I'm not exactly a newbie to the forums, just a newbie to car tuning. I've never done any of it, but since I've had my WRX for almost a year now, I think I'm ready to liven her up. Although, compared to other cars I've owned (1999-Civic HX, 2001 Outback) she's pretty lively already. But there's always more, right? I read somewhere that you're never at a steady level, you're either getting better or you're getting worse. But enough of that.
A little bit about me: I don't go to races or get on the track (at least for now ). I don't drive it that hard that often. It's my everyday car. I don't need tons of horsepower, but I do like the deep boxer rumble. I need to be able to get up to the mountains for snowboarding (if we ever get more snow this year. such a sad winter for WA). I want her to look good, but not too aggressive.
So here's what I've got in mind and I'm not sure where to go with it. I'm just kinda making plans for the next few months (hopefully) and I want to lay it all out so I know how much $$$ I need to save up.
Tires - I got my 2002 car used and I'm up to 42k. Tires need to be replaced. I figure $400-$600 dollars to replace with a decent set? This is kind of a priority unless I can get Wheels and Tires close to the same price range which isn't very likely.
Wheels - Would be nice to have, but kinda pricey. I definitely want 18s. I'd go for 17s, but I know I won't be satisfied for long.
Suspension - I want to get a set of coilovers (I've seen the NEX set of coilovers for $600 on Ebay and those seem alright). I was thinking of just getting springs, but I know I'll have to get new shocks sooner than I'd like. I'd rather just make the one purchase for now. I don't want to be slammed but I do appreciate the slightly lowered look.
Exhaust - Borla Hush Twin Tip or Bosal Twin Tip. I like the look of the Bosal more than the Borla, but I don't want to be ultra loud unless I'm gettin' on the gas.
That's where I want to get started. I might throw in an Uppipe (quicker spool time?), but I might pass on the dnpipe as I'd like to keep the cats for emissions and what not. Small things might come along the way if they're not terribly expensive.
So here's what I'm thinking. Feel free to voice your opinion.
Start with tires because that's a necessity (unless someone knows where I can get some wheels on the cheap. Or should I just get the 17s?). I'm kind of torn between the suspension and the exhaust though. I really dig the sound of the aftermarket exhaust, but will it look corny stock height?
Oh, I'm probably just going to throw a K&N air filter in when I do my tune up.
Can you tell I don't feel much like working today?