that were still around but went with the new one instead (could not take the wing and I actually like the newer style). I used to race (National Karting and Barber Dodge) but went back to school so this is as close as I get now...however I am not a mechanic ...so was wondering what mods are easy and do the most...

    Just looking at the new car, it "looks" to me like it could take 18 x 8 wheels with no changes.

    I am interested in any advice there might be to uprgrade the power etc...keeping in mind that I have never modified a car before

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    Quote Originally Posted by D0WNxSH1FT View Post
    Welcome! Be sure to post pics.
    thanks all,

    I will post pictures as soon as I get all the goodies I ordered....mesh grill etc.

    I want to change the wheels next. do you think the 18's will work without changing anything else?

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    welcome to the club
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmi View Post
    I want to change the wheels next. do you think the 18's will work without changing anything else?
    These are 18x8 w/ 225/40/18's on them. Nothing has been done to the suspension or anything.


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    Quote Originally Posted by siriusu View Post
    welcome to the club
    i wanna see the pic
    Actually, it looks like we will have very similar vehicles. Mine I also have a white w/premium package...the dealer is kind of pissing me off though as I paid for everything and then arranged to pick it up and am still waiting

    actually I see you have a 02 eclipse...I kept my O1 GT...surprisingly, it was my wife's suggestion!! What a great girl! Once I catch the modification bug, she may feel differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D0WNxSH1FT View Post
    These are 18x8 w/ 225/40/18's on them. Nothing has been done to the suspension or anything.



    A couple of questions...First, what brand are those and do they come in silver? and second, if they take the 18x8s so well, could you just not get the STi's 18x8.5 and bolt them on

    do you have any fender or suspension rub when cornering hard or going over bumps (or both)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmi View Post
    A couple of questions...First, what brand are those and do they come in silver? and second, if they take the 18x8s so well, could you just not get the STi's 18x8.5 and bolt them on

    do you have any fender or suspension rub when cornering hard or going over bumps (or both)?
    1) Rota P45F's, they come in many colors. www.subydude.com
    2) 2005 through 2008 STI bolt pattern is 5x114.3 the WRX is 5x100 wont fit.
    2a) 2004 STI rims *WILL* fit
    3) No fender or suspension rub
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmi View Post
    Actually, it looks like we will have very similar vehicles. Mine I also have a white w/premium package...the dealer is kind of pissing me off though as I paid for everything and then arranged to pick it up and am still waiting

    actually I see you have a 02 eclipse...I kept my O1 GT...surprisingly, it was my wife's suggestion!! What a great girl! Once I catch the modification bug, she may feel differently.
    im thinking about getting Enkei RSVs 18s with bronze
    and im getting AP stage 2 end of february
    hope that will make some differences
    cuz i heard 08 maps are crap
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    Quote Originally Posted by D0WNxSH1FT View Post
    1) Rota P45F's, they come in many colors. www.subydude.com
    2) 2005 through 2008 STI bolt pattern is 5x114.3 the WRX is 5x100 wont fit.
    2a) 2004 STI rims *WILL* fit
    3) No fender or suspension rub
    Cool....I will check the site out. Looks like you would notice the difference in performance in the corners (not that the current wheels are bad...I will likely keep them and put snow tires on them).
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    Quote Originally Posted by siriusu View Post
    im thinking about getting Enkei RSVs 18s with bronze
    and im getting AP stage 2 end of february
    hope that will make some differences
    cuz i heard 08 maps are crap

    Have to admit...I have not wrapped my head around the mods yet. What is in the APstage 2? Who do you get to do the work? and does it kill the warranty? Guessing this has been covered in the links that others have posted but I have not been able to go through all of them yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmi View Post
    Cool....I will check the site out. Looks like you would notice the difference in performance in the corners (not that the current wheels are bad...I will likely keep them and put snow tires on them).
    Yea i put snow tires on my stock rims and then I got a bubble in one so i had to swap quick.
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