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Old 04-15-2018, 10:10 PM   #326
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How are the 442's so far?
I haven't drove them extremely hard or at any racing events yet but my first impressions are this. I was very apprehensive of the much higher spring rates 9k/8k from my prior 7k/5k but have been very surprised by the superb ride quality. I think the much longer stroke and dual reservoirs have made up for the higher spring rates.

The only downsides so far have been that getting the proper ride height in the rear without preloading the spring to too much is using almost all of adjustment collar. I spoke with them as these do not come preloaded from Feal, I was informed to add a bit more preload if necessary.

I ride around 13.5" center of hub to fender in the rear and guess that is about the max height they want these at. Otherwise you need to add more preload to gain height. Also my right rear assemble has lost the abilty to click when changing the damping. Still turns but doesn't click into the next levelof adjustment. Have yet to email them about it.

Also less significant issue is the front mounting hole for the Abs sensor line is not far enough away from the remote reservoir. I could not get it to start threading in properly. So I just went ahead and ziptied it for now.

Here are a few images of these issues.

Front abs sensor wire.



Rear adjustment maxed out due to the external reservoir placement and zero preload on spring. Adjuster set as far as it could go. Max height 13.25 I believe.



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Old 04-16-2018, 12:01 AM   #327
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Ok, thanks for the honest review! I like the superb ride quality but I don't know about the 13.25" max height. I am planning on running a 26" tire too.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:20 AM   #328
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Ok, thanks for the honest review! I like the superb ride quality but I don't know about the 13.25" max height. I am planning on running a 26" tire too.

After working on it for awhile I have placed it back up to 13.5" and this is where I wanted it. Now I think I could actually add a bit more preload to the rear without issues. I have never used the helper spring style coilovers and the information online for setup/ride height/preload wasn't all that helpful.

Obviously the less preload you have the further the spring can utilize droop travel. Being much stiffer than my old spring rates I wanted to minimize preload as much as possible to allow full range for the spring.

After a number of changes in January to find the perfect ride height/preload setting, I believe I could add just a bit more preload in the rear. Thus allowing for more height adjustment. I was hoping to test this preload and ride height at an auto-x event this weekend, but it was canceled due to the poor weather.

I will hopefully make it to this weekends event but I may add a bit more preload prior to to this upcoming event. Will update changes and info as soon as I can.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:31 AM   #329
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I don't know much about coils I am looking into my first set (need new ones for sti swap into bugeye) but I want some real deal coils with superb ride quality. I was looking at the 441's but for just a little more I seen the 442's seemed to have a lot more features. I am looking forward to hearing more as you get these broken in.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:26 AM   #330
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The 441s are very high quality for their pricepoint and I wouldn't dismiss them. I mostly moved from the 441s because they needed a rebuild and they had a discount on them. The 441s are a great value.

The 442s are definitely more track/race oriented and are bit more involved. I honestly feel a little overwhelmed with all the adjustments that can be made. You can always start with the 441s and upgrade then later. This was my route.
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:09 AM   #331
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You Forester is awesome! Original paint in your GD? Looks immaculate.
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Old 04-19-2018, 10:00 PM   #332
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You Forester is awesome! Original paint in your GD? Looks immaculate.
Thanks man! The Forester was a cheap DD that became a runaway project car. I truly enjoy driving it everyday and am surprised at how popular and loved as it is.

As far as I know the STi is original in the paint department except for the front bumper. The freshly painted unit reside on the car in current pictures. The original bumper had been repainted many times from what I have been told. It has some spider webbing from the previous owner and a alignment tech that wasn't paying attention to the rack.

I have been lucky to have a talented friend in the paint correction area. That thoroughly cleaned and cared for it a few years ago and I have just responsible for upkeep. There are a few spots and knicks in the paint after its 111k of miles but it is overall it is quite good.

Here is a another photo I had time to edit up.

Lake side by Blingstrom, on Flickr

Auto-x this weekend as long as the weather is decent! Would love to finally test out the suspension.
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Old 04-22-2018, 01:34 PM   #333
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Working on the 12 Impreza today, first thing we have had to replace on it for the last 6 years and 55k miles. The right rear wheel bearing went out. Pretty straight forward with the hub style design.



Knocked out the studs to have left overs for later.



Installed pedal covers on the Forester and rolled over 210k miles. Glad to see it still going strong.







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Old 04-28-2018, 09:22 PM   #334
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Having a little bit of noise from the rear coilovers from not enough preload on the helper springs. Decided to pop it back up on the jack stands and see if I could fix it. Not too hard of job but getting a bit tedious after the last two months.

Just making sure not to give up spring travel on preload. Everything has quieted down and the ride seems just as smooth.



Currently on the look for a equal length header setup for the STi as well... Not sure which to pick from looking at stainless options. Wouldn't mind picking up a used header but no luck so far.

Went for a drive to test it out and shot a few photos. Here is one.

Sunny afternoon by Blingstrom, on Flickr
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Old 05-12-2018, 12:24 PM   #335
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Had a decent weekend out on the auto-cross course. Car ran great and the new 442s ran well. I did run into an issue with one of the adjusters no longer clicking but I was able to time with the other rear and seemed to do well.

Sadly forgot to take many images.

Here we are early in the morning.



And a very cool Rx-7 and 240 that were looking good.



Best run of the day.


After speaking with Feal that will be shipped out to them this weekend and repaired. Few images of that below.
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Also this weekend I was working on replacing the passenger side intercooler mount. The nut has never been in good shape since I bought the car and finally decided to no longer accept the bolt. Ordered a new on and started to get it on.





While the car is down for repairs on the right rear strut, I will be replacing the turbo inlet with a V2 version. The original Perrin turbo inlet was sold under the pretense of being a V2. After feeling them both it was easy to see that they are quite different. Should be fun to see how easy it is to do for the second time.


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Old 05-23-2018, 09:46 PM   #336
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Well my repaired 442 coilover should be making its way here tomorrow. Picked up a set of 4 pots/2 pots for the Forester as well and hopefully will be prepping to install them soonish.

Looking into picking up a new set of wheels for STi. I had been looking through forums and used wheels to find a set of 18s to be able to upgrade my tires to 265s. After a thorough search I have been stuck on the SSR gtx01 18x9.5 et40. It is close enough to my current setup and I think I can fit them without much issue.



Little photoshop of my current wheels in blue to get an idea of what these may look like.

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