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    Question New Guy in Need of a Starting Point

    Hi everyone. I'm a fairly new WRX owner (just bought my 06 rex in March) and I'm starting to get to the point where I want to start doing some basic performance upgrades. Only problem is, I'm kind of at a loss as to where I should start.

    The main areas I'm looking at modifying right now are suspension and engine components. I still have other obligations, so I can't afford to drop thousands of dollars right off the bat, and my WRX is my daily (scratch that, only) driver vehicle, so I'm not looking at it as a project car or building a track vehicle. I'm just looking to get the power and handling up a bit (though, the ability to surprise the hell out of a few muscle car drivers would be nice too haha).

    With all this in mind, where/what components would be a good place for me to start at?

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    Two great links to get you started:

    It is a lot of information to sort through, but pretty important to understand these cars.

    Suspension wise, you might want to look into the stickies over on the suspension forum. Normally sway bars aren't a bad place to start. Springs are another option. Also a lot of people are big fans of driveline bushings as a starting place.

    Engine wise, figure out a method of engine management. You'll have to read around on that one. There are a bunch of different options. Some plug and play, some half/half, and some professional. All have their pluses and minuses. A tune on a stock car will still see a significant upgrade, but I would suggest upgrading the down pipe if you are going to get tuned. You'll see a much better turn out. Most tunes involving a down pipe are known as "Stage 2" if you see the term thrown around. "Stage 1" is normally a stock tune.

    You just have to really take your time and put in some research on these cars. Welcome to the forum, and enjoy your new car =)
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