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Old 05-26-2004, 05:56 PM   #1
virpacalis
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Join Date: May 2002
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: near Philly
Vehicle:
'07 STI
in the slow lane

Thumbs up Cusco Zero-2Rs installed yesterday

At 60K+, I finally replaced my Eibach Pro-Kit and stock struts with these coilovers from Gruppe-S, which again was good to work with. They came with the usual 7/5 springs with firmness set at 3 (out of 5) front and rear.

CSE in Oreland, PA has scales and a good crew, so I went there. They put the drop at 13.5" from hub center to fender all around. Using their scales with me in the car, they just lightened the driver's rear. Damn, it weighed in at over 3300 lb. (No remarks about that driver's rear, please.) In any case, although I don't have the figures handy, they said something about the cross weights being nice and close.

Just to make it easy to get used to, I moved my rear sway bar from 24 back to 22, matching the front. An alignment will come tomorrow.

The first 100 miles of mixed road driving -- city, suburb, smooth highway, old highway -- is very reassuring. They're not at all too rough for me. (My dad's new jeep sucks in comparison.) IMO the increased feel for the road comes not as harshness but as controlled feedback. And yes, there's a bit more noise, but it's coming from a 60K car's mild extra movement; the coilovers themselves are very quiet.

Now when I put my 250 lbs. on the front or rear bumpers, the car hardly moves. This is where the great fun begins. On merging ramps, twisties, and quick turns onto different roads, I've never been more stable -- flat and well planted. I can't wait to firm it up a bit, increase the front camber, and thrash it at the local auto-x with new r-compound tires.
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