Hello everyone! Greetings from Sheppard AFB here in 106 degree TX.
While I do not yet have a WRX, after test driving a number of sedans and wagons, I have already made up my mind to purchase a WRX wagon (like the extra space and the "sleeper" quotient) once I am released from Active Duty here in August. I have owned MANY sports/muscle cars over the years(my last ride was a 2000 Contour SVT), but have never owned a forced induction vehicle before;my only turbo experience is with a Grand National a friend had in 1989-alot has changed since then. I've done ALOT of searching here and on some other sites, and have some questions for those of you in the know.
First, what do you guys think of dealer installed options such as their short shifter and boost guage(I believe perf. package #1) and the Subaru dealer installed "performance" exhaust? How about the factory subwoofer and speakers? I figured I would have the dealer do it and roll them into my monthly payments.
Second, I have read much about uppipes and am curious: I've heard that the Perrin pipe is superior to others because you don't have to have the turbo removed to install it, just jacking up the motor is sufficient. Any thoughts on that?
Third, I've read alot about the intake mod(s) that people here seem fond of...any thoughts on what part#'s I need to cover up the holes made by removing the silencer and what is the K&N panel (or other brand) part#?
Fourth, anyone have an opinion on use of the CRO2 system for use specifically with the intercooler sprayer?
Fifth, Has anyone used the boost controller from Dawes? It seems like a nice straightforward design-almost "goof-proof". Will this controller set off any CEL's and how do you reset the computer? What is the lightest set of rims out there now and where do I get them? I'm looking for 17" and possibly 18" if the ride doesn't turn into something approaching a "go-kart".
Any and all opinions are appreciated-Ied I figured I'd do my homework now so I can order the parts ahead of time that way I can purchase a WRX and have the parts waiting for me to be installed by the time I get home on leave. Thanks guys!