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Old 01-24-2013, 05:22 PM   #26
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I am told my shocks have arrived. I will be getting back into town this weekend and throwing them on immediately. I figure the shock/spring combo will be fairly easy to install, but I've heard the rear camber kit is a big pain in the ass. I will post some pics once I get everything put together!
the fronts are cake. the rears are a little harder. the swaybar prevents the tophats from coming out of the perches. you need to either disconnect the endlink or bottle jack the rear a arm downward. thats what i did.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:24 PM   #27
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Got my shocks and Sways, just missing Endlinks and Springs!
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:35 PM   #28
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^I haven't gotten anything yet.. Argh!
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:05 PM   #29
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the fronts are cake. the rears are a little harder. the swaybar prevents the tophats from coming out of the perches. you need to either disconnect the endlink or bottle jack the rear a arm downward. thats what i did.
Or just do it the easy way and disconnect the LCA at the knuckle, shock, and endlink, then just swing it down and out of the way completely.

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Old 01-24-2013, 09:20 PM   #30
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Or just do it the easy way and disconnect the LCA at the knuckle, shock, and endlink, then just swing it down and out of the way completely.

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thats easier? i just saw the jack method when prepping to do mine a few years back. i will do your method in the spring on my friends koni and rce spring install. thanks.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:11 PM   #31
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For those of you with RCE blacks, what are your spring rates? I thought they were 275 front/250 rear but mine that I got today say 275 for all.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:42 AM   #32
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They are 275/250

The part number just has 275 in it for both the front and rear springs.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:24 AM   #33
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They are 275/250

The part number just has 275 in it for both the front and rear springs.
that is correct.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:19 PM   #34
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the help!
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:59 PM   #35
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I just posted a follow up review on these. Click on my name and "find all posts by..." I got mine with the yellow springs about 15 months ago. Great setup =) And yeah, I'm jealous of the '11 and newer cars. Maxing the OEM camber bolts out on my 2010 only got me -.6 and -.7 up front. Quite a bit shy of what I'd like to see.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:53 PM   #36
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I just got the kit completed. I didn't feel like installing the rear camber kit yet, not sure if I will actually install it or not.

I have a few questions first. The car didn't drop as much as I thought it would. It's maybe at about a half inch drop both front and rear. I'm guessing it will take a few days for everything to settle and break in? Also, should I wait about a week or so to get it aligned, especially since it might take a little bit of driving to settle?

A quick review:
The installation was very easy. The rear was a little tougher for me than the front. For the rear, I disconnected the end link from the sway bar and also disconnected the lower control arm. It gave me a lot more room to drop everything out, and install the new combo. The front was much easier since I didn't have to muscle with the end links like I did for the rear. I reused my stock top hats and everything went together great. I didn't need a spring compressor, just an extra hand to help get the nuts started on the shock.

I noticed a huge difference when driving. My only other suspension mods are sway bars. When cruising on the highway, everything felt more responsive. I now know what most guys mean when they say the newer wrx's have terrible understeer. I also hauled ass around some sharper curves and everything felt great. I also took a 90 degree turn at about 50-60mph and waited a little longer to "dive" into the turn. The car performed amazing when I initiated the turn. In other words, the car dove into the turn much, much better than before. It wasn't a very tough turn, but it was a tough enough to put the suspension to a little test.

I am very happy with the kit, thanks for making a great product Racecomp! I'd be glad to answer any questions that someone might have!
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:12 PM   #37
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Excited to hear that WRX bilsteins might be available again! I'd kinda given up on them and was saving up for AST coilovers.
they are in man! people have already gotten them and installed them this past week!!
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:50 PM   #38
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Any pics of the WRX Bilstein/Blacks combo? I'm trying to decide between these and KW v1. I dont want to drop $1300 on these and be unhappy with the drop.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:01 PM   #39
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I just got my springs the other day but am a little nervous as I don't want to go too low. Can anyone confirm if the spring perch height on the Bilsteins is the same as my OEMs (2011)? I know the older WRX struts are ~.5" lower but I wasn't sure what the latest version from GTWorx/Bilstein are based on. I really want to make sure the most drop I'll get is 3/4".

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:00 PM   #40
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Did you get the RCE blacks? They'll drop you car about 1.4 inches to 13.5" hub to fender. I'm now using the RCE blacks for STI's on my WRX, which gives me a .5" lift.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:22 PM   #41
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Yep, I went with blacks over yellows due to the reduced spring rate but I don't want much of a drop. I'm finding conflicting info from RCE and GTWorx, one says .75" drop, one says 1". The 13.5" fender measurement seems to be the overall consensus though. I'm a little worried now!
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:50 PM   #42
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If I remember correctly, the GTWorx kit gives a 30mm drop both front and rear, with RCE Yellows. And the the rear is adjustable +/-10mm in 5mm increments. Is this correct? My kit definitely didn't drop the car 30mm, but maybe it's because the kit needs to break in.
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Yellows give the car something like 15mm drop. Not 30.

Blacks are 20mm drop.
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25mm drop with the blacks, according to RCE. You can get even lower with their camber plates, but that's another $500.
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Man you guys are making me nervous, I don't need something crazy low in Michigan. According to the website it's .75" for the blacks but that's the springs alone and I'm not sure if the perches are in same location.
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The Bilsteins are based off the 09s. So you will be an inch lower with the kit.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:18 PM   #47
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The info on RCE's site is pretty optimistic regarding the drop. After everything settles you'll drop 1+ inches with the blacks on an '11+ hatch. It's not as much of a drop as it sounds to be honest, but keep in mind that running the blacks on Bilsteins will make your suspension overdamped which makes a pretty hard ride.

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Old 01-26-2013, 09:36 PM   #48
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25mm drop with the blacks, according to RCE. You can get even lower with their camber plates, but that's another $500.
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The Bilsteins are based off the 09s. So you will be an inch lower with the kit.
right on RCE's website it says the Blacks are 3/4" drop. that is 19.05mm. i was rounding to 20 for simplicity.

and the 08-10 -> 11-13 difference is only 1/2", thats 13mm, not a whole inch.

you can get an additional ride drop of 3/8", or 10mm, with the camber plates.
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The info on RCE's site is pretty optimistic regarding the drop. After everything settles you'll drop 1+ inches with the blacks on an '11+ hatch.
only 1+ inches if you use the blacks on 08-10 shocks (which the bilsteins are models after)

if you use the blacks on stock 11+ wrx shocks, you will only lower the advertized 3/4"
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only 1+ inches if you use the blacks on 08-10 shocks (which the bilsteins are models after)

if you use the blacks on stock 11+ wrx shocks, you will only lower the advertized 3/4"
We're talking about blacks on Bilsteins, not stock struts. I personally wouldn't use the blacks on stock struts.

This is a 13.5" hub to fender measurement: really not that low if you think about it. Though it does make the difference between hitting the cement parking stops in parking lots and having the bottom of your bumper slide over it.

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