New to Subaru, but not to cars
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9

This is a discussion on New to Subaru, but not to cars within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Hi All, I just bought a 2010 WRX 5-door with 86k on it. PO had long highway commutes, which is ...

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    3

    New to Subaru, but not to cars

    Hi All,

    I just bought a 2010 WRX 5-door with 86k on it. PO had long highway commutes, which is the reason for the high mileage.

    Anyway, Im new to Subaru's, but definitely not to cars. I've been working on cars and trucks my whole life, but this car is a whole other beast in it's own. I was wondering on what sort of maintenance should I be looking forward to? I know about good old oile, filter etc. I'm wondering more about larger repairs.

    Also, what are some good CA legal mods I can do?

    Thanks Guys!

  2. Remove Advertisements
    ClubWRX.net
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Pro Manscaper Mikie13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Palmyra, NJ
    Posts
    21,202
    Quote Originally Posted by wrx1089 View Post
    Also, what are some good CA legal mods I can do?
    Technically speaking...park it in a garage...

    ...or a Stage 1 tune.
    The Hawk-Eye Alliance #90|The Blobeye Syndicate #0|The Stink-Eye Mob #0|N.E.R.D. Founding Member & #3
    2012 Lightning Red WRX Sedan
    ProcessWest TMIC Cobb SF Intake w/airbox Invidia Catless Downpipe Invidia Q300 Catback Kartboy Short Shifter
    OpenSource tuned by: Matty @ WTF Tuning

  4. #3
    Registered User Phobic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Boston, Ma
    Posts
    566
    move out of CA, mod happily.

  5. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Technically speaking...park it in a garage...

    ...or a Stage 1 tune.
    Okay...

    The car comes with 265hp out of the box, what can i do to get it over 300hp? I'm not looking to build a monster, just some that's more than stock.

    How about suspension, short throw, etc.

    Any help or guidance is much appreciated.

  6. #5
    MAINEiac 11blackSTi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Land of the Port. ME
    Posts
    2,904
    I Support ClubWRX
    If you are talking 300 WHP then you probably won't get there without failing CA emissions. There are plenty of suspension/shifter/appearance mods you can make without failing emissions though.

  7. #6
    Pro Manscaper Mikie13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Palmyra, NJ
    Posts
    21,202
    300whp or 300 crank? Big difference there...

    Look into Stage 2 first. Downpipe and an appropriate tune (open source, professional tune, or Cobb Accessport). However, you specified "legal" in CA. Technically any modification to stock exhaust equipment is federally illegal anywhere. But its certainly enforced more in CA and you're more liable to get a ticket for it. That's your risk though. You basically will not see 300hp without changing exhaust components...so the choice is yours.

    You could probably get away fine with suspension mods.

    Sounds like you need a plan before anything. Drive the car for awhile. What do you like or dislike about it? Where do you think you need to improve things? Handling? Braking? Power? etc...Once you figure that out, then you'll be able to come up with a mod path.
    The Hawk-Eye Alliance #90|The Blobeye Syndicate #0|The Stink-Eye Mob #0|N.E.R.D. Founding Member & #3
    2012 Lightning Red WRX Sedan
    ProcessWest TMIC Cobb SF Intake w/airbox Invidia Catless Downpipe Invidia Q300 Catback Kartboy Short Shifter
    OpenSource tuned by: Matty @ WTF Tuning

  8. #7
    Registered User Ruh Roh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Pottstown PA
    Posts
    3,279
    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Sounds like you need a plan before anything. Drive the car for awhile. What do you like or dislike about it? Where do you think you need to improve things? Handling? Braking? Power? etc...Once you figure that out, then you'll be able to come up with a mod path.
    ^thiss
    Marky Mark
    2002 Stage 2.3 PSM Bugeye tuned by Matty at WTFtuning
    Bugeye Mafia #397, High Mileage Club, WTF Tuning Intern
    My bugeye build
    MinoskePhotography
    First Mods and other useful info!
    GM EBCS/ Hallman MBC Hybrid boost setup diagram

  9. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    300whp or 300 crank? Big difference there...

    Look into Stage 2 first. Downpipe and an appropriate tune (open source, professional tune, or Cobb Accessport). However, you specified "legal" in CA. Technically any modification to stock exhaust equipment is federally illegal anywhere. But its certainly enforced more in CA and you're more liable to get a ticket for it. That's your risk though. You basically will not see 300hp without changing exhaust components...so the choice is yours.

    You could probably get away fine with suspension mods.

    Sounds like you need a plan before anything. Drive the car for awhile. What do you like or dislike about it? Where do you think you need to improve things? Handling? Braking? Power? etc...Once you figure that out, then you'll be able to come up with a mod path.
    See I come with a strong pre-smog muscle car background so, this will be my first "tuner" car. I also don't mind bolting on stock parts just to pass smog, as long as it's not extreme.

    I've only had the car a week and I can name one thing right away that I don't like, the long throws. What are some good brands of short throws that you guys would suggest?

    Also, I'm not super into appearance, but I would like to get HID headlights.

  10. #9
    MAINEiac 11blackSTi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Land of the Port. ME
    Posts
    2,904
    I Support ClubWRX
    Quote Originally Posted by wrx1089 View Post
    See I come with a strong pre-smog muscle car background so, this will be my first "tuner" car. I also don't mind bolting on stock parts just to pass smog, as long as it's not extreme.

    I've only had the car a week and I can name one thing right away that I don't like, the long throws. What are some good brands of short throws that you guys would suggest?

    Also, I'm not super into appearance, but I would like to get HID headlights.
    Kartboy has a good reputation. Get the shifter bushings too if you are going to go through the hassel of installing a STS.

+ Reply to Thread

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself. We strongly suggest that you stay away from using aol, yahoo, msn, and hotmail accounts. Sometimes the mail server blocks the emails from our server. As a result you will not receive any notifications including the confirmation email.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •