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Old 01-14-2013, 04:22 PM   #526
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:46 PM   #527
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Current update of the car is it sits this morning. About to head over to my folks house and try to spend a day working on it, hopefully quite a bit of progress will be made. On the checklist, get the tmic fully bolted on (possibly need to space up for proper dv valve clearance), bumpsteer front suspension, reinstall front coilovers with adjusted ride height, bumpsteer rear suspension, raise rear ride height. Thats just off the top of my head. Tmic mostly bolted on, just need to hook throttle body coupler up and install dv valve.



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Old 01-17-2013, 03:58 PM   #528
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:29 PM   #529
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Thanks glad you like it so far. It's definitely a fun little car.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:36 PM   #530
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Well it has been a long time since the last update, with quite a few minor issues holding up the finalization of the car. As I installed the Synapse DV Valve, I encountered a few minor difficulties. One, the flange is thinner than the oem bypass valve flange, so you need to get some shorter bolts to secure the dv valve. In my sleep deprived state, I failed to notice this and ended up snapping a bolt in the tmic. As I attempted to pry it out with an easy out, the easy out tip broke in the bolt. Thenight is getting better and better. So I take it down to the local machine shop and they tell me it is going to cost like $150 because the easy out is broken in the bolt, and snaps the bits whenever they touch it. Arrgghhh, but gotta do it. About a week later I get the tmic back and the oem bypass valve lines up. As I finalize installing the synapse dv valve, the housing cracks. Very frustrating to say the least, nothing bad about their product I just got one that seemed to go. So I contacted Synapse and they had excellent customer service, sent the broken one back and they immediately sent me a new one. Very refreshing, as I really was getting frustrated at the way the install had gone. So, I have a new dv valve but just haven't had the time to install it.

So that iss where the car is at currently, hopefully I will be able to get back into the car and making some updates/progress.

I have also been battling a slight rubbing on my rear fenders under a full load (full tank) on large bumps. I have raised the ride height in the rear as high as my coil overs will let me, so I need to remove the springs and measure the lengths and contact swift and get some stiffer springs. I am thinking 100-150 lb/in increase should do the trick, just need to call H&R and confirm the strut valving can handle the increase and not be over sprung. H&R springs that come with the kit are originally 287 lb/in rear and 450 lb/in front. I am thinking an increase to 450 lb/in rear and 500 or 550 lb/in front should do the trick. This will let me slightly drop the ride height, as it is a pretty drastic spring rate increase (just back to where I had it), and help the rear end to rotate with the stiffer springs.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:39 PM   #531
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Wow. Thankfully Synapse was good to you. Let us know how it goes on the Springs and ride height situation. Good luck with everything.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:07 PM   #532
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just need to call H&R and confirm the strut valving can handle the increase and not be over sprung. H&R springs that come with the kit are originally 287 lb/in rear and 450 lb/in front. I am thinking an increase to 450 lb/in rear and 500 or 550 lb/in front should do the trick.
I recently bought their clubsport coilovers, which come with 12k front and 9k rears. Steve told me the struts can safely handle +/-2k. I'm now running 10k in the front and 11k in the rear... but have yet to drive very hard on them yet.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:59 AM   #533
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I recently bought their clubsport coilovers, which come with 12k front and 9k rears. Steve told me the struts can safely handle +/-2k. I'm now running 10k in the front and 11k in the rear... but have yet to drive very hard on them yet.
Good to know. I am calling them on Monday to find out exactly how much of an increase they recommend, then calling swift springs and getting the springs, as well as stiffer helper tender springs. Should help eliminate my problems and allow me to get the car corner weighted.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:24 AM   #534
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:55 PM   #535
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I've responded to quite a few pm's about how the front bumper is mounted to the car. We did it slightly different than some of the others I've seen on the internet, but as I haven't had first hand experience doing this, we went with a way that we know would work for dual purpose daily driver/trackday toy duty. As mentioned earlier in this thread, I used an AMS lightweight bumper beam sourced through topspeed motorsports, but ran into some fitment issues. Doing some research, I found on the AMS website that the beam was designed for the 04 and up gd sti's, and not the 02-03 bugeye, even though it said it fit all gd chassis cars on the website. A little extra time, but took the beam down to a local muffler shop, and had 3/4 of an inch taken off both sides and re welded up, I guess we will call it some extra weight reduction. We then used the oem plastic pop tabs to secure the top of the bumper and grill to the beam, and prevent the center of the bumper from sagging. The sides of the bumper are secured with two quick release dzus fasteners per side, which connect to a fender reinforcement piece ont he backside of the bumper/fender. Very secure and clean looking, and have zero issues. Looks amazing and comes off very quickly for me to do allignment work and plot suspension geometry pickup points. Here are some pictures of the fender mounting/reinforcement.



