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Old 02-28-2004, 06:31 PM   #1
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Talking So you've got a new FXT and $1,000. What would YOU do?

ok so we're gonna have a baby!

Which means the budget for the FXT is frozen!

But it does have about a grand in it right now. I just can't justify adding any more to it. So what's it gonna be? 17" rims and tires plus an STi rear bar? A Cobb Exhaust and swaybars? Bars and springs and the person to install the springs? Some other combo?

I can't make up my bloody mind so weigh in with an opinion.
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Old 02-28-2004, 07:02 PM   #2
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STi suspension.
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Old 02-28-2004, 07:22 PM   #3
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^^ What he said + a set of Falken Azenis RS tires on the stock wheels will totally transform the car and come in under budget.

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Old 02-28-2004, 07:57 PM   #4
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Congrats!!!

I'd say wheels, tires, swaybar, endlinks, steering rack bushings for right now... maybe suspension later.
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Old 02-28-2004, 08:28 PM   #5
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STi rear bar and bushings.

Dunlop SP Sport 5000s on the stock wheels.

Tint the windows so you don't have to use those roller blinds on suction cups when you bring the little one home from the hospital.

Use what's left to start a college fund.

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Old 02-28-2004, 09:38 PM   #6
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Pay it off faster.

I know, boring...
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Old 02-28-2004, 09:41 PM   #7
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-Sti rear bar, bushings, brackets $150
-Sti takeoff suspension NASIOC classifieds $550
-camber bolts for the front and rear-jcwhittney $40
http://www.jcwhitney.com/webapp/wcs/...&storeId=10101
-Any high performance Z rated summer tire you want from tire rack $300-600.

I'd get Bridgestone S-03's from Tire Rack, 225/50-16 which would put you a bit over budget. Another great choice would be the Azenis'.

Hands down this is what I would do for $1000. You would have a Forester STi from a handling perspective.

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Old 02-28-2004, 11:05 PM   #8
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so are we talking about a USDM STi sedan suspension here. or ordering a Forester setup from Rallispec or whatever?


Hey Ed, I already tinted the windows. I'm not listening, nya nya
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Old 02-28-2004, 11:36 PM   #9
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No, the Sti suspension would be a full takeoff from a USDM 2004 STi sedan. I've seen them in the classifieds here for $550 shipped. Just keep your eyes peeled. They are getting cheaper as people take off STi suspensions for coilovers.

Check out this thread:

http://www.subaruforester.com/viewto...?p=17356#17356

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Old 02-29-2004, 08:57 AM   #10
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New tires or wheels and tires, then a 20mm STi rear sway bar.
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Old 02-29-2004, 09:38 AM   #11
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so are we talking about a USDM STi sedan suspension here. or ordering a Forester setup from Rallispec or whatever?


Hey Ed, I already tinted the windows. I'm not listening, nya nya
Well then ignore my suggestion and go for a set of Forester STi springs - or add more to the college fund!

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Old 02-29-2004, 11:13 AM   #12
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I know I know. I should be a good daddy-to-be.
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Old 02-29-2004, 11:18 AM   #13
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My concern about the STi suspension is that I had v5's on the Legacy with H&R springs and the ride was punishing on the crappy streets of Baltimore.

Mind you, it was a dream setup on the autocross courses (I was the top finishing Subaru in STS a couple of times), and equally dreamy on new highways and sweeping ramps. But in the pothole-riddled battlefield of downtown streets (I'm a salesperson) it was too darn hard.
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Old 03-01-2004, 08:47 AM   #14
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Pay it off faster.

I know, boring...


I second that idea.
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Old 03-01-2004, 09:30 AM   #15
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Have you decided on tire size and brand yet?

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Old 03-01-2004, 09:40 AM   #16
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I second that idea.

Awww c'mon guys, I'm going to be locked in an unbreakable grip of huge responsibility in 7 months. Can't I be mildly irresponsible one last time? Puleeeeeeze?


