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Old 02-14-2011, 02:59 AM   #1
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Default GTWorx Bilsteins/RCE Yellows or Coil-overs?

So I'm in the process right now of saving up some money for a suspension upgrade for my 2011 WRX. I think I'm close to making up my mind to get the GTWorx Bilsteins/RCE Yellows combo, but if I'm going to spend ~$1500, I'm wondering if I should just go all the way and get coil-overs.

I'd like some advice which way I should go. If you vote for coil-overs, please make a recommendation as to which ones and how much they cost.

FYI, I use my WRX primarily as my DD, but do like to take it out on canyon runs on the weekends. I'm contemplating auto-x/tracking it at some point to see what that's like, but I doubt that I would do it regularly. So I'm looking for a setup that will give me awesome handling on the street/canyons with enough oomph to let me track it once in a while.

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Old 02-14-2011, 03:47 AM   #2
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DD = bilstein/rce combo

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Old 02-14-2011, 06:26 AM   #3
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Stay with struts. You'll eventually be sorry if you go coilovers.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:54 AM   #4
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unless you're willing to spend the money for quality coilovers, stick with the struts.

unless you're willing to fiddle with coilovers until you get them set up just right, stick with the struts.

unless ... etc.

IE, stick with the struts. They have been great for me in the canyons, daily driving, track. And I never have to mess with them. Installed, aligned, good to go.
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:01 PM   #5
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Just get the RCE combo and be happy, very happy.
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:13 PM   #6
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Welcome OP. Your susp as I understand it has been somewhat improved upon from the 2010 model which I have, which was improved upon over the 2008 model. Anyway, I just got some Epic springs to take care of the fender gap with the new wheels I have coming that are wider. It's not the proprer solution, but EPIC was blowing out some "used" demo springs and I got a set for $210 shipped. If you got the money, the RCE/Bilstein combo looks good. I read a ton of reviews on everything and I wanted those, but the wife wanted me to cool it on the mods.

Have you gotten over to YimiSport yet in Santa Clarita? I had my car tuned there in November. 293hp/322tq. Stage 2+ on 91 octane.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:24 PM   #7
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Thanks, guys. I had decided upon the GTWorx Bilsteins/RCE Yellows, but just had some second thoughts. Thanks for setting me straight.

@boost-o-matic: I've found that the stock struts/springs on my 2011 still rolls too much and tends to bottom out on even relatively small dips. I need to save $$$ a bit more, so I may pull the trigger on these in the next month or two. I actually have been to Yimi (great group of guys), but I've decided not to go for power mods until my warranty period is over. That's why I'm looking into suspension mods first.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:46 PM   #8
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Hey just found this thread I know its old but I want his opinion. I'm in about the same position as you were when you originally posted. have you gotten the Bilstein/RCE yellows. how do they feel. I'm thinking about doing this for my DD 08 WRX. How are they around hills? I spend alot of time driving steep hills and snowy mountains. Hows the drop?
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:14 PM   #9
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look down a page or two. There's a giant thread with a ton of people commenting on them.
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