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Old 11-17-2009, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default 05 STI suspension overhall

Almost a year ago we finish up a customers 05 STI for him with a pretty complete package. This customers goal was to have a competitive hill climb/road coarse car while still being able to drive it a few days out of the week. With those things in mind Fine Line Imports built and tuned the car below.










After the 2009 Hoopa Hill Climb and a great first time outing for our customer and his car he wanted to change things up and completely over hall his suspension which was in dire need of some updating if more hill climbs and track days were in its future. With performance in mind Fine Line Imports set out to give this 05 STI the suspension boost it needed. With the only after market suspension parts staying being the COBB front and rear sway bars the list of things being added was long.

FLI's first call was to MSI/DMS North America for some of there top quality suspension and chassis components. Starting with a set of DMS 50mm tarmac spec coilovers with DMS front and rear adjustable camber plates, MSI rear sub frame, MSI laterl links, MSI front endlinks, MSI rear endlinks and the MSI antilift kit. Couple all that with Cusco trailing arms, Carbonetics carbon rear LSD, Powerflex front controll arm, rear I-beam and steering rack bushings and you get the car pictured below.


First step out with the old suspension.









Some of the new parts going on




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Old 11-17-2009, 03:13 PM   #2
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More new goodies for the install






Coilovers installed and installing the MSI rear sub frame. Installing the rear subframe requires removing the rear spare tire bracket and minor modification of the rear gas tank.



Rear subframe installed with MSI rear lateral links. With the car being decently low we opted to use the upper mounting points on the sub frame. If you car is near stock ride height you might want to use the lower mounting points.







Cusco rear trailing arms installed



Rear end almost all the way done



Car back on the ground and ready for fun.



Overall the change in the car from Tein Flex coilovers and COBB sway bars to this was nothing short of amazing. The car is solid and very planted in the corners with only a hint of over steer on corner exit if you really have your foot planted. With the DMS 50mm coilovers dialed down street driving is not bad at all either only a touch firmer then some of the RCE Tarmac 2 we have put on in the past. The only down side to the car is the rear diff noise which can drone at free way speeds but that was to be expected.

The addition of the MSI rear subframe really helps stiffen up the rear end of the car dramatically. Short of seam welding and a roll cage I do not think there is a better way to stiffen the rear of your car. I am very happy with the way the car performs overall and am looking forward to some more track sessions where I can fine tune the suspension for even better handling.

05 STI

Engine
ATP GT30
APS FMIC
APS fuel rails
PE 850cc inj
APS TBE
Tomei Headers
COBB AP ver2 with FLI protune

Suspension:
DMS 50mm Tarmac coilovers
COBB front and rear sway bars
MSI front and rear endlinks
MSI rear sub frame
MSI lateral links
MSI Anti lift kit
Cusco trailing arms
Powerflex steering rack bshings
Powerflex rear beam mount bushings
Powerflex front control arm bushings
Carbontectics rear LSD

Alignment Specs

Front camber -3

Rear camber -2

Toe out front and rear

For more info on this carat the Hoopa Hill Climbcheck out our blog at http://fliblog.wordpress.com/2009/08...ll-climb-2009/


and for the Stage 4 power package look here. http://fliblog.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/985/


If you have any questions about anything you have seen please ask.

Ryan
Fine Line Imports
www.finelineimports.net
http://fliblog.wordpress.com/

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Old 11-17-2009, 05:06 PM   #3
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That MSI sub-frame is ballin' out of control...... Like those trailing arms too.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:13 PM   #4
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That MSI sub-frame is ballin' out of control...... Like those trailing arms too.
Both pieces have worked out really well for us. I would not recommend the sub frame for a street car but if you do track days you will really like it.


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Old 11-18-2009, 01:58 PM   #5
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Does the owner want to sell the OEM lateral links?
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Have there been any developments on this setup Ryan? Have you guys been able to dial the shocks in for your specific needs?
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:37 PM   #7
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Both pieces have worked out really well for us. I would not recommend the sub frame for a street car but if you do track days you will really like it.


Ryan
Absolute thumbs up on the rear subframe! We've been running one on our car since the middle of last season, and it has been wonderful.
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Old 06-30-2010, 03:29 AM   #8
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Very interested in doing a similar setup in my car. I have to slighlty reduce the track in my 04STI as im running +30 offset wheels with 245 dulop R comps and we are getting some rubbing..

Im am interested in the adjustable lateral links and wondering if they start off smaller than the standard links or can be reduced at a smaller length..

Also in terms of sway bars which brands provide the best stiffness??
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:33 AM   #9
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why on earth would someone make this thing and then not alter the anti-geometry or caster?

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Old 06-30-2010, 08:00 AM   #10
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To allow it to be a legal part for NUMEROUS Motorsport categories.

The main benefit of this is it is giving a more constant wheel movement / geometry by removing the deflection inherent in OEM (as well as some of our competitors part).

You also do not need to shim the factory "U" frame.

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