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    I am putting on an aftermarket up pipe and down pipe on my WRX and getting it COBB tuned with a custom map and fine tuned by my tuner. I am planning in putting on the up pipe/down pipe myself. That being said, I will need to drive it to the tuner after making upgrades without a tune. How/what order should I do things? Bolt ons, Accessport tune, then drive to tuner to get custom map/tune? Or what?

    Also if I upgrade up pipe and downpipe without upgrading the rest of my exhaust will I blow it or can I safely do this? Thanks

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    Install Downpipe/uppipe, flash OTS Cobb Stg 2 map, drive to tuner to get tuned.

    You do not need to upgrade the catback. Catbacks do very little to performance in these cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyd0101 View Post
    Install Downpipe/uppipe, flash OTS Cobb Stg 2 map, drive to tuner to get tuned.

    You do not need to upgrade the catback. Catbacks do very little to performance in these cars.
    Thanks! Just out of curiosity, is stage 2 fast enough to win any races? I'm going stage 2 even if not and racing isn't my intention for the build, I just want something fun, but does anyone have any experience or input as to how fast (or slow) a stage 2 wrx is and what they've won against!

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    That's a pretty open question.
    The World Rally Championship was won with an Impreza.
    the word "Stage" is really very arguable, as to what each 'stage' truly entails.
    When used by Cobb, they have particular mechanical upgrades for each level of power, which they call stages.
    Using those stages in combination with the correct mechanical upgrades can net more or less power, depending on how close to Cobb's intended build your map was written.
    If you are concerned that you are going to harm the car on the way to the shop, you can always have it taken there on a flatbed.

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    Im not sure Stage 2 is enough for those oh so sleek Smart cars.
    If you have the access port for your 02 wrx you should be fine with the stage 2 flash. How far is the tuner from you?
    As for winning races so many things to consider off the line or rolling start and what is the other car if your not happy then just keep building up the car.
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    Stage 2 enough to win any races? Maybe if the other car is driving backwards. The WRX isn't meant for racing or driving fast.

    Sell it and buy a dodge caravan.

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    I highly recommend going to a weekend track event that allows people to try their own cars out.
    At that point, you can meet other people with similar desires, and compare results with your cars.
    That way you can learn about your own car, along with what racing is really like.
    The car matters very little once you are out there, as far as 'how fast it is' ... the driver is 10x as important.

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    ^Truth.. An 09+ stage 2 WRX can nip the 12 second quarter mile, or land in the mid 14's, depending on the driver. Either way, if you're looking for a drag racing car, you bought the wrong one. You'll be a lot better off carving corners.

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