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#1 Old 03-14-2014, 11:40 PM
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What order should i do stuff in?

I recently bought a 2004 wrx. Im not sure of what to do and in what order. i want it to be quicker, sound good, but run good mostly. Im new to working on cars and would like to know what i should upgrade and in what order. thanks
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This is what I would do. I can not reasonably claim that this is what you must do...

I would do ALL maintenance (or have it done by an independent mechanic that specializes in Subarus and is someone who won't bullsh!t me). I don't care if the previous owner said he just changed ______. I will do it for my own piece of mind, and more importantly to provide myself a chance to inspect everything I come into contact with. This is not just limited to the engine either.

This will allow me to make a list of things that need immediate attention, things that will need my attention withing the next year, and so on.

Once I have developed a prioritized list of things that need replacing/upgrading (not really keen on "fixing" things if one wants to get into semantics), I can start managing my money and expectations appropriately.


It would help to have more information and some pictures of your car's engine bay and underside if you want more meaningful and specific suggestions.

I suppose if I were to give you a specific suggestion, I would recommend replacing the timing belt, all idler pulleys, and the water pump at the same time. This will allow for a mechanic to get a really good look at what's going on with all of the components he/she touches. On a side note, I was pleasantly surprised at how much easier my engine revved after replacing all of the idler pulleys during my timing belt change. And, I know that it shouldn't need to be done again for quite a while.

One more thing...if your car still has the stock radiator and stock turbo, I would suggest you start saving your money.

The GDB WRX is a great platform, and it will last a long time if you focus on preventive maintenance (re: fix/replace things before they break).
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What's wrong with the stock radiator?Is it not good enough? Too small? Prone to wear out with age?

All right, where is the distributor cap? I need to find the #1 plug wire to hook up my SUN machine.
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What's wrong with the stock radiator?Is it not good enough? Too small? Prone to wear out with age?
#3, prone to wear out with age. The plastic cap (almost always the top one) will eventually develop hairline cracks. The question is not if, but when.
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I was also recomended by a san antonio subie lover to replace radiator with a performance 1. & all rad hoses. Cooling is esential for all but turbo models need more cooling. Thats the first thing im doing!
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Unless the radiator is broken, there is no need to replace it. Hoses on the other hand to get soft and bloated with higher mileage.

1st mods should be up-pipe and sway bars.
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#3, prone to wear out with age. The plastic cap (almost always the top one) will eventually develop hairline cracks. The question is not if, but when.
When? 09/19/14 at 111,000mi On an 03 WRX. When am I gonna' learn? Listen to these guys!
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All right, where is the distributor cap? I need to find the #1 plug wire to hook up my SUN machine.

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Mods in order braking/suspension/speed.

No sense in making a car go fast if your not gonna be able to control it when you let it loose.
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Mods in order braking/suspension/speed.
- Amen to that, With great power comes great responsibility.

I like to swap out brake lines for SS lines, swaybars and endlinks, replace old worn out bushings and then add some consistent power.

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Mods in order braking/suspension/speed.

No sense in making a car go fast if your not gonna be able to control it when you let it loose.
agreed. Tires could be considered part of the "braking system" too.

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