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    Hey Guys! My lease is up at the end of this year on my 2015 Explorer Sport and I'm looking for a change. After test driving a few different cars, I'm planning on going with the WRX. With all the driving I do here in NJ, I like having awd and performance, but I need a little better fuel mileage than what my Livernois tuned Sport is giving me, best 19 mpg. I just can't do slow for the higher mileage cars since I drive my cars very hard.

    I have a wife and 5 year old daughter, and do have a larger family car if needed... 2008 Infiniti M35X. I also have my ongoing project car which is a heavily modded 1980 Corvette, and my wife's 68 Mustang in need of an overhaul.

    I was thinking about just getting something cheap for now and waiting for the 2020 redesign WRX/ maybe STI, but not sure I can make it that long.

    I look forward to taking in all the good info here and just wanted to say "Hi" and introduce myself. Here's a few pictures to share of my current rides, and can't wait for my next one. - Mike






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    Pretty awesome rides you've got there! What year/trim WRX are you looking at? Welcome to the forum.

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    Thanks! Probably a 2018, but not sure which model yet. Weighing the options between the base and premium (maybe with the sport package). Another thought is to go with a used one, but since they seem to hold value really well, might be better off just getting new.

    Then again, maybe just go cheapest, wait for the redesign and trade up. Wish I knew more about the next version.

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    Those explorers can scoot considering how big they are, that's for sure.
    I have an STi with an intake and no tune, I never change my oil, and my wheel spacerz are mad tyte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irickchad View Post
    Those explorers can scoot considering how big they are, that's for sure.
    For a seven seater awd suv it's pretty quick. I changed from a 2 bar MAP to a 3 bar, tightened the gap on the plugs, installed a 160 thermostat and K&N panel filter, then tuned with a Livernois Motorsport 93 3 Bar Performance tune. Others with the same mods run 13.5 in the quarter, but I have not taken mine to the track. Not the best video I've taken, but here's a 0-60 I tried to get. Sorry for the camera movement.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG9Y79rpV-8

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    Thanks Guys! Here's a spec sheet I put together on the vette. It spent 7 years off the road while I did a frame off resto-mod on it. Also a couple more pictures.

    Can't wait to get my hands on a WRX, or STI! lol

    Engine:
    350 4 bolt main
    Block .040 over to 385 Stroker
    Balanced rotating assembly
    Clevite bearings throughout
    Scat nodular crank 3.75" stroke
    Pioneer race balancer
    AMS Racing H-beam rods good for 650hp (identical to Eagle rods)
    Keith Black Hypereutectic pistons 10.25.1 compression with the 64cc heads
    World Products iron 64cc heads 2.02 intake 1.60 exhaust valves 200cc intake runners
    Summit Racing hardened pushrods
    Crane Gold Series aluminum rockers 1.52 ratio
    Lunati Bracket Master II hydraulic cam, 300 degree advertised duration, 246 degrees at .050 lift, 108 degree lobe separation, .515 lift intake/exhaust
    Summit Racing double roller timing chain
    Edelbrock Torker II intake manifold with 1" aluminum carb spacer
    Barry Grant Speed Demon 750 Carb. Mechanical secondaries
    MSD 6AL Ignition Control
    MSD Blaster Coil
    MSD Pro Billet Distributor
    MSD Red Super Conductor 8.5mm Wires
    ACDelco Professional Platinum Spark Plugs
    14" K & N Air Filter & Xtreme filter top
    Custom Cold Air Induction with Temperature gauge
    Engine Bay Temperature gauge
    Edelbrock Victor Jr. reverse flow water pump (serpentine conversion)
    March Underdrive Pulley Kit
    160-Degree Thermostat
    Dewitt’s Aluminum Radiator with dual Spal electric fans
    Hooker 1 7/8" Primary to 4" tube Sidepipes
    Hooker Max Flow Inserts
    20/50 Racing Oil

