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Old 10-06-2014, 02:19 PM   #1
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Have a 2012 2.0i and am getting into Autocross and was wondering how these perform/hold up.

Am I also right in assuming at the earlier 08+ WRX bars front and rear fit in my 2.0i hatch? I read that on another sub-forum of NASIOC but want to confirm/double-check.
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:57 PM   #2
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You don't need them for autox. Don't waste your money. Spend your money on a good alignment, tires, and other items that actually do something for the chassis.
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Old 10-06-2014, 03:02 PM   #3
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Have something of a limited budget. What would you do with $200 to spend?
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Old 10-06-2014, 03:07 PM   #4
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Have something of a limited budget. What would you do with $200 to spend?
Sway bar(s) if allowed in your class.
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Old 10-06-2014, 03:09 PM   #5
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Comes stock with a 22mm up front and a 19mm rear I believe
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"Better" sway bars.
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Old 10-06-2014, 03:22 PM   #7
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Old 10-06-2014, 03:42 PM   #8
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Your modifications will affect the class you are in... That said, get an alignment that is geared more towards performance. Say -1.5 up to -2.0 negative camber up front, rear camber isn't adjustable I think without some additional parts. But more negative camber there too. Then play with tire pressure.

Upgrading the driver is the best mod you can do. But with $200, the right alignment can go a long way too.

Also make sure your helmet is appropriate for the racing body you're participating in.
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Old 10-06-2014, 04:30 PM   #9
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Comes stock with a 22mm up front and a 19mm rear I believe
Those are STI bar sizes, WRX I believe is a 16mm rear. If your class allows 1 bar to be changed then getting a stiffer STI 19mm would help handling, used on the forums they're around $75 w/rubber bushings.

As others have said, save your money on the strut bar and get a good alignment, about $100. Tires would be the next most significant upgrade but more $$s.
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Old 10-06-2014, 04:31 PM   #10
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Thanks for the help, guys.

I DD this car about 75 miles a day and only have about 12k on these tires so I'll do that upgrade down the line.
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