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Old 09-27-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default 2011 WRX - GTWORX Bilstein / RCE yellow install & review

During my research I didnt see much about 2011 suspension. So I figured I would post up a review.


Car:


2011 WRX sedan (base)


Other modifications:


Perrin Intake
Whiteline Differential Bushings
Eibach Sway bars - 25mm front/22mm rear
17x9 Rota DPT - 245/40 - 17 Dunlop star spec (installed same time as struts/springs)




The goods:


http://www.gtworx.com/index.php/gtwo...psportkit.html


Also purchased some used 2011 STi tophats and all the other bits to make these a complete bolt in assembly.


Now these are made for 08-10 WRX. The 2011 has slightly different front strut mounting holes. My understanding is the lower mounting holes are shifted 10mm outward from the 08+ struts. So bolting these on to a 2011 will simply give you a little more static camber...to most this will be a big plus.


Strut/spring assembly:


Build quality seemed great out of the box. Being I had the top hats I put everything together before getting the old stuff of the car. I used these exploded views to assemble everything


http://www.dealerdirectparts.com/v/v...os/7592486.gif


http://www.dealerdirectparts.com/v/v...os/7592260.gif


The rears go together with no hassle. The spring is short enough that the top hat is low enough to start the bolt. You will need some patience to tighten the bolt. You have to use a 6mm allen wrench to hold the shaft while you turn the nut (14mm)


For the fronts is about as easy. You will need a friend or spring compressor. the front springs need a little bit of force on them to get the top hat on and bolt started. I pushed on the spring while my girlfriend started the top nut. To fully tighten the nut I used my cordless impact.


Install:


I started with the fronts. It really cant get much easier up here. Remove the old and bolt on the new. Only thing to pay attention too is the orientation of the top strut bolt. I set mine to get max amount of negative camber.


For the rears you will again need a friend. Fold you back seats down and remove 2 clips on the trunk trim pieces to get to the top hats. I un hooked the rear bar and it seemed to help a little. Once you get the top bolts loose and the bottom bolt out your friend will need to stand on the rear hub to move the suspension down enough to remove the assembly. Other then that again its pretty dang simple.


Took myself and a friend (both pretty capable mechanics) about 1 1/2 without being in a rush.


Impressions:


For those that worry about the wife or girlfriend test I took mine to pick up dinner in the car and asked what she thought. She said it almost felt better then stock. Its for sure stiffer but it gets rid of the stock bounce when you hit a bump. Now its just a quick jolt and done. It is probably to stiff for some but I think its perfect. Thankfully columbus OH has decent roads so I am not concerned with the stiffness. I have not got it aligned yet. honestly dont see a need. It drives straight as an arrow. If I had to guess I would say the car is about -1.5 front and -1 (maybe a bit less) rear. I also bolted on the 17x9's with star specs and I think the car looks great.


That was saturday....sunday we had a local auto-x and I gave the car a go.


My goal was to make the car a lightly prepped STU machine for some locals and fun events. I have a full prepped STR s2000 for my other autocross duties. The event was at a low grip asphalt lot and the car was a hoot! It was very neutral and as long as your entry speed was on it pushed very little. Get on the gas early and it would turn under throttle. The dramatic nose dive of stock is gone and the car just feels very planted. Not the worlds faster auto-x setup but any decent driver could turn some fast times with this set-up. I coned away a top 5 PAX finish in a strong driver talent region.




i know i dont have any pictures. Im lazy and i will post some later this week. For the money this set-up is a no brainer. I am very happy with the car and interested to see what it can do at the Nashville tour in late october.


Any questions/pic request/measurments let me know I will try to help.








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Old 09-27-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
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Thanks for writing this up. I can't decide whether to go with the H&R coilovers or the GTWORX.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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Glad you got these in time and are liking them!

If STU allows some steering rack bushings and an ALK kit would be great.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:40 PM   #4
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Nice review. You should still get your car aligned...just because it's tracking straight doesn't mean it's fine. You'll have some toe you should dial out.

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Old 09-28-2011, 05:33 PM   #5
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Here are some pictures. I just finished my install today.



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Old 09-28-2011, 09:02 PM   #6
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Can you post a pic of the car from a side view? I'd like to see how much the ride height has been lowered.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:39 AM   #7
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Did you choose black or is that the default now? All of the first batch were yellow...
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:41 AM   #8
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Did you choose black or is that the default now? All of the first batch were yellow...
I think that is just default now.

