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Old 07-17-2013, 11:46 AM   #151
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Car looks really good man I can't wait to see more. And yeah, that little spacer is pretty important. It's a good thing that boost leak was found though.
Thanks for the support! Just awaiting the new intercooler core and then I can schedule my ProTune appointment. Can't wait to see what Stage 3 produces.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:09 PM   #152
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One from this morning. Got the bumper back on. Pretty happy with the badge.

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Old 07-17-2013, 12:27 PM   #153
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red WRX badge looks great! very nice 2009
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:58 PM   #154
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Real nice car man, I think I've seen you rollin' around a few times( I live in KOP). How's R/T been treatin ya? I'm most likely gonna get a protune from them once I get the rest of my mods squared away.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:26 PM   #155
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red WRX badge looks great! very nice 2009
Thank you! It's tough keeping up with you widebody guys.

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Real nice car man, I think I've seen you rollin' around a few times( I live in KOP). How's R/T been treatin ya? I'm most likely gonna get a protune from them once I get the rest of my mods squared away.
Thanks! Yeah, I actually used to work in Wayne just outside of KoP. And I would visit some friends out there periodically as well.

I have nothing but great things to say about R/T Tuning. They're warm and welcoming and do top notch work. If I had one complaint, it's how busy they are. Lol. But they fit you in when they can and it's definitely worth the wait. They're a touch more expensive than other shops, but you pay for what you get. I'm happy to give them my business.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:18 AM   #156
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For those of you that are following and looking for a good deal on a great suspension:

GTWORX/Bilstein Impreza WRX Cup Sport Kit w/ RCE Camber Plates 08+ WRX
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:12 PM   #157
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Couldn't be happier right now:


It was delivered this morning. Tomorrow it will be getting the WRX logo painted onto it and curing for a few days. I'll be calling R/T Tuning Monday morning to schedule my ProTune. Hoping they can fit me in this week. It's my birthday on Thursday, so maybe I'll get lucky.

Just one more shout out to Process West for not only the best top mount intercooler option for our cars, but also for their customer service as well. They're a company that stands behind their product and I'm happy to give them my business.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:17 PM   #158
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ProTune scheduled at R/T Tuning for this Friday!!!
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:25 PM   #159
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So what are your impressions comparing the Feal's and the GTWORX setup? Those are the two that I was thinking about doing if I were to do suspension...
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:33 PM   #160
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I still need some drive time on the FEAL's to give an accurate review. But I gotta say, I'm quite happy with them.

Installed them at the preset dampening and was rubbing and slopping all around. Very Cadillac like. I just adjusted the dampening yesterday and wow. It still needs some tweaking but I feel like no turn is too sharp. No body roll whatsoever.

The GTWORX kit is a great set it and forget it suspension option. And you can't argue with the quality of Bilstein. But if you want an option to fine tune, the FEAL's are the way to go.

That's all I'll say for now. Give me another week.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:42 PM   #161
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I still need some drive time on the FEAL's to give an accurate review. But I gotta say, I'm quite happy with them.

Installed them at the preset dampening and was rubbing and slopping all around. Very Cadillac like. I just adjusted the dampening yesterday and wow. It still needs some tweaking but I feel like no turn is too sharp. No body roll whatsoever.

The GTWORX kit is a great set it and forget it suspension option. And you can't argue with the quality of Bilstein. But if you want an option to fine tune, the FEAL's are the way to go.

That's all I'll say for now. Give me another week.
Thanks for the quick update. I will wait for your review.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:07 PM   #162
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I am able to say without additional drive time that the main reason why I switched to coilovers is I wanted to go a little bit lower than what the GTWORX kit allowed me.

My car is a 2009. RCE was the only decent affordable suspension option at the time.

The FEAL's definitely seem like a descent affordable coilovers that are well made offering spring rate specific dampening.

The GTWORX kit held up great for the past 3 years in every weather condition.

Coilovers have a reputation to not take the elements as well. Time will tell.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:31 PM   #163
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Hey man,

I will be upgrading my TMIC soon to get to TP Stg. 3 and I LOVE that
Red WRX logo painted on your PW TMIC and I'd like to do the same to mine. How did you go about doing it? Did you create a stencil from scratch or did someone else help you with that? What type of paint did you use? You have a nice car and I look forward to hearing back from you on this.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:46 PM   #164
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I will be upgrading my TMIC soon to get to TP Stg. 3 and I LOVE that
Red WRX logo painted on your PW TMIC and I'd like to do the same to mine. How did you go about doing it? Did you create a stencil from scratch or did someone else help you with that? What type of paint did you use? You have a nice car and I look forward to hearing back from you on this.
Stenner Graphics provided me with the stencil. Cost me $20. It's a high quality stencil. Very playable and forgiving. If you don't put it on centered the first time, simply pick it up and center it. It's adhesive backed. One time use after you paint however.


