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Old 09-02-2011, 02:52 AM   #901
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I am going back to 16"s. Excuse my pro-cel picture.

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Old 09-25-2011, 10:29 PM   #902
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Painted my winter rims

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Old 11-29-2011, 01:54 PM   #903
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Had a suspension install weekend for the Impreza;

Took off the grimy leaking blown gr2s and replaced them with Jim's(Dragonski) 2007 2.5i suspension with 6k, so they are just nicely broken in.

I managed to cut off the brake line brackets without hitting the lines, and then used a cutting bit in the dremel to slot the top holes for the GD setup; I used a template as a guide to make sure the top mount centered in the hole.
The only hitch was the rear lower bolt didn't have room for the impact gun so I added a breaker bar to my tool collection. Everything bolted right up, and I had it alignment yesterday.

The flaps ended up another inch off the ground, and the ride is much better than it was before. The wrx RSB can actually do it's thing now that the struts are working.
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:24 PM   #904
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huzzah, winter mode!

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Old 11-29-2011, 07:24 PM   #905
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I've kept my front lip on for winter mode as well. Had some issues last Monday when I ran into about 25cm of snow on the sidestreets in Squamish though! Might want to be a bit more proactive than me Steve!
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:11 PM   #906
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I'm going to take your advice drizzie, and remove the lip.
Too much liability having that thing hanging off the front while I'm hooning with stock suspension.

Does anyone have a cheap 06/07' front lip that I can buy for winter use?
preferably fiberglass for ease of repair, but I'll take a urethane lip too.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:33 PM   #907
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snowmans got his sticker bombed one.
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:42 PM   #908
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Good timing. I just got off the phone with him.

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:11 PM   #909
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I ended up getting rid of the sti struts and springs in trade for these.



DMS 50's! yay! They needed some work when I got them so they get new sleeve bushings/seals/grease and I upped the spring rates as one of the rear springs was broken. Original rates were 225lb/in front and 180lb/in rear. now I've moved the fronts to the rears and put 280lb/in swift springs with tenders. A little bit shorter spring but overall works nicely.



Topped off with whiteline Com-c and groupN rear top mounts. I also added brake line brackets to the fronts as the originals were missing.



Installed!



I also put in some whiteline front endlinks at the same time.



I'm pretty satisfied with the setup however my r-comps don't fit any more. The tire hits the spring. Not to sure what to do about that. Trade for different coils...? Different offset wheels...? spacers...? Thoughts?
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:14 PM   #910
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spacers.


well.. different wheel offset would be the proper way however if youre on a budget and only need 5mm clearance, cut the hats off some old OEM rotors. they make a free 5mm spacer
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:57 AM   #911
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After 151XXX km it was time to replace the struts. I decided to do the GTWorx/RCE Yellow Spring package



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Old 01-29-2012, 03:34 AM   #912
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^ Nicely done! You will have to take me for a rip sometime.. I was looking at getting those too. Did you get any drop vs. the OEM setup? How's the ride?
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:58 AM   #913
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I had STI pinks before and they gave me a drop of about 15mm and Jason said I would lose some of that drop with this setup but I hardly even noticed.

As for the ride it is stiffer than before (I also have swaybars, H-brace and strut bars), there is less body roll and the car seems more balanced.

I am in the mood now for the summer and some spirited driving to really see how she handles.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:57 AM   #914
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well.. different wheel offset would be the proper way however if youre on a budget and only need 5mm clearance, cut the hats off some old OEM rotors. they make a free 5mm spacer
I would need more like 15mm. Haven't actually measured yet. My 195/60/15's have only a few mm of clearance.

You have done this a coupe times right? ARP studs and spacers? Best method for doing it? I hear the fronts are easy but the rears are a pain. My studs and lugs are getting pretty beat up as it is... maybe a good reason to replace.

Either that or I could get some custom diamond racing wheels. Could get expensive though...
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at over 15mm bolt on spacers are a better choice or just get bigger offset unless you have your heart set on OEM rims
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:39 PM   #916
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at over 15mm bolt on spacers are a better choice or just get bigger offset unless you have your heart set on OEM rims
what makes the bolt on spacers a better choice? I'm not a huge fan of that style but if they are a better choice...

What rims are available in the proper size? 16x7 isn't exactly common anymore. A custom wheel is the only option I've found that comes in the proper size. I would need a 35-40 offset...
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:21 PM   #917
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http://www.wheeldude.com/catalog/pro...oducts_id=6561

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...-100*9-100&rw=

Plenty of 16x7 5x100 +40 from around 100 per rim.

Or look for used Audi/VW wheels, some of the older models run 5x100 and lower offsets.

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Old 01-29-2012, 10:45 PM   #918
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the bolt ons put less stress on the studs, even arps can break.

I used to run 2" bolt ons with mid 80's iroc rims on a cutlass (read bigger and heavier and wider) and they worked like a champ no issues.

just my experience but also 99% of camaro owners run bolt on spacers (if they have too) and ... well their cars are bigger/heavier and they run WIDER tires then we could wet dream of.

(I say camaro cause I have experience, im sure there are plenty other brands that do as well.)
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:20 AM   #919
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the bolt ons put less stress on the studs, even arps can break.

I used to run 2" bolt ons with mid 80's iroc rims on a cutlass (read bigger and heavier and wider) and they worked like a champ no issues.

just my experience but also 99% of camaro owners run bolt on spacers (if they have too) and ... well their cars are bigger/heavier and they run WIDER tires then we could wet dream of.

