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Old 06-01-2010, 11:24 AM   #1
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I have a daily driven 05 sti. i would like to invest into suspension that will ride better than stock. Right now i have the clunk issue on my 05 and felt this is a good time to upgrade. I don't track my car, just occasional spirited runs so obviously i would want something without too much body roll, but something that will be more forgiving on the streets of los angeles.

currently, im considering the feal suspension revalve service. also, i am not looking to lower the ride height, but i wouldnt mind lowering it a tad bit if it doesnt cost me too much.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:26 PM   #2
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The Feal revalve should take a bit of the harshness out of your daily drive. A lot of the harshness of the stock STi suspension is the valving in the dampers. Another option would be Koni inserts. A little more expensive, but also adjustable.
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:06 PM   #3
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hmm im lookin between the feal revalve and the BC BR coilovers. is there anything between the 2 price ranges ($400-1000) that will fit my needs? as for the koni inserts, i'd rather pay a few hundred more and get coilovers

i feel the BC BR's are a bit overkill for what i want (a good daily driver) with more comfort than stock.

as for the feal revalve, i wish they'd have a core exchange as this is my DD
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:09 PM   #4
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Get springs with the rates you want. Send your struts to FEAL with the specs. Get a WAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY better setup for half the price.


Comfortable and cheap coilovers do not go hand in hand.
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hmm im lookin between the feal revalve and the BC BR coilovers. is there anything between the 2 price ranges ($400-1000) that will fit my needs? as for the koni inserts, i'd rather pay a few hundred more and get coilovers

i feel the BC BR's are a bit overkill for what i want (a good daily driver) with more comfort than stock.

as for the feal revalve, i wish they'd have a core exchange as this is my DD
If you want a better ride, you want avoid any $1000 coilovers. If you want coilovers that offer a good ride, look at something like the KW V3's or Bilstein PSS9's. If you can't spend that much, do what was suggested and get some good springs and revalved struts.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:36 PM   #6
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Koni inserts > any cheap $1500 coilovers
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:37 PM   #7
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Koni inserts > any cheap $1500 coilovers
They also don't fit into STi strut housings without pretty significant modifications. The Feal revalve service is the "koni insert" for STi struts.

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Old 06-01-2010, 10:30 PM   #8
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^ I know, sorry. Didn't realize he had a 05 (lack of reading). But still, a good damper with his stock springs would feel way better than some cheap coilovers.
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i've been thinking the same question [as the OP], for when my stock struts go kaput.

from my reading, it looks like the OE STi struts are overdamped. so on that note: is there some quantitative measure of the damper fluid viscosity/ valve cross-sectional area (i.e. overall damping characteristics) so that one can compare one strut against another? sort of akin to spring rates.

i've walked this path before and usually the results are only marginally better or horrifically worse. i think it's especially true as most STi after-market parts are usually biased toward track applications, with nary a thought to how bad our roads are. not to mention the fact that some people on this forum enjoy being shaken, not stirred.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:08 AM   #10
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i've decided to go with Feal. I spoke with someone there yesterday and they are willing to work with me on the downtime issue (they are local to me). I will post a review once its done. cant wait to get rid of this clunk and improve ride quality
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from my reading, it looks like the OE STi struts are overdamped. so on that note: is there some quantitative measure of the damper fluid viscosity/ valve cross-sectional area (i.e. overall damping characteristics) so that one can compare one strut against another? sort of akin to spring rates.
There are shock dyno plots, but the only struts you'll find them for are Koni and Feal.

Consequently, these are also some of the highest regarded strut replacements in terms of comfort + performance.

If you find the Feal thread on development of the re-valve, they have dyno plots of the STi struts and Feal struts showing how they are different. Takes some time to figure out how to read a shock dyno if you never have. It's not totally obvious.
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