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    Just got a 2002 WRX. previous owner put a down pipe on it and exhaust but no intake. what is the best way to go? i was told to not get a cold air intake due to the weather conditions where i live?? which happens to be in PA. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Plus any other mods i should focus on to make it run more efficeintly would also be welcomed. Thanks Dan

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    Forget the intake. You can leave the car as is or follow the link in my sig for info. No intake needed, nor will it help.
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    Just for sound and to look pretty. Definetely do not get a cai in a climate where it floods. Trust me on this ;]

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    so you dont recommend putting an intake on? I seem to have this problem when i'm going around 100 or so it feels like it is cutting out and the stock boost gauge falls and then picks back up then falls and picks back up. i just thought due to that large downpipe it might be starving for more air. I don't know though this is my first turbo car and im used to driving jeeps and more in to the offroad scene. I just happened to stumble across an 02 with 100,000 and heard good things about subaru so i grabbed it but i guess i cant leave well enough alone because i want it to perform to the top of it's ability. maybe you can shed som light on why my boost gage does that????

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    when your going around a 100 holy ****.. i guess you do that often to complain about it lol
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    is it tuned? look into a tuner around your area or into getting an accessport

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    For the sake of yours and more importantly, everyone else's safety, let's hope you're "going around 100 or so" on the track.

    You don't need an intake. It's just a noisemaker until you get up into turbo upgrades and such. The stock airbox is actually not that restrictive at all. For granted I like the turbo spooling and blow-off sound enhancements as do many others, but you won't see much in the way of performance.

    We'd have to see exactly what your boost gauge is doing (post vid?). "Falls and picks back up" is very vague.

    Considering has stage 2 hardware...do you have Stage 2 engine management?
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    ok thanks for the info i'll work on the video. now that i have read more about it im thinking it was my waste gate releasing b/c the gauge reads around .15 Mpa it would drop to .1 then climb back to .15 all while i'm in 5th gear.

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    .15 Mpa?! You're definitely overboosting. Sounds like you got a boost creep.
    It should be at around .1 Mpa.
    Get that thing tuned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    For the sake of yours and more importantly, everyone else's safety, let's hope you're "going around 100 or so" on the track.
    And the chances of that would be...... zero!

    Yeah OP +1000 to that you need to slow down first and foremost. Doing 100 on public roads in a ten year old car with over 100k miles with not very much driving experience? That's a recipe for disaster!

    Skip the intake and get a tune. With your pressure readings you definitely are boosting too high and you're risking a blown motor.
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    thanks for the responses and your safety concerns. i only do this speed when the roads are dry and free of traffic. straight shots and not for long periods i'm making an appointment today with a tuner in york pa. CBRD. Has anyone heard anything about them?

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