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Old 04-19-2002, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default STi top mounts recommended for SPT/STi springs/struts?

I am about to have the Sti/SPT springs and struts installed on my WRX. I am debating whether to do the Sti top mounts versus leaving the stock. Seems like the stiffer Sti mounts will transmit more NVH, which I would rather not have, but I am worried about the bounciness reported by some folks who have done springs/struts without the Sti mounts.

I see elsewhere the bounciness has been attributed to stock wheels and tires (mine are 17s) and stock seat springs, both plausible.

Suspension setup is for very sporty, mostly paved, mountain road use and occasional track.

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Old 04-19-2002, 03:42 PM   #2
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Check out this link on a thread only a couple of threads below yours for answers.

http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...hreadid=175376

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Old 04-19-2002, 03:43 PM   #3
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Here's a simple formula: people who have the STi tops say no bounciness. People who have the stock tops report bounciness. Hmmmm.

Actually, the tops don't really transmit that much more NVH, really. It isn't even as much as say, going from 16s to 17s. Nowhere near. Do it. The whole setup will feel better.

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Old 04-19-2002, 05:58 PM   #4
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Default Simple question about STI strut top install

Do you have to take the whole strut assembly out to replace the strut tops? I'm installing the STI setup this weekend but didn't buy the tops....now i'm thinking the tops are a neccessity......any experienced folks here?

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Old 04-19-2002, 07:19 PM   #5
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Default Re: Simple question about STI strut top install

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Do you have to take the whole strut assembly out to replace the strut tops? I'm installing the STI setup this weekend but didn't buy the tops....now i'm thinking the tops are a neccessity......any experienced folks here?

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Yep. Sorry... Not only that, but you have to take it all apart, so you'd better have spring compressors for the fronts. They aren't needed for the back.

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Old 04-20-2002, 12:25 AM   #6
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Here's a simple formula: people who have the STi tops say no bounciness. People who have the stock tops report bounciness. Hmmmm.

Actually, the tops don't really transmit that much more NVH, really. It isn't even as much as say, going from 16s to 17s. Nowhere near. Do it. The whole setup will feel better.

Kevin

Get this: I have version 5 struts with eibach prokit springs and I have sti tops on the front and stockers on the rear. I broke one of the bolts during the install, and was forced to use a stocker instead. Guess which end is bouncy? The rear.. heh... Its VERY annoying to say the least.

I believe its around ~14ft-lb trq on those top bolts.

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Old 04-20-2002, 11:30 AM   #7
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William,

If your debating on the STi tops- I'd hold off on your install- unless you want to try it w/ the stock tops first. You'll save mucho time (installing/removing/reinstalling).

No noticable NVH for me w/ STi tops.

BTW spring compressors are readily available for rent at most automotive part stores- cheap too $10-15.

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Old 04-20-2002, 02:43 PM   #8
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Default ok...so where is the quick place to get STI tops?

So where can I get tops ASAP? I need to be set up for the may auto-x in 2 weeks....where can I get them from soon?

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Old 04-20-2002, 04:54 PM   #9
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Try Rallispec or AVSport. Cobb Tuning also keeps some around, I believe.

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