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Old 01-27-2021, 10:15 PM   #4451
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Super Pro makes great parts I have a bunch of their products all over my car where I could not get group n parts
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Old 01-27-2021, 11:11 PM   #4452
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Nice haul. I've been running their tie rod ends, ball joints, and other bushings (which are readily sourced to me through the Do-Luck webshop) since putting on coils and lowering for the past 4 years. They are fantastic.


Thanks, After almost 20 years the stock tie rods and bushings are just about done so I splurged a little and plan to replace all of it up front for now. Eventually I plan to upgrade the rear lateral links and trailing arms.
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Old 01-27-2021, 11:44 PM   #4453
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Thanks, After almost 20 years the stock tie rods and bushings are just about done so I splurged a little and plan to replace all of it up front for now. Eventually I plan to upgrade the rear lateral links and trailing arms.
Yeah, almost 20 years is a long time for those bushings.
I did Cusco spherical bushing on the trailing arms recently and opted for their non adjustable lateral links years ago, all of which have also been really good. Cornering is very predictable and feels more precise. I don't think it's too harsh, but others may disagree.
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Old 01-28-2021, 11:58 AM   #4454
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Super Pro makes great parts I have a bunch of their products all over my car where I could not get group n parts


Itís my understanding that these aluminum control arms are in fact Subaru OEM but polished and then Super pro replaces all the bushings with their own. Kinda neat, as itís the best of both worlds.
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Old 01-28-2021, 02:29 PM   #4455
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how convenient to see someone else pick those up. Iíve been going back and forth between those and assembling a similar setup with oem control arms and the white line ALK/bushings to spread the cost out.




took my car out from under its covers this past week for a couple days while the weather was ďĒĒnicerĒĒĒ and then took off the front end to have it painted with some other components. new paint looks so weird to me.
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Old 01-28-2021, 06:14 PM   #4456
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how convenient to see someone else pick those up. Iíve been going back and forth between those and assembling a similar setup with oem control arms and the white line ALK/bushings to spread the cost out.
That's the route I'm on. I did do the press in bushings for the front, as I already have aluminum arms. Still haven't done the ALK though.
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Old 01-28-2021, 07:18 PM   #4457
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Those are some very early 2000s style pictures , Better times !
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Old 01-28-2021, 10:15 PM   #4458
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Those are some very early 2000s style pictures , Better times !
ive somehow existed in all moments.
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Old 01-29-2021, 06:06 AM   #4459
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Great photos as always Fuji Gold. I do think the more cost effective route would be to purchase the oem aluminum control arms and upgrade the bushings and what not yourself. Iíve had my eyes on the Super Pro ones for a few years so I decided to just send it!
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Old 01-29-2021, 01:55 PM   #4460
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Great photos as always Fuji Gold. I do think the more cost effective route would be to purchase the oem aluminum control arms and upgrade the bushings and what not yourself. Iíve had my eyes on the Super Pro ones for a few years so I decided to just send it!


thankYou!

I ultimately decided to just go the super pro route as well actually. piecing all the components together for the STi arms would save about $100, but would obviously require the labor of removing the old bushings from the arms. Iím replacing enough other components that Iím gonna have to get the bushings out of to be replaced that it feels okay to treat myself to this one.
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Old 01-31-2021, 02:35 AM   #4461
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Old 02-02-2021, 12:40 AM   #4462
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/284159319544

havenít done any looking into the legitimacy of this, but it was worth sharing here.
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Old 02-02-2021, 08:51 AM   #4463
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Old 02-02-2021, 10:51 AM   #4464
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oh, weird.



https://www.ebay.com/itm/Do-Luck-Gen...e-795a2c74ad36

hereís a different version of the link to try.
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Old 02-07-2021, 01:58 AM   #4465
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Do-Luck still produces them to order. So is it really mega rare?
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Old 02-07-2021, 04:47 PM   #4466
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Do-Luck still produces them to order. So is it really mega rare?
oh for real? i never see them so ive always believed they were actually rare. id imagine the cost to order just keeps it rare.
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Old 02-07-2021, 06:00 PM   #4467
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You can still order a lot of the cool bumpers like Jun from the manufacturers
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Old 02-07-2021, 08:11 PM   #4468
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oh for real? i never see them so ive always believed they were actually rare. id imagine the cost to order just keeps it rare.
Yeah, it's probably a cost thing. Even locally to me just the bumper cover breaks down to this:

