This is a discussion on First car: 2011 Wrx Sedan within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Originally Posted by WRX-maniac Going stage 2. Stage 2 is really just a fancy way of saying that you have ...
Catless downpipe and invidia n1. Everyone will hate you as you set off car alarms and wake up sleeping babies. However your class of 2015 will think youre super bad ass.
Go stage 2 next year then Stop
And welcome and congrats.
Chill folks. It's a username. I've seen worse usernames from 50 year olds... The questions posed as valid ones.
Steve // 2010 Cadillac CTS-V // 2011 WRX hatchback (SOLD)
Here's how I'm spending $5K on my recently purchased 2013 STi
1. Weathertech mats and cargo liner $350 total after shipping
2. Pay part of this car insurances biannual payment for new car. I'm old clean driving record still aint cheap.
3. Clear bra plus professional opticoat and detail. I'm guessing $2k
4. Back to dealer to get entension of warranty that adds more to the certified car warranty $1600 or so
5. Whatever my county wants to charge me for car tax for this years prorated tax. We have car tax in Virginia. Who knows maybe $500
There's $5k and nothing unnecessary. I may even return the Weathertech stuff. I haven't had time to enjoy the car. Worried so much about protecting it. Knowing the cost involved was one of the main reasons I held off buying for so long. I jumped and got a fair deal on an STi but damn if I ain't having some seconds thoughts. Car is a moneypit.
Last edited by grendels_wrx; 07-10-2014 at 08:38 PM.
2013 Black STi Limited sedan
You said that the car needs to pass inspection. I am not familiar with NJ laws, but an intake, down pipe and tune will likely be illegal.
These parts are easy enough to revert back to stock for smog however.
14 sedan: Protune: 318AWHP 344ft lbs up pipe, Tial EWG, AEM intake, Cobb AP V3, 3" TBE, Avo FMIC, Turbo Smart bpv, Aem air fuel gauge,Cobb knob,Perrin Pitch Stop mount, SPT front strut tower brace, K-Sport firstname.lastname@example.org" drop. Eibach sways, Perrin Spherical end links, Cusco subframe brace, White Line sway braces, Perrin sub frame bushings.
07 Duramax LBZ- 26psi,intake, TBE, Diablosport programmer, Edge Insight with EGT, EGR block off, BD exhaust manifold, PPE fuel valve.
The first thing I did to my car was a good ceramic tint. I really wish I would of invested into a clear bra for the front end like recommended. I purchased my 2013 WRX off the lot brand new, and after 1 year I have some pretty bad rock chips on the front of my hood.
I would recommend these to you, coming from someone who is not listing these things because of your age, but because I have had my car for a year now and have some experience.
1. Snow tires
3.Clear bra on the front of the car (expensive, but will make the car stay pretty)
4. Mud flaps
5. Kartboy short shifter and bushings (really improves day to day driving experience of shifting)
6. Catback exhaust system (it will fill your need to hear the growl, but will not increase performance or require any sort of tuning)
If you're really wanting power, skip the intake and keep it simple. Get a good downpipe (it's the pipe going down from the turbo of the car) and a good tune. Pro tuning, which is using a shop to put your car on a dyno and tune for you, is the best. This will put you in the "Stage 2" category and you'll notice a big difference in your cars overall acceleration and feel. An intake is not required for Stage 2, although it will make a "woosh" sound, it will not produce very large gains at all unless you're pushing for higher power levels.
Last edited by steezle; 07-15-2014 at 02:02 PM.
Road trip to Colorado to justify you user name.
2012 WRB 4DR | SPT Exhaust | Cobb Short Throw | Rally Armour | WC Lathe Werks Custom TI Knob | Kartboy Shifter Bushings | Stoptech Pads & Brake Lines | JBK Elements DRL | OEM STI & Morimoto Mini H1 Quad HID Retrofit | XSB LED Angel Eyes | GrimmSpeed Lightweight Crank Pulley | Perrin Cold Air Intake | CNT Catted Divorced Downpipe W/Titanium Wrap and Grimmspeed Heatshild | Grimmspeed Pink Radiator Shroud & Alternator Cover
CFLip2x 2012 WRB WRX Build
Anywho, get good winter tires. I use Bridgestone Blizzak ws70, 235/45/17. These are on sale right now for $138/tire.
It's no secret that the car's interior is cheap and doesn't hold up well over time, so protect it from mud/snow/salt/semen stains with WeatherTech floorliners (~$180) and get a cargoliner while you're at it (~$110).
Have clear bra installed on the hood/front of the car to protect your paint from rock chips ($400-600). Go to a reputable 3M Installer for this.
I'd hold off on the power mods until you get used to how your car handles. Otherwise you'll have nothing to compare to when you start to add more power. If you really want to bring out that loud boxer rumble, buy an exhaust and that's it. Focus on making the car your own... change out the shift knob, tint the windows, upgrade that horrid sound system. You'll be much happier in the long run. EVERYONE is stage 2 or more, so by not doing it right this second, you'll actually be the unique one because your car will be the golden virgin. There is a lot you need to research, learn, and understand about your car before adding more power. Unless you just really don't care whether or not it blows up. (~$$$!!)
You're welcome for the links.