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Old 12-30-2005, 12:56 AM   #1
jason t
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Default What coilovers are you running on your STi/WRX?

I just want to know what systems people are running. I used Kw variant 3 on my bugeye and they were really good at track events. Could you also give some feedback on the pro/cons of your set-up(noisy pillowball mounts, too soft/stiff, rust,seize up etc). Have you used them at track events(auto-X, track days etc)? Thanx

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Old 12-30-2005, 01:09 AM   #2
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Jason, I've got DMS 40mm's on my car with STi top-mounts. I have no sway bars or any other suspension modification asides from the stock STi bits. I love these coilovers. They are extremely comfortable around town (the same or more so than the stock STi stuff), but handle WAY better when pushed (thanks to the double progressive spring for the comfort/performance variation). I have NOT had mine to any type of track event yet so can not comment on that. They are currently set to be a little taily so I can power over steer almost any time I want in the wet and 1st-3rd gear around even a slight bend in the dry. They are very predictable and NO funky noises. I'm not trying to sell you on this set-up (well sort of) but just saying that I totally dig them and would highly reocmmend even if I didn't actually sell them...
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:24 AM   #3
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mine is not sti..just wrx..and i am going to put Tein flex soon
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:44 AM   #4
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Sorry, I'm definitly not prejudice to the WRX or any other model . Everyone that has a Suby with coilovers, let us know what you are running and how you like them.
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Old 12-30-2005, 03:10 AM   #5
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I got Kg/mm DNA, they are too stiff for me so I am trying to sell them right now. Let me know if you are interested.
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Old 01-05-2006, 02:39 AM   #6
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I've had FLT-A2 on my 02 WRX for almost 2 years.

THE GOOD:
- Very very flat, very very stiff, uncompromised coilover. Excellent for AutoX and track, probably overkill for commuting and canyon runs (although I still love taking a race setup on open roads... it keeps me young.

- You can play all day with the adjustable front camber, height, and preload. Fully adjustable.

- I won the 2004 AutoX San Francisco Region season in STX with these coilovers (5k front, 7k rear rates.) They really REALLY speed up transitions such as slaloms, and if you put soft springs on the front and crank the rear dampers up to full stiff, it also has pretty decent low-speed rotation (critical for AutoX).

- I have done 8 track days with this suspension at Buttonwillow, Laguna Seca, Sears Point, and Thunderhill. For track I've found the above setup is too soft in front (dangerous in fast corners) so I run 7k all round, and stiffen up the front dampers to stablize it. Also I put in 3 degrees of camber (thanks to the integrated camber plates) and that seems to work very well. I am faster than M3s, most satisfying.

THE BAD:
- No adjustable rear camber; you get EXACTLY zero degrees (that's worse than stock), which is okay for autocross but not good for track.

- The street ride is TERRIBLE, very bouncy and harsh, although I suspect some of the problem is the bouncy 02 seats. None of my friends will ride in the car with me, they HATE my car. We're not just talking about girlfriends, folks.

- Very adjustable, which means you can screw it up. I've had STi Reds on the car, and to be honest they were a better product for the street--- better ride, sufficient performance, and idiot-proof.

- My front dampers leak, and even after I sent them back to JIC to be revalved, they still leak. I'm not sure the dampers really do much anymore.

- JIC had no setup advice to offer me, about what rates and damper settings worked for my usage patterns. They didn't really make me feel like they've ever actually tried their own products...

- I am constantly having to tighten the height adjusters because they come loose and clunk all the time. These are loud, constantly clanking and clunking even when tightened.

THE REALLY BAD:
- A few months back my rear strut sheared off at speed in a corner, disabling the vehicle and damaging the wheel well. I was able to get the car stopped and have my roommate bring me replacement parts. It upset me that this happened when I was NOT racing, just driving home from work. If a front strut had sheared instead of a rear, the car would have been uncontrollable and I could have been injured or killed.

Fortunately there's a happy ending: JIC replaced the rear assemblies at no charge, and gave me the latest model (which has been reinforced and is stronger.)

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