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I'm about to purchase a new 2011 WRX (base). Finally the car I've always wanted to buy, so I'm pretty stoked.

I'm posting on this forum as you guys seem to know whats best in regards to tuning and stuff, so many WRX forums out there!

I've been reading a lot in the past 3 weeks about engine break-in (doing what Subaru recommends vs. running it hard), tuning, Cobb AP and other stuff.

I don't really want to tune the car to the max, I'm ok with stock for a number of reasons....but wouldn't mind adding some engine management/light tuning to give it a good bump without being dangerous or having cause for reliability issues.

If this has already been covered, please help me. I understand if this is a question that comes up a lot, but I did some searching and couldn't find what I was really looking for.


QUESTION: I'm looking to spend anywhere from $500-$1000 MAX on any tunes/upgrades to get the car running a bit better than stock. MAX performance isn't what I'm looking for, just a great addition that is safe, reliable but tunes the engine to what it should be running at.
From what I've found, people talk a lot about the COBB AP.

If I get a COBB, where is the best place to buy it, and should any other mods accompany it for a simple stage1. I'm in AZ so 91 is our max octane.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated.
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Cobb has AZ, NV maps for your gas specifically so no sweat there. Sounds like a stage 1 tune is right up your alley from a Cobb AP. Definitely a nice boost with no risk since they go a bit on the safe side so as not to blow their customer's engines

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Thanks for the reply. I was thinking just adding the COBB AP would be sufficient, but I wasn't sure if any other mods should accompany it as well (like downpipe).
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Would anyone care to enlighten me on the married/un-married Cobb APs? First time I've heard of this.

Also, can you buy ANY Cobb AP and then put your maps in it, or is it really specific to each make/model? Thanks for your links everyone, very helpful.
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Would anyone care to enlighten me on the married/un-married Cobb APs? First time I've heard of this.

Also, can you buy ANY Cobb AP and then put your maps in it, or is it really specific to each make/model? Thanks for your links everyone, very helpful.
You can put your own maps on the AP (after you get the software from COBB)
It's not exactly specific to a specific year. Subbie above has one you can use.

Married = Installed on someone else's car adn cannot be used on another car until it's been "unmarried".

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Couple things. . .

Cobb's maps aren't guaranteed on the safe side. You're hearing from a guy running an off the shelf stage 2 map from Cobb, with a Cobb catted downpipe and CBE. Blown ringlands on my baby. If you're okay with stock, and want to continue enjoying the benefits of your factory warranty, don't touch it with ANY sort of tuning. PERIOD. Subaru won't touch my vehicle with less than 20K on it because I used an AP. Even if you unmarry it, the program code is serialized and therefore the techs will see that something was done in the first place, and you'll be hosed. If you're trying to stay on a tight budget, you're probably not willing to fork out the $4K or so for an engine rebuild. That's my only warning. You pay to play. I still think my car is great, but Subaru will use ANY excuse to deny a claim on the motor. Especially with ringlands and their common failure rate.

Second, all Cobb AP-SUB-003's will work on your car. It doesn't matter beyond that which model it's advertised for. I used the same one on my previous '08 WRX and now my STi too. You just need to update the firmware which will automatically include the base maps too.

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Thanks for the reply. I was thinking just adding the COBB AP would be sufficient, but I wasn't sure if any other mods should accompany it as well (like downpipe).
That would be a Stage 2 set-up with a downpipe.

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I'm about to purchase a new 2011 WRX (base). Finally the car I've always wanted to buy, so I'm pretty stoked.

I'm posting on this forum as you guys seem to know whats best in regards to tuning and stuff, so many WRX forums out there!

I've been reading a lot in the past 3 weeks about engine break-in (doing what Subaru recommends vs. running it hard), tuning, Cobb AP and other stuff.

I don't really want to tune the car to the max, I'm ok with stock for a number of reasons....but wouldn't mind adding some engine management/light tuning to give it a good bump without being dangerous or having cause for reliability issues.

If this has already been covered, please help me. I understand if this is a question that comes up a lot, but I did some searching and couldn't find what I was really looking for.


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From what I've found, people talk a lot about the COBB AP.

If I get a COBB, where is the best place to buy it, and should any other mods accompany it for a simple stage1. I'm in AZ so 91 is our max octane.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated.
The Hypertech unit is on $450 and does great with a stock or slightly modified WRX. Here is a link to the dyno chart for a stock car. http://www.hypertech.com/Performance...2_5L_Turbo.pdf
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Is it $450 for the Mazda's as well ?

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