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You want to use Caliper Paint as that will be able to take the heat from under the hood. I'll PM you with the email address to contact Stenner Graphics. Just make sure you tell them it's for the Process West TMIC - WRX version. They have the sizing from mine still so you should be good from there.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:31 PM   #165
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Stenner Graphics provided me with the stencil. Cost me $20. It's a high quality stencil. Very playable and forgiving. If you don't put it on centered the first time, simply pick it up and center it. It's adhesive backed. One time use after you paint however.


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You want to use Caliper Paint as that will be able to take the heat from under the hood. I'll PM you with the email address to contact Stenner Graphics. Just make sure you tell them it's for the Process West TMIC - WRX version. They have the sizing from mine still so you should be good from there.
Thanks for your help! Keep on keepin' on!!!
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:23 PM   #166
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At R/T Tuning getting some work done and finally getting ProTuned.

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Old 07-26-2013, 05:20 PM   #167
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I'll make an updated proven power thread, but for the time being here you go:
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:48 PM   #168
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Stage 3 complete:

2009 WRX 2.5L COBB ProTune Stage 3 93oct. 330whp/359wtq

Event: COBB ProTune Dyno
Location: R/T Tuning, Lansdale, PA
Ambient Temp: 84*F
Elevation: 361'
Weather: Partly Cloudy, Winds W @ 8mph
Humidity: 40%
Barometric Pressure: 30.03in.
Tires: Sumitomo HTR ZIII 245/40/18
Wheels: Drag DR31 18x9 +35
Car: 2009 Subaru WRX Premium 5dr
Tuner: R/T Tuning
Dyno Info: Mustang AWD Dyno
Transmission: Stock 5MT
Gear: 3rd
Peak HP at RPM: 330 @ ~5,200
Peak Torque at RPM: 359 @ ~4,200
Baseline hp/tq for a stock WRX on same dyno: unknown
Target Boost: ~18.5psi, +/- 1psi.
Target AFR: unknown - will look up
Fuel: 93oct
Engine Mods: COBB AccessPORT (Stage 3 93oct. custom tune), COBB SF Intake & Airbox Combo, Process West TMIC, Forge Recirculating BPV, Swaintech Ceramic Coated Agency Power UEL Headers & Uppipe, PTP Turbo Blanket, SPT & OEM Turbo Heat Shield, Swaintech Ceramic Coated TurboXS High Flow Catted Downpipe, Swaintech Ceramic Coated TurboXS Catback Exhaust, Injector Dynamics ID1000's Fuel Injectors, Deatschwerks DW65c Fuel Pump, Grimmspeed 3-port EBCS
Driveline Mods: Kartboy Short Shifter, Kartboy Shifter Bushings, TiC Shift Linkage Bushings & Pivot Bushings
Suspension Mods: FEAL 441 Coilovers (8k/8k), RCE 25mm Hollow adj. Front Sway Bar, RCE 25mm Hollow adj. Rear Sway Bar, Kartboy Front and Rear Endlinks, Whiteline Rear Camber Adjuster Kit, Whiteline Rear Trailing Arm Bushings, Whiteline Front Inner Control Arm Bushings, Whiteline Anti-Lift Kit, Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings, Whiteline Front Differential Positive Power Kit, GTSPEC Strut Bar
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So any update on the Feal 411 after a week of use? noise, ride quality etc
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:13 AM   #170
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So any update on the Feal 411 after a week of use? noise, ride quality etc
No noise whatsoever. Ride quality is incredible. I will work on my full write up today comparing the FEAL 441's to the GTWORX/Bilstein Kit. I'm VERY happy with my switch.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:02 AM   #171
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Here's some pics of spraying the replacement intercooler core:


As soon as I got it sprayed outside in the non ideal weather conditions, I moved it inside directly underneath an air conditioning vent.




Another great finished product. Thanks to Stenner Graphics for the stencil.


Since the weather was still pretty humid, I let the paint cure for 48hrs before installing the intercooler.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:11 AM   #172
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:09 PM   #173
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And I wouldn't feel right mentioning it. Today marks four years from the day I picked her up:.

Happy anniversary White Lightning.