Bluesubie- nope. It's either an orthodox 225/50/17 in the Falken Ziex or the Michelin Pilot Sport, or just slap some SP5000s on the stockers at this point. All the dedicated summer tires come in sizes too far outside the original diameter for my comfort.
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Old 03-01-2004, 11:37 AM   #17
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I'm using the Falken Ziex 225/50R17 and really like the upgrade on my AT FXT. Nevertheless, I'd counsel saving your money. Babies cost much more than you can imagine and you will be better off with more reserves ($$$). The fact that money is an issue at all for you means, to me, that you should drive FXT the way it is, for a few years to wear thru the OEM's at least. It isn't THAT bad with the OEM setup. With babies you have to sacrifice some luxuries, unless you're rolling in big bucks.

Just MHO.....

Bob

PS: If you want to throw caution to the winds, the Falken's cost about 40% less than Michelins. That'll be 40% every 30 or 40k miles. It adds up!
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Old 03-01-2004, 11:46 AM   #18
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Nevertheless, I'd counsel saving your money. Babies cost much more than you can imagine and you will be better off with more reserves ($$$).

With babies you have to sacrifice some luxuries, unless you're rolling in big bucks.
What he said. Why do you think I'm still pimping the '00 S?
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Old 03-01-2004, 11:56 AM   #19
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Bluesubie- nope. It's either an orthodox 225/50/17 in the Falken Ziex or the Michelin Pilot Sport, or just slap some SP5000s on the stockers at this point. All the dedicated summer tires come in sizes too far outside the original diameter for my comfort.
What about the ECSTA KH11 ?
Not a UHP summer, but a Grand Touring summer.

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Old 03-01-2004, 05:56 PM   #20
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Loosh,

$500 -- new tires
$250 -- good infant carrier system
$250 -- An evening or two spent out with your wife enjoying some good food at a fine restaurant since it'll be ages until you get to do that again.

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Old 03-01-2004, 09:40 PM   #21
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Well we've got until October, Ken, so hopefully we'll work a couple of those in there. And one of the aah, perks of the trade is that those meals are usually a write-off, at least partially

The "budget" in question is actually cash I have saved from the last few months' freelance work. I was planning to use the next few months' cash as well (since I get to "keep" it and not put it in the household budget), but I have decided instead to use all future under the table earnings for baby stuff. So that's cash from the next 7 months being saved for baby, but what I had saved so far I'd like to spend on the FXT.
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Old 03-01-2004, 11:36 PM   #22
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Since it is all personal opinion, I think money spent on aftermarket wheels is largely a waste. For the most part, unless you spend big $$$ they are actually heavier than stock. And you can't get wider tires on than 225 width, even with a wider wheel. Now nice summer tires is another issue entirely. Wheels are about bling bling, tires are about performance. -let the flames begin

Oh, and the Bridgestone S03's I talked about come in 225/55-16 (what I meant to type in my first post), which would only be 1.6 percent from stock, which is within the margin of difference between different tire makes. Killer tire. But it should be for $152 bucks a pop from tire rack.

My last argument for the full STi takeoff suspension is that you could install it yourselft with basic hand tools and jackstands. Much easier than installing springs. Having driven the STi, it is far from harsh. I've definitely heard that earlier STi suspensions were stiffer than the current car's setup.

Geez, I kinda feel like the only guy here with a Forester that doesn't have kids yet, but my wife seems to think our new "tall wagon" is a good first step

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Old 03-02-2004, 12:19 AM   #23
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Forgot about how you can expense fine dining -- you lucky dawg.

Well, alrighty then -- go crazy before everything becomes about the baby.

What's Cobb have up their sleeves for the FXT?

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Old 03-02-2004, 01:22 AM   #24
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With babies you have to sacrifice some luxuries, unless you're rolling in big bucks.
he's right you know.
maybe you should spend your money on these?
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My concern about the STi suspension is that I had v5's on the Legacy with H&R springs and the ride was punishing on the crappy streets of Baltimore.
second this ... streets ARE crappy ... before I moved to Balto, I used to complain about streets in Manhattan, NY These ones even worse.
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