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Old 05-15-2004, 10:12 PM   #1
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I've been trolling the forums for a while and finally decided to register. I bought my Forester XT 2 weeks ago and am loving every second driving it. It definately is the quickest car i've ever drive and i've driven a few quick ones ( Mustang GT and porsche 928 come to mind). This thing smokes em all . I tinted the windows 20% around back, 35% up front and it looks awesome. Just bought 225/55/16 Bridgestone Potenza re750's and they get mounted on monday. My next mod will be a Cobb catback exhaust which i'm hoping to get in the next 2 weeks. Can't wait!
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Old 05-15-2004, 10:14 PM   #2
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welcome! post a picture or two?
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Old 05-15-2004, 10:19 PM   #3
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I will when I get my pics developed....don't have a digital cam just yet
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Old 05-16-2004, 12:48 AM   #4
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Welcome to Sleeper Drivers Anonymous !
Just don't embarass too many of those high-end "performance" car drivers.
The look on their faces when a wagon outpaces them is priceless. Enjoy and stay safe !
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Old 05-16-2004, 02:25 AM   #5
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List of cars you too can OWN, with minimal mods

SRT-4
SRT-4 Mopar Stg 1
Mutang GT's
Camaro Z-28
Camaro SS
Older Vettes
Most stock Muscle cars
Civics
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Old 05-16-2004, 05:59 AM   #6
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Welcome to the XT club, with all you mods you are doing don't forget to get some better swaybars, I just did mine today with Whiteline 22mm adjustables, it's awesame.
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Old 05-16-2004, 03:36 PM   #7
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Yea thats one thing i forgot to list. Definately gonna get a sti swaybar for the rear. Gotta talk to the wife though....been spending alot of money lately .

Nice to see that srt-4 on the whup a** list...I know this guy at work has one and all he does is talk trash....once I get past the 1k break in period i'll shut him up for good
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Old 05-17-2004, 10:22 AM   #8
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Congrats and welcome!
Is there a noticeable difference in tire gap around the wheel well?

-Dennis
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:16 AM   #9
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I know this guy at work has one and all he does is talk trash....once I get past the 1k break in period i'll shut him up for good
learn to drive the fxt well and smooth first... also be carefull with the srt4 in a straight line...

welcome to the world of subaru's...
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:25 AM   #10
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I highly recommend Cobb's stage 1 brake kit and stage 1 suspension kit. Now my XT brakes as well as it goes fast and it's much flatter in the corners.

Have fun with the 'other guys' but keep it safe. The only place to race is on the track.
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Old 05-17-2004, 12:50 PM   #11
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Welcome aboard speedypete!

Let me know if you have any rubbing issues with the 225/55/16's
I'm considering a set of those but I see that front strut really close.
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Old 05-17-2004, 01:31 PM   #12
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Congrats and welcome!
Is there a noticeable difference in tire gap around the wheel well?

-Dennis

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Welcome aboard speedypete!

Let me know if you have any rubbing issues with the 225/55/16's
I'm considering a set of those but I see that front strut really close.
Am having them put on later today (monday). I'll let you guys know....

I''l take some pics too
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:51 PM   #13
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Still haven't put the tires on....my buddy was suppose to do them monday but he's been sick the last 2 days

I'll post as soon as I have em on
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Old 05-19-2004, 09:33 PM   #14
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OK...just got back from from putting my tires on. First thing I noticed when we were mounting them is that there is almost no noticable difference in the height of the tires. I lined both tires up side by side, one with the oem tires and the other with the new bridgestones and though the new tires had a noticable wider contact patch and are lower profile (55 vs 60) the overall height is almost the same. I would say maybe a 1/4 inch difference in height...very small to notice.

As for the rubbing issue....I was more worried about the rears rubbing against the shocks. With the oem tires I tried measuring the gap and it turned to be only a finger width between the tire and shock so I was a little aprehensive about putting wider tires on. Turned out that the 225 fit perfectly and I don't see a rubbing issue at all. I almost think you could fit 235 but that may be pushing it.

So driving it home first thing I noticed was that there is more tire noise. NOT loud but definately more noise than the oem tires. Perfectly accepable considering the major upgrade in overall grip. I also believe that turn in is alot crisper due to the lower profile but i'll need more time behind the wheel to really notice the difference.

Gotta get that STI swaybar soon
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Old 05-20-2004, 10:58 AM   #15
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I also believe that turn in is alot crisper due to the lower profile but i'll need more time behind the wheel to really notice the difference.
And crisper simply because you upgraded from a light truck all-season to a summer UHP tire. Thanks for the update.

-Dennis
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