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This is a discussion on New to WRX within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; So i have owned my 2009 WRX for about two months and have put on a SPT exhaust system and ...

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    So i have owned my 2009 WRX for about two months and have put on a SPT exhaust system and a Injen cold air intake. Cosmetically I also put on a Neo chrome shifter knob, and a SPT Boost gauge. I have not gotten the car tuned since the exhaust and intake upgrades, so HP increase has been very limited. I owned a 1995 3000gt SL before this and absolutely loved the car, my girlfriend on the other hand said i couldn't own two sports cars. I wanted more HP and sold the GT and picked up my WRX and it is so much fun to drive. Very fast and quick for being pretty much stock. If anyone has some friendly upgrades that don't require me ripping the entire motor out i am open to anything. Have full access to a garage at work when all of my employees are gone, but only for basic things.
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    Love the black!

    The intake won't do you much good until stage 2. I would recommend that you put the stock intake back on until you have a way to tune for it. It can mess with your engine if not tuned properly (maf scaling). Our cars are very sensitive to chaining things without proper tuning. A good bang for your buck mod that is easy is to get a high flow down pipe installed, which the stock one is the major restriction in the exhaust. You will need to tune for that, so research if you either want to use the COBB AP unit with off the shelf tunes, or you want to use a tactrix cable and go open source (cheaper). Then you can get the intake tuned for at the same time.

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    I second that.

    As far as recommendations, what are your goals?
    14 sedan Limited: AEM intake, Tomioka IC hose, Cobb AP V3, Invidia down pipe with 3" cat, custom 3" mandrel bent single exhaust, Aem air fuel gauge,Cobb knob,Perrin Pitch Stop mount, SPT front strut tower brace, K-Sport coilovers@1.5" drop.

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    I triple that. Beautiful car man!
    Drive like hell, you will get there faster!

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    I would definitely get the Cobb AP. I have had them on two Subaru's my 04 WRX and my 2013 WRX. Downpipe is a great place to start. I would suggest the Cobb catted DownPipe, I use it myself with an invidia N1 catback.
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    Thank you guys for the input. And right now I don't have any serious goals with the car because it is under warranty and might as well use that up while I can and each year just get everything checked out and replaced as needed for cheep. I'll definitely look into a down pipe and do my research on which one to get

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    welcome!
    Nice car!!
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    take that intake off ASAP unless you want to blow your motor... no disrespect but you should have done a little more research before throwing mods on your car :/ i hope you didn't do significant damage to your engine because of that intake without a tune. if you want power mods, i usually see it going like this:

    1) catback exhaust
    2) intake & cobb accessport w/ stage 1 tune (the accessport loads maps from cobb's website into your ECU)
    3) catted/catless downpipe w/ stage 2 tune (done from same accessport, but at this point getting a protune would be better for your car. protune meaning you go to a shop with a dyno and a tuner in person and you get the tune done specific to your car as opposed to a generic tune from cobb) you would probably want to get an upgraded intercooler before you get a protune so you can make more power. also, if you're catless, read up on boost creep, which is why most people get high flow cat downpipes. I'm new to modding myself, but I believe most people get a MBC (manual boost controller) to eliminate the boost creep (extra, non accounted for boost due to the increased flow from no cat which can damage your motor I think.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finesse View Post
    take that intake off ASAP unless you want to blow your motor...
    +1000000

    I can contest to that.
    My car was ran with an injen intake(for i dont know how long by the previous owner)
    I had the car for 25 hours and there went the motor.
    Either get a tune now or take off the intake.
    Best of luck
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    Thank you very much for the information about the intake. From everything I had read on their site and from other people is that is comes pre-tuned and is just fine for the car. It even says right on the box "the first pre-tuned intake" I will be taking it off this weekend when i have some time. Only 150ish miles have been put on the motor with it on, so i hope that didn't do anything

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