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Old 09-02-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
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The 08+ STI suspension package is dialed in very well. We are receiving good feedback from customer who daily and even race on a national level in autox.

Now it is time to make a similar kit for the 08+ WRX. The front struts on this chassis are twin tube sealed struts that we cannot alter or improve. So we decided to offer a complete insert that you can install into the casing of your front struts.

We will be using virtually the same shock for the rear of the 08+ WRX as in our STI kit.




Please let me know what springs everyone likes to use for this chassis. I would really like to build this kit in a non adjustable form just like the one we are testing now. I feel that with proper valving the dampers would perform well in all situations.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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Odi that looks awesome! Another great choice in high quality dampers for the 3gWRX.

I think now the spring choices are lagging behind, at least in the performance arena. So many springs made to preserve the stock dampers, so there isn't much with good rates.

The 320/320 RCE Yellows are pretty popular, and the various STI takeoffs are useful for the WRX (250/297 in the 2011)

I think there are some others out there that might be handling oriented?
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:31 PM   #3
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+1 on the yellows, what is the eta on this?
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:22 PM   #4
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We can make them whenever. We are testing a set over the weekend at an autox followoed by street driving later on.

I will report back when we get some data.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:39 PM   #5
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What would be the pricing on the kit?
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:37 AM   #6
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-1 on yellows for me.

The billistens are already non adjustable dampers set up for yellows, why do we need another shock/strut set up with the same/similar rates for the same springs.

I vote for a match to the 2011 rates like power6 mentioned
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:00 PM   #7
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Installed this setup on a 2011 WRX Hatch on Saturday in roughly 5 hours total. Drove around Saturday and Sunday, raced on Monday. The street ride is great, the new rear shocks removed that marshmellow bouncy feel. So far so good.

On Monday we placed 1st and 2nd in class 12th/15th overall out of 111 drivers(we were DS trim on Street Tires).
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:36 PM   #8
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good to see more options..... was planning on koni`s as wasn`t thinking of going to coilovers.

what`s the cost and warranty or rebuild rates
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:45 PM   #9
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Warranty is not determined yet.

I can't advertise price on a thread that is intended for feedback and development purposes.

But a rebuild of any Feal damper or even a STI damper that we have revalved is discounted. Valving alterations are also available. Turn around time is a couple of business days.

You can always call or email us for rebuilds. We perform the rebuilds in house, we stock all parts for our dampers, and we are fast. You will not be transfered around from sales to customer support to someone's voicemail in technical support.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:41 PM   #10
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When will these dampers become available?
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:56 PM   #11
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Warranty is not determined yet.

I can't advertise price on a thread that is intended for feedback and development purposes.

But a rebuild of any Feal damper or even a STI damper that we have revalved is discounted. Valving alterations are also available. Turn around time is a couple of business days.

You can always call or email us for rebuilds. We perform the rebuilds in house, we stock all parts for our dampers, and we are fast. You will not be transfered around from sales to customer support to someone's voicemail in technical support.

tks..... i`ll wait anyway as our season is almost over.... so won`t need any upgraded till next spring.

probably best to talk over the phone and figure out proper valving.
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:07 AM   #12
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I would like some dampers compatiblie with epic engineering progressive rate springs. I need something more comfortable than running the springs with stock shocks. Something comfortable and useful in autox type driving. I prefer comfort of daily drive over performance if possible.
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:07 AM   #13
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if you need a test car i'm available...=)
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:02 PM   #14
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This shock setup is very comfortable on the street.
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:18 AM   #15
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awesome..can't wait to try it out
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Old 09-08-2011, 01:21 PM   #16
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let me know if you have any other questions on them
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:04 PM   #17
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Will these be a good option for stock springs? There's those of us who need the ride hight and travel that stock springs allow, but want/need better struts.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:48 PM   #18
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This shock setup is very comfortable on the street.
what springs is the STI running with these?
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:25 PM   #19
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Will these be compatable with STI Pink springs that were made for the 08 WRX?
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:48 PM   #20
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We are running on the stock 2011 wrx springs with a 22mm whiteline fsb on soft the car is a perfect example of a double duty car for autocross and dailey driving.

The shocks would probably work fine with pinks too due to they have worked perfect with the stiffer 2011 wrx springs.
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So, are these available? And, if so, what spring rates are they matched to? I would like to make the move away from the stock dampers as soon as possible, so I'm just asking, not pushing. Last, will these require the "Koni mod" to the front strut casings, or are these slip-ins with no case cutting required?

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We are running on the stock 2011 wrx...The shocks would probably work fine with pinks too due to they have worked perfect with the stiffer 2011 wrx springs.
There's a pretty hefty difference between the '11WRX and '11STi spring set - these shocks will match one better than the other. I don't care, I just want to know.

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So, are these available? And, if so, what spring rates are they matched to?
I have a feeling these can be matched to whatever spring rate you want to run, and perhaps more importantly, they could be matched to the type of driving and roads you will be on.
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:18 AM   #23
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Last, will these require the "Koni mod" to the front strut casings, or are these slip-ins with no case cutting required?
I am curious as to this as well. Not having to cut up the stock struts would be a big plus for me over the koni's.
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:36 AM   #24
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Look at those pictures, that is an insert, you will be cutting and stuffing the front strut.
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I have a feeling these can be matched to whatever spring rate you want to run, and perhaps more importantly, they could be matched to the type of driving and roads you will be on.
I'm sure Feal would do this, but they must have a setting (and spring set) in mind for the initial package, not unlike Myles' Yellow/Bil set. Unless, of course, they say, "Here are the shocks for $XXX, tell us the spring set, how you drive, and how you want 'em." That's a lot of variables there, amigo, especially for a vendor. If it were me, I'd say, "here you go for $XXX, they're matched to XYZ springs, but if you want them re-valved for another set, no problem, it costs $XX." Just by way of example, I don't think anyone here would say that Myles' Bils would be a good match for the standard '11 WRX spring set, but Feals could (and can) fix that for a price.

Let's see what they have to say, and more importantly, if they are indeed available now. Last, stuffing is OK, cutting is OK, I just want Feal to tell me - it's a potential decision point over the Konis'.
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