    Transmission:
    LT1 T56 6 Speed
    Wilwood Hydraulic Clutch Master
    Stainless Steel Braided Clutch Line
    Fidanza Aluminum Flywheel - neutral balanced
    Centerforce II Dual Friction Clutch
    Custom Hydraulic Throwout Bearing
    Hurst Billet Pro Shifter
    BTO Transmission Crossmember powdercoated red

    Rear Differential:
    Ikerd’s Complete Rebuilt Dana 44 Aluminum
    Poly Mounts
    3.70 ratio
    Spicer Solid U-Joints (driveshaft & halfshafts)
    Van Steel Machined U-Joint Caps (driveshaft & halfshafts)
    Van Steel Halfshafts

    Wheels/ Tires:
    17x9.5 C6 Z06 Style Wheels F / R Black Powdercoat with Red Band
    2.5” Wheel Adapters F/ R
    Nitto NT555 Extreme 275/ 40 ZR 17
    New Lug Nuts

    Suspension/ Chassis:
    Went over all welds
    Added Gussets for Lower Control Arm mounting brackets
    Boxed front frame at Swaybar mounting location
    Acid dipped, phosphate washed, and Powdercoated Frame Red
    Coated inside of frame with Fluid Film
    VBP Performance Plus Suspension Powdercoated Red
    VBP Offset Trailing Arms Powdercoated Red with rebuilt Hubs
    Poly Bushing / Mounts used throughout
    New Wheel Bearings/ Races all around
    New Steering Valve, Cylinder, and Lines
    Flaming River Stainless Steel Steering Coupler
    VBP Spreader Bar
    Bilstein Sport Shocks

    Brakes:
    Stainless Steel hard lines and mounting clips
    Stainless Steel Braided Caliper Lines
    VBP Stock Style Stainless Steel Piston O-Ring Calipers
    Stainless Steel E-Brake Components
    New Stock Rotors
    Hawk HPS pads
    DOT 5 Brake Fluid
    Chrome Master Cylinder
    New Brake Booster

    Interior:
    Stock, re-dyed two-tone Doeskin/ Black color
    ACC complete Cut-Pile Carpet Set – Black
    Lightweight Thermal Insulation throughout
    Autometer Cobalt Digital Speedometer/ Tachometer Combination
    Digital Temperature sensors for Engine Bay and Cold Air Induction
    Dual electric fan manual switch with LED monitor Light

    Electrical:
    Upgraded Wire Gauge from Battery + / - to Engine Comp. / Alternator
    Replaced fusible link at the battery with a 50 amp breaker
    Added Positive & Negative Terminal Blocks to the Engine Compartment
    Optima Red Top Battery
    CS 133 Alternator

    Fuel:
    New Fuel Tank
    New Fuel Lines 3/8” Steel Feed
    New Fuel Lines 5/16” Steel Return
    Stainless Steel Aeroquip
    Goodyear High Pressure Rubber Fuel Line (to tank)
    -AN 6 Fittings
    Jeg’s Inline Electric Fuel Pump
    Fuel Pressure Regulator
    Fuel Pressure Gauge
    Jeg’s –AN 6 In-Line Pre & Post High Flow Polished Fuel Filters

    Accessories:
    Serpentine Belt Conversion using 1989 Firebird Accessories (except AC)
    1987 Corvette AC Compressor
    New AC Line, seals, Dryer, and Orifice Tube
    Thermo Insulated AC Box
    1989 Firebird Power Steering Pump

    Mics:
    New Melrose "Galaxy Glass" T-Tops
    New Windshield
    New Weatherstrips
    New rear crossflag emblem
    Installed/ welded Rocker Channel Inserts
    Birdcage cleaned and painted with POR-15
    Cleaned and painted, or replace all brackets, screws, bolts, and springs throughout
    Painted Underbody Satin Black
    All Chassis Parts Powdercoated or Painted
    Replaced many small misc. parts

    What's next: (already have all parts needed)
    Upgrading the HVAC blower motor fan to a larger one
    "Killer Headlights" vacuum to electric conversion
    C5 Z06 Corvette Mod-Red Seats Swap







    And an older walk around video before I put the 6 speed and newer sidepipes on.

    https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=4SUDndpy8bw

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    Wow--I am impressed by the Corvette. The WRX would be a step down performance-wise for sure but...

