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    Welcome and congrats on the purchase.

    I modify all of my cars extensively, but I've never had any issues with warranty repairs. The first and most important thing is to establish a great relationship with the service manager(s) at the dealership and the service guys in general. This starts with a good personal relationship so ask them about their kids, hobbies, etc.

    Technically, as some people have sort of stated, the dealer has to prove the modification caused the problem, but in reality, if they did deny something, it would be up to you to prove it did NOT cause the problem. This is where the relationship with your service manager is so important. At the end of the day, they want to do warranty repairs because they get paid for them. At the same time, all of their warranty work is reviewed by a regional manager and other people, so the work needs to be justifiable.

    One simple thing that you're already thinking about is to do mods that are easily removed. A tune is the simplest of these, but an air intake, exhaust, sway bars, and some other things don't take more than 20-30 minutes to swap out. And you don't need to remove EVERY mod EVERY time you take the car in for warranty work. Just remove things that are part of whatever part/system you're requesting warranty work on. With regards to modifying your suspension, that's one thing where you're highly unlikely to have any warranty issues, so I don't know why you're so hesitant to change it. The suspension is a pretty basic mechanical system with very little that can go wrong (warranty-wise), so it should be the one thing you modify that you should NOT be concerned about.
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    Welcome! Id go for some mudflaps, window tint, front lip, short shifter-shifter busings, thicker sways-new end links, new suspension, performance summer tires.. You can always add new rotors, but better brake pads will help a good amount, SS lines, new fluid. You can get a intake just make sure that you get the car tuned for it (cant just slap parts on), BOV's are fine just frowned upon by most WRX enthusiasts since at this level theyre no help besides a noise maker. Turboback exhaust and a tune.. if your just looking for something to make your car handle alittle better, feel alittle quicker and look better go with some of these things. Just some common mods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Your brother own a Honda or a VW by chance?
    Yeah that sounds about right. Pure bolt one and the BOV and racing chip suggestions seems like VW or Honda/Acura.

    I had/have the same mindset as you when it came to modding. I'm very hesitant because of warranty. My build thread in the Builds Section shows the things I've done that aren't heavy mods yet. I have intentions of going stage 1 & 2 in the coming months. A cat back exhaust is a fun mod as it gives a great sound and more aggressive sounding than stock.
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    Lots of good advice in here and I hope you follow it! The people here know what they are doing so please listen.

    Definitely read, read, and keep reading. There are a lot of parts out there for these cars and not all of them are worth your time/money.

    I think the most important thing for modding a car is to figure out what YOU feel is lacking. To do this you need to DRIVE. Get out there, get to some windy back roads, do some autocross, track days, whatever floats your boat. If something about the car isn't up to your standards or you think it could be improved, research it, ask questions, then buy something if you can. After that, drive some more to get that satisfaction that what you've bought has made the car better. Keep driving until you find something else and repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyK515 View Post
    Hey everyone, new member here and proud owner of a brand new 2013 Subaru WRX. Already in love with it but one of the main reasons I got a WRX is the large aftermarket performance options... I did get the stock model due to prices, but looking to change that up a bit!!

    Looking for ideas on what are the first things to add on to it, some idea's that me and my brother came up with are Air intakes, Performance chips, Blow off Valve (they sound awesome IMO).... Looking to see what the WRX community thinks would be the first things to do.. If you have some idea's for me I would appreciate brand names / links etc.

    Thanks and glad to join the WRX club!!
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    Based on where you are from my first "mod" would be winter tires

    Congrats on the new purchase!

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    Hi, I'm new here myself

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    Yes thanks a bunch everyone, there is a vast amount of knowledge in this group of people and I appreciate to have learned some (and I'm sure MUCH more to come) of it, looks like the first thing i have to do is read and research..

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    Yes first mod should be winter tires especially if its your daily

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostlystang View Post
    Welcome!

    My '13 is still stock but I know alot of guys go with endlinks/swaybars or ECU flash as a first mod.
    Quote Originally Posted by WRXchet View Post
    ^ this ^

    and research, lots of it. i'm still learning and my mods are a Cobb SF Intake + Box, Cobb Downpipe... i got pro tuned because i was having boost problems with the OTS stage 2 maps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruh Roh View Post
    BOV's are fine just frowned upon by most WRX enthusiasts since at this level theyre no help besides a noise maker.
    No they're frowned upon because the stock ECU can't handle them and they can cause your engine to blow up.
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    Re: Just bought my first WRX

    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    No they're frowned upon because the stock ECU can't handle them and they can cause your engine to blow up.
    Lol was this a little exaggerated?

    From what I've read, when vented to the atmosphere, the ecu commands the fueling to richen up for a moment... That would not cause an engine to blow up in most all cases. Just probably hiccup during a shift when getting back into the throttle.

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