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mod-it 02-25-2014 10:23 PM

New WRX. Most valuable mods?
 
Looks like I've joined the cult officially. I will be the new owner of a 2014 dark grey hatchback this Friday. Hopefully this question hasn't been asked too many times, but I would like to get some opinions on some modifications. I'm only looking for things that are going to be A) good value (which mods will make the biggest difference) and B) will not have an effect on the warranty.
The only options on the vehicle are the STI short throw shifter, black duracon STI shift knob, alloy wheel locks, and subwoofer/amplifier.
Pretty much just looking for inexpensive, convenient mods that will set it apart from the rest. A few things I have in mind are rubber floor mats, the oem rear bumper cover (part E771SFG000; though I'm not sure how useful this will be), and possibly a fog lamp kit later down the road.
Any input would be greatly appreciated, as I would like to do all of his correctly the first time, but don't want to waste money on frivolous plastic bits.


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Brockton 02-26-2014 12:02 AM

Value is subjective. What are you looking to do? Looks? Performance? Handling?

mod-it 02-26-2014 07:41 AM

[quote=Brockton;437450]Value is subjective. What are you looking to do? Looks? Performance? Handling?[/quote]

Essentially just anything that you feel should have come from the factory. Things that make life easier and protect the car. Speed isn't really a factor here, as I can't imagine anybody saying that it's not powerful enough for daily driving. If that's how you feel, though, by all means; tell me your suggestions.

LW_Black4 02-26-2014 10:20 AM

[B]Driver training and performance tires[/B], if you want to appreciate the full capability of that amazing performance auto in a safe environment.

Our car Club hosts an inexpensive Advanced Driving Clinic at the front-end of the Canadian driving season, that is a great introduction to performance driving skills designed for newcomers, in an Autocross environment. It's where I got started.

[B]Why don't you see if you can find something like it where you live?[/B]

mod-it 02-26-2014 10:28 AM

[quote=LW_Black4;437546][B]Driver training and performance tires[/B], if you want to appreciate the full capability of that amazing performance auto in a safe environment.

Our car Club hosts an inexpensive Advanced Driving Clinic at the front-end of the Canadian driving season, that is a great introduction to performance driving skills designed for newcomers, in an Autocross environment. It's where I got started.

[B]Why don't you see if you can find something like it where you live?[/B][/quote]

That actually sounds like a fantastic suggestion. Is it common that you can use your own vehicle?

LW_Black4 02-26-2014 12:08 PM

[quote=mod-it;437554]Is it common that you can use your own vehicle?[/quote]

It is less common- and much more expensive- to use other peoples vehicles.

Plus you want to learn the capabilities of your own auto and develop your skills in the process. You'll see that the capabilities of these autos even in stock form are very high. :)

mod-it 02-26-2014 12:45 PM

[quote=LW_Black4;437570]It is less common- and much more expensive- to use other peoples vehicles.

Plus you want to learn the capabilities of your own auto and develop your skills in the process. You'll see that the capabilities of these autos even in stock form are very high. :)[/quote]

That's what I was hoping for. Seems a bit redundant to practice on a completely different vehicle. I learned how to drive a manual transmission on our 2008 Bullitt Mustang, and while I'm driving that pretty well by now, I had a difficult time with the WRX. Practice makes perfect, though.

Brockton 02-26-2014 07:49 PM

In that case, I would suggest a Kartboy Short Shifter. Really makes the daily drive more fun. Takes a screw driver and a pair of snap ring pliers to install it.

Upgrading the audio system is a good idea too.

the RIOT act 02-26-2014 08:15 PM

Post a budget OP and I'll be glad to throw out some suggestions.


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shaggy 02-26-2014 08:32 PM

Definitely do the kartboy short throw and get new bushings while your at it. Gives it a crisp, mechanical feel. I also suggest getting a bigger rear sway bar. It made a huge difference during cornering in my 09. It's an easy upgrade you can do rather quickly.

Brockton 02-26-2014 09:30 PM

^I didn't suggest bushings because his car is brand new, most people who buy the bushings with a new car hardly tell any difference.

arcticscythe 02-27-2014 01:37 AM

[quote=LW_Black4;437546][B]Driver training and performance tires[/B], if you want to appreciate the full capability of that amazing performance auto in a safe environment.

