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Old 12-31-2003, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Going down, down, down, down , down...

Apologies to any Underworld fans

So I got my GC/WRX setup installed yesterday......


And it's great.
315 F/250 R progressive springs, 9inch/8inch. WRX struts and hats. Koni race bumpstops. No camber issues. With a sight alignment, it tracks beuatifully, which is a testament to the shop who put them in (S-Squared here in Sacramento). No creaks, rattles, booms, anything. It rides better than it did with stock OB suspension, and handling is unbelievably improved. It's about a 3 inch drop, to about a 1 finger gap in back and 2 in the front; I'll even it out in a weekor so after the springs do any settling they're gonna do.

As for the shop, Nate did an incredible job. The GC's look like they were a part of the struts from the beginning, and his assessment for spring rates was spot-on, as I couldn't imagine a better compromise between ride and handling. Take your car there now, for anything you need done.

I'm serious.

Pics......






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Old 12-31-2003, 12:46 PM   #2
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WOW

Looks good sybir. Why the difference in spring heights front and back? Is that the inherent difference?

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Old 12-31-2003, 12:58 PM   #3
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Thanks, you know I've been trying to do this forever

Yeah, it has to do with the original spring lengths and new spring rates. If I was running much higher rates, like 500/400, I'd probably be running 8's and 7's.

If you have any questions about doing a GC setup, Nate knows *all* the ins and outs of GC suspensions, and has years of experience with them in street and race environments. The way my car is set up right now, I can probably go down another 1/2inch at each end, or up close to 2 inches all around, so it's pretty flexible.

If you want to get ahold of the shop, it's http://www.ss-ms.com
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Old 12-31-2003, 01:34 PM   #4
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Very nice OB. Me = Jealous....., for now

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Old 12-31-2003, 01:35 PM   #5
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extra note....I think almost all your pictures are in the rain

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Old 12-31-2003, 01:36 PM   #6
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Thanks

What have you got lined up?
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Old 12-31-2003, 01:38 PM   #7
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Quote:
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extra note....I think almost all your pictures are in the rain

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I lived in Santa Cruz for 5 years, so it was rainy more often than not, so I gave up on the whole "dry car" thing.

Not to mention the amount of work it takes to keep a 7 year old black subaru shiny
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Old 12-31-2003, 01:42 PM   #8
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WLcontrol/GR2/STitops......Have everything execpt the springs which are in route from BC.
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Old 12-31-2003, 02:46 PM   #9
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Sweet!
Post pics when you're done.
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Old 12-31-2003, 02:52 PM   #10
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Looks great!

it sounds like the ride is good too....excellent work!
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Old 12-31-2003, 03:51 PM   #11
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Sweet dude. It looks just like mine. Don't you just love it.


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Old 12-31-2003, 06:06 PM   #12
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I am like a giddy schoolgirl, I love it
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Old 12-31-2003, 06:20 PM   #13
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One giddy schoolgirl to another! heeheehee!!
Your OB looks awesome! The wheels look like they belong on the car too!! I'm sure you're mindblown by the diff in handling too!

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Old 12-31-2003, 06:22 PM   #14
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That looks really sharp. I'm surprised the WRX struts can handle such high spring rates, good info to know.

Where'd you get the Koni bumpstops? That's the one thing I don't have on my soon-to-be-installed Koni/GC setup, and I need to get some before I install things.

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Old 01-01-2004, 04:59 AM   #15
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The WRX struts seem to be ok. Time will tell, but it seems to be damped just fine for now. I'm not autoxing the car, so it's not the *optimal* damping, but it's a good option for now. If I was getting the new suspension for competiton, I'd worry more, but it's great for just running around

Koni bumpstops I got from my local shop. Talk to Nate at S-Squared (http://www.ss-ms.com) and ask him, I'm not sure how many he has on hand.

Thanks for all the positive comments, guys, I'm glad other people like it as much as I do
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Old 01-01-2004, 02:19 PM   #16
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Awww, I was having much dirtier thoughts when I saw the title

Still looks friggen awesome though! Carving corners is much more entertaining now isn't it?
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Old 01-01-2004, 08:19 PM   #17
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omg, that is so nice. i wonder if the gda setup would fit the bd?
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Old 01-01-2004, 09:28 PM   #18
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Old 01-01-2004, 11:51 PM   #19
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I don't see any reason why a GDA setup wouldn't fit the BD. My struts/hats are off a GD WRX. I'm pretty sure the wagon isn't any different, mounting-point wise, than the sedan. The only noticeable difference is that the brake line tabs are slightly different, so I'm using industrial strength zip ties to hold the lines in the cut-out tabs. Don't foresee any problems.

As subiesouth found, however, the *whole* setup with springs, struts and hats, might not be correct, just due to weight differences and some of the perch height issues, etc. I couldn't be any happier with the setup I have right now, though
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Old 01-02-2004, 11:04 AM   #20
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That looks so nice. Congratulations. Enjoy the benefits of a lower cg.

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Old 01-02-2004, 02:28 PM   #21
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sybir hw much drop did you get? I got a litlle over 4 inches when i did mine. I love mine as well but I am going to swap out the current setup for H&R coilovers that are made for the wrx. The wrx and our outback weights are so close its rediculous.

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Old 01-02-2004, 04:13 PM   #22
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Yup, the weights are really close. I'm basically running a WRX wagon setup, with a 25 pound bump on the rear rates.
My drop was probably close to 3 inches. With 205/55/16's, I've got a little less than finger gap in back, and about 1.5 in the front. Car sits level.
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