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Old 04-02-2012, 07:16 PM   #376
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I've found Continental DW/DWS run narrow and have a rounded edge (like any good all season), so that could be effectively closer to a 245.. the Star Specs have a square corner and 255 would be more than wide enough.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:31 PM   #377
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Yeah, even looking at the above picture next to my Conti Winter ExtermeContacts it definitely has a curved edge. It's nice to know for those who want to run these on a car that doesn't have their fenders rolled as much. I just wasn't expecting them to be that rounded for a Max Performance Summer tire. When I first looked at the tire below on TireRack I though it looked flat-side walled but now that I looked again it kind of has a curve. Oh-well, it does look a little stretched but they handle amazing on dry and even better in the wet. It's scary how well they do and also I feel they are really quiet.

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:00 PM   #378
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Your praise on these tires are making me lean towards them more and more over the next set of tires I wanna pick up for summer. They're cheap, quiet, and they handle superior in wet conditions!

I was thinking of picking up some toyo t1-sports as my next set after the stock ones wear out but we'll see if i can get them down by summer, so far the've lasted me 21k and theres still at least half of it there so im not even sure they'll be gone by summer so they could probably last me till rain season starts up in october/november.

let us know how long these last you!
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:07 PM   #379
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Will do man, I've owned 9 sets of ContiSportContact 3's and I fell in love with them after the first set on my S4. The Sport3's were a little softer and wore out quicker but the DW's seem to handle just as well but have a longer life span.

I'm doing a 1500 mile trip this weekend, I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:39 PM   #380
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So you did the A-Pillars in steel gray?? Any pics of them installed. I think the window switch/armrest plates great would look great in alcantara but they look just about impossible to wrap. Car looks great on those wheels BTW, offset is perfect
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:47 PM   #381
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Yeah, I'm going for two-tone in the inside but I may continue to do the dark grey on the headliner instead of black. The grey is such an awesome color and hides a little more of the dust. The black is a magnet, can't wait to see how hard the dash is going to be to keep clean!
Interior pictures coming soon, I got home late so maybe tomorrow.

Thanks for the wheel comments, I'm loving them more and more each day. People call them "cheap knock-offs" I could care less. I think their perfect for me!!
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:20 PM   #382
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Yeah, I'm going for two-tone in the inside but I may continue to do the dark grey on the headliner instead of black. The grey is such an awesome color and hides a little more of the dust. The black is a magnet, can't wait to see how hard the dash is going to be to keep clean!
Interior pictures coming soon, I got home late so maybe tomorrow.

Thanks for the wheel comments, I'm loving them more and more each day. People call them "cheap knock-offs" I could care less. I think their perfect for me!!
Yeah I really don't get why people have so much hate against rota's. You do get what you paid for, but if they're not gonna see track or stress, wheels are wheels, they work as daily drivers just the same as a set of volks and if you hit a pothole and damage them, you're not out a couple grand and disappointed as much as you would be with a set of volks

oh and plus it beats waiting around 2-3 months for a set of wheels to ship over here when you can get these the following week or two.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:58 PM   #383
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If you hit a pothole and damage them, you're not out a couple grand and disappointed as much as you would be with a set of Volks
This is the biggest reason that I went with them. I'm a super careful driver but s*it happens and if I damage a wheel, I'm out $225. Advans, Volks? not so much...
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:07 PM   #384
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Yeah, I think you're right about the rounded edge. It probably really isn't stretched, it just looks that way. I agree about not getting special order wheels. I would hate to damage one and not be able to get a replacement and then have to try and sell 3 hard to find wheels!
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:50 AM   #385
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Hahahahaha, just like that I became a Scooby Specialist overnight...
Though I do enjoy helping out others, I would hardly say I was a specialist of any sort.

Cheers to 555 posts!
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:25 AM   #386
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the wheels look nice man
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:01 PM   #387
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Your car is really coming along. It definitely really stands out now with the new rims and all the alacantra wrapping your doing. It’s very unique but also super clean.

Last week I installed the footwell illumination kit and definitely appreciate your ‘how to’ threads. I can relate your first post because I also don’t drive like an idiot and have never autox or raced cars before. I just want to have that ability to go fast and enjoy modding.
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:16 PM   #388
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the wheels look nice man
Thank you, I'm quite fond of them too!!

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Your car is really coming along. It definitely really stands out now with the new rims and all the alacantra wrapping your doing. It’s very unique but also super clean.

Last week I installed the footwell illumination kit and definitely appreciate your ‘how to’ threads. I can relate your first post because I also don’t drive like an idiot and have never autox or raced cars before. I just want to have that ability to go fast and enjoy modding.
Yeah even after all the mods I'm still just cruising around the mountains of Maine enjoying the ride. I'm really loving the combo of power, handling, looks and feel of the car. The ride quality is the only piece Im not 100% happy with. I miss the tight, controlled ride of German Engineering in my S4, but even with the cost of the car and mods together still would be cheaper then a new Audi.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:04 PM   #389
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^Regarding your last comment. To improve on your unsatisfaction w/ the handling, are you planning on sways/ end links? Or even whitelines steering rack bushing/ ALK kit, or any of the other tranny/suspension bushings you can swap out?
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:20 PM   #390
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Nope, lol... I think the handling with the Stance/Coilovers is amazing, It's insane for what it is.