I adjusted the Coilovers today. Gonna give her a bath tomorrow. And I have an alignment scheduled for Thursday. Updated pics to come after the alignment.

And I'll be posting my FEAL 441 Coilover review tomorrow.
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And I wouldn't feel right mentioning it. Today marks four years from the day I picked her up:.

Happy anniversary White Lightning.

I adjusted the Coilovers today. Gonna give her a bath tomorrow. And I have an alignment scheduled for Thursday. Updated pics to come after the alignment.

And I'll be posting my FEAL 441 Coilover review tomorrow.
Congrats! I just paid mine off this month. you must have signed up for he 4 year 0%apr deal too haha.

Looking forward to your review!
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Background:
Let me start out by saying I've only had one experience prior to this with coilovers and it was on my previous car, an '04 VW R32. And it wasn't a good one. I believe that had to do with two factors, one being a lower budget design (Koni) and the second being specifically designed for an Audi TT with a different weight distribution than that of the R32. After blowing the front struts within a year driven on greater Philadelphia area roads, I swapped them out for the Euro suspension with a friend and he had the coilovers rebuilt by Koni.

After an unfortunate event with a Septa bus a few months following that, I ended up trading in my R32 on the purchase of a brand new 2009 Subaru WRX Premium in July of '09. During the initial test drive, I felt as though the car needed a short shifter right off the bat. After taking ownership of the car, I was happy with the power from the factory (0-60 in 4.7sec is a great jumping off point for any car) but the suspension and handling were downright dangerous. Suspension mods moved quickly to the top of the priority list. Skeptical from my previous experience, I vowed never to purchase coilovers again. I joined Nasioc within a week or two after my purchase and learned of a company named Racecomp Engineering that was designing an OEM style or non-coilover style suspension with Bilstein struts/shocks. I eagerly awaited their release and invested in an aftermarket set of 18" wheels and tires. I was bound and determined to get this thing to handle better, in whatever order I had to. After a few months of waiting, my new suspension arrived.

GTWORX/Bilstein Impreza Cup Sport Kit:
The GTWORX/Bilstein Impreza Cup Sport Kit was installed. The handling was night and day improved over stock. The ride height was lowered to a tasteful and functional level. The floatiness was gone. The handling was much more predictable and responsive. I felt as though I could finally corner. During the suspension install, we installed RCE 25mm hollow sway bars front and rear as well as Kartboy endlinks. It took a bit to get used to the bumps and I quickly developed an a-pillar creak over expansion joints and imperfections in the road. A noise I learned to deal with for the past couple of years with the car. The yellow springs were stiff for sure and some described the handling as bouncy. I thought it was a bit on the rough side, and dialed my tire pressure down a few psi. This helped a little but not a ton. I believe the majority of the roughness was the stiffer spring rates and the condition of the roads I frequent.

Black (Regular Guy) Springs:
After about a year on the RCE Yellows, Myles decided to develop and offer a Black (Regular Guy) Spring option for those who were looking to tone down the suspension a touch for a more daily driver friendly ride. The Blacks were simply a softer spring rate (275/250) instead of (330/330). After a few people installed them, they noticed they softer spring rate effectively lowered the car another 10mm more than the Yellows. Some of the reviews looked promising. People describing them as the answer to the bounciness issue. I had to give them a try. One of my pet peeves was the ride height of the yellows. I was happy they lowered the car, but I was always wanting more.

RCE Camber (Lowering) Plates:
At this same time, Myles was in the process of developing and releasing a camber plate option designed specifically to work with this suspension. They would not only allow additional camber adjustment (up to -3.5 IIRC) but also lower the front end an additional 3/8" (9.5mm). I was sold. I ordered both the Black (Regular Guy) Springs and the RCE Camber Lowering Plates. I'm officially the poster child for everything RCE. Lol.

The new and improved RCE setup:
We installed the Black (Regular Guy) Springs and RCE Camber Plates in July of 2012. A week later, I had new tires put on my car as well as an alignment. Well, to my surprise, the alignment I payed for was never actually done. I had it checked at R/T Tuning a week or two later and my suspicions were confirmed. R/T Tuning aligned my car to my specs. Their equipment and service is the best in the area. If you're within driving distance, I'd highly recommend them over the competition. You pay for what you get. Top of the line service. They're a great bunch of guys. And I'm happy to give them my business.

