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My passion for performance all started when I got my first go cart for my fourth birthday. Two days later, my Grandfather came for a visit, and presented me with a license plate that stated " Drive like hell, you'll get there faster! ". I have been chasing that ever since, in a safe, respectful way of course... My first car at the age of fifteen was a GTI, and subsequently, I just sold a 12 GTI with 13k miles on it to make room for my new WRX Premium. I have owned various performance cars during my time, but never one with AWD. I considered the Golf R, as well as an S3, but ultimately choose the WRX due to reliability and long term cost of ownership. I always wanted a WRX or STi, I often found myself lowering my window so I could hear the rumble as one passed, yet for some reason, I never pulled the trigger. I realize with the ELH, that "rumble" has changed, but the STi performance exhaust sounds sweet to me. I pre-ordered a CWP WRX Premium with the Sport Package, and all weather mats.

My first whip! Govenor disconnected,





Muchi (Japanese for whip)



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COBB knob





Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!

As she sits:

STi short throw shifter
Perrin shift stop
COBB knob
STi 17" black 15 spoke wheels
complete rear debadge
black side ornaments
front plate delete
RA mud flaps, black/white lettering
Suntek CXP 35% tint
Suntek 3m paint protection
all weather mats
Grimmspeed plate relocator
Bayson R front lip
OLM LEDs - High Beam/DRL, low beams, C light(boomerang),fog lights, dome/map, license plate, reverse lights.
COBB AP V3
COBB catted j pipe
STi performance exhaust
TIC TGV deletes
Pro tune at COBB Surgeline



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So, I am currently at 1400 on the odo, seemed like forever getting through the break-in. I really love this car. If I had one word to describe it, it would be planted. I do not think I will ever go back to a FWD. The short thow shifter is smooth, and I love the torque. When I purchased the car, my Dealer let me keep the OEM wheels. I am going to sell those, and look for some 18's for the summer. The current 17' STi Enekeis will be used for the six months or so of the rainy season here in the PNW. I have an appointment this weekend at Highline Customs to have 35 % tint installed, as well as 3m paint protection for the hood, bumper, and mirrors. I installed Rally Armor mudflaps last weekend, took just under an hour, I will probably get new pics up this Sunday.
 

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Your car looks great! I've got a CWP with 600 miles, eager to get to 1,000. I got the STS shifter as well and really like it. Post some pics of the tint when you get it done. I was thinking 35% too and would like to see how they look and get your feedback before I pull the trigger. How do you like the RA flaps? I got the Rokblokz and am really happy with them, but have heard a lot of good things about RA.
 

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Your car looks great! I've got a CWP with 600 miles, eager to get to 1,000. I got the STS shifter as well and really like it. Post some pics of the tint when you get it done. I was thinking 35% too and would like to see how they look and get your feedback before I pull the trigger. How do you like the RA flaps? I got the Rokblokz and am really happy with them, but have heard a lot of good things about RA.
Thanks man, I will definitely get some pics up of the tint and flaps. I like the RA flaps as well as the Rokblokz, I have owned both in the past. Somehow I convinced myself to pay an extra $100 for the RA simply because I like the appearance of them. In my experience, both functioned equally well..

I know the break-in period feels like an eternity, but it will pass! The torque in the twisties is where it is at:drive2:
 

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So, I am currently at 1400 on the odo, seemed like forever getting through the break-in. I really love this car. If I had one word to describe it, it would be planted. I do not think I will ever go back to a FWD. The short thow shifter is smooth, and I love the torque. When I purchased the car, my Dealer let me keep the OEM wheels. I am going to sell those, and look for some 18's for the summer. The current 17' STi Enekeis will be used for the six months or so of the rainy season here in the PNW. I have an appointment this weekend at Highline Customs to have 35 % tint installed, as well as 3m paint protection for the hood, bumper, and mirrors. I installed Rally Armor mudflaps last weekend, took just under an hour, I will probably get new pics up this Sunday.
so you got different wheels from the dealer?
 

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so you got different wheels from the dealer?
The 2015 WRX sport package includes the STi performance exhaust, the STi short throw shifter, STi shift knob, and 17 " black STi wheels ( Enkei). The gunmetal 17's that are OEM are generally being kept by the Dealer, everything was port installed but the wheels. In my negotiation, one of my requirements was to be allowed to keep the OEM wheels.
 

