I've been on the forums for a little bit of time but never posted in this section.
I bought a house last October in Central Washington (in the foothills of the East Cascade Slopes). I wanted an AWD car and have always dreamed of a WRX but never had the ability to get one due to costs.
I bought my first WRX last November, it's an 08 WRB (barely affording it). Having the softer year model I knew that I would be getting into some fairly extensive modifications (past stage 2) but I could not do anything because where I live I get completely snowed in in the winter time and have to snowmobile to my cabin where I choose to make a life as an artist.
First week into getting the car I threw on snow tires and went to do what it does best!
These sights are a regular occurance all winter long, and the car loved it! Even basically stock.
As soon as the snow melted enough to drive in I got to work.
Most of the work I did is completely custom, from scratch DIY style. I love learning and engineering parts myself. I have access to a TIG welder able to weld aluminum and stainless nicely and I have a CNC machine where I'm able to do light machining on aluminum so a project car that's also a reliable daily is a perfect fit for my life style.
I did the following mods this summer:
-RAM Air Intake
-CAI Box for RAM Air Intake
---Stage 1 Tune
-Full turbo-back exhaust with quad tip
-Taxtrix cable and learned to do basic tuning
-Various visual mods (blacked out tails lights, plasti-dipped rims, plasti-dipped hood scoop and ground effects)
---Stage 2 Tune
-Fabricated a custom Water to Air Intercooler system
Most of these modifications fall into a budget of less than $3000 not including things like hoses, bolts, paint, tools so on which probably totals more than the mods themselves.
Things I will be doing before snow comes in the next couple of months:
-EWG (likely with a through the hood exit)
-Forester struts all around to pick it up a couple of inches
-LED Headlight, Fog conversion, painting the lights (I gotta open them and reseal since humidity gets in and they are a bit milky on the inside so I'll have to clean that out anyway).
-More tuning and service/winterizing
I'm going to taper down on the power mods and work on style and other accessories next.
Glad to be here, much more laid back than NASOIC which I despise. I hope to share experience I gain myself and learn from all you guys (and gals) on here building nice cars.