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Old 07-19-2002, 12:13 AM   #1
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Well, my suspension is pretty well complete. The only thing I'm really missing are shocks. The list of my mods is as follows:

-Whiteline Wagon springs w/GC8 top mounts and perches.
-Whiteline rear sway bar w/o endlinks.
-Whiteline front end-links, sway bar to be installed soon.
-Whiteline ALK.
-Whiteline front strut tower bar.
-Custom stainless brakelines.
-Minnam intake w/ GReddy filter.
-Apex'i N1 exhaust w/ custom midpipe.
-Mobil 1 synthetic oil, Castrol brake fluid.
-Grahame Goode Racing short throw shifter.
-Sparco Sprint seat with sliders and brackets.
-Yokohama Advan AO32R 225/45 R17.
-Rota Subzero, black or some variation of it...17inch, 16.5lbs.
-Legacy GT wheels with 205/55 Dunlop SP5000.
Hopefully a brake upgrade and shocks will be next.
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Old 07-19-2002, 12:14 AM   #2
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close up #1...don't mind the small brakes!!
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Old 07-19-2002, 12:15 AM   #3
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Don't mind the rusty crappy drums...ahhh I'm so ashamed.
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Old 07-19-2002, 12:16 AM   #4
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How about some pics from other angles? Looking good!!

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Old 07-19-2002, 12:18 AM   #5
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I do a lot of auto-xing. I also do a lot of daily driving. This suspension set-up has done very well for me in both instances. The car is feeling very good in the auto-x. I wish I could lose 500lbs. But I am competing in DSS and have done ok. In the first two runs in the last event I was in first, but got over taken in the afternoon as I could not improve on my times. Shocks would help but even without this set-up is very satisfying. For daily driving it is terrific. The car handles great in all conditions. It is not dropped too much and I have yet to scrape. Any questions or comments would be greatly appreciated. Any ideas for the car?? I'm always looking for improvements.
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Old 07-19-2002, 12:23 AM   #6
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another angle..
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Old 07-19-2002, 12:24 AM   #7
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Old 07-19-2002, 12:26 AM   #8
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how about come camber..
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Old 07-19-2002, 10:13 AM   #9
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I'm shocked that the "L"s have drum brakes in the rear! Are you in Whistler now? If so I'd like to see it. Looks great !
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Old 07-19-2002, 10:50 AM   #10
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That's exactly what I was thinking....Canada only thing? Because that's not the way it is here in the US. But, yes, does look really good!

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Old 07-19-2002, 11:37 AM   #11
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Your car looks very nice. Great job!
If you're looking to improve the "looks" you could think about painting all of the trim white. I think it would look cool with your dark rims.

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Old 07-19-2002, 11:52 AM   #12
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Brighton???

The L's here have dual piston front calipers and rear disc brakes.

Oh, and they make a big difference.
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Old 07-19-2002, 11:54 AM   #13
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Thanks guys. Umm...my car is not in fact an L, it is a Brighton.
it was the last year they made them in '01. It was a Cypress Bowl edition which meant it came with pretty well everythin an L has except rear discs. However it was about 4000$ cheaper than the L so worth it in my opinion. I figured I would be changin all the discs and calipers at some point anyways, so went with the cheapest route. Anyways, the braking difference between my car and an L is so minimal I really didn't see the point.

As far as looks go, I may go with a different set of wheels once my R comps wear out. I don't really want to continue running 17inch R's. So, maybe sell the wheels, get a set of nice looking 18's with 225/40's, then a set of 15 or 16 inch wheels for racing.

I'd also like to get the stock rear spoiler for American GT's. We get a different one up here. I'd also like to get the GT sideskirts, I think they're a little lower than mine. And finally I'd like to either get an outback front bumper and custom hoodscoop, OR when I get a front clip from Japan I'll use all thoe body pieces.

Oh, and I'm no longer located in Whistler.
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Old 07-19-2002, 05:30 PM   #14
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Why black rims?
I like your suspension set-up but it seems like black rims never compliment a car? Maybe it's the lighting in the pics but they look like steelies.
Too bad the BE sedan doesn't get springs from whiteline. What are they thinking?
Good job with the suspension.
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Old 07-19-2002, 08:15 PM   #15
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Are you coming back for the winter?
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Old 07-19-2002, 08:18 PM   #16
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You forgot the most important part of the car! Im not intersted in what the outside of the car looks like when you did the suspension mods, I want to see the underside!
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Old 07-19-2002, 09:35 PM   #17
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Ciper, you should be able to see the springs through the wheels. I didn't have my camera with me when I installed them so I didn't get any pics during. Next time I have it on the hoist I will get some more angles to show.
MekoNY, whiteline does have springs for the Sedan, try Don at PDM Racing. He had a set there when I bought mine. We found the only difference was in the rears, the sedan ones are a little lighter. The fronts are the same. However since the front didn't fit my car you may have to do the same modification as I did. It was free for me to do it cause my friend gave me his top mounts and perches.

Why Black rims, cause they were supposed to be gunmetal. Rota's idea of gunmetal is a light black. Next set of wheels will be a true gunmetal. I kinda like'em though...they just look like steelies in pictures.

TRASKW, I'd be interested in HOW big the difference it is?
since the fronts do about 75% of the braking, and the rears about 25%, and the difference in stopping power between rear discs and drums...I would say the L probably brakes about 2-3% better on a single brake. Maybe on repeated braking in makes more difference, but I don't track race, and won't until I get a new brake setup.
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Old 07-19-2002, 10:11 PM   #18
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TRASKW, I'd be interested in HOW big the difference it is?
since the fronts do about 75% of the braking, and the rears about 25%, and the difference in stopping power between rear discs and drums...I would say the L probably brakes about 2-3% better on a single brake. Maybe on repeated braking in makes more difference, but I don't track race, and won't until I get a new brake setup.
The dual piston calipers and larger front rotors make the difference. I converted my 97 L because there was such a difference between my 01 L and it.
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Old 07-19-2002, 10:25 PM   #19
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I am assuming that your stock wheels were 14" correct? In which case you have single piston front calipers and smaller rotors, at least they look like it anyway.
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Old 07-19-2002, 10:43 PM   #20
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Nope, stock wheels were 15inch. I thought you were talking about the difference in the rears. I didn't even know the front brakes were different.
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Hmmm. They could be the dual pistons, but I doubt it if they used rear drums. Look on the inside of the caliper and see if you see one piston casing or two. From the pictures they look like singles with the smaller rotors even, I know they are 17" rims, but the dual pistons calipers and larger rotors should still take up more space then that.
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Old 07-19-2002, 11:33 PM   #22
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You're right, they are lonely sinlge pistons. WEAK ticket.
They won't be single for long though, I'll find a few friends for them to play with.
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There looks to be about a 2 gap there, given a diameter of 17 that would be a 1 greater gap over the 15, there is maybe a 1/2 gap or less with the dual piston calipers and 10.4 inch rotors on the stock 15s. They still fill my 16 wheels pretty nicely.
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You're right, they are lonely sinlge pistons. WEAK ticket.
They won't be single for long though, I'll find a few friends for them to play with.
The dual piston calipers and larger rotors will make a considerable difference, perhaps as much as 15-20 feet 65-0.
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Old 07-19-2002, 11:41 PM   #25
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I wouldn't really worry about the rear drums, except maybe for aesthetics. Though that conversion is easy enough as well. It cost me about $450US shipped for brand new (not remanufactured) dual piston calipers, larger rotors, and complete brake pad kit from subaruparts.com.
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