Tires (EPST vs MPST):
The tires I switched from and to were Falken Azenis RT-615 and Sumitomo HTR ZIII respectively. I believe this played a large role on the ride comfort of my new setup. Nasioc is often a more is better attitude towards modding. I've learned over the years that there is a distinct difference between modding a car for the streets and modding a car for the track. Extreme Performance Summer Tires aren't always the best for a daily driven car. Stepping down to Max Performance Summer gives me better ride comfort, less road noise, a slightly softer sidewall, better wet traction, better tire wear and much less tramlining/nibbling. The Azenis got so bad with tramlining my wife refused to drive my car. For those of you wondering why my wife would be driving my car, I ruptured my quadricep's tendon in my right leg in June 2012. There was a period of about 10 weeks I couldn't drive. I didn't want to let my car sit for 10 weeks, so I had my wife drive me in my car to and from P.T. sessions. Her father was a HPDE instructor and her teacher. She's done a fair share of driving events herself. She's one of the best drivers I know.

Camber Plate Creak:
I only put about 10,000 miles on my car per year. The new setup was on my car for about 6-8 months and I started to develop a creak in my suspension from my camber plate(s). It got worse and worse. Out of fear something was lose, I tried retorquing the top nut on the camber plates. I don't know if there was an imperfection in the metal, the temperatures were just too cold, or if my torque wrench isn't reading correctly, but I managed to break the strut shaft on my driver's front strut. How frustrating. I contacted RCE and purchased two new front struts and sent back the old ones. With the help of a friend, we got the new setup torqued correctly off the car before installing. Got everything on the car and sure enough the camber plate creak was still there. I got a touch up alignment at R/T Tuning and had them check out the camber plates. They sprayed lithium grease on the bearings and told me the bearings have likely seized as the grease didn't seem to remedy the noise whatsoever. I contacted Myles and explained the situation. He didn't doubt the bearings could've seized especially if I ended up over-torquing the top nut when I broke the strut shaft. I waited about two months for word on new bearings.

OCAWD Meet:
In the meantime, the Mrs, our two pups and I went on a road trip to Ocean City MD for the OCAWD Meet in June of this year. We had a great time despite the weather. While I was there, I was blown away with how high my suspension sat compared to the other cars that were there. But what bugged me more than how high my car sat, is how much higher it sat in the front than the rear. Something I've been trying to correct since the release of the camber (lowering) plates. Annoyed with the camber plate creak and the ride height, I said screw it and decided to do some research on coilovers.

Considering Coilovers:
A friend of mine on Nasioc runs the FEAL 441 Coilovers and loves them. He's had them on his car for over a year now. He steered me away from ISC Coilovers due to his bad experience with them. KW V2 and RCE Tarmac II Coilovers were out of my price range and likely overkill for a daily driver. I was also looking at BC Racing BR Series Coilovers. With the positive reviews here on Nasioc, the price point and the response I receive from Odi, I decided to give the FEAL 441 Coilovers a try. They seemed to fit the bill of what I was looking for.

FEAL 441 Coilovers:
After 24 days of having the FEAL 441 Coilovers on my car, I feel as though I can give an accurate review. Immediately upon receiving them, I was very happy with the apparent quality of them. Swift springs. Camber plates in the front. Valved specifically for the spring rates they come with. Adjustable height and adjustable dampening. And at a price that is tough to beat. I liked them from day 1.

We installed them on my car Saturday, July 6th of this year. I drove them for the first two weeks on their preset dampening setting of 15clicks/15clicks. There are 30 clicks of dampening adjustment, so this is right in the middle. With the roads I drive and the height they were set to, I was left wanting a whole lot more dampening. I adjusted them on July 21st to 18clicks/21clicks. OMG so much better! The car feels so much more planted, not slopping around anymore. Body roll is completely gone. As well as dive and squat. These things handle like a dream. And I can't get over how they handle bumps! And at a higher spring rate too compared to the RCE springs. I thought for sure it was going to be harsher. But it isn't! Ride comfort is much improved. Even my wife agreed the comfort and bounciness has improved dramatically. Expansion joints seem small and shallow now compared to how my old setup handled them.

My endorsement:
I still have some height adjusting to do, and some more dampening to play with, but I am a VERY happy camper right now. What more could you want than a suspension you can fine tune that doesn't break the bank. Although the GTWORX/Bilstein Impreza Cup Sport Kit was ground breaking at the time when there weren't many other options out there, I strongly believe the FEAL 441 Coilovers to be the better option at this point. However, I said it previously and I'll say it again. The major concern with coilovers is often how they hold up over time and how they handle the elements. Only time will tell. But for now, they have my complete endorsement.

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