This is a discussion on Ok big decision and need input please... within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Originally Posted by idipskoalmint A WRX would be a downgrade from a stock 350Z, let alone a modded one. no ...
Ok question then. I know that you guys have said that the 08 is pretty soft and that the 09 would be a better choice. What if I were to upgrade the 08? I know what Big Sky has said about the autox classes and I want to compete with the big boys really. I want to really push myself. I like the competetion. I don't mind losing at all. I just like the fun and the learning of pushing myself. So my question is if I were to purchase the 08wrx what mods could I do to it to improve it to be more competetive? Turbo upgrade? Suspension? And also since this is the only year the wrx is this way apparently, since the 07s and the 09s seem to differ from the 08 so much, is there going to be a large aftermarket support for the 08?
I think you just answered your own question.
Blob Eye Syndicate #1000
you can certainly upgrade the 08 to be competitive (even out compete) the 09- the problem is classing
both Stock and ST classes don't allow turbo swaps
if you really want to tinker and have the $, SP (specifically ESP) would allow such changes (under the backdate/update rules)
as far as I know the 08 has the same fuel pump/injectors and intercooler- a reflash and a 09 turbo should put you on par w/ the 09 as far as power goes (exhaust is free in SP so you'd go aftermarket there)
suspension wise, SP is pretty free- so you would go aftermarket there as well, making the 09 suspension upgrades a moot point
again this only pertains to SP class
also consider warranty as well- swapping the turbo (even though it is the 09 Subaru turbo) would almost certainly void the warranty in relation to anything to do w/ the engine
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