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Old 11-04-2005, 03:34 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by jmlmr2

Performance cars are not supposed to have a crappy ride. Porsche's in particular ride amazingly well considering how stiff the suspension is. There is a HUGE difference between a firm suspension where you feel bumps in the road, and an '04 STi, that bounces in response to bumps.

STi's "bounce" - especially the '04's (and the strut bodies are more of a red than pink - if your struts are pink - and I'm talking Mary Kay Cadillac pink - then they're probably the aftermarket adjustable STi struts) partly because of the spring/shock/strut top combo, and partly from the seats, believe it or not. Search for "STi bouncy seat" and you should find a thread about modifying the stock seats to reduce the bounce. Modifying the seats (or switching to '02-'03 WRX seats) will significantly reduce the bounce. Going to a harder strut mount (also called a "top hat" or "strut top") such as the Group N mounts or some form of solid camber plate, will help too, as will going to a stiffer spring such as the JDM Pink spring or Prodrive STi spring.

Modifying or changing the seats along with slightly stiffer springs and strut tops will get you to the firm-but-not-bouncing-down-the-highway ride you are probably looking for. Ignore the people who told you that you should have bought a Legacy GT. Unfortunately, it means spending about $1K on a car you just spent a bunch of money to buy


go to a meet and see if you can find someone who has STi pink or Prodrive springs and group N mounts and ask for a ride. you will be amazed!

- andrew
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