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#1 Old 02-20-2013, 05:56 PM
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Help deciding which route to go

I will be showing the wrx some love pretty soon and am on a $700-$800 budget. I want to keep my mods to the engine for now. My current mods are cobb ap with pdx e-tune, 3 inch catless tbe, k&n panel filter, walbro 255, and grimmspeed lightened crank pulley. I am trying to decide between either a grimmspeed ewg uppipe with tial 38mm wastegate and a 3 port ebcs or used vf43 turbo and sti intercooler. If I go the turbo route I will be porting the turbo and wastegate and possibly rebuilding it. A tune will be added to either of these routes. Which one do you guys think would be best? What if any are the hidden cost I may be overlooking on either? My car has a tendancy to boost spike being catless. Thats why I'm considering the ewg setup. No matter what I decide a ported and polished sti intake manifold and set of tgv deletes will be going on along with it since I have them just collecting dust. I'm also open to opinions on other routes I could go in that price range. Thanks in advance!

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Help deciding which route to go

I know that lots of guys don't think the gains are worth the cost when pnp ing intake manifolds. Better to do it to your headers instead


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Already have an extra pnp'd intake manifold and tgv deletes. Might as well throw them on since Im going to have to be retuned anyway.
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The stuff you're talking about getting leaves no budget for retuning. Keep that in mind.
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Already got $ for a tune put back separate.
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I'd probably do the VF then, assuming you've upgraded your brakes and suspension.
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^ I knew that was coming

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^ I kinda did too. I do have upgraded pads/lines/fluid and will do rotors as well whenever my next brake job is due but no suspension mods yet except for rear subframe lockdown bolts. I know some people may not agree but I would like a little more power before I start on suspension. I do understand it is needed though when power levels are increased.
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Justin, the response on the suspension.

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Justin, the response on the suspension.
It's on the account of 2 things:
- The stock WRX suspension blows. Inexpensive suspension components are bigger bang for the buck than most power mods.
- No point in increasing how fast you can go if you can't stop or turn, and the later 2 are more important.
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I agree fully

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Went with a grimmspeed thermal coated v-band ewg uppipe and tial 38mm wastegate. Should be here next week.
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Good call. Were you planning to route the dump tube back into your exhaust?

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no, I'm just gonna vent to atmosphere. I donth think the extra noise will bother me. Heck, its probably going to put a big smile on my face everytime I hear it. It should be here wednesday. May be a few weeks before I can have time to install and tune it though. Dont you have the same ewg John? How do you like it if so? Is fitment really tight? I dont want it getting hot and damaging anything like a axle booot. Ive heard of some melting them but, havent heard anything bad about the grimmspeed yet.
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