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Old 11-20-2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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Default BC BR "Extreme Low" Coilover review 08-14 Impreza/WRX

Introduction:

After purchasing my 2013 Impreza Sport I was quickly in the market for a set of
coilovers, but none were available for my new generation body. After searching on the forums I found rumors stating that the ‘08+ WRX (non-STi) coilovers fit on the new generation Impreza. So I decided to take a shot in the dark and buy a set from a friend of mine. After initial install I was very happy with the results.

The current setup would not go low enough to accommodate my new wheels. I got in contact with BC racing and they set me up with a set of extreme low coilovers to help get the car to the desired height.

Installation:

Install was very easy due to the cars suspension set up and took no less than 30
minutes each side. BC coils are sent preloaded from the factory so after initial install all that’s needed is height and camber adjustment. Since preload is already set you can lower the vehicle by spinning the shock body into the strut mounts. This allows you to lower the vehicle with out losing strut travel and also decreasing risk for blowing out your struts.

Extreme Low VS Standard BR coil over:

The BC extreme low uses a 20mm shorter shock and spring combo to help achieve the car a lower ride height with out compromising ride quality.
Comparison between Standard and extreme low





Dampening Adjustability:

The BC racing coilover uses a 30 way adjustable dampening system, which allows
plenty of room for adjustment from everyday driving to occasional track days. I
found no noticeable differences between each click but very noticeable if you make adjustments in increments of four. This makes the versatility of the dampening system very user friendly for daily driving. My commute consist of a 35 mile drive one way from home to work so being able to adjust the dampening is very important to me. This allows me to soften the suspension up on my daily commute where the road is a bit rougher, thus allowing the car to ride smoothly over the rough surface. While on weekends allowing me to add spacers to my wheels and turn up the dampening to allow the car to be a bit more “stanced”, while decreasing the risk of hitting the fenders to the lips of the wheels.

Height Adjustability:

With the previous coilover system I was using I reached many limitations on the
drop because of clearance issues. With the front coilovers I was only able to lower
the vehicle about 2.5 inches because the CV boot was almost hitting the bottom of the shock body with still inch of adjustability left over. The rears were already at the bottom of the mounting cup allowing another 1 inch of adjustability if the preload was removed from the springs. Switching to the BC extreme low coilovers I found that the fronts allowed me to max out the coilovers with out interfering with the front CV boots. The rears allowed me to max out the coilovers all the way to the bottom of the cup and achieve a lower height with out losing preload. The fronts allowed me to lower the car an additional 15mm and the rears allowed an additional 20mm.

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Standard BR (bad photo)


Extreme low (at the lowest height setting)


The car was raised after these pics since it was to low to get out of my driveway
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
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Overall impression/Ride quality:

The car rides amazingly well for the current ride height the car currently sits with
10mm gap from the lip of the rim to the fender and somewhere around 8mm gap from the rear fender to the lip of the rim. I have no issues with shocks bottoming out even under hard driving situations. Currently I have dampening set to 12 in the front and 16 in the rear with 11k and 10k spring rates. I have found no issues with this set up and even with three passengers and myself the car rides comfortably with no issues. For the price point I feel these coilovers are worth the value considering available choices. No other company can provide you with the choice of a regular and extreme low version of the their dampening system, nor will they allow you to choose spring rates at time of purchase.



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Customer Service:

I feel that customer service at BC racing must be a part of this review. I have dealt with few companies that earn my return service based on superb customer care and I feel BC racing is one of them. Each time I have called in, whether it is for sales or technical support each team member takes their time to talk to you and ensure that all questions are answered. No one acts like an elitist or suspension god ready to smite you for foolish questions. They also provide amazing warranty service on their dampers, in the first year they provide replacement dampers if anything is damaged and after that each replacement is $95. Overall I would say dealing with their team members reminds me of service on par with Nordstrom or REI.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:03 PM   #3
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Your car almost looks like a GTI with that setup, and not in a bad way!
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:37 PM   #4
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Your car almost looks like a GTI with that setup, and not in a bad way!
Thank you I chose to build my car in an unorthodox sort of way and I appreciate the love
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:11 AM   #5
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how did you get the jack out from under the car with such little clearance?
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:37 AM   #6
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kneads moar sportz grille!
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:18 AM   #7
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There is a specific forum for parts review, not the technical section.
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