Hey guys! This forum is awesome, and I've learned a lot just by sinking my head in for a few days. But I need some help!!!
I'm new to the forum and relatively new to the world of modding. Long story short, I have a completely stock 03 WRX wagon approaching the 60k mark. It may be a bit late to start modding the car, but I got 'the bug', and it won't let go.
For the 60k maintenance, I got the Redline power pack. From what I've read, there have been mostly positive experiences especially in shift performance. I thought why the hell not just go stage 2 while I'm at it!
Here's what I want to accomplish:
1. Hear the turbo.
2. Hear the exhaust.
3. Increased low-end & torque. I do nearly 100% city driving, and I don't race my car. Slipping the clutch at every light to get around people is a bit tedious.
4. Better cornering (16" stock wheels & all seasons just aren't working)
5. Not get too much attention (avoid the police... 6 points is enough)
Just from what I've read over the last week, here's my ballpark plan:
1.a. Intake silencer delete
b. Air filter (K&N?)
c. Intake (SPT?)
2&3. Go stage 2... I have some confusion on this one. Initial price checks show Cobb is almost twice as expensive as Prodrive stage 2. I'd lean toward Prodrive for that reason alone. Is the Access Port that much better that its worth the cash? Prodrive reprograms the ECU as well, correct?
4. Scour ebay or forums for a set of 17"s... consensus is 17x8x235 is the largest a wagon should run on stock suspension? I've seen a used set of BBS rims for around 500-750$...
I've got a buddy that I think will do most of the work under the table, so I think installation costs will be a bit cheaper. I'd like to be able to accomplish this all for under 2k, 2.5 tops. Doable?
And thanks for the help in advance... and not flaming the new guy in town