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    Hey everyone my name is chris and i was wondering the best year of wrx to go with. My goals are to make power and to be able to beat my dads evo 8. i'm open to any suggestions. I just got out of a honda and wanted to go with something that i could feel comfortable driving and have something to have fun with and enjoy for sometime. Thanks

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    The "Sticky: Good first mods" above is a great place to start.

    Year wise there is little difference except for the transmissions. The 2002 tranny is on the weaker side. As production continued into 2003 - 2004 Subaru beefed up the 5 speed.

    Engine power to keep up with an Evo? The STi is the logical choice or the 2006 - 2007 as it has the 2.5 liter capable for producing more power than the 2.0.
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    WOW!!! i didn't know that. my dads evo is an 03 with just bolt ons. The sti is kinda out of my price range for what i want to spend. but if its the best way to go i might have to. What year do you have.

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    every year the rex got a little easier to "upgrade". If you start off with an 06 you've got the upgraded 2.5 engine and a catless uppipe. Miles ahead of the 05 and younger 2.0 liter and catted uppipe. (sti is a different ballgame)
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    Any year WRX + Stage 2 or more will keep up w/ a stock Evo. Stage 4 will make it easier to beat depending on your Dads mods.

    Major differences:

    02 WRX - First year in US (all colors plus Blaze Yellow)
    03 WRX - Same look (all colors plus Solar Yellow instead)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx_boss View Post
    WOW!!! i didn't know that. my dads evo is an 03 with just bolt ons. The sti is kinda out of my price range for what i want to spend. but if its the best way to go i might have to. What year do you have.
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    If you can afford a new wrx then you can afford a used 05 sti. That would be my choice if I had to do it over again. I currently drive a 2006 wrx which is arguable the best USDM offering as of yet for the wrx.
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    If you have money...06 STI with bolt ons or 06 WRX and upgrade the turbo with stage 2 and a few other things. best bet is an older STI 04-05ish and go stage 2 and it should beat an EVO with some bolt ons but it all depends on what he has and how much hp/tq he's putting down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viperuws View Post
    If you have money...06 STI with bolt ons or 06 WRX and upgrade the turbo with stage 2 and a few other things. best bet is an older STI 04-05ish and go stage 2 and it should beat an EVO with some bolt ons but it all depends on what he has and how much hp/tq he's putting down.
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    Evo's with bolt on's make some pretty impressive power.

    Even if you could afford an STi, you would have to spend ~ $1500 (TBE+AP) just to hang with your dads evo... and depending on his specific bolt on's you still might be able to beat him.

    With a wrx you will undoubtably have to upgrade the turbo, so expect to spend some decent money. An 06' is best because of the 2.5L motor and huge torque numbers it produces. However, even on a simple turbo upgrade like a VF34 and supporting mods you would likely have the edge, but again, not sure if you would really be beating him. The best option on a WRX to be sure you will win would be an 18G. This is going to cost a bit of cash, but will give you the power you need... Problem is that all your dad needs is about $1,500 to then take over the ball game again.
    VF34 06' WRX will make it close and give you some bragging rights and you will be making much more torque.... and the 18G will run more money but give you that power you need to beat him. But then your tranny is in jepordy.
    Your actual best bet: Used Evo IX

    Moral of the story = The Evo responds sickinly well to mods and not even the STi can go mod for mod with it, and the wrx is generally in over its head in this reguard.
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