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First, try before you buy. No sense dropping a lot of money on something if you don't like it. There are plenty of novices who show up once or twice and we never see them again.

Assuming you enjoyed your first couple times out and you really want to spend money to get faster I'd consider the following in order. Others will have their own opinions so don't take what I write here as gospel.

1. Driver education - Evolution/McKamey school (Bremerton, WA in July), novice schools put on by your region, books, videos. Don't forget to hang around the fast guys and ask pointers. Get an experienced guy to ride while you drive... then let him drive.

2. Tech - you can't run if you don't pass tech. Is your battery tied down correctly? Is there enough meat on your brake pads (stock is fine for autox, at least for now)? CV boots and wheel bearings in good shape?

3. Get a four wheel alignment. I don't have an NX so others will have to recommend toe and camber specs. Take it to a shop that will do the alignment to your specs.

4. Tires - The Falken Azenis is going to be the de facto street class tire. In the 195/60/14 size they're less than US$250 installed. Your 17 inch wheels will slow you down because they're heavier and hurt your gearing. Bring out your 14x6 inch stockers.

5. Suspension - Struts/springs, get KYB AGXs for the stock springs. To run with the Eibach ProKits or other spring which lowers the car you should really consider a shortened strut like what Motivational offers. Others that offer shortened struts/coilovers include Truechoice (Konis), ShigSpeed (Konis), Ground Control (Advanced Design), and Shocktek (Bilsteins).... be careful all these options are at least US$2000.

Anti roll bars/sway bars - Some like the stock bars, some prefer just a stiffer rear bar, some prefer bigger bars front and rear. I have an ST bar up front with the NuTech bar set at full stiff in the back. I think this is fine for track days but a bit much for autox as I tend to bounce around some of the less than smooth corners. I'd stay stock right now but consider getting the Energy Suspension bushing set for the sway bars. ES also makes bushings for the control arms.

6. Quaife - Makes a difference powering out of those tight corners even when compared to the factory VLSD.

7. Power mods - Header, intake, exhaust, cams, ECU, pulleys.

Read your rule book. You're in Canada so they do things a bit differently than they do in the US. Some mods are free, other mods will cost you points and put you into another class. For example, in the US if your only mod was your 17" wheels you'd be running in the Street Touring class where some of your competitors would likely have full suspension setups with all the power bolt ons.

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