(I say camaro cause I have experience, im sure there are plenty other brands that do as well.)
Yes you are correct about lots of people running them. I've used them many times on toyotas and stuff running 37"+ tires.

However they do not reduce the stress on the studs compared to extended. I would also argue that it is better to have thicker spacers in terms of added stud stresses.

I'm looking into new wheels though. Thanks for the links! I'm also researching different wheel spacers. The other issue with the bolt on spacers is just the QC. The companies that do sell them seem to be more for the 'hellaflush' crowd. Their stud quality is questionable...
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Yes you are correct about lots of people running them. I've used them many times on toyotas and stuff running 37"+ tires.

However they do not reduce the stress on the studs compared to extended. I would also argue that it is better to have thicker spacers in terms of added stud stresses.

I'm looking into new wheels though. Thanks for the links! I'm also researching different wheel spacers. The other issue with the bolt on spacers is just the QC. The companies that do sell them seem to be more for the 'hellaflush' crowd. Their stud quality is questionable...
like I said, Im used to running them on Chevy's, where hellaflush is ... well not an issue, and it's more about fitting stupid wide corvette rims to run 315 tires and bigger, so QC is quite good with the vendors that do supply them.

but rims are the best bet regardless, so ya, you should have lots of choices, good luck and well you got DMS50's thats awesome and worth a bit of pain right?
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:58 PM   #921
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Last weekend I installed ST coilovers with group n tophats in the rear and GTWorx camber plates in the front.

a couple of hours later....


I was torquing lugnuts 3.5 hours after starting So easy to swap suspension on these cars.

Jason almost had them set up perfect when I had them picked up. He had to tweak them a little heightwise when doing the alignment the next day.


Car sits slightly lower than my rce yellows, I know this because I can no longer get my floor jack under the front of it without driving on a 2x6. My first impression after only a few commutes to work is that they take imperfections in the road better than my rce yellows did, my ashtray full of change doesnt rattle on the same bumps it used to.

What blows me away is the steering response, and feels so flat in the corners, cant wait to get to a track day.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:45 PM   #922
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Dale's installed my Feal package on my '10 STi last Friday!

Initial impressions are very favourable!

- Overall the ride at street speeds feels a little more supple. Noticeably more comfortable. Car take all sizes of speed bumps much more easily.

- Huge improvement on that vicious STi rear rebound kick! Much more damped!

- Quick back & forth transitions feel more quick/accurate/stable.

- What is really noticeable is the hugely improved chassis control on some rolling, whooped-out style roads! IE: out by Boundry Bay or any roads near the river or built across river delta or bog.
Wow, big improvement. The rear does not rebound so fast and drive/kick the front down into the next roller/bump which was then complicated by the side to side pitching. I used to drive these slowly and seek the smoothest line in either lane. Now can just charge straight thru in way more control.


- Decelerating into left to right transitions then accelerating out is way more controled - the car transitions much more smoothly without the front porpoise’ing on the brake to throttle plus right to left transition.

I like! Big improvement and 1/2 the price of decent coilovers!

Feal GR re-valve and Rear 460's Update:

Now + / - 18 click compression adjustable on rear 460's!




Then I started to think about all available spring rates for the GR. The RCE Yellows seem to be huge increase over stock '10 and even the '11's and '12's. IMO too stiff in rear - very little rear wheel travel.

NOTE: I am note challenging RCE and their products - IMO this is just a huge spring rate when combined with way better than stock compression and rebound damping.

See this thread for spring rates: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2326104

Swift Sports (red's) seemed to offer decent middle ground spring rate vs. both stock and RCE Yellows.
Ordered them up from Feal and Dale's had them on in no time!






Very satisfied now with both ride and handling.
The rear suspension now has some useable wheel travel which makes the car feel less like it is standing up or pogo'ing on the outside rear while cornering.
The more resonable Swift spring rates allow the much improved comp and rebound damping of the Feal's to work!
Adjustable rear Feal 460's allow tuning for comfort / colder temps (full soft) with the full firm being very close to a Feal track type set up.
Ride is more compliant / comfortable.
Just returned from ski week in Okanogan - fully loaded with three people and full roof box, too.
Car handled great!
Smooth, controlled ride and handling and no bottoming out issues.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:00 AM   #923
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^^ Good review! Gotta hit up Dales when it gets warmer for suspension.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:47 PM   #924
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Anyone can suggest some decent coilovers for an 03 wrx? I'd want to be able to adjust damper as well.
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Anyone can suggest some decent coilovers for an 03 wrx? I'd want to be able to adjust damper as well.
If only we had a local suspension expert who could advise us...

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I just got my alignment done at Dale's. I was extremely impressed with the service I was given there. It was more of an experience than an appointment. Car handles much better now and I have a future handling plan of attack. Thanks a lot Jason! Cheers.
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Getting my 2011 lower control arms with group n bushings put in by Dale's today. Also getting the steering rack and rear subframe bushings done too. Then off to Harrison and Kelowna to test it all out. I'm excited!

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I had STI pinks before and they gave me a drop of about 15mm and Jason said I would lose some of that drop with this setup but I hardly even noticed.
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Jason almost had them set up perfect when I had them picked up. He had to tweak them a little heightwise when doing the alignment the next day.
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^^ Good review! Gotta hit up Dales when it gets warmer for suspension.
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