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The 2015 WRX sport package includes the STi performance exhaust, the STi short throw shifter, STi shift knob, and 17 " black STi wheels ( Enekei). The gunmetal 17's that are OEM are generally being kept by the Dealer, everything was port installed but the wheels. In my negotiation, one of my requirements was to be allowed to keep the OEM wheels.
Oic, that's nice they did that. Are you planning on getting a winter set?
 

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Yeah, I am going to keep the black 17 STi wheels, and I am shopping 18's for the "dry" season. It rains six months out of the year here.
 

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I ran out of money for my car so I need to live through you. Find any wheels yet?
No wheels yet, I did get the tint, paint protection, and the RA flaps on. I will get picks this weekend. Oh, and something you will appreciate, she got a boob job!:whoa: the grommets I used, and colored matched started chipping( before paint protection), so I went with a traditional bumper delete!
 

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Rally Armor flaps, front plate delete, 35 percent tint all around, and Suntek paint protection. Still considering wheels...





 

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Interesting, I will give that a shot! My other dilema if I go with 18's, at least one new set of rubber. That would make my STi wheels I have currently my summer runners. It rains so damn much out here, though I am not complaining, been here twenty years!
 

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Impressions after 3000 miles

I hit the three thousand mile mark on my commute today... I am still as in love with this car as the day I brought it home. Loving the AWD, and the fact that the car feels so planted compared to anything else I have owned. One big concern early on was the brakes, and felt I was going to need to upgrade. Once the brakes were seated, they have felt more than sufficient ever since. I am not quite at the point of stepping back and just enjoying it. i have decided to skip a set of 18's, and move forward with the COBB AP. I am also considering having the roof sprayed CBS. Some folks had recommended doing a vinyl rap, but I am leaning towards a spray. My biggest complaint ongoing is that there is no rev indicator. I would love to be able to set my rev, and just hear a beep as I am rowing, especially in twisties. I know that COBB has a rev indicator feature, and that it lights up, not sure if it also beeps? I continue to get compliments almost daily, to the point my wife is becoming annoyed. I am looking forward to our rainy season so i can really gauge the full impact of AWD! Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!
 

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Hey Goose. Thanks again for all the advice regarding the seats. I have more noob questions for you. I'm a total noob when it comes to customizing and protecting my cars, so can you tell me what are the first things I need to do to protect the paint/finish and keep a brand new car looking its best? I've got the art of hand washing down pat, to the point where even my 6.5 year old car has a pretty flawless finish, free of swirl marks and all, but other than that, I'm completely clueless.

I see that you got some Suntek paint protection. Is that more for UV protection or is it to protect against chips/stone damage? Since you had it applied to the hood, bumper and side mirrors, I'm guessing it's for chip protection? What about the mud flaps? Are those mainly for the looks, or do they keep the sides from getting chipped/pitted as well? I think the previous generation had a lot of complaints in terms of paint quality, and the fenders/bulges looking like they got sandblasted...have you seen that on your 2015?

I know I can google all this myself, but nothing beats first-hand testimony from actual owners. :)
 

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No worries, glad to assist when able. The Suntek is for chip protection, and is definately worth it! The mudflaps add to the look, but are certainly utilitarian in protecting the sides. This is fourth set I believe of flaps that I have owned over the years, there are a variety on the market, but I have mainly run Rally Armor. They are a bit more expensive than most, but worth the extra dime imho.As far as the paint goes, it does not take much more than rain to chip it, terrible!:shakehead: The only issue I have had thus far is with the factory defect that you probably saw in my journal, the rocker panel split. My service guy said it could take SOA two weeks to a month to approve the claim, they approved it in a day? Makes me wonder if this is a known issue, though to my knowledge, no one else has experienced it. I am at 3,200 miles, and love it as much as the day I brought her home! As you have probably read, the factory tune has some "issues", primarily with throttle response. I am going to get the COBB AP V3 and go stage 1 very soon to remedy that. Feel free to shoot questions at me, and if I cannot answer them, I will let you know, as there is nothing worse than spreading misinformation. Good luck in your process sir!
 

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