I thought about it but, I'd actually like to go into the other direction. All the things you mentioned would definitely stiffen it up even more. The interesting thing about my Audi was that I had full suspension travel and rode like a dream on all road conditions; rain, snow, ice, gravel, dirt, whatever... But when you went into a corner hard, it kept a nice balance without a lot of body roll and the dampening was spot on. All that on the stock "sport suspension" and the car actually sat lower then my Subaru.

I'm a fan of how the car feels with the stock sways and bushings for a true DD and I wouldn't mind the stock suspension if it just sat 1-1/2" lower, haha. I'd go back to a Spring/Strut combo if I found one that went that low and still rode really nice.

As a experiment, I would like to pick up a set of Epic Springs and throw them on the stock struts to see how it feels. I know it sounds strange but I'm willing to give it a shot.

Am I nuts?
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:53 PM   #391
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I'm in the same boat. I like the firmness and lowered ride of coilovers, but I really liked the OEM ride quality. I've heard bad things about springs (including Epics) on stock struts though. They seem to blow out shocks quite quickly. IMO, if you want to be able to corner, without body roll, and without hurting ride quality, you should go with sway bars and endlinks before springs/struts or coilovers. Sway bars will drastically affect handling without really changing ride quality at all.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:04 PM   #392
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I know lots of people complain about bounciness on the epics, that is why I didn't go with them.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:22 PM   #393
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Yeah, but that just gives him a reason to change up to koni's which he's already eyeing
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:51 AM   #394
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Your car is everything I want my car to be

I really love the idea of the Alcantara a pillars, and that's the only thing I'd be brave enough to do.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:36 AM   #395
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I think I'm giong to have to start working on my interior now. Now that I have the Cobb DP, PW TMIC, Forge BPV there isnt much engine work left I feel comfortable doing lol. I believe I may start to wrap my interior like you did. I hate the gray pillars and headliner.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:39 AM   #396
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I'm in the same boat. I like the firmness and lowered ride of coilovers, but I really liked the OEM ride quality. I've heard bad things about springs (including Epics) on stock struts though. They seem to blow out shocks quite quickly. IMO, if you want to be able to corner, without body roll, and without hurting ride quality, you should go with sway bars and endlinks before springs/struts or coilovers. Sway bars will drastically affect handling without really changing ride quality at all.
^ This. Everything that you are describing about the Audi outside of height is what aftermarket sways and endlinks do to our WRX's.
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^ This. Everything that you are describing about the Audi outside of height is what aftermarket sways and endlinks do to our WRX's.
Really?!? I believe you all have convinced me to at least start looking into this a little more. I'm so new to the physics of a good suspension and may have completely overlooked the sways and other components.

I was just stuck on the fact that the car already has sways on it and knew that changing would make cornering a lot better but I was thinking that it still would be the same stiff ride on straight roads. It seems that I still need to find the right combination of Spring/Shock to get the ride better before I concentrate on better turns. Does that sound correct?
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Really?!? I believe you all have convinced me to at least start looking into this a little more. I'm so new to the physics of a good suspension and may have completely overlooked the sways and other components.

I was just stuck on the fact that the car already has sways on it and knew that changing would make cornering a lot better but I was thinking that it still would be the same stiff ride on straight roads. It seems that I still need to find the right combination of Spring/Shock to get the ride better before I concentrate on better turns. Does that sound correct?
Just about every car has sway bars. They are what connect each side of the cars suspension and keeps the corners working together. The stock bars on the WRX might as well be noodles. They do nothing.

When you put new sways on our cars, it completely transforms how the car rides. You keep your bump compliance but as soon as you push the car into a corner...the grip and turn in is sooooo much better. I actually wouldn't recommend doing suspension without having already done the sways from a performance point of view. You wouldn't be utilizing the full potential of the new suspension because each side would not be working in conjunction with one another like they are really supposed to.

If all you are worried about is stance and look...suspension only is fine. If you want the car to handle like it really should...sways and end links first...suspension second...

I have a lot of friends that professionally race cars and they will tell you the same thing...especially on the WRX where we are barely even give sway bars. Our body roll (which decreases grip and turn in) is terrible in stock form. Even with upgraded suspension, you are just keeping the car from compressing as much with the increased spring rate...you aren't making the chassis work like it should.

Just my .02.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:22 AM   #399
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hey jason, do you have any closer pics of your GS EBCS installed? i know you got rid of the hybrid setup but it looks like your's is installed differently. apparently GS discontinued the WRX bracket and is only using the LGT one, i'm not really a fan as the install doesn't look as clean so i'm trying to see my options if there are any.
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hey jason, do you have any closer pics of your GS EBCS installed? i know you got rid of the hybrid setup but it looks like your's is installed differently. apparently GS discontinued the WRX bracket and is only using the LGT one, i'm not really a fan as the install doesn't look as clean so i'm trying to see my options if there are any.
I'm not sure what bracket I have since mine seems to be different then Ben's. I did remove the hybrid setup so the bolt on top is now a place holder for something. The backside port is open to atmosphere and the intake is plugged. The ports that are now connected go the hot side of the turbo and the other one goes to the wastegate.

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