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post #1 of 20 Old 11-10-2005, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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No more wasting time, its time to start!

Wassup everyone I've had my car '05 WRX wagon for a little over a year, and so far I love it, but I think its time to stop looking at what I can do and time to start. So here goes (my list of priorieties)

1. Performance

I am looking to get catless up, dp + some exhaust (really trying to keep it quiet, perhaps Borla Hush dual tip)

As you all have probably experienced tuning is big $$$$ so im just going to start with an exhaust system first. I guess what i'm asking is... HELP ME DECIDE WHAT I SHOULD GO WITH!

Thanks.

remember guys, max performance minimum sound, (low quiet rumbling is good)
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I'm in your same situation,

Except, I already have the Borla Hush Twin-tip (people have asked me if it was the stock exhaust for a WRX). I garauntee you WILL like the Borla "Hush" system (that's if you're looking for nice sporty sound, and not loud or annoying)

At idle, you won't even hear it from inside the car
At about 2,500-3,000 RPMs you'll get a nice rumble
At WOT it has a nice sporty roar.
No highway drone.
Just get it dude.
You won't complain one bit.
I'll even garauntee your money back if you don't like it (well... maybe not... but I just know you'll LOVE it)

I'm also going Helix Catted DP, and Catless UP in the near future. Goodluck!

Xam - 2004 WRX - Cobb Stg II - Ugly Ricer Spoiler
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helix flex up, helix downpipe (catted or not, depending on how you feel), borla hush is also a good choice.
good place to shop for them - www.gruppe-s.com
Also I hear the greddy evo2 catback is pretty quiet

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Your car is going to get progressivally louder with the increase in HP/TQ ......I would keep some cats if you want to keep things quite...just do a lot of seraching and research to find what you need for the right price

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i got the access port first, felt the huge power difference, then bolted on a TBE and changed to stage 2 and noticed a monster power difference

thats how i would do it...access port first....and then tune as you go

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i got the access port first, felt the huge power difference, then bolted on a TBE and changed to stage 2 and noticed a monster power difference

thats how i would do it...access port first....and then tune as you go

-Stewy

This is very true...it is good to get an engine management system before modding out the engine

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eBay up/downpipes = $200
Cobb AccessPort = $595
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Total = $795

HP = Approx 280 at flywheel

If you must have a Borla Hush, you could get that too, but, it will only give you a few HP more for a few hundred bucks.

Dont think that the eBay pipes are crap. I got my uppipe, downpipe, and catback for $349 shipped and they are as good of quality as most. Welds were perfect, downpipe is a bellmouth. I couldnt of asked for much better for the price.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/02-05...QQcmdZViewItem
Heres a nice up/down combo from ERZ.
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If you want to keep it quiet, but still be able to open up that can of whooopas when needed check out my results with the QTP downpipe. I love it

Quick Time Performance down pipe!

Keith

WRX at 218 WHP (dynapack, aprx 275 BHP) and EVO at 375 WHP (Mustang dyno, aprx 510 BHP) on pump gas.

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i got the access port first, felt the huge power difference, then bolted on a TBE and changed to stage 2 and noticed a monster power difference

thats how i would do it...access port first....and then tune as you go

-Stewy
AP is great way to go. Had I to do things over... I would have done that first. Great thing about AP is that you can download maps and change maps as you add more mods.... And when you get to the higher levels get a pro tune done...

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is it hard to use and set up the AP?
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nope you just plug it in, flash it, take it out and ten minutes later you're rolling down the road 30hp faster...and you can feel those horses

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So i am seriously considering going to AP first Route. Can't wait to get started!!!

so heres the plan, AP first, then in a month or so, up/dp + exhaust.

How much HP do u guys think that that will get me... to the wheels?
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40-100somthing extra.
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helix flex up, helix downpipe (catted or not, depending on how you feel), borla hush is also a good choice.
good place to shop for them - www.gruppe-s.com
Also I hear the greddy evo2 catback is pretty quiet
+1

My turbo's fixed and a lot better =)
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Hey guys I've been looking at the Cobb AP ever since everyone speaks so highly of it, but there was something else that I was confused about. It says that you can only flash it 100 times? what exactly does that mean? any help is appreciated, i'm trying to decide if the AP is the best purchase decisions. thanks all
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