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Old 11-08-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Default 2004 STi Wheel Bearing Issues

To keep it short, I'm buying a track car. A 2004 STi has come up. I have a couple of questions.

1) Can anyone elaborate on how bad the wheel bearing issue actually is? Some people say they replace the bearings more than their oil. And brake pad knockback issues are terrible from my understanding as well. The car will only be driven to, from and on the track for AutoX and some HPDE.

2) Is the rear wheel biased drivetrain preferred for track use over the 05+ more even split in power distribution?

I've searched and found the 6gun racing threads, but it seems they're out of business. Is there another way of getting a kit for better bearings?

Additionally, 5x114 conversions seem expensive. Is it expensive enough that I should just buy a 2005+?
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:15 PM   #2
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Bump. Still searching. Dunno that I'm finding what I'm looking for...
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:32 PM   #3
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Ive gotta say....never "Tracked" my 04 STi, but i do drive the hell out of it everyday. Got about 75000 miles on her now...had it since day one. Broke just about every single thing on it but the tranny lol. Mostly engine troubles, headgaskets, cracked pistons blah blah blah. Never broke a suspension part or incountered a noisy wheen bearing though.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:33 PM   #4
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A miata will be cheaper in the long run.

I would just get an 05. You will replace bearings on a track based 04 STI quite often. When our race car was still on the 5x100 bearings we were changing them daily. Not kidding.

We can go a year on a 5x114 bearing and then only replace as a maintenance item.

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