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Old 02-15-2014, 04:01 AM   #826
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I emailed Odi yesterday on some Feal 441 coilovers for my swapped 99 RS. I needed something to have installed while I send the DMS 40mm coilovers I have on the car right now.

This thread has definitely helped me in my decision as far as what to buy and how to set up the coilovers once they arrive after I order them.

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Old 02-17-2014, 08:45 PM   #827
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UPDATE:

I had a chance to take a road trip with my wife this weekend to give the 441s a little work out. We drove all around the San Francisco Bay area (from Tiburon to Half Moon Bay) including stretches on 80, 37, 101, 1 and through the city. The 441s felt very controlled through high speed corners and rough, steep city streets.

The best news: They passed the wife test! She did say the ride was a bit more firm but "not in a bad way".

I tried a few different settings on the struts and kept coming back to 15 clicks front and rear. It seems to provide the best balance of ride comfort and cornering stability.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:03 PM   #828
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My 10k mile report:

They've been on almost a year on my daily driver, and they're good. Very good. I haven't played around with the stiffness settings since the first week I put them on, I can't even remember where they ended up.

Only issue I've had was that the top nut loosened up a few months back on one of my front corners, resulting in a very prominent clunking. Took 20 seconds with a 21mm wrench & hex key to tighten it back down and it was good to go again.

Only thing I don't like is the increased noise, which comes with the territory on coilovers, and isn't bad at all compared to other setups I've driven/ridden on. I'm toying with the idea of adding in some thrust bearings on top of the springs, or maybe a rubber isolator between the car body & strut top mount to reduce impact noise. But it's a back-burner project and will be asking Odi's opinion first.

2004 Forester XT, running a GD setup 7k/5k springs.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:53 AM   #829
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I'm sure some of us reading this thread have awful roads we drive. There have been references to driving the coilovers on poor roads in previous pages. And we will probably get more posts regarding that.

I live in CA, and in our area we actually have some horrific road problems to the point where I have cracked my wheels. So I can say I do drive bad roads on the Feal 441's and they take the beating and absorb the energy properly.
With that said, what spring rates do you suggest?
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:30 PM   #830
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Anybody know a good place in NJ or PA area that'll install these? Located in Central Jersey (please not NY lol)
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:09 PM   #831
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Can't wait I pulled the trigger on the Feal 441 coil overs and can't wait until they arrive!!!
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:44 PM   #832
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Anybody know a good place in NJ or PA area that'll install these? Located in Central Jersey (please not NY lol)
R/T Tuning in Lansdale, PA. Worth the drive. They told me they even sell them now based on my rave review.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:03 PM   #833
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Thanks a ton QwaktastiK I'll give em a call
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:38 PM   #834
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I am considering these, but with maybe softer spring rates (6K/5K, 5K/4K?) and similar stock ride height. What is the height adjustment range for the GD (02-07) WRX sedan?
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:47 PM   #835
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Just placed an order for the standard 8K/8K setup.
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:02 PM   #836
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It's only day two, but I absolutely love mine so far! Link to a short review and more pictures.

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Old 03-02-2014, 06:30 PM   #837
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It's only day two, but I absolutely love mine so far! Link to a short review and more pictures.
Do they effectively get rid of the boaty feel
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:38 PM   #838
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Do they effectively get rid of the boaty feel
100% yes.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:55 PM   #839
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Is there anyway to run Feal coils with Group n topmounts? I hate the hard mounts i have on now it has me up in the air between Feal and ST with comfort in mind.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:40 AM   #840
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I'm curious as too if I would have enough room to run these. 2011 STi sedan running 18x9.5 rotas et44 with 265/35r18 tires. Anyone have the same or similar fitment?
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:25 PM   #841
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I'm curious as too if I would have enough room to run these. 2011 STi sedan running 18x9.5 rotas et44 with 265/35r18 tires. Anyone have the same or similar fitment?
I am on 18x9.5 et38 with 265/35. Rear fenders are rolled and I am on the out of the box ride height with no fitment problems. As long as you aren't planning to slam it, you should be fine.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:31 AM   #842
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Mustangtx63, awesome review and pics!