    Much better gas mileage than you're currently getting

    Lighter weight, so fun to throw around in the corners

    Relatively cheap, reliable, sporty transportation--roomy for hauling 4-5 people and gear

    If you wanted to mod it--sounds like you're pretty experienced LOL--you can upgrade it to a monster, though maybe that defeats the point of the reliable DD

    I have a couple of friends with new-generation Corvettes who have Subarus as their DD, especially useful for the winter.

    I'm just throwing this out there--before I got my WRX I had a BMW X3 i35--IMO that vehicle is the best smaller SUV out there and can book with the 3L twin turbo engine. It also gets among the best gas mileage in that category--consistently 22-24 mpg. (The X1 and X3 i28 have the 2L turbo--also good vehicles but not as speedy.) It would feel much smaller than the Explorer for sure. Pricewise it's more than the WRX of course unless you're buying used. If you don't mind working on them yourselves, a used BMW can be a bargain.

    Re' the Ford, I drove an Explorer in Hawaii when on vacation, and I was very impressed. If I needed a big SUV to haul more than 5 people it would get my vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff View Post
    Wow--I am impressed by the Corvette. The WRX would be a step down performance-wise for sure but...

    Much better gas mileage than you're currently getting

    Lighter weight, so fun to throw around in the corners

    Relatively cheap, reliable, sporty transportation--roomy for hauling 4-5 people and gear

    If you wanted to mod it--sounds like you're pretty experienced LOL--you can upgrade it to a monster, though maybe that defeats the point of the reliable DD

    I have a couple of friends with new-generation Corvettes who have Subarus as their DD, especially useful for the winter.

    I'm just throwing this out there--before I got my WRX I had a BMW X3 i35--IMO that vehicle is the best smaller SUV out there and can book with the 3L twin turbo engine. It also gets among the best gas mileage in that category--consistently 22-24 mpg. (The X1 and X3 i28 have the 2L turbo--also good vehicles but not as speedy.) It would feel much smaller than the Explorer for sure. Pricewise it's more than the WRX of course unless you're buying used. If you don't mind working on them yourselves, a used BMW can be a bargain.

    Re' the Ford, I drove an Explorer in Hawaii when on vacation, and I was very impressed. If I needed a big SUV to haul more than 5 people it would get my vote.
    Thanks!

    Yeah, I don't need a monster for a DD. I'll put a few touches on it, but nothing crazy for now. Also, I'll probably get a cheap pick-up, so I have a truck if needed. Important to me is a quick, nice handling/ great braking, close to 30 mpg hwy 4-door car for my daily, and awd is a big plus here in NJ.

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    Welcome to the club. Super jealous of your vette. It looks really nice!
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    Hello and welcome! Just go get the WRX already, sheesh!

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    Thanks Guys! Not doing 3 car payments. lol Wish I could though... without selling my vette!

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    And I did try stopping into my dealer and see if I could get out of my lease early, but wasn't worth it, better to stay to the end. I did take out a Focus ST for a test drive which was fun to drive. My sales rep tried to push me to buy a used GT350 they have. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE80 View Post
    Thanks!

    Yeah, I don't need a monster for a DD. I'll put a few touches on it, but nothing crazy for now. Also, I'll probably get a cheap pick-up, so I have a truck if needed. Important to me is a quick, nice handling/ great braking, close to 30 mpg hwy 4-door car for my daily, and awd is a big plus here in NJ.
    Mike,

    Nice cars! And you surely know how to mod your cars. Power wise, the WRX will be a step down. MPG isn't great on the WRX either. The WRX could be up to 30+ MPG if you drive it like a hybrid car(very very light gas pedal and almost no boost driving style). But as soon as you step down on the gas paddle, MPG goes way down. It also depends on where you drive. If you drive mostly without much traffic and stay on cruising speed, then the MPG is decent. Otherwise it could be very bad. Like I live in San Francisco, my MPG is like 15s to 25s depending on which area I was driving and how I was driving.

    Good luck!

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