Sorry to hijack the thread with pics of my car...

Stance on the new suspension.

Keep in mind...how low my car was with this modification was a distant worry. The was a performance first mod that is paying huge dividends already. Ideally, I actually didn't want the car to come down much at all as I use it for mountain biking and a slammed car would cause issues in that area. According to RCE, the car comes down 15mm with this setup from stock. I am assuming the springs need to settle a little bit so this is the highest it will be. I can also adjust the rear down some more if I want to as it is in the middle height position.



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Old 09-29-2011, 01:05 PM   #9
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Hey Johnny. Good stuff. I'm actually thinking about picking up an '11 for my winter beater. Probably end up with this suspension too. You'll have to take me for a ride sometime.

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Old 09-29-2011, 01:20 PM   #10
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Here are some pictures. I just finished my install today.




not to be the bearer of bad news but it looks like your rear spring perch is on upside down.

I will post pictures of my car tonight. I left the rears in the middle spot and wish I would of went 1 higher. the car still has a bit of the saggy butt look going on.


Jason... I really like the WRX.. cant wait for winter and snow tires.

Not sure where exactly your at in michigan but this suspension would be a little much for typical lower michigan / Toledo roads. Thank fully here in Cbus ours are pretty smooth.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:17 PM   #11
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The roads aren't too bad here as long as you know where you're going. Seeing that I don't really mind driving my STR S2k around. Its gotta be way better than that...
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:43 PM   #12
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not to be the bearer of bad news but it looks like your rear spring perch is on upside down.
You are right. Thanks for catching that. And I said the stress of having a son next week wasn't getting to me...
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:01 PM   #13
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congrats.

Flipping the perch will for sure bring the rear down where it should be.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:28 PM   #14
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With it installed correctly.



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Old 09-29-2011, 09:55 PM   #15
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Looks perfect. Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:47 PM   #16
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Off topic, but what spliters are those? Looks great man.
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Old 10-01-2011, 03:39 PM   #17
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I'm sold... this will be my next mod for my 2011 WRX.

Are the 2011 STi top hats required? Can I use my stock top hats?
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:11 PM   #18
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Did you choose black or is that the default now? All of the first batch were yellow...
I guess ours in bilstein yellow are now unique and collectible?

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I'm sold... this will be my next mod for my 2011 WRX.

Are the 2011 STi top hats required? Can I use my stock top hats?
Not required, but suggested as the stock top hat durometer (stiffness) allowed for quite a bit of deflection, at least this was true in the 09/10's.

As for the ride, my wife, not a car person and willing to complain about anything that I do 'wrong' loves the car with the Bilsteins and would never go back.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:31 PM   #19
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I guess ours in bilstein yellow are now unique and collectible?



Not required, but suggested as the stock top hat durometer (stiffness) allowed for quite a bit of deflection, at least this was true in the 09/10's.

As for the ride, my wife, not a car person and willing to complain about anything that I do 'wrong' loves the car with the Bilsteins and would never go back.
What do you mean when you say a bit of deflection?

What do 2011 STi top hats sell for?

Would the Racecomp Engineering GH 25mm Sway Bars go well with this setup?
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:57 PM   #20
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Posted pictures.... not the greatest but you get the idea.

I think the rear is a bit lower then the front. I will most likely move the rear circlip up one notch (5mm)

I have 25mm/22mm sways and the car is neutral to throttle on oversteer. (low grip surface). I think having a bigger rear bar would make it even better.
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:03 AM   #21
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Car looks good! Awesome writeup too. One question how much did you pay for this? I think the rear is a little saggy too one notch should fix it!
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:26 PM   #22
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For the shocks and springs I payed 1250. For the top hats 120 used on the forum here. And the wheels/tires I picked up used for 800.

Ran another autox today and the car is a hoot to drive. Lift off throttle oversteer. Then put the pedal down and point it straight.
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:28 PM   #23
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Sweet! You should couple this with some beefy sways and you'll be set!
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I'm sold... this will be my next mod for my 2011 WRX.

Are the 2011 STi top hats required? Can I use my stock top hats?
STI and WRX tophats are the same part.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:05 PM   #25
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Yup. It's only worth swapping tophats if you have an 08 WRX, as that car seemed to get the mushiest top hat.

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