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Old 12-15-2007, 01:03 AM   #1
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Default DIY Perrin Rear Differential / Subframe Lockdown System

As some of you may or may not know, we here at PERRIN have taken on a little project called Project $15K. This is where we take a 2002 WRX and build the ultimate daily driver. After washing it and cleaning everything up it was time to change out all of the fluids. While doing this we decided that we should install our SLS.

Adding the PERRIN Subframe Lockdown System adds rigidity and stability to the rear end diff. This kit eliminates all driveline slop and the annoying thud that can be heard shifting from first to second. The results can be felt the first time you take off from a stop light at almost any speed. I have to say that this has to be one of the best “bang for your buck” mods I have ever done. For more information click here.

Needed tools:
1) 12mm socket or wrench
2) 17mm socket or wrench
3) Jack and Jack stand

Step 1) Raise the vehicle to a desired height allowing you enough room to move freely. For this you will want to use jack stands to support the vehicle while working on the cross support. NEVER WORK ON A VEHICLE SUPPORTED ONLY BY A JACK.

Step 2) Time to remove tension from the differential, this will allow you to lower the differential stabilizer. You’ll need to get a floor jack for this next step. Placing the jack under the differential you’ll want to raise the differential roughly .5”.

Step 3) Using a 17mm socket remove the 17mm nuts securing the differential to the cross support. Remove the studs from the differential and the cross support by using the “Jam-Nut” method. (this is where you “jam” two 17mm nuts together on one stud. Then you can remove the stud by unscrewing the nut closest to the differential). Repeat this process on the remaining stud. If this method doesn’t work you’ll have to use a stud-extracting tool.

Step 4) Once the two studs are removed from the differential and the cross support you will remove the two 17mm bolts and nuts securing the differential stabilizer to the rear sub frame. Its now time to lower the differential, you will only need to lower it slightly to allow for clearance. If needed you may want to remove or lower the exhaust system allowing your self even more working room.

Step 5) Remove or lower the differential stabilizer from the sub frame. After you have done this you can install the 4 smaller red urethane bushings around the OEM Bushings center mounting points. (2 bushings installed on each side)





Step 6) After all 4 of the PERRIN bushings are in place you can now reinstall the differential support brace into the chassis. (Don’t fully tighten just yet)

Step 7) Raise the differential back into the car, line up the stud holes with the differential support holes and reinstall the studs.

Step 8) Tighten the differential stabilizer support bolts to 70ft-lbs. Now go back and tighten the nuts on bolts on the sub frame to 70ft-lbs.

Step 9) Time to install the rear sub frame lock out bolts. You’ll want to locate the empty threaded holes on the rear sub frame. Screw the bolt and bushing into the empty hole on each side of the car. Tighten the bolts down to 60ft-lbs. (BOLTS AND SPACERS MAY MAK SOME POPPING SOUNDS WHILE THE BOLTS ARE BEING TIGHTENED INTO THE CHASSIS, THIS IS NORMAL)



Step 10) Locate the differential front support beam and the 2 outer bolts securing it to the chassis. Remove the passenger side large bolt securing the front support beam to the chassis, and the two bolts securing the plate to the chassis.

Step 11) Pull down the front support brace until there is enough room to place the new bushings on top of the OEM bushings. Make sure to install bushings between steel flat washer and OEM bushing.

Step 12) Reinstall the plate back onto the chassis and tighten the 12mm bolts to 25ft-lbs. Install the large 17mm bolt through the bushings and tighten to 100ft-lbs.

Step 13) Repeat step 10, 11, and 12 on the drivers side.

Step 14) Lower vehicle and test drive.


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Old 12-21-2007, 09:43 PM   #2
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kk i failed miserably at installing the screws, i wasn't able to loosen the 2 bolts. do i need to have the car lifted or can I use ramps?

i used a ramp and couldn't loosen it.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:21 AM   #3
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Hey there
I hope this can be of some help? First off you don’t have to place the vehicle on jack stands. You can park it on ramp’s, however I personally feel a little more safe if the vehicle is being supported by stands.

Once you remove the studs on the differential and remove the bolts on the cross support everything should be loss allowing you to lower the diff and the differential stabilizer. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call.