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Old 03-12-2013, 04:10 PM   #536
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Selling a couple parts at this stage of my build to clean me new parts, I have in excellent condition hotchkis sealed bearing adjustable front endlinks (ran for literally two weeks until my msi endlinks came in that I had already ordered), Cobb stainless steel front brake lines (brand new in box, never used), whiteline rear strut tower brace, cat delete pipe, and brand new sti front control arm forward bushing (0 miles, pressed out of my new sti aluminum suspension arms and replaced with robispec spherical bearing). Take a look over in the for sale thrads if your interested. All parts are fully functional and ready to be installed and used. As you can tell from the thread, I purchase quality parts and take care of my car, so the parts are all ready to be played with. Check out the for sale classifieds or shoot me a pm if you're interested, want to clear this out so I can slide an sr20det in the 240sx, the poor thing needs a new engine soon.


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Old 03-22-2013, 11:42 AM   #537
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Minor update, talked with h&r about upgrading the spring rates and they said I could safely run up to 100 lb/in stiffer spring with the damper still able to adequately control the spring and not be over sprung. After consulting with tic about the unique needs of my build we are going to run slightly over a 100 lb/in increase (only like 112 lb) and run a 400 lb/in spring in the rear that is 6.5 inches long. This should help greatly in reducing suspension movement and eliminate the last little bit of rubbing under harsh impacts (the type were the car unweights and then is coming down on a sharp rise, the undulating movements sometimes occurring on freeways at higher speeds) with a full tank of gas. It will also allow me to slightly lower the spring perch and keep its current ride height as the coil over is raised as highs it can go. In the front I will continue to run the 450 lb/in springs that came with the kit, so a 50 lb/in difference front to rear. I have heard mixed things, but at hire spring rates most people seem to prefer having a 50 lb/in difference compared to a 100, but they were utilizing dampers that were more sophisticated than mine. We will see how it goes, but if it is not to my liking I will upgrade the front springs to 500 lb/in and run that setup. Either way the overall handling should be much improved, and the stiffer rear springs allow the car to rotate better. At the recommendation of gst, I am using swift springs, as they say they are the only springs they have used that don't fatigue and alter their spring rates. At least we're moving forward...
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:00 PM   #538
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Sounds great!

I think you'll be happy with the 8k/7k combo. While researching coilovers, I spoke with S1MPSONS who was autocrossing in STU on the same coilovers you have, but upgraded the rears from 5k springs to 6k (+56 lb/in).

