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Old 04-22-2007, 06:13 PM   #52
WRC_Obsessed
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Member#: 16268
Join Date: Mar 2002
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Brighton/NNJ
Vehicle:
2004 STi
WRB

Default Custom suspension and handling by Synaptic3

It all started with a conversation at the Red Hook Brewery a few months after WBM 2006. Synaptic3 showed up and I had a simple question for them - Can you fabricate a custom v-brace for my STi? The problem was that I have the spec-c tank in my trunk and the cucso v-brace wouldnít fit. That was just the beginning.

Shortly after that, I picked up a set of used Tein Flex coilovers from another member for a very good deal. I was running these same coilovers on my WRX and was well aware of the stiff ride that came with the 10/8 springs. I wasnít looking forward to riding the potholed streets of Boston like that again. I placed a call to Tein and asked what my options were. They suggested running 8/6 springs for a less harsh ride. Synaptic3 is a Tein distributor so I had Dana place an order for the springs.

The next issue I had was running struts that have dampen adjusting. I didnít want to take the back seat out each time I needed to make an adjustment. I also didnít want to spend $400 on the EDFC, which I had in my last car. I recalled the Type-25 had a setup that was really clean. I sent Aaron the video clip and asked if he could fabricate something that would allow me to adjust the dampening without taking the back seat out.

The night I dropped the car off Aaron and I were talking and he said that and x-brace would actually give me better results than a v-brace. After looking at the stage 10 suspension on his RX7 race car I figured he knew what he was doing and I let him run with it. It was also important that this brace was removable, in the event I had some crazy idea that I wanted to sell the car.

As Aaron was fabricating the x-brace, they were also taking care of the coilovers. Dana gave me a call and mentioned the springs had come in and while he was swapping out the springs he noticed one of the pillowball mounts were shot and advised I change it. I agreed and they were able to swap it out with another pillowball mount that was in the shop.

They also noticed I had a small boost leak, which was ironic because I decided maybe I should have a boost gauge and gave them a call to order one when they told me about the leak. I went with the defi amber boost and oil pressure gauges with the Perrin pod.

When installing the pod Ron noticed that it would not allow me easy access to the parking lights on the column. He was able to cut the pod so that it could be placed closer to the steering wheel, giving me access to the switch.

After seeing the 20 seconds or so of the adjuster in the Type-25 video Aaron was able to come up with an amazing piece making it easy to adjust the dampening. The way the Type-25 had theirs installed it would involve cutting the rear seat. Aaron was not happy doing this so he came up with the idea of placing the dial on the rear deck lid for a nice clean install.


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