Happy Holidays

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Old 12-23-2007, 12:52 AM   #4
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:57 AM   #5
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You should do something similar for Legacy. In low temp there is a growling noise from the diff bushings flexing. There is a long thread about this on legacygt.com:

http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48567
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:06 PM   #6
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not trying to knock the product at all, actually thinking of purchasing it for my dd legacy wagon, but I am interested in the effectiveness of a insert ring bushing support design vs a full bushing replacement (which I have on my WRX along with whitleline subframe locks)
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Old 01-06-2008, 11:19 AM   #7
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updates?
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:01 PM   #8
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not trying to knock the product at all, actually thinking of purchasing it for my dd legacy wagon, but I am interested in the effectiveness of a insert ring bushing support design vs a full bushing replacement (which I have on my WRX along with whitleline subframe locks)
Jeff tried both on his personal WRX's. He found little performance improvement when he made them completely solid but had higher levels of NVH. Hence the reason he designed the kit in this fashion. Should work great on strip, street or rally. I am personally amazed at how differently the car FEELS when driving it with this inexpensive mod. I hate that clunk from 1/2nd and that is gone with this installed.

Thanks for asking!

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Old 01-10-2008, 12:02 PM   #9
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updates?
Thanks for asking. If you mean to Project 15K, then CLICK HERE!

If there is something else we can update you on. Just let me know!

Thanks again for asking!

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Old 01-10-2008, 12:12 PM   #10
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Also as a special treat to those following the Project 15K saga, I am offering a 15% discount on the SLS system when ordered directly from our website.

CLICK HERE!

During checkout apply coupon code SLSRULES (must be caps no spaces) to get 15% off the item! This is a great deal on a great product!

Thanks again NASIOC!

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Old 01-10-2008, 04:06 PM   #11
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mine went on without a hitch

I used Tic rear bushings


Upgraded to an 07Sti R180 while I was at it and an alum driveshaft
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:21 PM   #12
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Thanks for the price break! I just ordered my set. I am in the process of tightening the car up. Last week a front strut brace and steering rack bushings. Looking forward to the SLS system firming up the rear.
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:03 PM   #13
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Jeff tried both on his personal WRX's. He found little performance improvement when he made them completely solid but had higher levels of NVH. Hence the reason he designed the kit in this fashion. Should work great on strip, street or rally. I am personally amazed at how differently the car FEELS when driving it with this inexpensive mod. I hate that clunk from 1/2nd and that is gone with this installed.

Thanks for asking!

adam.taft@perrinperformance.com
thanks for the response, I will have to give them a try when the wife hits the approval button lol
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:08 PM   #14
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Thanks folks! Appreciate it! nice photos above btw!

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Old 01-16-2008, 12:43 PM   #15
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Just out of curiosity, in general what is the install time for this kit? My free time on the weekends is at a premium, and it helps my marital relations if I can at least give the wife a schedule of when I will be in the garage.

Thanks.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:42 PM   #16
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Just out of curiosity, in general what is the install time for this kit? My free time on the weekends is at a premium, and it helps my marital relations if I can at least give the wife a schedule of when I will be in the garage.

Thanks.
Assuming you have the right tools and oil ready to go. Most clients would be done within an hour or two MAX. Very straightforward to install.

Hope that helps!

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Old 01-17-2008, 08:48 AM   #17
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Thats about what I figured. Parts showed up last night. Cant wait to get them on this weekend.
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:17 AM   #18
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Kool! keep us posted!

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Old 01-17-2008, 06:37 PM   #19
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Thats about what I figured. Parts showed up last night. Cant wait to get them on this weekend.
If you have any questions about the install just let me know, I'm here to help.

Thanks

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Old 01-26-2008, 05:11 PM   #20
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Just ordered mine, good lookin' out on the discount. That 1st-2nd thump drives me nuts!
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:07 PM   #21
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Just ordered mine, good lookin' out on the discount. That 1st-2nd thump drives me nuts!
Thanks for the biz-nez! Keep us posted on the results once you get things in!

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Old 01-27-2008, 02:59 PM   #22
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had mine on my sti for about 3 months, really can feel a difference in the rear, excellent product, thanks perrin!!!!!
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:16 PM   #23
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Just ordered one for my wagon. Can't wait to give it a try, thanks for the price break!
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Old 01-27-2008, 10:35 PM   #24
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had mine on my sti for about 3 months, really can feel a difference in the rear, excellent product, thanks perrin!!!!!
Thank you!

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Just ordered one for my wagon. Can't wait to give it a try, thanks for the price break!
Anytime! Thanks for the biz-nez!

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