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Old 07-05-2009, 12:15 AM   #1
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Default What happens when a 42 year old gets a 09 WRX?

Well when that person just happens to run a small enthusiast driven suspension products company it means for once in 6 years our focus will ALSO include the WRX owners and NOT just STI owners !!


Mods how is this relevant to this forum and why not put it in a project thread?..well because I plan to show new things here and various options for the 08/09 WRX and update from time to time. These updates will be more grassroots and main stream than in the past.

What do we have in the works?

Shocks, sways, rack bushings, coilovers, camber plates and more.

Any way, here is the car. I got the more conservative color too.





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Old 07-05-2009, 12:16 AM   #2
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heh heh.. will some of these carry over to the LGT?
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:30 AM   #3
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First thing I did was brake pads,lines and fluid. I was very upset to discover that SOA instead of giving us LEGACY brakes, they gave us WRX brakes. I know this car weighs less, but it has ALOT more power than the Legacy.

While we have backed away from "JDM" brands in recent years, The number of viable options were limited for pads. In this case, Hawk only has HPS and HP-plus pads and those were not available when I ordered the same day I brought the car home. I called Ken from KNS brakes and he ordered me some Hawk pads. I checked with PFC...nothing. I checked with Ferodo,...nothing. I checked with Pagid....nothing. So I called Endless USA and of course since these calipers are used in Japan on something...they already had the application. So I ordered the SSS pads which are 1 level down from the SSM ( which we ran on Project Grocery Getter). Overnighted the Endless pads and installed the next day. No worries, when the Hawks come in I will install and do some comparisons.

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Old 07-05-2009, 12:31 AM   #4
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:32 AM   #5
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:39 AM   #6
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The first thing I noticed was for a car with ALOT of power, the brakes were "ok" during normal braking but when hauling down from say 100mph, the the pedal gets mushy and there isnt alot of feedback as to if you will be able to stop.

The addition of the pads and lines eliminated this. These SSS pads are for "some track" and spirited street driving. These have already passed the wife test and barely sqeal from time to time. She says she heard some sqeal on monday and then again on Friday. Totally acceptable she says compared to my Pagid Yellows on the STI a few years back !!

So far so good. I did a few 130mph to 45 stops( same as Summit Point leading into turn 1) and there was no fade. Normally without heat this creates a nasty mashed potatoes and gravy pedal but it didnt. I look forward to a track day soon.

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Old 07-05-2009, 12:46 AM   #7
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heh heh.. will some of these carry over to the LGT?
by default yes, but probably moreso for the new Legacy which I have zero feelings for so far because it has no personality(IMO). But I felt that way 18 months ago about the 08 WRX !! So who knows.

One thing I am going to do is install Spec-B front alloy control arms on the 09 WRX. I am going to measure and see if it works. Alloy control arms would be nice on this car.

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I was very upset to discover that SOA instead of giving us LEGACY brakes, they gave us WRX brakes. I know this car weighs less, but it has ALOT more power than the Legacy.
So, here is the obvious question: What would it take to put LGT brakes on the new WRX? Lots of people (myself included) would take the LGT calipers/rotors over Brembos for a number of reasons.
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:13 PM   #9
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So, here is the obvious question: What would it take to put LGT brakes on the new WRX? Lots of people (myself included) would take the LGT calipers/rotors over Brembos for a number of reasons.
Thats easy. Install LGT rotors and calipers. I am trying to source some used calps already and try this to see if it works. I also want to try the 4 pot FHI calipers with some special rotors. Some of this is new untried so thats why this thread i felt would be helpful.

For track use I am going to want a non oem caliper, but for street I think the LGT calps will work great ,.,....IF the end user buys GOOD pads.

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LGT calipers work great for track usage. Carbotech sells good track pads for them. Honestly, I was as happy with the LGT's as with my brembo's, the LGT's are just heavier. If I hadn't done the STI swap, I'd still be running my LGTs.
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Interesting Myles, I wouldn't have thought to change the pads that way. I've always taken the whole caliper off. I guess that's why you're smarter than I am?
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Thats pretty much the standard way since it allows you to grease the slides like you should do, and much easier to push the piston(s) back. Then, just set the caliper back on the bracket, and voila. Just dont let the caliper hang by the brake line.

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Old 07-05-2009, 04:29 PM   #13
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Wow. Talk about doing things the hard way...
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LGT calipers work great for track usage. Carbotech sells good track pads for them. Honestly, I was as happy with the LGT's as with my brembo's, the LGT's are just heavier. If I hadn't done the STI swap, I'd still be running my LGTs.
Myles has touted the LGT units for years himself but (and no offense intended with the following comment) I'm pretty sure he's quite a bit faster around track and they just wouldn't be up to the duties he'd need, plus always the issue with pad selection.

I gotta get down to the shop here in the near future and take the 09 for a drive. You can then make fun of the power (lack thereof) in my car
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this is great news to hear!!! btw great color choice!
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matches my car, can't wait to see what you plan to do
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:44 PM   #17
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Yeah I ran the LGT calps on the GC wagon with Endles SSM pads and I got that 104whp , 2850 lb wagon down to a 1.32 at Summit Point main course. I never ran the Kool brake kit either and the calipers held up well. But keep in mind I only got 110 on the straight and was braking at the first marker !! lol.

I think the LGT calps(calipers) work well for about a year worth of track use and heat.Beyond that they have issues and thats one of the things Keefe Lee(Xenok) used to run into with his Legacy. But his car would get about 140 on the straights and weighs 400 lbs more so surely there is more work for the calipers.

I have karted with MasterKwan and I he is fast, so his findings are certainly validated. I think the issue is with how long the LGT calps can be effective and over what period of time.

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Myles....there ya went and did it AGAIN
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Wow. Talk about doing things the hard way...
Actually, now that I think about it...I was changing rotors too, so Myles' way wouldn't work anyways
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Eric from Stoptech is sending me some new pads and rotors to play with, so stand by for that.



Cant wait.


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You're 42?!!
next month yeah.

As my son calls me.." ole and crusty "..lol.

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