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    Very Exciting.

    I just purchased a 2006 WRX TR last month, and still can't believe that it's parked in my driveway. My dream was to own an STI, but after test driving the TR.. it was exciting enough for me.. and just as awesome for what I could afford. I was driving a Scion XB, with just about everything done to it.. it was cool for awhile.. but I needed performance. My first two weeks of owning the car, I started to notice a loud *knock* noise, which turned out to be missing transmission brackets. The dealership said that it appeared they were never installed from the factory. They were cool about it, and fixed it without any question. After a proper break in of the TR, I didn't hesitate to dig into the performance parts.. starting out with an Omori Boost gauge, which I can't figure out why it "ticks" when at about 10-13 PSI. I have checked all connections for leaks, and made sure that it is mounted to the steering colum securely. Next, I went with a Kartboy short shifter & bushings. Knowing the potential of the WRX, I had to have the Access Port... so I ordered that.. and was very impressed with the ease of installation. The stage one showed some nice gains in power in 4th and 5th gear. I have been doing a lot of reading up on these very helpful forums, and also decided to do the silencer delete.. which is an awesome free modification. The sound of the turbo spooling, and a nice bypass valve sigh was quite noticable. Tonight, I installed an HKS hi power catback exhaust... very easy to install, and the sound is a nice low rumble. I am still debating which downpipe to install, so any recommendations would be great... I am looking for one with cats. I found an AWD dyno in my area last week, so I plan to possibly install the Street tuner AP... depending on if they mess with that or not. Either way, I plan to take a few runs.. just to see what the WRX is pushing out at the wheels. I will make sure to post some results just as soon as I get them. I had to express my excitement with somebody, who better than a group of people that all share the same passion. Thanks for taking the time to read, and I plan on gaining.. and sharing knowledge with you all.

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    Nice Post pictures. Thats a pretty good upgrade from the little box you were driving before it.
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    good choice on cars (I might have gone with the sti but I have had my rex almost 2 years) if you are going to have the car tuned you don't need the street turner software that is if you wanted to get into tuning, one cheap option for catted dp is to buy a cheap erz and a magnaflow 3" high flow cat and have a muffler shop weld it in (assuming you don't have welding exp.)
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    and welcome to The Club!!!!

    Very nice introduction, and I was ecstatic to see that you've been doing your research prior to modding!

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    Go for the Cobb downpipe....so nice. After that, flash that bad boy to Stage 2!

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    cobb

    The cobb dp was the one that I have really been thinking about. Is there any known boost creep with the catted dp's?

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    I actually think that you have more of a chance with a catless system. You should be good to go!!

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    as in a boost spike is more likely with the catless setup

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    Quote Originally Posted by WRXforME View Post
    starting out with an Omori Boost gauge, which I can't figure out why it "ticks" when at about 10-13 PSI. I have checked all connections for leaks, and made sure that it is mounted to the steering colum securely.


    That damn thing has been driving me crazy!!!

    I have remounted it twice tried using carboard and rubber bands as shims in the pod to isolate the noise and it still does it. Albeit less now that I installed an o-ring inside the pod to dampen the sound.

    Makes me wonder if maybe there was a reason the stock one is rubber mounted.

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    Just to save you any potential fitment headaches i'd go with a downpipe that is a full 3", not the cobb (which tapers down so it can mount to the stock catback and use the donut gasket). Go with helix, invidia, or perrin (perrin's catted dp is a bit on the expensive side, but its been working great for me with no spike or creep). Helix and Invidia are pretty good bang for the buck though and people love it too.

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    I looked into the install instructions for the Cobb DP, and it says that you can use the DP with aftermarket catbacks that don't use the stock Donut gasket. I wish there were more DP's out there that had cats on them... actually I wish I didn't have emissions here

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