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This is a discussion on First mod within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; I'm wanting to order an intake as an easy first mod. I was wondering which one yall would recommend that ...

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    First mod

    I'm wanting to order an intake as an easy first mod.

    I was wondering which one yall would recommend that won't mess with MAF readings and such.

    And yes I am getting a tune when I get one.


    I want cold air, not short ram.

    Suggestions?

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    what year car? If it's pre 06, I would recommend a catless UP before doing an intake.

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    It's an 04.

    How much is a good catless uppipe?


    I've been doing a bit of research and it looks like APS makes an awesome intake though.

    I just want to do something fairly inexpensive.

    I'm not looking for power gains really just something to help it breathe better

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    Quote Originally Posted by suburaaron View Post
    I'm not looking for power gains really just something to help it breathe better
    So why do you want your engine to breathe better if you don't want any power gains? And why are you going to get a tune then?

    Please use the search and read up on intakes, and also on the mod path for these cars in general (i.e. when to get a tune and when it's unnecessary). Then please come back with your questions.
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    Just get a dp and some engine management...you'll be much much happier...seriously
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    The stock intake is fine, leave it alone until you do some other upgrades, such as uppipe and downpipe. But your first thing should be engine management. RomRaider - Open Source ECU Tools | RomRaider / Rom Raider - you can read about open source tuning here. This is currently what most consider the *best* option available as it has been widely embraced by many (including myself).

    Perrin's uppipe is $185 on Perrins site - if you PM a few vendors on this site they may offer you a better deal. Stainless Steel brake lines, high temp fluid, and slotted rotors will also go a long way in improving both braking performance and feel. Drivetrain slop can be remedied with upgraded (read: stiffer) mounts, but in cabin noise will increase noticeably. A Rear anti-sway bar and upgraded rear endlinks will help cut down on body roll.

    That should be plenty to get you started. I'd strongly suggest you start reading and researching before you do anything. But the uppipe and the open source tuning should be a given.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suburaaron View Post
    It's an 04.

    How much is a good catless uppipe?


    I've been doing a bit of research and it looks like APS makes an awesome intake though.

    I just want to do something fairly inexpensive.

    I'm not looking for power gains really just something to help it breathe better
    In that case, you will see better gains from a gutted UP. I put a gutted stock UP on mine...bought it for $40 bucks. Throttle response was increased, as well as quicker spool. Even without a tune, I could instantly tell a difference have installing it.

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    also, +1 on getting a DP and an OS tune. You could do pretty cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    So why do you want your engine to breathe better if you don't want any power gains? And why are you going to get a tune then?

    Please use the search and read up on intakes, and also on the mod path for these cars in general (i.e. when to get a tune and when it's unnecessary). Then please come back with your questions.

    I'm not a n00b. I've been a member of this forum and have been researching these cars for almost a year now. I only got mine 2 weeks ago.

    That being said you don't have to give me the "use the search button" speil.


    I know most people stay away from intakes but seeing as though i have a car and insurance payment it's hard for me to save up a lot of money for Cobb Accessport and other high cost mods.

    So with that being said (and me being tight on money) i think i'll go with open source because it's cheaper and i'll look into getting an uppipe.

    I still would like more info. on the perks of getting an uppipe

    Persuade me.

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    And also...

    You can't really use the search button to find out what the best first mods are because everyone has there own opinions. As you can tell by everyone who responded to my thread has had a different suggestion.


    I really would like more input like Wc25rs. I want to know what you think about a particular mod and how your car responded.

    Please don't tell me to research and use the search button.

    because that's all i did for the 10 months before I finally got a WRX

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micah View Post
    Perrin's uppipe is $185 on Perrins site

    It's $200 off of Perrin's site

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    Get a hold of maperformance and see what kind of deal you can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suburaaron View Post
    It's $200 off of Perrin's site
    https://www.precisiontuning.com/store/home.php?cat=90

    It's $179.99 from here.
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    i know how you feel about saving money to buy parts. i know bcus i waited almost a year to get some simple mods on my infiniti. but i think you should just save up and get a tbe and tune and be happy.

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    Not trying to be a ****...but if you've researched as extensively as you say then why the hell would you get a useless mod that won't do anything until you've dumped big $$$ into your car first?

    Why not choose an already proven first mod?

    Just saying it doesn't really make much sense...but it's your car and your money...it's just really easy to put a lot of money into this car so why not put it where it's going to do the most. We really don't need to persuade you...it's either common sense or personal choice...but either way it's up to you.
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