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    Just started modding my 2011 WRX Hatchback

    I've been very patient in doing anything to the car while it is still under warantee, but the temptation is too great here in Portland. Went to the COBB first Thursday event in December, and broke down and got the short flow intake, airbox, and Accessport. Also got a towhook license plate holder from GrimmSpeed and finally got around to fixing the squeaky dashboard. Now that the dashboard is finally fixed, it's like a brand new car. I may look at other mods, but am pretty happy in how WReX looks and sounds right now. The wife loves the new "breathing" intake.

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    happy modding.... also stage 2 is a great and fun upgrade
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    Looks like you're local to us here! Always happy to see another PNW Suby.

    Let me know if you start thinking about wanting to do something about the exhaust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackwrx View Post
    happy modding.... also stage 2 is a great and fun upgrade
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    enjoy but take baby steps... thats what i learned on my Civic si i like to thoroughly enjoy each mod instead of slapping everything on at once

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    The short intake isn't a good mod to do since you've gone from cold air with the stock intake to now hot air. You should go to an AEM (cheaper and dry filter media) or Cobb with the airbox (more expensive and oiled filter that causes MAF issues), both of which are compatible with your Cobb AP.
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    Thanks for the responses. It is the Cobb intake with the Cobb box. The next thing I'm looking at is swaybars. I'd like to reduce the body roll in corners without lowering the suspension. The road I live on and my driveway would tear up my front bumper, but I've heard good things about significant improvements with upgraded swaybars and endlinks. I've been eyeing up Eibach front and rear bars with Kartboy endlinks. Any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdy107 View Post
    I've been very patient in doing anything to the car while it is still under warantee, but the temptation is too great here in Portland. Went to the COBB first Thursday event in December, and broke down and got the short flow intake, airbox, and Accessport. Also got a towhook license plate holder from GrimmSpeed and finally got around to fixing the squeaky dashboard. Now that the dashboard is finally fixed, it's like a brand new car. I may look at other mods, but am pretty happy in how WReX looks and sounds right now. The wife loves the new "breathing" intake.
    What did you do to stop your dash from rattling?

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    I pulled off the A-pillar covers and inserted a strip of sticky backed velcro to the hole in the dash on each side. It was so easy, just popped off the SRS cover, unscrewed the 1 screw and carefully pulled it off. Then I got 18"x 3/4" sticky backed velcro from Michael's, and used half of the soft side on each side of the hole where the A-pillar cover inserts into the dash. Instantly removed all the squeaks in the dash, and I am so happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdy107 View Post
    I pulled off the A-pillar covers and inserted a strip of sticky backed velcro to the hole in the dash on each side. It was so easy, just popped off the SRS cover, unscrewed the 1 screw and carefully pulled it off. Then I got 18"x 3/4" sticky backed velcro from Michael's, and used half of the soft side on each side of the hole where the A-pillar cover inserts into the dash. Instantly removed all the squeaks in the dash, and I am so happy with it.
    Nice...I complained about this at the dealership and they took off the A-pillars and filled it with some nasty crap that stopped the rattling for a while, but alas...Now that the winter cold has set in it is rattling again! Not that big a deal because the sound of my exhaust pretty much drones it out, but I am one of those people that hears every little rattle and it drives me mad! I had a chevy blazer when I first got my license and it had the cheapest interior on the planet. After a month of a 2000 watt subwoofer set up the whole thing rattled. I had little pieces of rubber stuck in every nook and cranny!

    Glad you found a way to stop it though. Other than the dash nothing rattles in my STi, which is surprising after over two years of good ole Maine potholes and frost heaves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi View Post
    Nice...I complained about this at the dealership and they took off the A-pillars and filled it with some nasty crap that stopped the rattling for a while, but alas...Now that the winter cold has set in it is rattling again! Not that big a deal because the sound of my exhaust pretty much drones it out, but I am one of those people that hears every little rattle and it drives me mad! I had a chevy blazer when I first got my license and it had the cheapest interior on the planet. After a month of a 2000 watt subwoofer set up the whole thing rattled. I had little pieces of rubber stuck in every nook and cranny!

    Glad you found a way to stop it though. Other than the dash nothing rattles in my STi, which is surprising after over two years of good ole Maine potholes and frost heaves!
    Definitely try this fix. I've been dealing with that dash rattle for nearly 2 years now, over every bridge seam, pothole and speed bump. I am just more frustrated that I didn't fix it sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdy107 View Post
    Thanks for the responses. It is the Cobb intake with the Cobb box. The next thing I'm looking at is swaybars. I'd like to reduce the body roll in corners without lowering the suspension. The road I live on and my driveway would tear up my front bumper, but I've heard good things about significant improvements with upgraded swaybars and endlinks. I've been eyeing up Eibach front and rear bars with Kartboy endlinks. Any recommendations?
    I was looking at that same setup. I ended up going with the Rallitek track spec package. It was basically the same price as the eibach and kartboy stuff. 25 mm front and 22 mm rear and endlinks. I am very happy with their sways and endlinks. Pretty easy install and it made a huge handling difference.


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