Power: As other people have said, StageII (TBE+EM - a protune wouldn't hurt either)Rex4life said:I just bought a 03 wrx wagon and would like to set it up for max performance on the street. I dont need alot of hp but what ever i can get out of it withought doing a sti swap would be nice. also need tips on susspention and brakes.
Leave the engine alone. Put "Protune" at the top of your list and start looking for a tuner now while you research. Read the link in my sig for bugeye owners. 8k is enough to do a turbo upgrade, and a little bit of needed upgrades to the braking(ss lines, slotted rotors, hawk pads, high temp fluid) and suspension(coilovers, bars and endlinks). You should also consider the upgrades that improve drivability(crank pulley, uppipe, downpipe, header, engine/trans mount, dead pedal, short shifter/bushings, tgv delete, p&p work). Bear in mind with the 5speed trans you will need to be nice and smooth with it, making power while in gear, not on the transition. I broke my stock 5-speed and replaced it with an STI 6-speed. The Swap costs roughly 3-7k depending on how you do it.Wow that helps alot guys! thanks! About the car though. It is total stock. I am also torn about just droping the 2.5 v7 in this with the v8 heads and then the sti drivetrain and v7 gears. BUT i cant find a local shop here in VA beach to work on it for me since i dont think i could do it myself.
But!!! is there a huge diff from 2.0 to 2.5? if so how much more would it cost me? i have about 8k to get this in shape asap.