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    hey guys. A stock 03 wrx was handed down to me a year ago. Now its got about 112k miles. Im looking for it to last me a long time but i want to have some fun in it too before it gets too old if you know what i mean. What I'm looking for is to increase hp but not at the expense of my mpgs (~23.5). I want powerful sound, but not shake houses when i drive buy.

    A lot of my friends are telling me the first step is an intake and exhaust system. One of my cats is busted so i guess this is the time to do my first mod. Not sure which cat is is though (i think theres 3?). Also I'm looking to do the work myself. Can I do this exhaust work if i buy rhino ramps?

    Any advice?

    Much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xkwon View Post
    hey guys. A stock 03 wrx was handed down to me a year ago. Now its got about 112k miles. Im looking for it to last me a long time but i want to have some fun in it too before it gets too old if you know what i mean. What I'm looking for is to increase hp but not at the expense of my mpgs (~23.5). I want powerful sound, but not shake houses when i drive buy.

    A lot of my friends are telling me the first step is an intake and exhaust system. One of my cats is busted so i guess this is the time to do my first mod. Not sure which cat is is though (i think theres 3?). Also I'm looking to do the work myself. Can I do this exhaust work if i buy rhino ramps?

    Any advice?

    Much appreciated.
    Welcome to the club! It sounds like you have a lot of research to do before you start buying parts. Read this sticky: First Modifications - what to do and not to do

    Before anything though, is the car up to date on scheduled maintenance? Have the timing belt and water pump been replaced?

    If you want to see an example of a modest 2003 WRX build, check out my build thread in my signature. I did all the modification work myself with just a floorjack and stands.
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    1. Timing belt (if it wasn't done already)
    2. Replace the stock up pipe (if it wasn't done already)
    3. Read these threads:
    First Modifications - what to do and not to do
    Exhaust FAQ
    Intake FAQ

    Hope that helps.
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    I sounds like a lot of your friends are leading down a path of destruction.

    1st thing you should do is replace the uppipe

    Intakes and exhausts do little for these cars. I believe you can get away with an intake with out a tune on your model but will see little to no benefits.

    You should get a Cobb AP and a stage 1 tune

    If you want a little more power get a downpipe and flash to stage 2.

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    Also replace the up pipe with a catless
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    -Maintenance
    -up pipe
    -downpipe and tune (intake if you want the sound)
    -used catback if you want the sound
    -suspension stuff (tires and wheels, alignment hardware, springs/struts)

    That's probably all you'll need, want, or can afford...assuming you're a young person like me. My advice to you, don't buy crap parts (I know they're cheap), keep it tame, and focus on keeping the car on the road. Doing your own maintenance can be just as rewarding as bolting on an expensive part lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Welcome to the club! It sounds like you have a lot of research to do before you start buying parts. Read this sticky: First Modifications - what to do and not to do

    Before anything though, is the car up to date on scheduled maintenance? Have the timing belt and water pump been replaced?

    If you want to see an example of a modest 2003 WRX build, check out my build thread in my signature. I did all the modification work myself with just a floorjack and stands.
    Thanks for the info. its looking really helpful The car is up to date. i had the timing belt, pump, and tensioner replaced earlier this year.

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