If you're concerned with a warranty, you need to leave the car stock.
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I dont want to void my warranty so what are approriate mods?
What don't you like about your car?? You just got it. Drive it for a bit and see what you don't like. Then mod accordingly. What are your goals? Why do you even want to mod it if it's brand new?
Is this your first Subaru??? If so, head straight to NASIOC and put on a flamesuit.
'11 WRX 5-door Premium - Satin White Pearl
If you want to keep your warranty I would say the only option you have is to get SPT parts from the dealer and have them install the parts. But this is still not a guaranty that if something goes wrong that they will cover the claim.
DONT MESS WITH THE ECU!!! EVEN IF SOMEONE SAYS YOU CAN FLASH BACK TO STOCK
STAGE 1 IS MORE FUN BUT STAGE 2 THERE'S MORE TO DO
You can do suspension and braking modifications. Good thing to do first anyway.
"From a little spark may burst a mighty flame." - Dante
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drive it stock until the warranty runs out, learn the feel of the car. in that time do research for all types of mods and see what would be in your highest interest and budget level. good idea to start out with braking and suspension then move to performance. Its fun having a fast car, but even more fun when you have a fast car that car handle well
Last edited by mastercaster; 09-18-2012 at 06:11 AM.
and to the op, i have been involved in the diesel world for a number of years. i've modded several of my trucks the day they came home from the dealer. if your looking for keeping warranty intact, then keep your stock car stock. if your not willing or able to foot the bill for the possible consequences of your mods, then don't do them. only a bit of advice from a lowly old man in this wrx world.
First Mods: What to do and what not to do
2012 WRB WRX base hatchback - Stage 1 with a meaty area under the curve thanks to Mattypants @ WTF Tuning, LLC
Previous Cars: 2004 RSX-S, 1998 Grand Prix GTP
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I seriously wish I could "like" forums posts. As for nasioc.. I stick to my local (maic) subforum to keep up w local folks n meets n whatnot.
word of wisdom: If you want to learn, pay attention to the "old guys" .. I cant even count the amount of lessons I didn't have to learn the hard way by listening to the folks that had btdt long before me.
All that said, I'm also going to say not to change anything but maybe simple stuff like sways/endlinks.. better brake fluid... cat-back exhaust.. short shifter and bushings.. nothing that really affects the car in a warranty repair sort of manor. Dont tune it, stay away from intakes and downpipes as these will affect your warranty coverage.
I didn't mod my 2010 tune wise until I had 60K mi on the clock. My main reason was the warranty, secondary reason is to make sure everything in the engine is well bedded and settled. There's a reason why big time engine builders like to use "seasoned" blocks.
Now, I did put swaybars/endlinks and short throw shifter on at 3K mi or so and I did change some driveline moutns (diff mount inserts, rear subframe inserts, trans mount) but those really shouldn't mess with your warranty and the trans mount itself is a spt part available through the dealer. I did those to take the slop out of the driveline and it made the car dramatically smoother in both power delivery/shifting and over all on/off throttle feel.
I drove the car well past break in to see where I wanted to make changes. As mentioned above, this is the way to go. If not for anything at all it will save you money in not spending where mods dont need to happen.
OBP 2010 5dr *traded*
SWP 2013 FRS
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