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    8 years

    It was 8 years ago, I was in my senior year in high school and my dad took me car shopping... To make a long story short, I convinced him into buying a blue wrx wagon.
    So eight years and 75k miles later I finally convinced him it's my turn. Well actually I introduced him to the sti engine in the forrester xt.
    So I'm selling my Hyundai Elantra (thank god) and buying the wrx from him!
    I'm writing this because I can't leave anything alone and I want to find the best performance upgrade for the money.
    Where should I start?
    I have a downpipe I got for my dad for fathers day (he never installed it). Other than that it's bone stock with 75k miles and driven moderately. There has been no major services done. I'm thinking of starting with new spark plugs and maybe some upgraded fuel injectors? What do you guys think?

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    First: pictures.

    Shortly after that: UPPIPE! This MUST be your first mod - otherwise the cat will break your turbo... no fun.

    From there, I'd suggest you install the downpipe and get a tune - you'll be at stage 2.

    Beyond that, the first thing's I'd suggest (besides regular maintenance, ofc) are handling mods - upgrade the brakes, brake lines, put in a strut brace, better sway bars, etc.

    The point of a subaru is, anyone can go fast, but you can go fast while turning... in dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poly_poly-man View Post
    The point of a subaru is, anyone can go fast, but you can go fast while turning... in dirt.
    ... and snow.

    Thanks for the info. Do you think I should do the full exhaust? I might as well at least do exhaust manifolds while I'm there, right? Then what about intake? Won't the turbo be starving for air? Then after all that I'm out of money maybe I should just hold off on engine mods and work on the suspension. (that way my wife won't know what I'm doing hehehe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02wag View Post
    ... and snow.

    Thanks for the info. Do you think I should do the full exhaust? I might as well at least do exhaust manifolds while I'm there, right? Then what about intake? Won't the turbo be starving for air? Then after all that I'm out of money maybe I should just hold off on engine mods and work on the suspension. (that way my wife won't know what I'm doing hehehe)
    PLEASE read the unabomber manifesto - at least the important parts (on nasioc).

    Full exhaust would not be bad - it's mostly a matter of sound, rather than performance past the dp, but yeah, a TBE wouldn't be bad (I misspoke before - technically stage 2 is TBE + tune). The pre-turbo stuff (headers, etc.) will be hard to install, and you don't get a benefit from installing it at the same time. I'd say wait until you get more power to do that, it's not too necessary until that.

    Do NOT do an intake, without first making sure you're getting a tune AT THE SAME TIME AS INSTALL. Without a tune, an intake hurts performance and will cause engine trouble. You have a MAF... respect the MAF. Your turbo won't be starving for air until you're making 400-450hp... the stock intake is pretty good. I'd do the TGV delete.

    I'd say go stage 2, do some suspension/brakes, and you'll have a kickass car - the other stuff can certainly wait (after that, mods get expensive, fast).

    But, above all, do the uppipe! Order the part today!
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    Ok... Your probably going to think I'm a complete idiot, but I just signed up on nasioc, searched for unabomber manifesto and after an hour and finding a crap load of people saying to read it I GIVE UP! I CANT FIND IT! Then I search in google and some weird psycho sh#% comes up... Kind of frustrating.... Maybe it's better I didn't find it considering it's almost 1am and I have to be up at 6am. I'm sure I would have been up all night reading it.
    Anyways, thanks for all the GREAT info, but could I trouble you for a link? Just call me subee nubee :|

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    I bought my WRX almost 8 years ago as well. It is a great car and you will have a blast with it. Your first task is to perform some maintenance. Look in the owners manual for the maintenance schedule. Some things I can think of off the top of my head are:

    Transmission, rear diff oil change, radiator fluid change, fuel filter change and you might as well do an oil change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02wag View Post
    Ok... Your probably going to think I'm a complete idiot, but I just signed up on nasioc, searched for unabomber manifesto and after an hour and finding a crap load of people saying to read it I GIVE UP! I CANT FIND IT! Then I search in google and some weird psycho sh#% comes up... Kind of frustrating.... Maybe it's better I didn't find it considering it's almost 1am and I have to be up at 6am. I'm sure I would have been up all night reading it.
    Anyways, thanks for all the GREAT info, but could I trouble you for a link? Just call me subee nubee :|


    http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=533787 - for future reference, "unabomber manifesto nasioc" works great in google

    Yeah, just slightly unfortunate (actually, he was going for it) that it's the same name as the document the awful murderer wrote... I'm really surprised that a nasioc search didn't pull it, though...

    Anyway, that's the de facto standard document for learning about your subaru.

    Have fun with it!
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    -Read said holy Manifesto top to bottom and keep it in mind as a reference.

    -Crack open Owners manual and browse. Noting the variety of diagrams and maintenance breakdowns. Apply this knowledge directly to verifying all maintenance is current/ adequate.

    - find a DIY/walkthrough for a method of removing the stock uppipe. I gutted mine. It is metal substrate not ceramic like the stock DP. It's somewhat of a ***** to gut. (i did mine W/O power tools though as crazy as that may be) Gut it or have a GrimmSpeed or whatever piece ready to swap in.

    - Buy quality parts/products from good vendors even if it takes you a bit longer/more. You will be worry free and supporting the smaller specialists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poly_poly-man View Post


    http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=533787 - for future reference, "unabomber manifesto nasioc" works great in google
    I had pretty much given up at that point. Lol I should have known. Thanks though I will be sure to read it tonight or tomorrow when I have some time (I'm sure it's lengthy and I'm gonna wanna read all of it)

    oguitar-thanks for the maint tips

    02radio-thanks for the gutting tip. I'll probably end up doing that since I'm cheap and like to see improvements for no money

    I only buy quality for my vehicles. Although I don't have pics o the sube yet, check out my bike (I'm sure your all wondering how Im able to live driving an elantra-ugh just threw up in my mounth)
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    I'd suggest doing an up/down/cbe while you are working on it and a tune if you have the cash. You have several options for tuning, access ports, open source, and pro tunes... I'd look into them.

    If your tires aren't great, buy good ones. They'll make a big difference not only in handling, but stopping distance. That being said I wouldn't really bother upgrading brakes until they go or anything like that. Routine maintenance makes for a nice smooth way to upgrade.

    After that I'd switch to suspension stuff unless ya really want more power. Power gets pretty pricey after "stage 2". Check out the suspension forum for that one. Sway bars and bushings might not be a bad buy.

    Keep in mind with these cars, most of your power upgrades come post-tune. Some mods require immediate tunes. Some don't, but you won't get much benefit out of it until you do.
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