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Hey guys, just dropped my paycheck on tokico d-specs and rce yellows.

I'm thinking about a power mod before dropping my money on a nice set of wheels and r-comps.

It's focused around SM but I only compete locally..

Any suggestions? Budget for the month of june will be around 1000$ with all supporting mods.
I'm fairly new in autocross and I really like the response I get from the stock turbo but am not sure if the extra power will help me or not.

Current mods:
Tokico d-specs on rce yellows
17x8 wheels on 235/45/17 hakook v12
external wastegate
td-04
27mm front sway (recommended by turninconcepts)
23mm rear sway (recommended by turninconcepts)
 

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Are your Auto-X events mostly turns or are their decent straights? You can always do a VFXX + MBC + retune. I think a TMIC/E85/MBC setup would be fun, but the injectors/tune would put you over the budgetof $1000...
 

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The porsche club likes to run wide open courses(figures), but the scca club in my area (the one that matters to me) seem fairly tight with 'maybe' a WOT every 2 or 3 events.

As far as budget goes, I'll have until my buddy and I make a trip down south for our dyno tune around August. Let's say I put away 500$ each month. that gives me 2000$ between now and august minus maybe 500$ for a tune from cobbtuning socal.

but e85 is out of the question for me. I'm here in the middle of nowhere.

Oh.. sorry i'm already stageII with an online tune from clark turner.
 

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Woah... this. Just finished an event with a couple national level autox'ers. I just ran with my street tire setup 235/45/17 v12's so I did not expect to do well, especially in SM where I am down on power and everyone runs hoosiers

http://www.americanauto-x.com/results/pdf/2012/2012Round09.pdf

Anyways... I'm stuck between a

td05 16g ported/polished/coated Subaru WRX/STI TD05-16G Turbocharger @ 6starspeed.com

or

td04 18t ported/polished/coated Subaru WRX TD04L-18T Compressor Upgrade

After 2 months of looking around, I'm not sure which of the two I will be happy with.
 

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I'm surprised no has mentioned this yet. Power upgrades are the LAST upgrade for AutoX. And while they're a lit of fun, if you don't have everything else in place, the extra power will actually make you slower around the course.

The first thing you really need to do is learn to drive your car as fast as it'll go in the current configuration. Easy way to see how much you're really wringing out of your car is to have one of the instructors take your car for a lap or two. You should be at least as fast around the track since you know your car. If you're not, don't upgrade until you are as fast.

Even then, your first upgrade should be sticky tires since they'll make the biggest difference to your car.
 

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MightyP is right...I went with a turbo that was a bit bigger than what I wanted. the new turbo actually made me a bit slower. It took me awhile to get used to it and catch back up with my friends. Now that I don't have the td-04 I can't stay in second anymore. I now have the problem of losing some time due to the need of downshifting to first.

it was a Blouch 16gxt 8cm^2.

Here is a comparison. New turbo with Hankook rs3s and back then with the td04 with v12s

Fresno SCCA Subaru WRX 11/19/2011 Run 5 - YouTube <-----
 
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