MY04 PSM Version 8 WRX Premium
Current Power Levels
Crank numbers: 285 HP (+23%) / 285 lb-ft (+31%)
Wheel numbers: 224.4 @ 5500 RPM (+54.5) / 223.2 @ 5100 RPM (+49.0)
Cobb SF Intake
Cobb heat box
Cobb SS Downpipe
Cobb Polyuratane hangers
Cobb Access Port v2 w/ Stage 2 91 octane map
STI catless uppipe
Grimmspeed exhaust gaskets
Duralast Gold Group Size 35 Battery
SPT turbo heat shield
STi high pressure radiator cap
RS Type oil cap
Subaru Xtra-S 75W-90
Subaru ATF with OEM filter
Shell Rotella T6 5w40 synthetic
WIX oil filter
Paranoid Fabrications basic grounding kit
Blox Racing magnetic drain plug
SPO Motorsports adjustable rear swaybar
Whiteline 20mm rear swaybar bushings
Heavy duty endlinks
Cusco Type OS rear strut bar
JDM STI C-Spec front strut bar
StopTech Street Performance pads
Centric Premium rotors
GrimmSpeed master cylinder brace
16x7" OEM 2000 RS 6 spokes painted Duplicolor graphite
Hankook Ventus Evo v12 205/55/16
16x6.5" OEM 2004 WRX 5-spokes painted Midnight Metallic
Firestone Winterforce 205/55/16
TireRack extended lug nuts
Rally Armor basic mudflaps
Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited H1
Hella Standard H3
Nokya Hyper Yellow 2500k 9005
Yellow tinted foglights
LED dome, map, trunk, and license plate bulbs
Garmin Street Pilot GPS
Cobra XRS 9485 radar detector
Well, after 6 years, I finally own a WRX. When I started driving, I had a 1995 Impreza LX and when that was totaled, I picked up a 1998 Impreza OBS. The '95 had some simple stuff done to it; a WRX rear sway, Prodrive exhaust, etc.. but I never took it autocrossing. With the '98, I had my first autocross experience and did some more extensive mods, including AGX adjustable struts, GF210 springs, full Prodrive catback, and front/rear strut braces, just to name a few. The car servied me well for 3 years through my masters degree and first year of full-time work. After saving for that first year, it was time for an upgrade.
I bought the WRX on July 7, 2012 with 94k locally. The guy who had it before me was also 24 and purchased it from an elderly couple who were about 65! He added the entire Cobb Stage 2 package. It didn't come with any suspension work, the stock wheels (one of which was replaced due to damage), and new totally crappy all season tires. Luckily we all know most of the stuff from the older models swaps over!
A lot of you might be wondering if moving from a GC to GD is right for you - I had my doubts considering the numerous threads on here. I have to say, the WRX is 10x better than my OBS, even with the relatively stock suspension. The interior is amazing. The windows actually work! This one has A/C!
I'll still miss my GC and GF to some extent... they were great cars. But the WRX great as a daily driver.
Stage 4 turbo upgrade, bigger injectors, massive FMIC, and 30 PSI of boost. Just kidding! Actually it's right just the way it is. I'm just going to drive it. I also hope to do a few autocrosses this upcoming fall season to really get a feel for the car and it's limits. The car has more an enough power for me. I can see possibly some new struts in the future and new springs, but that's about it and only when these wear out. They feel great right now and don't leak. I'm thinking about possibly getting an aftermarket up-pipe only to get rid of the cat in there so it doesn't grenade the new turbo. Oh yeah, fogot to mention, the TD04 was replaced under warranty just before I got it, so that's sticking in there for a long time. Apparently the seals were leaking, which dripped down onto the cat, ruining that. So that was the story behind the Cobb Stage 2 upgrade.
In addition to getting me to work and playing around at autocross, I'd like to take a few small road trips eventually. I've never even been to the beach!