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Old 01-19-2003, 11:23 PM   #1
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Thumbs up STi suspension V7 RA Spec-c

I don't do many reviews, but this mod was exceptional. Give you a little backround on the car. It currently has a STi engine tuned to around 310whp. It has 17in SDRs with Azenis ST115s, M2 rear sway, STi front brace, and ALK. The V7 suspension was a take-off set from AVsport. I can't say enough good things about the upgrade. First of all the dampening is a perfect match for the car. It really feels hunkered down on dips and bumps. Turn in was dramatically improved even over the ALK. High speed/hard braking control was also improved (I currently run Brembo big Gran turismo kit up front). Body roll was reduced but not eliminated which is a good thing. It lets you know before your tires give and you just go sliding out of control. But what I like most about the setup is the high speed vehicle control it gives you. I do most of my driving high speed highways and fast backroads. Not a lot of lower speed canyon carving here. This suspension in multiple apex high speed sweepers is where is shines. The control and confidence it gives you over the stock setup is amazing. A dip in the road at 80+ on a sweeper with the stock suspension would give you white knuckles and a cold sweat. Not with the STi bits. It is perfectly dampened and in control. I can't wait to see it's ultra high speed(130+) control capabilities. I am not a suspension freak, but I am ashamed I didn't do this switch much earlier. Especially with all the other mods I have made. As far as downsides.....I see none. I don't have the bounciness some have reported. And NVH was not increased, save for the big road imperfections. I am in love with it. This setup included tophats and took about 3 hrs to install since the struts were already assembled.

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Old 01-20-2003, 12:29 AM   #2
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Default Re: STi suspension V7 RA Spec-c

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I don't do many reviews, but this mod was exceptional. Give you a little backround on the car. It currently has a STi engine tuned to around 310whp. It has 17in SDRs with Azenis ST115s, M2 rear sway, STi front brace, and ALK. The V7 suspension was a take-off set from AVsport. I can't say enough good things about the upgrade. First of all the dampening is a perfect match for the car. It really feels hunkered down on dips and bumps. Turn in was dramatically improved even over the ALK. High speed/hard braking control was also improved (I currently run Brembo big Gran turismo kit up front). Body roll was reduced but not eliminated which is a good thing. It lets you know before your tires give and you just go sliding out of control. But what I like most about the setup is the high speed vehicle control it gives you. I do most of my driving high speed highways and fast backroads. Not a lot of lower speed canyon carving here. This suspension in multiple apex high speed sweepers is where is shines. The control and confidence it gives you over the stock setup is amazing. A dip in the road at 80+ on a sweeper with the stock suspension would give you white knuckles and a cold sweat. Not with the STi bits. It is perfectly dampened and in control. I can't wait to see it's ultra high speed(130+) control capabilities. I am not a suspension freak, but I am ashamed I didn't do this switch much earlier. Especially with all the other mods I have made. As far as downsides.....I see none. I don't have the bounciness some have reported. And NVH was not increased, save for the big road imperfections. I am in love with it. This setup included tophats and took about 3 hrs to install since the struts were already assembled.

Good stuff

Looks like you'll have to give me a ride next weekend.
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Old 01-20-2003, 02:02 AM   #3
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Default Re: STi suspension V7 RA Spec-c

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I don't do many reviews, but this mod was exceptional. Give you a little backround on the car. It currently has a STi engine tuned to around 310whp. It has 17in SDRs with Azenis ST115s, M2 rear sway, STi front brace, and ALK. The V7 suspension was a take-off set from AVsport. I can't say enough good things about the upgrade. First of all the dampening is a perfect match for the car. It really feels hunkered down on dips and bumps. Turn in was dramatically improved even over the ALK. High speed/hard braking control was also improved (I currently run Brembo big Gran turismo kit up front). Body roll was reduced but not eliminated which is a good thing. It lets you know before your tires give and you just go sliding out of control. But what I like most about the setup is the high speed vehicle control it gives you. I do most of my driving high speed highways and fast backroads. Not a lot of lower speed canyon carving here. This suspension in multiple apex high speed sweepers is where is shines. The control and confidence it gives you over the stock setup is amazing. A dip in the road at 80+ on a sweeper with the stock suspension would give you white knuckles and a cold sweat. Not with the STi bits. It is perfectly dampened and in control. I can't wait to see it's ultra high speed(130+) control capabilities. I am not a suspension freak, but I am ashamed I didn't do this switch much earlier. Especially with all the other mods I have made. As far as downsides.....I see none. I don't have the bounciness some have reported. And NVH was not increased, save for the big road imperfections. I am in love with it. This setup included tophats and took about 3 hrs to install since the struts were already assembled.

Good stuff
cool beans!
did you get the stock sti springs for the lowering (pink) springs?
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Old 01-20-2003, 12:47 PM   #4
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It was an assembled take-off set from a STi V7 RA. It included the black springs. It only dropped the car ~1/2"


Jason,

NP.... But it'll make you wanna buy a set
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Old 01-20-2003, 12:53 PM   #5
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It was an assembled take-off set from a STi V7 RA. It included the black springs. It only dropped the car ~1/2"


Jason,

NP.... But it'll make you wanna buy a set
sounds awesome jim.. i always wanted a full sti suspension.. but im po... and where are u giving rides out at? (going to rons on saturday?) last time i had a chance for aride, i was covered in oil and dirt and that didnt go with the purdy sti interior..

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Old 01-20-2003, 02:49 PM   #6
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Jim, I've been wanting to ride in a car with the STi suspension as I still don't know what setup I want. If it makes me want to buy it that's fine.
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Old 01-20-2003, 09:15 PM   #7
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Question Drop difference from GC to new style?

Cool review.

Now, I have the Ver.5 matched set (no STi strut tops, though... yet). Put them in around October of 2001.

Everyone said it'd be a minimal drop. Compared to most other suspensions, it was/is. Certainly. However, I don't know about this 1/2" thing. Especially in the rear, my car seems to have dropped quite a lot more than that.

Do the newer bodystyle cars not drop as much with the STi suspension upgrades?

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Old 03-24-2003, 08:45 AM   #8
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Jim,

does the spec C suspension have a gray plastic band around the top ring of spring for the 2 rear shocks? I have a set and was wondering how you tell them apart from regular STi RA shocks.

Thanks

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Old 03-24-2003, 01:15 PM   #9
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Its either blue or purple, don't remember exactly.
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Old 03-25-2003, 02:27 PM   #10
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what do you mean by purple or blue? There is a plastic sheath at the top of the springs and it is grey on mine. BTW, the spec C (if it indeed is spec C and not just RA) rocks. I have a whiteline 22mm sway bar and the suspension is so stiff, yet the ride is acceptable. It is almost as stiff as the evo, yet rides a lot better. Definitely the way the wrx should have come with.... Maybe what I need now is the ALK.

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Old 03-28-2003, 02:04 AM   #11
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Great Scott man! What'll it cost? WHAT'LL IT COST!!!!
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what do you mean by purple or blue? There is a plastic sheath at the top of the springs and it is grey on mine. BTW, the spec C (if it indeed is spec C and not just RA) rocks.
You mean this, right? Like I said, mine's blue. 2002 spec C.

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Cool review.
Do the newer bodystyle cars not drop as much with the STi suspension upgrades?

-S2-
The STi has stiffer springs and struts to begin with, so when you opt for a performance spring that has higher rates the drop is less dramatic than say in a WRX or 2.5RS that didn't have stiff springs to begin with. Basically the STi is lower to begin with, so it has less room to drop, especially with mildly stiff spring rates to start.
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