The H&R Clubsports I just installed are running 112 lb/in softer springs in the front and 112 lb/in harder springs in the rear. The car can be a bit harsh on public roads , but I suspect that is just due to running A) very stiff springs (560 lb/in and 616 lb/in) in a car weighing 2950# and B) having the stiffer springs in the rear of the car.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:56 PM   #539
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Yeah, I'm looking forward to getting them on and trying them, the car definitely was in need of stiffer springs. I'm sure mine will be a little rough with all my spjericals, but after not driving my car for a week or two (drove the 240 for a bit) I love the subie, its just such an enjoyable stret car rIght now. I am excited to get hear springs on, fine tune the ride height, the get it on the scales for corner balancing so I can see how much weight the porky lil car is at, and feel a well balanced car. It's exciting as the car is progressing, but as everybody knows it is a lot of time and effort getting the car dialed in, like so many things the devil is in the details. After I get this sorted, I really need to upgrade my fuel system, as I am getting fuel starvation under relatively light cornering loads (light with what the car is capable of on 275 series street tires and all my suspension work).
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:41 PM   #540
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pm sent concerning the endlink measurements. SOrry for it taking an extra day or two, it was a crazy couple of days at work.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:43 PM   #541
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Seeing as I was complaining about a couple minor details with my suspension setup (if you call tire rubbing under large impacts minor, its minor until you rip off some body work and wear a hole in your tire), I previously ordered some Swift springs in 400 lb/in (actually 392 lb/in but who is counting). These are a significant 100 lb/in increase in the rear corner. Should do a number of nice things for the car, stiffen up the rear, balance the car a little better, reduce understeer/increase oversteer, etc. Big thanks to all those who provided input. So I called up the nice fellas at Turn in Concepts, and talked about my goals and setup, and we decided to start by leaving the front H&R coils at 450 lb/in and increase the rears to 400 lb/in. Many of the more stiffly sprung wrx/sti's run a 50 lb/in difference in spring rates front to rear instead of the 100 lb/in that was more common in the past. Since it is springs, if I don't like the feel it is relatively inexpensive to upgrade the fronts to 500 lb/in. So right now the car is running 7 kg/8kg springs, slightly softer than some of the track and autocross cars, but due to the limitations of my dampers I feel this should be an effective package, but we will see when they get installed.

So I come home yesterday and the good folks at Turn In Concepts sent me a little love package. Big thanks to these guys for taking the time to discuss my project, and then sorting out my error when I quoted them measurements for the outside diameter of the spring rather than the inner perch diameter. I do not know how they can put up with idiots like me all day and still be so incredibly helpfull and knowledgeable. Thanks for all the support TIC.



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Old 03-29-2013, 01:51 PM   #542
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I think these will do nicely. Instead of the H&R length of 6.5 inches, I increased the length to 7 inches, as I had the spring perch maxxed out at its highest position to attempt to raise the ride height and curb the rubbing. Get these installed, finish dialing in the chassis, playing with ride height and allignment, then off to corner balancing. Oh yeah, and before that I need to purchase a passanger seat so I can take a passenger. My girlfriend already hates this project, and I can't even take her for a drive. Still deciding between Racetech rt4009 or an sti passanger seat, as I am not sure if she will tolerate climbing in and out of a bucket, even though I think the racetechs are as comfortable as a stock seat, just need to climb in and out of as they are a bucket seat.

Looking to install these soon!!! Hopefully these will solve my problems and I won't continue to chase issues. I want to get these sorted so I can move onto some big projects, like either a 6 speed swap with aggressive diffs or an sr20det with vvl head swap (basically a Honda vtec on intake and exhaust), should be a fun little car.



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Old 03-29-2013, 01:58 PM   #543
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Swifts ftw.

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Old 03-29-2013, 02:01 PM   #544
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I've got a RaceTech RoadW coming in May. Alleviates the bolster issue, but still fixed back and much lighter than the stock seat.
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I've got a RaceTech RoadW coming in May. Alleviates the bolster issue, but still fixed back and much lighter than the stock seat.
Hmmmm... Very interesting! Haven't heard of that one I will have to check it out. Ill check out racetech's website, then I'll question you on the particulars. I just have to see if I can get the girl to ride in a fixed back race seat.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:58 AM   #547
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So as usual, something always comes up to delay things when modifying cars. So after removing the coilovers, my passenger side spring perch collar had damaged the threads and needed replaced, which of course, was a special order part from H&R. Fortunately, the body of the shock is stainless steel and the collar is aluminum, so damage was only done to the softer aluminum and the threads on the coilover were undamaged. So $50 bucks and a week later and I have my spring perch collar and ready to complete the spring swap. Of course I took the down time to completely scrub and clean my coilovers to get all the road grime out of the threads.

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In with the new hotness, with the much stiffer swift springs.

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All installed and tightened down. Locked and ready to rock.

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Lookin good!

Swift springs really are spectacular.
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