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I'm new to the forum but I just bought a 2008 WRX and I'm looking to chart out an upgrade path. I'm new to import modification so bear with me if some of my questions are noobile... (and the 08 aftermarket is still sparse)

My current goal as I have 300 miles on this car and the warranty is still going to be in effect for some time is to make upgrades that more enhance the driving experiance of my ride than the performance. That being said any gains are always welcome, and no power losses are acceptable. I've got a deployment scheduled in the next 9 months so I'm going to wait until I get back to start serious performance mods, as I'll have the budget and then some and I'll be able to do some really nice things right.

I think the first thing on my chopping block will be a new cat back exhaust, the stock exhaust is far too quiet and uninspiring. I'm looking for something with a nice growl that enhances the sound of the turbo and generally makes the car more fun to drive.

A new "ram air" or "cold air" intake is something I also need an edjumacation on. I understand that a cold air intake before a turbo makes about as much sense as a screen door on a submarine but they do tend to make things sound better. Are there solutions that actually net a gain (be it small) suggestions? advice?

Now I've done a little reading and from what I gather an atmospheric blow off valve is only going to cause me problems. I love the sound (not when people go over the top with trumpeted bovs, but a nice curt pssh when letting of the gas) are there solutions that are net net, no gain, no loss, no problems? I'm willing to forget this because I've got better things to spend my money on really.

A short throw shifter would be welcome as the factory 5 is annoying. a friend with some good experiance said to stay away from the STI short throw...

And last but not least (and not engine related) has anyone used the 3m clear guard stuff that goes along the bottom edges of the car to prevent as many dings and what not? After I'm more broken in she'll be seeing dirt and tarmac. I'll get over it all but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
 

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ok i'm not reading all of that buttttt

the first thing i did was get a short throw shifter. after i had a decent about of mileage on the car i got my exhaust and things like that. make sure you baby your car for the first 1k miles for the break in period as well.
 

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If i had an 08 I'd make sure i had ipod and sirius satellite hooked up, then i would go for a new heavy shift knob like the prodrive billet one i have, it makes shifting much easier, if you are still unhappy with the way it shifts go for the SPT short throw. after that i would enjoy it for about 20,000 miles then see what parts come out for it. a catback exhaust would be nice for to help it sound like it should. I would stay away from CAI since the stock intake gets colder fresher air.
 

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Wheels and tires..... NOW.

Those 08 wheels are terrible..... needs an 18x8 upgrade immediately
 

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yea just wait for the Cobb Accessport to come out imo.
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But if you like your warranty - I'd leave it alone. Subaru gets off on denying warranty claims.

Or, just hold onto your stock items and put them back on if you need to bring the car back to the dealership.

Engine management should be your first mod for power. Stainless Steel brake lines, slotted rotors, hawk hps pads - make a big difference in braking, but I'd put some time in on the stockers to see if you are satisfied first. Same thing goes for the suspension - if you like it, leave it alone - if not - I recommend Tein for coilovers.... if they are out yet - I don't know.

For power - after engine management - get a turbo back exhaust and go to stage 2.

As the cars are new - be careful with your modding. Try to make safe mods, you're playing guinea-pig for the masses who will be following suit in due time.
 

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Now I've done a little reading and from what I gather an atmospheric blow off valve is only going to cause me problems. I love the sound (not when people go over the top with trumpeted bovs, but a nice curt pssh when letting of the gas) are there solutions that are net net, no gain, no loss, no problems? I'm willing to forget this because I've got better things to spend my money on really.
How do you know if it's an atmospheric BOV or not? And why is that bad? http://www.ultimate-racing.com/Products2/WRX-08/WRX-08_HKSBOVKIT.shtml Here's were there are a few options, let me know what you think. Also cat back offered here as well.
 

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I'd just wait. Since the 08's just came out it's going to take some time before parts are available. I wouldn't just go with the first place you can find parts at. Wait until various places have parts available so you have a choice in parts and price. Personally I'd wait until Cobb has released parts and go with their stuff.

Lastly if you care about your warrenty at all use as much SPT stuff as you can. This also requires patience as they have yet to release anything.
 

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I'd just wait. Since the 08's just came out it's going to take some time before parts are available. I wouldn't just go with the first place you can find parts at. Wait until various places have parts available so you have a choice in parts and price. Personally I'd wait until Cobb has released parts and go with their stuff.

Lastly if you care about your warrenty at all use as much SPT stuff as you can. This also requires patience as they have yet to release anything.


good call. listen to this man.
 
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