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Old 07-15-2012, 05:09 PM   #851
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rce yellows work on stock struts or do I need koni inserts?
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:47 PM   #852
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not well on stock wrx struts. STi struts yes on Koni inserts Hell yes
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:06 PM   #853
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rce yellows work on stock struts or do I need koni inserts?
First, searching helps :-) and no, RCE yellows are too stiff for stock wrx struts. They were designed for stock sti struts...but for wrx owners, koni yellows or topics dspecs (which I have, they are awesome) work great.

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Old 09-27-2012, 01:04 AM   #854
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I've had my rce blacks installed on my wrx wagon with spt sedan struts and the ride is much more controlled than my prodrive blues, but damn it stiff and bobble head'ish. I dont really want to sent them off to be revalved and I already threw away my wrx wagon oem struts (if i wanted to do a koni swap). Any suggestions on making it ride better? I almost hate my car for how stiff it rides.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:19 PM   #855
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hella_sti, I'm running RCE Yellows on my wagon. Combined with Koni inserts and GTWorx camber plates/groupN rears, the ride is plenty stiff. The best thing that you can do (other than changing your springs/struts) is increase strut travel, and if possible, lighten your wheels/suspension. Per my own instructions, I am also running drex strut extenders, which help avoid the bump-stops.
Further, lightweight forged wheels/lugs, V6 STi aluminum LCAs, and lightweight summer tires all made quite a difference. I've got my wheel weights down quite a bit, under 35lbs per corner, lug nuts included. Waiting to install my Whiteline roll center / bump kit too, so I'm hoping that helps make things even better, in terms of suspension reaction time/smoothness. Either way, the search will continue for the "right" blend of firm/smooth. Maybe someday we'll have an affordable electro-mag adjustable suspension that isn't garbage.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:05 PM   #856
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^ 2X I'm running RCE Yellows on my wagon with Koni inserts.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:51 PM   #857
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I've had my rce blacks installed on my wrx wagon with spt sedan struts and the ride is much more controlled than my prodrive blues, but damn it stiff and bobble head'ish. I dont really want to sent them off to be revalved and I already threw away my wrx wagon oem struts (if i wanted to do a koni swap). Any suggestions on making it ride better? I almost hate my car for how stiff it rides.
If you are trying to "soften" the ride, try a smaller wheel and a tire with more sidewall, and also lower tire pressures if you wish (will get a bit worse gas mileage).

You'll sacrifice some of the quick turn-in characteristics that you get with a lower profile tire, but it sounds like you really just want to soften the ride a bit.

I used to have a Saabaru wagon with RCE Yellows and dspecs, which was pretty stiff (great for autox ). When I went from my 17" wheels with Dunlap Star Spec tires to my stock (lighter) 16" wheels with Continental DWS all season tires (REALLY soft side walls), the ride was much softer. Granted it was a pretty big sacrifice in the handling department, it sure rode nicer on the city streets!

If you really want to change your setup, you could get a softer strut/spring setup and add bigger sway bars to help keep the handling more compliant. Bigger sway bars can cause a bit stiffer ride, but I don't think it will be as big of a difference in harshness when compared to a stiff spring/strut setup. I can't confirm this this from personal experience though...
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:07 PM   #858
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[QUI already installed my wagon specific RCE black springs on my SPT inverted sedan struts (yeah I know alignment issues etc-I have a set of lower camber bolts for the fronts that I'll put in for second go around) The issue is that the rears are stiff as crap! Its easy enough to take the rears off to trim the internal bump stops. Is it recommended that I do this? I'm 99% positive that I'm actually riding on the stops themselves and its killing the ride quality and making the car bounce like crazy on larger highway bumps. I'm also wanting to cut the fronts as well while I have the struts off the car.

Do the inverted struts have any difference in overall travel than the regular struts?

here are some pic of the struts I have and the bumpstops



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