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Old 12-05-2013, 11:47 AM   #251
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^^^ Always have liked the looks of both MS3 gens. Dat FWD tho...

Solid pictures!
For sure, rumor has the new MS3 coming in AWD, just rumors... maybe.

My WRX with my old MS3, I love the MS3, the FWD was the dealbreaker after about 300whp I wasn't able to get any more good traction lol.


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Old 12-05-2013, 11:53 AM   #252
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Wow, love that black speed. Sitting perfectly. yeah FWD is a deal breaker for me as well. RWD>AWD>FWD in terms of fun.
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:35 PM   #253
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Yea the black one is real clean and set up well.
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:49 PM   #254
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This package just arrived Installing it tomorrow along with an oil change.

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Old 12-05-2013, 02:50 PM   #255
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Guess you couldn't wait until after winter, huh? Haha goodluck with the install!
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:54 PM   #256
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Guess you couldn't wait until after winter, huh? Haha goodluck with the install!
No way, after being on NASIOC too much, and a good black friday deal I had to do it. Go big or go home

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Old 12-06-2013, 01:52 PM   #257
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Very nice! Looking forward to some pics and your initial impressions.
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:45 PM   #258
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Update: Oil change and BCBR Coilovers installation

Mileage: 11621

Started off with an oil change and fluid top offs, health check all of that such and then turned into a fun project with the coilovers install. Started with the front end since the car was already up from the oil change, wheels off, no rusty bolts or so. Install was a breeze thankfully. About one hour for the front end then did the rear end, install was a breeze once again. Difficulty level for the front end was around 2/10, rear around 3/10. Pictures below to show the difference between the OEM spring/strut vs BCBR coilovers.



Driving impression: So far I drove about 75 miles, I've been dailing in the dampening, the Chicago roads suckballs but when I move to Arizona I'll be able to dail in correctly after I put a new summer set up. So far I've been adjusting closer to the soft side, I'm still getting used to having coilovers! I'm currently about an inch and half between the wheel and fender, didn't want to go low low yet because I drive this car in snow :duh:. Going on a 200-300 miles Paul Walker memorial meet/cruise in Chicago tonight so I'll be experimenting the dampening more. Planning on getting an alignment next week, thinking about going -2* all 4 corners.... will need to reasearch more this weekend or so. So far I'm loving the BCBR coilovers!

Words.... enough. Pictures... go on








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WRX on Electric Green by Mjbrownell02, on Flickr


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I'll be taking more better pictures later on, it's 9 degrees outside so I'm not really interested in taking some great pictures!
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:48 PM   #259
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Looks great, Mike. Glad to hear the install went smoothly.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:23 PM   #260
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Awesome man! Love that last picture!

So this is a fairly simple diy install it seems... I was going to take my car in and have them installed, but after reading this I may try myself.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:58 PM   #261
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Awesome man! Love that last picture!

So this is a fairly simple diy install it seems... I was going to take my car in and have them installed, but after reading this I may try myself.
Def DIYable, the fronts, you just have 2 12mm bolts for the lines going to your wheel, 2 19mm bolts (camber bolts), and 3 12mm from under the hood (tophats area). When putting everything back together, it's nice to have a 3rd arm to hold the coilovers so you can screw in the top hats. For the camber bolts, just make sure that the number 0 on the bolt (you will see it) lines up straight up with the line already on the metal (got to look at it to understand).

For the rears, on a hatch, its easy compared to sedans (they got to take their back seats out), for us, just take the cargo mat out, the two organizing holder under the mat out, and the two rectangle panels on the side panels off. Two 12mm bolts right there, 2 17mm bolt under the car on the control arms, may be little harder to take the strut out (whole reason why the difficulty is 3/10 compared to 2/10 for the fronts). slide the strut out and put the coils in, bolt everything back up and done. I left the rectangle panels off so I can adjust the dampening at times, its accessibly with the cargo mat on.

Best lucks if you decide to do it on your own!
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:31 PM   #262
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Def DIYable, the fronts, you just have 2 12mm bolts for the lines going to your wheel, 2 19mm bolts (camber bolts), and 3 12mm from under the hood (tophats area). When putting everything back together, it's nice to have a 3rd arm to hold the coilovers so you can screw in the top hats. For the camber bolts, just make sure that the number 0 on the bolt (you will see it) lines up straight up with the line already on the metal (got to look at it to understand).

