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    I want 400WHP!!!

    Just kidding guys. I hear that is the norm for a noob like me.

    What I'm really looking to do is get a feel for what I should be doing first as far as inexpensive (<$500) power mods to get the most bang for the buck. I am new to WRXs and even to turbo cars for that matter, so bear with me please...

    I have a 2011 WRX with about 12,000mi on it, and I have an Accessport currently running the Stage 1 93 octane map (the HWG version because I wasn't hitting target boost). I have a AEM CAI, and Invidia catless DP in the mail, and I'm just wondering what else you experts out there would be looking to do as far as cheap and easy power mods. I'm not looking to build a monster; otherwise I would have started with an STi. Just looking to make my daily driver as fun as possible without investing buckets of cash.

    Before the lectures about brakes and suspension start rolling in, I already have done a couple minor things in those areas and looking to do more as money (read: my wife's patience) permits.

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    Buy a used turboback exhaust and flash a stage 2 map with your AP... Welcome...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06scoobyrex View Post
    Buy a used turboback exhaust and flash a stage 2 map with your AP... Welcome...

    Great advice, thanks. Didn't think about trying to find a used exhaust. Definitely flashing the stage 2 as soon as my DP comes in.

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    As for the 400whp... I want each cowboy cheerleader to pull train on me.. Hell.. Figured since we were wishing...


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    Love the title of the thread. Trolling from the start hahaha! Welcome to the forum
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    Lol, -trollolololl- However good advice on the tune and exhaust.. I dunno how much bhp I'll eventually go for but for now I'm all about turning and burning, breaking and turning are on my to do list.

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    Haha, thanks for the warm welcome all. Sorry for the title...I just got a bit of a chuckle reading some of the past newbie threads and thought I'd follow suit.

    Quick follow-on questions: I'm guessing a hybrid BPV/BOV is just for sound and doesn't really have a positive effect on performance. Is this true? Also, would a boost controller be redundant since the AP already raises boost? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbrock171 View Post
    I'm guessing a hybrid BPV/BOV is just for sound and doesn't really have a positive effect on performance. Is this true? Also, would a boost controller be redundant since the AP already raises boost? Thanks.
    Yes, and yes.
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    Since you already have a DP on the way get a protune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrettKoonsman View Post
    Yes, and yes.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbrock171 View Post
    Also, would a boost controller be redundant since the AP already raises boost? Thanks.
    Not necessarily. A 3 port electronic boost controller does a better job at regulating boost, but will require a custom tune. I would say that you wouldn't benefit much from one now but something to think about if you continue modding
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    Quote Originally Posted by A265 View Post
    Since you already have a DP on the way get a protune.
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    Not necessarily. A 3 port electronic boost controller does a better job at regulating boost, but will require a custom tune. I would say that you wouldn't benefit much from one now but something to think about if you continue modding
    Thanks guys. I'll look into getting a protune once I decide what additional mods I'm willing to make. FMIC kits seem to be about the same price as a turbo! Internals are pretty much out of the question, so I'm not sure what else that leaves me with. Might consider doing a turbo swap if I can avoid having to make a bunch of supporting mods. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbrock171 View Post
    Thanks guys. I'll look into getting a protune once I decide what additional mods I'm willing to make. FMIC kits seem to be about the same price as a turbo! Internals are pretty much out of the question, so I'm not sure what else that leaves me with. Might consider doing a turbo swap if I can avoid having to make a bunch of supporting mods. Thoughts?
    If that is your hope then don't even consider a turbo swap. Until you are willing to do all the proper supporting mods then don't even consider it. FMIC has absolutely no reason to go onto your car now or in the near future based on your mods and plans
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