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    Noob here!

    Been hanging around for a little while, already appreciate the wealth of knowledge here. I'm getting ready to order my 1st Subaru. Looking at the 5 door WRX, mostly going to keep it stock as a high mileage commuter.
    Any tips or hints would be great.

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    Are you looking to purchase a new WRX? Tips on what to change other then engine performance?
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    Looking at ordering a 13. taking it pretty slow on any performance upgrades, i guess i was refering to tips on the purchasing process. I'm only having the short throw shifter added performance wise. The initial purchase is going to take up most of my on hand cash to keep my payment low. just curious if i would be selling myself short by not adding a few other options.
    I contacted Clayton from this site who offers the 500 under invoice, so iguess that was a good start.

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    I purchased mine from Clayton he was great. I added the short shifter, arm rest extension, and SPT exhaust. I haven't had any performance upgrades to my car and have had it for 7months and I am more then happy with it. If you haven't sat in one of the cars see how it feels you may want the arm rest extension. I havea 45min-1hr commute and feel its needed. Some people say that you may want to upgrade the head unit so you may want to put some money aside for that.
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    Welcome! The short throw shifter is generally considered one of the best things to do for these cars, as the stock setup is...clunky. So that's a good upgrade, I would argue that any of the other factory offered additions aren't "necessary" and are more based on personal preference. Other complaints include the stereo and the interior not being as fancy as other cars. The stereo can always be upgraded later and the stock option (factory subwoofer) is not very good. Interior, well, we all just accept that we're buying the car for the drivetrain, not for a spa treatment
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    I'm not a fan of the OE short shifter. Between financing the cost over the term of the loan, you have a $500 SS that gives a negligible benefit. Aftermarket is far superior both in throw reduction and feel, and can be had for $200 for the lever and all bushings (where the OE kit still requires the bushings for any increase in feel).
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
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    I'm not a fan of the OE short shifter. Between financing the cost over the term of the loan, you have a $500 SS that gives a negligible benefit. Aftermarket is far superior both in throw reduction and feel, and can be had for $200 for the lever and all bushings (where the OE kit still requires the bushings for any increase in feel).
    I wholly disagree. Well on the part about the the benefit being negligible. I completely agree on the price being outrageous for the OEM short shifter, but there is a clear and utter difference between the factory-optioned short shifter and the OEM shifter, especially with bushings. The throw on my factory short shifter is about the same as a Kartboy.
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    Thought the OEM short shifter only reduced throw by about 15%, where as the KB throw is about 30% reduction?

    Either way...the OEM doesn't actually shorten the lever itself like an aftermarket replacement. It only shortens the linkage itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13
    Thought the OEM short shifter only reduced throw by about 15%, where as the KB throw is about 30% reduction?
    OE: 10%
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    OE: 10%
    Kartboy: 40%
    Maybe it was different in 2003, but my shifter throw is similar to my buddy's Karboy. Just saying Matty. I also don't like the stupid "sunken shifter" look. Looks like you got pissed at your shifter and domestic abuse ensued.
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    I would have to agree with the way "sunken shifter" looks. It is horrible.
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