I joined this forum a while ago along with a few other forums (nasioc, wrxfanatics) and so far I like this one the most. I just figured i'd introduce myself.
I got my WRX used last year (November of 04). I'm now a freshman (well, technically a sophmore now) in college. I used to drive a 2003 mazda protege5 which was barnd new (got it in April of 03). Anyways, I was modding that and had just put on the exhaust when a hail storm struck my school and completely demolished everyone's car. So I got a lot of insurance money, and with a little bit extra, managed to get enough to buy my used 2002 WRX (it's a wagon.)
I really love the car a lot. Its my first manual transmission so the first month or so I spent learning how to drive it better but now I am feeling much more comfortable with it. Around february of this year, i decided to start to rally it with a few friends. We found a cool figure 8 course in the desert and timed our laps around that. IT was really fun and a great way to get a feeling for the car and, not to mention, learning how to handle it as it slid sideways. I actually improved my ability to use the all wheel drive a lot and feel a lot more comfortable driving the car. Unfortuneately, our course was pretty rocky, so I decided to go with some fastline rally mudflaps to protect the paint (the fender wheel wells were already getting knicked up). After I put on the mudlfaps, I went rallying one more time and when I did i got a nasty flat in the sidewall of my front left tire. IT was (of course) unrepairable so I had to get a new tire. The place we usually get tires from no longer carried the RE92 garbage tires which was okay anyways because i soon discovered that rallying had done quite a bit of damage to my tires. the treads were still fine, but the rubber was mashed in at parts and chewed up. So, I decided to go with a new set of tires. I decided on the Pirelli PZero Nero M&S (all season) tires (205 55 16) which is the same size as stock). and of course, with the Pirelli's being a more all season high performance street tire, I've decided to stop rallying. It was really fun while it lasted, but it was really hard on my car. My paint has a lot of tiny scratches on the bottom of the doors (including the side skirts), my rear rims have a lot of chips from the gravel, my fender wheel wells are chewed up pretty bad, and one of my rotors has a small scratch from a tiny rock that must have gotten wedged in there. (This doesnt really seem to be a problem but it was enough to make myself stop rallying). Part of the problem was that our course is too rocky. But another thing is that I am a perfectionist, so tiny flaws in my car are easy for me to spot and they usually bother me. So I am gonna try to fix all the chips and scratches in my paint. Then I think I will try to repair the chips in the rims and will then probably paint them in hopes that they will look a lot nicer (they cant look any worse than they do now with the chips). I think I might also sand down my side skirts to make them smooth again and my paint them so that they blend with the car a bit better (my car is black) and so that the scratches wont be as noticeable. Anyways, I am gonna do all that I can to make the car look as nice as possible, because I plan to transform it into a 100% street car again, with no more rallying because it is too hard on the car (and the tires especially ).
Anyways, that was kind of a long intro but oh well. So far, since november I have tinted the windows, installed the fastline Rally mudflaps (which I intend to keep because they will protect the paint and they look cool anyways), and I have also cleared my headlights (a mod i just finished today). I am going to go with a clear sidemarker so I can elimintate that horrendous orange color from the front end completely. Then I will work on the paint and the rims. I am aiming to paint the rims gold and the calipers red at the beginning of the summer. Then I am thinking about working on performance mods. I really want to go with more power but I want to keep my setup emissions legal. Right now I really want the Cobb Accessport but would probably rather buy a Helix Catback first so I can enjoy the deep Boxer grumble. I was also thinking about going with the full helix system (catless flex uppipe, CATTED downpipe, and catback). I think I read somewhere that this setup is emissions legal in california, so if this is true I will definitely do it. In terms of suspension I really want a rear sway bar and end links as well as lowering springs so the wheels fit the wells better (especially the front). I really want to make this car into a project car that I can continue to mod well past 300 hp once I have more money. So thats the brief story of my car and my plans. Hopefully most of them will be realized....