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    just picked up an 02

    I'm totally new to the turbo industry...I guess I can't say I know much about anything else . I have about 94,000 on the new (used) wrx, I'm just wondering what is the safest mods I can do to the car. I want to keep the stock exhaust on the car...I can't handle the exhaust noise anymore, even tho I hear it's not too bad. Just want a little more pick up and go.

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    There a tons of threads about good first mods. Try searching a bit, its your best friend on this website. The exhaust sound that comes from a WRX is very unique you should check out some sound clips. It sounds nothing like the honda you are coming from.

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    Welcome to the club! The best places to look for information about first mods are to search and to look around at the sticky's in different forums. To start you off, here's a good link about first mods.

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    Thanks for the info. There is just so many different opinion...so I just want the straight up safe and good mods. Hopefully you understand what I mean. At this point, everything sounds good. Just need help making the right decision.

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    Welcome to the club...also, make sure you have your car looked over before you go modding as many "stock" WRXs were not always stock and you may need to tidy things up first.

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    it's going to be hard to pick up more power without changing out the restrictive exhaust system.

    there are many little other things that'll make the car that much more enjoyable though. here are some very good bang-for-the-buck mods:

    - short shifter + bushings
    - steering rack bushings
    - fender braces
    - swaybars + bushings
    - springs

    stay away from intakes, blow off valves, and boost controllers.
    also you're kind of at high mileage and wanted to remind you that if you need to replace your clutch, stick with OEM factory. if you try to upgrade to a beefier clutch your transmission will die an early death.
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    how do you feel about cobb tuning? any recommendations? and is it safe or benefit to the car to remove the intake silencer? also is it necessary for me to get a turbo timer? changing the Upper P and Down P and keeping the rest of the exhaust system do me any good or any suggestions? thanks for the advices.
    Last edited by 920wrx; 01-28-2007 at 10:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 920wrx View Post
    how do you feel about cobb tuning? any recommendations? and is it safe or benefit to the car to remove the intake silencer? also is it necessary for me to get a turbo timer? changing the Upper P and Down P and keeping the rest of the exhaust system do me any good or any suggestions? thanks for the advices.
    I also have an 02 (auto trans) WRX and I found replacing the stock up-pipe made a huge difference. Especially with lag. I get just about zero lag now with the Turbo XS up-pipe I bought off of a forum member here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 920wrx View Post
    how do you feel about cobb tuning? any recommendations? and is it safe or benefit to the car to remove the intake silencer? also is it necessary for me to get a turbo timer? changing the Upper P and Down P and keeping the rest of the exhaust system do me any good or any suggestions? thanks for the advices.
    I've been running Cobb Stage 1 map on my '02 for a little while now and I love it. I think you'll find that Cobb has a great reputation around here. If you get a catless uppipe and bellmouth downpipe you could use the Cobb Stage 2 map and that's an amazing improvement in performance over stock.
    '02 PSM WRX Sedan, Cobb AP V1 Stg.1, Perrin UPP, Borla XR-1, and plenty more.

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