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    New to the Subie world.

    Just purchased a 2004 Subaru WRX Sti. Had my Civic stolen and returned in a few pieces when it was found. So I got this now. Just wondering what are some legit sites to get aftermarket parts from? And what are some good first mods?

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    Is the car caught up on proper maintenance? If not, make sure you do that first. If you don't have a service history, assume it hasn't been maintained.

    Good "first modifications" varies based on what you're looking to do with the car. Quality tires and a good alignment will drastically improve handling. A turboback exhaust and a tune will give a good bump in power. Driveline mounts/bushings will tighten things up and improve the overall "feel" of the car.
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    Yeah the car is caught up on it's maintenance. I have the service records for it and everything that needed to be done is now done. Now by my understanding a turboback exhaust is the down pipe and a catback...correct me if I'm wrong. And a friend of mine who has a 02 bugeye says to change out the up-pipe for an aftermarket one as the factory up-pipe has like a pre-cat thats pretty restrictive. And I just put some Drag DR-31 wheels and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 tires for the winter.

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    sti's already have a catless uppipe, so there is no need to change it out unless you plan on getting an EWG or a much larger turbo


    read this: First Modifications - what to do and not to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by NinjaCupcakes
    Now by my understanding a turboback exhaust is the down pipe and a catback...correct me if I'm wrong.
    You are correct.

    Here's a decent diagram that may help:


    NOTE: This was made before STIs came out, and applies to the 2.0L WRXs. The 2.5L Imprezas no longer have an catalytic converter or EGT probe in the uppipe.
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