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    I just got a 2008 WRX Hatch. I am wanting to do the beginners mods first. As of right now it has a cat back exhaust, AEM intake, lowered and 17" rims. I am new to this gas thing, been tuning and makeing diesels go fast. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Thanks any addvise for me would be greatly appreciated

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    What are you trying to modify? Suspension? Brakes? Driveline? Engine? Stereo? Interior? Exterior?
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    Sorry about that. I am looking to do so quick DIY engine mods, Suspension mods that would compliment the car already being lowered, what gauge placements look the best in the Hatch, I already have boost, egt, and fuel pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve02008
    Sorry about that. I am looking to do so quick DIY engine mods
    http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...hp?t=134325261
    Your next step is a downpipe and a tune.

    http://www.eqtuning.com/index.php

    EQTuning is a pretty well-respected shop not too far from you. Contact them when you're ready to install the downpipe and see what Ed has to say.

    Quote Originally Posted by steve02008
    Suspension mods that would compliment the car already being lowered
    Quality tires/alignment
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve02008
    what gauge placements look the best in the Hatch, I already have boost, egt, and fuel pressure.
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    you can still do an a-pillar pod with side air bags? car has been aligned and I was told that the tires were good. I am used to 38" tires. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve02008
    car has been aligned and I was told that the tires were good.
    What tires are on the car? The tires are the most important aspect of the way the car handles.

    What alignment specs you have? OE spec sucks in terms of performance.
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    The tires that are on it are Dunlop DIREZZA Sport Z1 225-45R-17. It was aligned to stock specs. The tire company is who told me the tires were good. Like I said I don't know one way or the other.

    So is it or is it not possible to do A-pillar gauges with SAS.

    Should I be installing a boost controler on it? If so what would be recommened for stock tuneing for now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve02008
    The tires that are on it are Dunlop DIREZZA Sport Z1 225-45R-17. It was aligned to stock specs. The tire company is who told me the tires were good. Like I said I don't know one way or the other.
    If you have Z1 Star Specs, you've got great tires! I still recommend going with a custom alignment. There is a sticky in the suspension subforum which will give you a decent idea.

    My alignment is as follows:
    -1.5 Camber F
    -1.0 Camber R
    5.8 Caster

    Quote Originally Posted by steve02008
    Should I be installing a boost controler on it? If so what would be recommened for stock tuneing for now?
    Have you contacted EQTuning yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    If you have Z1 Star Specs, you've got great tires! I still recommend going with a custom alignment. There is a sticky in the suspension subforum which will give you a decent idea.

    My alignment is as follows:
    -1.5 Camber F
    -1.0 Camber R
    5.8 Caster



    Have you contacted EQTuning yet?
    Sorry for the thread-jacking but how is your tire wear with those alignment specs? And how did you decide those were optimal numbers? I'm looking into re-aligning my car but I don't want to sacrifice tire wear. Car handles well but can always be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd92677
    Sorry for the thread-jacking but how is your tire wear with those alignment specs?
    No noticeable extra tire wear. I usually rotate my tires every time I'm on the lift, which is usually around every 5-6K miles.

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    And how did you decide those were optimal numbers?
    -1.5 is about the maximum you can pull out of the front with the stock hardware (sometimes you can only get -1.2-1.3); I have camber plates on my car, but I didn't want to go too much more aggressive than that. I like a little less camber in the rear, so I asked for a half degree difference (required rear camber bolts, which were ~$40 from my dealership).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jd92677 View Post
    Sorry for the thread-jacking but how is your tire wear with those alignment specs? And how did you decide those were optimal numbers? I'm looking into re-aligning my car but I don't want to sacrifice tire wear. Car handles well but can always be better.
    I have run those specs for an extended period (don't get that much caster though). Tires wore evenly.

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    do you have a tune for that intake?

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