Im quoting your post from your journal here for quicker easier reference for everyone reading this thread:

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Feal 441 Coilovers
Mileage: 4,510


The Feals are on. FINALLY. I spent a few hours on Friday for the install. It was very straightforward and simple for the most part. I did it solo but an extra set of hands when removing the stock setup and re-positioning the new would have made it even more of a breeze. It was rewarding nonetheless. I am very impressed by the quality of materials used in these coilovers, they are truly a work of art. I left the ride height on the out of the box level and it is just what I was looking for. There is just under an inch gap all around and it looks incredible! No more monster trucking through town.

They have only been on the car for two days now and I am still fooling around with the damping trying to dial it in just right. Currently I have it set at 19F/16R from full soft which is very close to where it needs to be for my driving. The car rides SOOO much better now. Such a night and day difference from stock, it feels truly alive! (see relevent song from youtube below...) The floatiness and hesitation is completely gone. Ride is firm and planted. The car is more communicative and feels confident. It knows where it is going when the wheel is turned. I know this will only get better as I become more familiar with the setup. So far the only issues I have noticed are my sore kidneys due to the increased rigidity (but this was expected), and I need to have my rear fenders rolled down along the fender line another inch or so as the tires are ever so slightly rubbing over heavy dips. Not an issue with the coils, though. I'm going to let the Feals settle in for a week or two and then have an alignment done. Very happy camper!

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Old 03-26-2014, 12:12 PM   #843
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Mustangtx63, great review and pictures. The out of the box ride height is perfect. I am thinking that these are going to be my next purchase!
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:38 PM   #844
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Mustangtx63, great review and pictures. The out of the box ride height is perfect. I am thinking that these are going to be my next purchase!
You won't be disappointed! I love them more every day.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:55 PM   #845
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I've been trying different setting for the last few months I use 8 Front 3 rear, starting from soft for everyday daily driving
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:09 PM   #846
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I hate mine. I have a '07 WRX tho.

I keep hearing noises from my drivers front side. Definitely annoying. Going to have my friend who installed them take a look to see if anything is loose/broken. It only happens over bumps. Definitely sounds like something is loose. Could be from a pot hole. This winter has been bad with snow plows and salt.

These coilovers never have been quiet for me but I was told all coilovers are more noisy than stock struts (previously had Stock struts with prodrive springs)

I hope its not a blown strut.... Eek
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Did you buy direct from feal? And did you make sure they were preloaded

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Old 03-26-2014, 01:15 PM   #848
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Do the top hats come pre-assembled on the strut bodies?
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:26 PM   #849
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I hate mine. I have a '07 WRX tho.

I keep hearing noises from my drivers front side. Definitely annoying. Going to have my friend who installed them take a look to see if anything is loose/broken. It only happens over bumps. Definitely sounds like something is loose. Could be from a pot hole. This winter has been bad with snow plows and salt.

These coilovers never have been quiet for me but I was told all coilovers are more noisy than stock struts (previously had Stock struts with prodrive springs)

I hope its not a blown strut.... Eek
Can you describe the sound? Make sure the spring is preloaded. Also check all the tophat bolts. The shaft nut has come loose on me, I was told it needs to be cleaned and lubricated.. if not it'll start to make noises when exposed to the elements. I just did this and it got rid of spring bind I was hearing.


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Do the top hats come pre-assembled on the strut bodies?
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:27 PM   #850
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Did you buy direct from feal? And did you make sure they were preloaded
Yes directly from Feal. My buddy (member on here) installed them for me and said that they were preloaded (also said it on the paper inside the box that shipped with them.

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Can you describe the sound? Make sure the spring is preloaded. Also check all the tophat bolts. The shaft nut has come loose on me, I was told it needs to be cleaned and lubricated.. if not it'll start to make noises when exposed to the elements. I just did this and it got rid of spring bind I was hearing.
I'm not good at describing it... Sounds like the strut is going to come through my hood at times..

Edit: Rattling/Clunking noise and also possible coil-bind while turning at lower speeds in parking lots.

Sending you a PM.

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