Our car Club hosts an inexpensive Advanced Driving Clinic at the front-end of the Canadian driving season, that is a great introduction to performance driving skills designed for newcomers, in an Autocross environment. It's where I got started.

[B]Why don't you see if you can find something like it where you live?[/B][/quote]

This, I couldnt agree more.

If you have some spare cash i would do the anti-sway bars. Its a few hours worth of work and the effect is substantial. I just did a set of whitelines adjustable front and rear with kart-boys end-links and i couldnt be happier.

Welcome to the club : )

BLAZE2099 02-27-2014 05:19 AM

If you want a touch of looks that will set you apart. I'd suggest looking into some JDM stuff.
SMY is a great place to buy these things from.

Aggro Crag 02-27-2014 05:43 AM

Tires. Don't skimp on tires.

LW_Black4 02-27-2014 11:06 AM

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Car Club advanced drivers clinic, as I mentioned:

[B]2014 Advanced Driving Clinic, Presented by SPDA and Toyo Tires.[/B]

April 26-27, 2014 at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario

DAY 1 - 30 Spots
DAY 2 - 50 Spots

Cost for the clinic
SPDA Driving Clinic both days = $110
SPDA Driving Clinic Day 1 only = $70
SPDA Driving Clinic Day 2 only = $45

Registration
Registration to this event will be open on Sunday April 6, 2014 at the CASC-OR open house presents at JRP (1 pm in person and 2:30 pm online).

JRP
2344 S Sheridan Way
Mississauga, ON
(905) 822-7223

1) Download the attachment below and have your cash or cheque ready (we will also be accepting paypal on site).
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SPDA continues it's tradition of offering first class instruction with a focus on lots of "Hands On" training for a value price. This event is open to all cars with instruction provided by qualified instructors. In car instruction will provide the students with narrative, and positive re-inforcement in how to properly negotiate the exercises. The 2 day event is intended to be informative and Fun, with focus on "Fun".

Agenda:

Pre-Requisite: All drivers must be Legally Licensed in Canada with a valid drivers licence, Automobiles must belong to the driver, or must have a consent form from the owner to be used for this type of event.

Day 1: Advanced Driver Training - Phase 1
9:00 – 3:30

The first day focuses on assisting the driver to get better acquainted with their cars. The exercises being instructed throughout the day will instill confidence in the student and teach the driver about how to exploit the limits of their cars in a safe controlled environment. Drivers will learn the limits of their daily driver through exercises specifically designed to get the driver and vehicle better acquainted with each other:

Agenda:
(Classroom) (30-45 min)
General overview of principal that will be learned throughout the day.

(In Car Instruction)
Seating Position:
Feet Positions:
Hand Position:
Skidpads: Instruct the student to recognize “Understeer” and “Oversteer”
Figure 8’s: Weight Transfer, Braking Points, Controlled Entry and Exit
Threshold Braking, Braking with ABS
Parallel Slaloms: Transitions
Mock Autocross Course: Reward at the end of the day

Pre-Requisite Day 2: Drivers must have had the basic instruction similar to Day 1, must have participated in other autoslalom schools, or club series competitive Autoslaloms.

Day 2: Advanced Driver Training – Phase 2
(9:00 - 4:00)

Day 2 focuses on increasing the driver confidence through setup techniques. In addition to the lessons learned in Day 1, this day focuses on higher speed ingress and egress techniques. Day 2 focuses on putting to practice all the items learned on Day 1, and will teach the student to look farther ahead, and to plan their course.

Agenda:

Theory Discussion: Q&A about setup truths vs fiction
Course Walk: Teaches the newcomer on how to read the layout of the track
Tire Pressures: Effect of Tire Pressures on driving dynamics
Trail Braking
In Car Instruction: Instructors Provided if required
Autocross Instruction the entire day
Timing equipment will be on the premises but the event will not be formally timed.

Requirements for the clinic:
Helmets - Snell 2000 (min)
Water
Appropriate Clothing - this event occurs outdoors
Umbrella (Rain or Shine)
Closed Shoes - No Sandals or heals
Food for Lunch - Lots of places to eat nearby
Drivers License
Automobile Registration
Positive Mental Attitude - Ready to have the best time of your life with your clothes on.

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