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    hey everyone, y name is roger and i just purchased a 2003 subaru wrx wagon and ive always been into the tuning sene so i figured id join some forums, i did this with my old se-r spec-v but any way, my wrx already has mods done to it, and honestly i dont know what all has been done to it i just know that most of the mods were done at the factory, so thats a plus, but any way when i got the car there was no speakers and no radio in it so i had to go to best buy and get a new set up so that was my first mod done by me to the car dot know what to do next... any thing i should watch out for being a new wrx owner, any problems, anything?Click image for larger version. 

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    Post a picture of the engine bay and we might be able to see some of the mods for you.

    Car looks great man!
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    ok heres pics of the engine bay and the exhaust
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    No mods are done at the factory. Your car has an exhaust, intake, BOV, and braces visible.
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    Well the obvious things are:

    -K&N Intake (not sure what filter that is)
    -Turbo-XS BOV....not the best for our cars but with it being an 03 it's not a huge problem
    -Aftermarket radiator probably Mishimoto.

    I have no idea what kind of exhaust that is though.
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    well thts what the guy at the dealership told me haha, i think it has an aftermarket radiator and fans it says mihimoto on it and i dont think it came with a mishimoto radiator on it right?

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    +1^^^

    Someone may have sold you a false bill of goods if they claimed that the car was put into that condition at the factory. A previous owner either did it, or paid someone to install them.

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    the blow off valve is an HKS i do believe sorry i dont know anything about it im just saying what i see just trying to learn

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerSteadman View Post
    the blow off valve is an HKS i do believe sorry i dont know anything about it im just saying what i see just trying to learn
    It's cool, they look exactly the same lol.
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    HKS is pretty high dollar equip right?

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    In terms of cost maybe, but BOV's aren't really meant for our cars. Take a look at this thread.

    "The BIG BOV thread" (Where all bov question threads get merged)
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    Get a shot looking down at the turbo/down pipe. The down pipe is a common one and would be a consideration when looking at tunes.

    If you could crawl under a bit and get a picture of where the exhaust manifold/headers attach to the uppipe, that is another common one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelwfox View Post
    It's cool, they look exactly the same lol.
    It's an early hks ssqv, I've had them on 2 cars.

    They have a unique sound which appeals to some people. They are a great bov when VTA on higher boost. On your car it's not necessary. Usually they make a otherwise stock vehicle run a bit rich. You'd benefit from recirculating it to the intake, it wont make the chirping sound as loud though if that matters to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjm1991 View Post
    It's an early hks ssqv, I've had them on 2 cars.

    They have a unique sound which appeals to some people. They are a great bov when VTA on higher boost. On your car it's not necessary. Usually they make a otherwise stock vehicle run a bit rich. You'd benefit from recirculating it to the intake, it wont make the chirping sound as loud though if that matters to you.
    Agreed the sound is subjective. I dislike the sound personally. As for "good" in quality? Not so much...do some searching and you'll find that they are pretty mechanically unreliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Agreed the sound is subjective. I dislike the sound personally. As for "good" in quality? Not so much...do some searching and you'll find that they are pretty mechanically unreliable.
    Yeah I remember reading about them somewhere they have leaking issues.. OP needs a stock bpv or a quality recirc style valve
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