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    hey all my name is matt and i finally got a subie. its an 03 wrx wagon, and im lovin it so far. basically its stock right now and im looking to upgrade little by little as i learn. since i live in alaska i feel i should go more rally than street performance due to snow banks and such lol. any ideas on were to start? im thinking skidplates for protection but really not sure what else i should do, or where to go with the engine mods as of yet but wanna do something (intake, recirculating bov?) thanks for the help.

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    Welcome!

    When you say rally... I'm assuming you're not speaking of doing a legitimate rally car. You're just saying you don't want to drop the car lower, and add high performance tires, right?


    Well... Don't worry about a Recirculating BOV... you have one stock. (RBV = Recirculating Bypass Valve = Same as RBOV). If you want to be able to hear it, get a K&N or SPT Short Ram Intake, and it'll sound like you have a Blow Off Valve.

    Get a short ram intake (SRI), most CAIs (cold air intakes) cause MAF readings to be off because of a swirling effect, or the MAF tube isn't exactly right.

    If you're just wanting a bit more performance than stock... get a Turbo Back Exhaust and some form of Engine Management. You'll feel like you have a new car!

    Since you have an 03... the very first modification you absolutely should do... is a cat-less up pipe. It's possible for the catalyst element in the catalytic converter to fragment, and destroy the turbo. I have seen this happen first hand on a stock turbo.

    Any questions about this stuff, feel free to IM/PM me, or ask on the boards!

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    I don't know if Alaska has it, but in Washington, there's the "Northwest Package." They put something (I don't know the material), under your car, to prevent deterioration from salt.

    Other than that, you might want to invest in awesome tires, first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Organ Donor View Post
    I don't know if Alaska has it, but in Washington, there's the "Northwest Package." They put something (I don't know the material), under your car, to prevent deterioration from salt.

    Other than that, you might want to invest in awesome tires, first.
    It's just an anti-corrosive/anti-oxidation undercoating / AKA Rust Proofing. Sounds like they put a catchy nick-name on it at your dealership.

    Tires is a good plan... but since Matt's afraid of the snow... then either he needs a great set of all seasons, or 2 sets of tires.. summers / blizzaks. Which is very costly.
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    thanks guys and nice pic sinister i love some AB ale, its hard to find up here though

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattman1383 View Post
    thanks guys and nice pic sinister i love some AB ale, its hard to find up here though
    Haha.. I'm sure it is! I have a hard enough time finding it in colorado.

    Your Alaskan IPA is freakin good though!
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    lol yeh it is the whites even better

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattman1383 View Post
    lol yeh it is the whites even better
    I think that's the seasonal IPA for the winter, right?

    I had it at our Old Chicago's when they had the winter beer tour going. Pretty good.
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    right on

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