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#1 Old 05-18-2008, 08:36 PM
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I recently bought an 04 wrx. I have wanted one for awhile and finally found a good deal. It now has a greddy timer and cusco strut tower braces. I have bought an aem wideband and alot of other gauges. I am looking for other wrx people in the western maryland area and shops. I have some big ideas for her but need some advice or a point in the right direction because i know squat about boxer engines. Hit me back.
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What are your goals?
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Welcome to the club, and congrats on the purchase. If you use the search feature on here, there is alot of knowledge that has already been shared. But like also stated, a clear or defined goal (power/performance wise) would help point you in the right direction.

Accident MD huh? Im originally from Frostburg MD, but am in the Army. Be back there in about 4 yrs when Im out.

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Well i am looking to get around 600 awhp more would be nice without nos. I am starting with the suspension and drivetrain from the clutch back. Then this winter my plan is to pull the motor to bore and stroke it. Port and polish the heads with bigger valves, cams, bigger turbo with around 27 or 28 pounds of boost maybe more if needed. Possible up the redline to somewhere around 9000. I am curious just how much power the stock sti 6 spd will handle. What i really need is a shop who is very familiar with the 2.0 to do the machine work and balancing. I was in the Navy and got back here about 2 and 1/2 years ago.
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I suggest reading through this thread:
UPDATED MOD LIST for all those who want to know what it takes to get to where I am..

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Should have bought an STI, would be cheaper! Congrats on the purchase though!!! Great year!
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it's really not cheaper to get an STi if your goals are that high. The engine and tranny are going to be completely gone over anyway so the STi's advantage goes out the window.

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Good goal, it's going to take a lot of working over to get there though, hope you're ready for the challenge, and good luck!

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If it wasn't a challenge everyone would have one and the price difference between the wrx and sti killed any advantage there was.
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Basically what Mosc said. I thought about the STI also, only good thing is the tranny, but its not all that great either, there is better than it also.

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I agree with all of your thoughts. To e it just makes a little more sense with the STI being a little closer out of the box to his goal. But I can see what Mosc is saying as well. Oh well, guess I shouldn't have said anything! :-)
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You don't buy an STi if you want to do a full motor build with a 35R or larger turbo. I just don't see the point. However, most of us aren't wanting to spend 50k on our car so...

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To make a drivable 600whp WRX it would cost around 22k...we are currently on a build just like that with one of our 02's
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what the heck its only money and yeah i couldn't see spending the money for an sti just to tear it down anyway. plus not everyone can say they have a 600 awhp 4 cylinder makes me happy all over and i am dieing to roll up next to a z06 vette or something like that and drop the hammer and leave them scratching their heads.
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I guess the only advantage to buying the STi instead of the WRX (for high modding like you want to do) would be the suspension and tranny. Instead of building up the 5-speed tranny, you'd already have a worthy tranny... I guess if you don't want to tear apart the tranny to throw in PPGs then you could always fork over a lot more money for an STi..... But what's a little elbow grease huh?

edit- Oh, and another advantage would be torque!

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