For the rears, on a hatch, its easy compared to sedans (they got to take their back seats out), for us, just take the cargo mat out, the two organizing holder under the mat out, and the two rectangle panels on the side panels off. Two 12mm bolts right there, 2 17mm bolt under the car on the control arms, may be little harder to take the strut out (whole reason why the difficulty is 3/10 compared to 2/10 for the fronts). slide the strut out and put the coils in, bolt everything back up and done. I left the rectangle panels off so I can adjust the dampening at times, its accessibly with the cargo mat on.

Best lucks if you decide to do it on your own!
Thanks for the info, sounds quite manageable. Hopefully be ordering a set after the holidays.
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:51 PM   #263
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Lookin good man! We had about 7 of us meet up this morning out in Apache Junction and ripped through Tortilla Flats. Its a sick drive! There are rumors floating around of a cruise up the back way to Prescott in February. I hear its a hell of a drive
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:26 PM   #264
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Lookin good man! We had about 7 of us meet up this morning out in Apache Junction and ripped through Tortilla Flats. Its a sick drive! There are rumors floating around of a cruise up the back way to Prescott in February. I hear its a hell of a drive
I got a few questions regarding Tortilla Flats... I've been to the Apache Junction dirt roads... what exactly is the Tortilla Flats, I might of drove there without realizing it lol and do you have any gopro video of the road? I'm so down for the Prescott cruise! I'll need a summer set by then!
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:00 PM   #265
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Looking good man
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:24 PM   #266
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I got a few questions regarding Tortilla Flats... I've been to the Apache Junction dirt roads... what exactly is the Tortilla Flats, I might of drove there without realizing it lol and do you have any gopro video of the road? I'm so down for the Prescott cruise! I'll need a summer set by then!
Well, it technically used to be an old stagecoach stop and is the remnants of that town. The road you actually drive on is called the "Apache Trail" and follows along the Salt River until you reach Roosevelt Lake. Most of the road is actually dirt, but there is a long stretch of it at the beginning that is paved and a lot of fun. The asphalt is pretty torn up but atleast there are no potholes lol

I dig some digging for GoPro footage of the the trail but none of it was any good. Perhaps i will get a little something something for xmas and make a decent video myself lol
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:32 PM   #267
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I've never installed coilovers before, but after reading this I'm a little more confident in doing it myself rather than having to pay a shop to do it. Thanks!
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:13 PM   #268
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Looking good man
Thanks! Your hatch looks great too, cant wait to see the nt03s on them!

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Well, it technically used to be an old stagecoach stop and is the remnants of that town. The road you actually drive on is called the "Apache Trail" and follows along the Salt River until you reach Roosevelt Lake. Most of the road is actually dirt, but there is a long stretch of it at the beginning that is paved and a lot of fun. The asphalt is pretty torn up but atleast there are no potholes lol

I dig some digging for GoPro footage of the the trail but none of it was any good. Perhaps i will get a little something something for xmas and make a decent video myself lol
Awesome, I'll be visiting Scottsdale during Christmas but not with the WRX!

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I've never installed coilovers before, but after reading this I'm a little more confident in doing it myself rather than having to pay a shop to do it. Thanks!
Def something you can do, good luck with the install!
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:37 PM   #269
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It has finally snowed enough to have some fun, went out when there was about an inch before work, about 4 inches now, drove the Subaru from downtown Chicago to home (an hour drive), the snow tires held pretty great, would give some good reviews for the Nitto SN2 tires I have on my car now.


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Old 12-09-2013, 08:33 AM   #270
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Nitto SN2 huh? Haven't even considered those.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:39 AM   #271
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Just put sn2's on my OEM rims. Glad to see they did well for you.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:31 PM   #272
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Nitto SN2 huh? Haven't even considered those.
Yeah, the name isn't popular, the price was the deal breaker on why I bought them. I spent about $450 for those brand new in 225/45/17.

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Just put sn2's on my OEM rims. Glad to see they did well for you.
Awesome, what size did you go with?
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:34 PM   #273
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Went back out this morning with a friend, I like how my car looks sideway, ignore the front lip ha, no idea where that piece went. Didnt think they would survive this winter anyways and I'm looking to get a different kind.


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Old 12-09-2013, 02:53 PM   #274
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Very Orgasmic ^
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:13 PM   #275
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Loving the shots man. The last one is my favorite for some reason haha.
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