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    well you dont need winter tires
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    Actually, I would have to say tires for sure, then stiffer suspension to go with them. buy some springs and some shocks and struts after tires if you wish. This is what i did and would suggest before power.
    and as far as breaks, from what i understand, simply buying a high quality/performance pad and rotors will do a lot for you. rather than buy a big break kit which is by far more expensive and unnecessary for anything but looks or a dedicated track car that is reeaally fast and requires such large breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckingball man View Post
    and as far as breaks, from what i understand, simply buying a high quality/performance pad and rotors will do a lot for you. rather than buy a big break kit which is by far more expensive and unnecessary for anything but looks or a dedicated track car that is reeaally fast and requires such large breaks.
    Rotors honestly don't make a huge difference in stopping power/ability. However pads, SS brake lines, and upgrading to a better brake fluid, all do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckingball man View Post
    and as far as breaks, from what i understand, simply buying a high quality/performance pad and rotors will do a lot for you. rather than buy a big break kit which is by far more expensive and unnecessary for anything but looks or a dedicated track car that is reeaally fast and requires such large breaks.
    What car would big breaks and large breaks be good for!? I always thought that if you break the car, then you have to fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckingball man
    as far as breaks, from what i understand, simply buying a high quality/performance pad and rotors will do a lot for you. rather than buy a big break kit which is by far more expensive and unnecessary for anything but looks or a dedicated track car that is reeaally fast and requires such large breaks.
    Tires are what connect your car to the road. They will make the biggest difference in stopping.
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    Alright. You caught me..."brakes" i will write it 100 times so i dont get it wrong again.

    and i agree, you all are on point. Pads etc. are all great for improving stopping. But tires, above all, help the most.

    But would anyone agree big ..BRAKES.. are unneccessary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckingball man View Post
    But would anyone agree big ..BRAKES.. are unneccessary?
    Depends on what you're using them for. They can still be extremely beneficial if you're doing AutoX days, track days, or even a frequent twisty carver. They no doubt will brake better and especially have less fade, but they also break the bank sooner. If you were interested in budget big brake ideas, think of doing front STI Brembo take-offs. They can be had used for as little as $700 or so for fronts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckingball man
    But would anyone agree big ..BRAKES.. are unneccessary?
    On a regular DD, absolutely. They look badass, but you're not really gaining anything because it's unlikely that you'll be pushing your brakes to the point where they're insufficient. When you start experiencing brake fade due to multiple hard braking maneuvers, that's when a BBK becomes worthwhile, as the larger surface area helps dissipate the heat better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckingball man View Post
    Alright. You caught me..."brakes" i will write it 100 times so i dont get it wrong again.

    and i agree, you all are on point. Pads etc. are all great for improving stopping. But tires, above all, help the most.

    But would anyone agree big ..BRAKES.. are unneccessary?
    For daily use, yes. I was always under the understanding that bigger rotors predominately just help with heat dissipation i.e. for autocross/tracking/etc.
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    Nice thoughts. I may want to correct that statement... "unnecessary" in the context of a first mod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    If you were interested in budget big brake ideas, think of doing front STI Brembo take-offs. They can be had used for as little as $700 or so for fronts.
    Better yet, 4/2pots for about that price for all four wheels.
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    Well, I know my first mod is going to be an AP stage 1 tune. I've read in many places that it not only smooths out the power band, it also give you slightly better fuel economy. I drive at least 70 miles a day and while no one buys a WRX for fuel efficiency, a few extra bucks in my pocket every week is a nice side effect from buying something that will improve my power band. Plus, I'll also be able to use it when I go stage 2

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    Definitely stage 2 if its not older than a 05 wrx than no need for a catless up pipe if it is in fact a 02-05 wrx up pipe first than stage 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Better yet, 4/2pots for about that price for all four wheels.
    Truth. Didn't even think about those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hindude View Post
    Well, I know my first mod is going to be an AP stage 1 tune. I've read in many places that it not only smooths out the power band, it also give you slightly better fuel economy. I drive at least 70 miles a day and while no one buys a WRX for fuel efficiency, a few extra bucks in my pocket every week is a nice side effect from buying something that will improve my power band. Plus, I'll also be able to use it when I go stage 2

    It all depends what you want to do with you with your ride though. Tell us how you plan to use it.
    It's your right foot that will control your fuel economy
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