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    Good day... Bad day...

    New guy here... I just acquired a 2002 (Silver) WRX yesterday. That's the good day part... I also traded my 2000 (Silver) Miata in on the subbie. You see, I spent the last three years building the Miata into the perfect (for me) little terror. I did all the suspension modes, exhaust, wheels/tires and... I supercharged it. Granted T/Cing would have been easier, but it INSTANT, slam you into the seat accelleration was highly addictive and the car still barely weighed over 2k pounds. Besides tormenting many a muscle car drivers (light to light/first 60"), it still had near perfect balance. But... And this is a big one. I couldn't sit in it for more that 30 minutes tops without dosing myself with painkillers. Apparently sometime during my misspent youth I broke my L5 and it is now causing considerable pain doing certain things... Like driving the Miata!

    So, time for a sedan with seats that would not become a torture rack and it had to be an "entertaining" vehicle... Otherwise I could continue to drive my daughter's Escort. So, up pops this WRX on Craigslist... I test drive it. And I don't mean just around the block and up/down the freeway. I mean test drive it. It proved to be quite "entertaining" through a number of 90 and tighter turns. I return to the dealer and there are two other guys waiting to test drive it. Needless to say I made the deal quickly. Apparently there are few unmolested '02 WRX's anywhere near Boise. I now get to play with a new style of driving (AWD vs Rear drive) and my back doesn't hurt!!! And I'm able to adjust the ergonomics to fit me, not me trying to fit the car...

    I'm not sure what I want to do with the subbie just yet. I'll spend some time just to get familiar with it and see what happens. I may have to consider selling one of my bikes just because I don't have enough spare time for all the toys. And it would make a bit more room in the garage... The subbie IS bigger than the Miata was.

    So... is it subbie, soobie/sooby or scooby??? Inquiring minds want to know.

    BTW, the dealer took the Miata out for a test drive and came back with a big grin on his face.
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    Welcome.

    I'd do nothing until you are sure your back is OK with the car as is. I think you'll like it, especially for winter.
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    I really think I'm going to be OK... The Miata killed my en route to the dealer and the WRX seems to provide the proper ergonomics and support that my back needs. It's kind of funny... This issue with my back will keep me from sports ars (the low two seater variety), RR's (crotch rockets) and cruisers... I just have to be more particular when I pick vehicles now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r2t2 View Post
    Apparently there are few unmolested '02 WRX's anywhere near Boise.
    There are very few unmolested '02s ANYWHERE, let alone Boise.

    Most people say "Subie", some say "scooby", it's up to you, really. What you have is commonly referred to as a "bugeye" due to the shape of the headlights. I have a 2003 (same style as yours).

    I used to drive a '93 Miata before my WRX. I miss the perfect 5-speed on that Miata. It's better than any other manual I've driven. I fit much better in the WRX though. Upgrading the bushings on the shifter, then adding a short-throw shift kit is an inexpensive way to tighten up the gearbox, and get some of that Miata feel.

    Take some time to get to know the car, then go from there. For me, I worked on the shifter and engine first, still haven't touched the handling.
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    I have an 02 comprising almost entirely authentic parts. The radiator is a Koyo. I have non-Subaru hose clamps and a timing belt kit by Gates (the OEM supplier, but not stamped "Subaru"), and I've had three sets of tyres on the car, plus the brake pads I use are sourced from a large Canadian supplier. That and the oil filter are about it.

    Since the car runs -- I suspect because I don't use aftermarket parts -- I'm keeping it, and I think most people in my place do the same. There are more unmolested than modified 02s out there I bet, but the owners of the authentic cars just keep them since the cars still work fine. My theory.
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    That's entirely possible. It's very rare to see a stock bugeye come up for sale, at least in my area, but I do see stock ones on the road from time to time, mostly driven by middle-aged men. I guess I'll modify my statement to say "There are very few unmolested '02s for sale ANYWHERE, let alone Boise."
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    Well after a little over a month I gotta say... Ye Ha!!! I love this little car. The seats are working out great for my back. It's a keeper for sure. I have replaced the struts with KYB AGX and STi springs/tophats. All are slightly used. I got a good deal locally and we installed them the night I picked them up.
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    Great. So how do you like the AGXs? Do you find the car over-damped?
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    Quote Originally Posted by r2t2 View Post
    Besides tormenting many a muscle car drivers (light to light/first 60"), it still had near perfect balance.
    Killed them for the first 5 feet huh?
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    Just a heads up, I'm pretty sure the '02 had a recall on fuel lines (or something with the fueling system). Might wanna look into that, just in case yours never got that fixed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    Killed them for the first 5 feet huh?
    Once their tires bit, then they would launch and blow right by me. I never said that I'd ven come close in a quarter mile... Launching a 2000 pound car with 200 HP is a lot easier than lauching a hevier high powered car. Especially when all the driver knows is to puch it and hold it to the floor...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    Great. So how do you like the AGXs? Do you find the car over-damped?
    Not really. You do feel the road surface more/better, but it's not jarring. I have the front struts set a 1 and the rear at 2 for the moment. So far I'm pretty happy with them.
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    Well... It's been almost two months and I'm havin' a blast! A few updates...
    A new nav HU (JVC KW-NT-3HDT) and Hertz speakers.
    New to me KYB AGX struts/STI spring, Whiteline Comp-C tophats SPT (front)/ STI (rear) springs.
    H6 rear brake upgrade
    Prodrive GD-06D 7.7x17 wheels



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    i have to agree about the seats. i have back problems too and my bugeye wagon is a pleasure to drive. i cam from the honda scene and the seats in hondas would hurt my back so much. ive had my suby since february and i am in love with it. welcome to the bug eye mafia!

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    I spy some supertones behind the grill.

    I have a bad back as well, +1 for comfy seats.
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