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#7460 of 11554 Subaru Impreza WRX...
Nov 02, 2002 (1:57 pm)
Hi there, I'm new to the WRX forum. I am planning to buy a WRX in the next few weeks. What are the first mods you would do or the best mods that you would do for roughly 2500-3000$. The issue is mainly a performance issue and not a cosmetic issue. I currently owned a 2002 Z06 and I don't expect finding out the same amount of torque/HP/handling but would like to have another car that has 4 doors and awd but with better performance than the stock WRX.
I found out that the WRX was the best choice (well, the only choice with AWD and a decent amount of power) but I would like to ask you guys who owned a WRX or know about it what could be the best thing to do on the car to have better low-end torque and a better 0-90mph in straight line.
Please, no flames or bad comments on the Z06, they are apples-oranges cars comparaison, I just want to point out that for the top-speed I will still use my Z06 but I want the WRX to go faster quicker. It's really not for top-speed or cornering so I will leave the original braking system and suspension.
Thank you all in advance for your answers,
#7461 of 11554 Clutch Shudder
Nov 02, 2002 (2:06 pm)
I had a lot of clutchshudder problems with my '98 Forester. Same was starting to happen with the '98 RS my wife had before she traded it in last month. However I am pleased to report that there has been no problem with the clutch in my '02 WRX wagon. I now have 20k miles on the car and the only problem I have had was with some shaking on hard braking that the dealer took care of on warranty at 15k miles.
Extremely reliable car so far.
PS, mileage gets better and better. If you have one expect mileage improvement all the way up through 20k miles.
#7462 of 11554 Clutch shudder, mileage
Nov 02, 2002 (5:10 pm)
I have had slight clutch shudder too, only happened when the car was cold (in both warm and cold weather). Shudder seems to have improved lately though...and I didn't do anything to fix it.
twrx--Good to hear about better mileage. I have just over 10K so far on my WRX sedan and on long trips, have gotten 27 mpg. Usually I get about 22 mpg around town.
#7463 of 11554 Sylvain - Vishnu Stage 0 and 1
Nov 03, 2002 (1:39 am)
You might want to wait till Stephen gets on the board, since he upgraded his WRX. I think the Stage 0 is about $1000, with about $500+ for installation. It will increase low-end torque, and boost power to +50 hps. He has done it to satisfying results. I do not know all that much about Stage 1, but it is supposed to be able to boost the car to around 300 hp with approximately $2000 worth of parts and work. Again, this is just from my fuzzy memory from reading posts on this board.
#7464 of 11554 sylvain re upgrades
Nov 03, 2002 (10:33 am)
I would surely recommend the vishnu stage 0. I am about to get it for my car and have heard good things about it. It adds about 45-50 real world hp with little to no tradeoff. In fact, all the posts claim an increase in driveability and mpg. The cost is $1095 for the stage 0 kit. Vishnu and installers recommend also getting the wiring harness ($109) and hose kit ($139). My vishnu approved installer charges $450. So, the total cost is about $1800. I know that stage 1 brings you some more hp, but i think that for most drivers, the stage 0 gives them enough extra oomph without other major changes (brakes, trans, etc.).If you do upgrade your tires, I highly recommend the dunlop 5000 asymetrical in the original size for an all-season tire. If you want to upgrade to 17" wheels and tires without spending an arm and a leg, go for the Toyo Proxes t1-s with perhaps a rota wheel. Rotas look great, there is a wide selection of colors and styles and they are cheap. I have rota attacks in steel grey on my red sedan. I went with bridgestone pole position s0-3 tires. They handle and stick great, but seem to find every imperfection in the road.
#7465 of 11554 to Steve (artgecko)
Nov 03, 2002 (3:54 pm)
Thanks for the welcome Steve. I didn't mean to moderate.
And Thanks! to everyone here. I'm learning a lot from this board. My first Subaru. What an awesome car.
#7466 of 11554 Post 7271, 7272, - First mods...
Nov 03, 2002 (6:09 pm)
Thank you for the quick answer. 40-50 HP for ~1500$ is very well worth it. Rear HP or crank? I'll take a look to the vishnu web site to get some more infos. I am going to the dealer tomorrow to have the car for a day or two to make sure I won't be disappointed in a near futur.
Thank's again, I hope i'll have some more comments
Nov 04, 2002 (6:33 am)
I suggest different approach.
Instead of Vishnu stage one I reccomend:
Better tires - rims can stay.
Maybe bigger brakes (stoptech did very well in C&D test) which require bigger wheels.
#7468 of 11554 Krzys - also Hawk Pads
Nov 04, 2002 (10:01 am)
The Hawk Pads were as good as any of the break kits talked about in the C&D test, it is just that they started to show fade after constant breaking. For normal driving, the Hawk Pads would probably be fine, and at $130, much cheaper than the $1600 Stoptech.
#7469 of 11554 $130 for hawk pads?
Nov 04, 2002 (10:04 am)
Wow try raceshopper.com they are probably a lot less than $130.