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post #1 of 8 Old 05-06-2005, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Whats Next After Exhaust Work?

I have now completed my full exhaust (up/down/T-back) replacement and am very pleased. Upgraded to COBB Stage 2. What is the next logical step for performance (for the money) from here??

Lightweight pulleys - seem like a good idea but quite a debate on their value/risk?

Silicone y-pipes - not sure they are worth the money/hp?

FMIC - ???? No idea here on value/bang?

I guess a new turbo?? Can you replace your turbo to a larger unit without changing injectors etc. Recommendations?

What I am looking for is a significant increase for less than 1K that can be installed by a moderate wrenchhead.

Other ideas??? I am getting hooked quick!! My wife is going to kill me!
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If you upgrade your turbo you NEED to upgrade your injectors and fuel pump. You can last on the stock intercooler with a VF34 but you wont get the max potential out of it.
VF34, STi injectors, fuel pump goes for about $1250. That is a harder install but would give you a huge kick in HP.
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Thanks. Do most WRX tuners install their own turbo upgrade packaged or is it more common to have a shop do it? Any ideas on cost to have this type setup installed??
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probably depends on if you feel comfortable doing it. Did you install your TBE? If so you practically had your turbo off anyways.
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Id say most people get their turbo package installed by a shop but it is not that difficult to do it yourself. Ive been quoted at $150-225 for the install. Definitely not worth more than $175 unless you have no experience or friends with experience.
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Did you install your TBE? If so you practically had your turbo off anyways.
No doubt about that bro. Now that I've installed my own uppipe, I'm sure that doing a turbo swap is cake. !Laugh!

My car is well, it's like 10 lbs of shit in a 5 lb bag...

<------ Click to see what I'm workin' with. ;)
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The only hard part about doing a turbo install is getting the oil return line back on the bottom of the turbo. It's best to have help. One person above the turbo lowering it down, and one below putting the hose on.
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My next mod after TBE & AP stg 2 was silicone intercooler hoses, Perrin drop in filter & removed intack silencer - all for around $200. Did it all at one time, don't know which was responsible but felt much stronger from boost to about 4500, no need to change maps.
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