Front Bumper Spoiler with CFRP (Carbon Fiber undercover) 130,000 yen [+tax]

Front Bumper Spoiler with FRP (Fiberglass undercover) 85,000 yen [+tax]

For the full body kit (which I'm planning to order in CFRP):

F.B.S(CFRP) + S.S + R.H.S Kit 240,000 yen [+tax]

F.B.S(FRP) + S.S + R.H.S Kit 190,000 yen [+tax]

But my idea of mega rare is no longer in production.

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Old 02-08-2021, 01:35 AM   #4469
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Yeah, it's probably a cost thing. Even locally to me just the bumper cover breaks down to this:

Front Bumper Spoiler with CFRP (Carbon Fiber undercover) 130,000 yen [+tax]

Front Bumper Spoiler with FRP (Fiberglass undercover) 85,000 yen [+tax]

For the full body kit (which I'm planning to order in CFRP):

F.B.S(CFRP) + S.S + R.H.S Kit 240,000 yen [+tax]

F.B.S(FRP) + S.S + R.H.S Kit 190,000 yen [+tax]

But my idea of mega rare is no longer in production.
nevermind, i take back what i said then. thats not costly at all, all things considered. obviously shipping is costly from that point but so many easy ways around that especially nowadays. thats about the cost for any good authentic kit made for any car. US subaru owners are just too cheap and lazy, or just assumed it was widely unavailable like i did.

id consider mega rare the same, for what its worth.
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Old 02-08-2021, 07:46 AM   #4470
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Itís not just the Subaru community, to be fair. But thatís a pretty accurate observation.

I also donít find these prices to be unreasonable, especially because of the high quality.
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nevermind, i take back what i said then. thats not costly at all, all things considered. obviously shipping is costly from that point but so many easy ways around that especially nowadays. thats about the cost for any good authentic kit made for any car. US subaru owners are just too cheap and lazy, or just assumed it was widely unavailable like i did.

id consider mega rare the same, for what its worth.

Cheap and lazy Subaru owners is what keeps brands like Cobb, Perrin , grimspeed and China eBay knock offs making money hand over fist and why the Subaru community went from unique car owners in the late 90ís early 2kís to the tacky public nuisances of today... on the other hand being the age I am now 20 years later from my first wrx in my early 20ís till now Iím my early-ish 40ís I really find a higher level of enjoyment building and personalizing the car I have now as long as I stay a good distance from other Subaru owners. Slowly piecing together the car I envisioned almost 20 years ago but could not afford to build has been quite the fun scavenger hunt and hustle over the last 8 years that I could only enjoy with the patience I have now.. caffeine fueled pointless soapbox rant over
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Cheap and lazy Subaru owners is what keeps brands like Cobb, Perrin , grimspeed and China eBay knock offs making money hand over fist and why the Subaru community went from unique car owners in the late 90ís early 2kís to the tacky public nuisances of today... on the other hand being the age I am now 20 years later from my first wrx in my early 20ís till now Iím my early-ish 40ís I really find a higher level of enjoyment building and personalizing the car I have now as long as I stay a good distance from other Subaru owners. Slowly piecing together the car I envisioned almost 20 years ago but could not afford to build has been quite the fun scavenger hunt and hustle over the last 8 years that I could only enjoy with the patience I have now.. caffeine fueled pointless soapbox rant over


nail on the ****ing head. American car boys in general are largely insufferable as it is, and the quality of cars built often lines up with that, especially in terms of how vapid they are even when theyíre built Ďwell.í

thereís a reason why Subarus were considered so relevant in Japan along the lines of the other famous JDM cars of the same era. they were special and important. in the US theyíve been turned into an absolute laughing stock, and because of that the cars being produced from the factory match that.

I could go on for far too long about it.
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Old 02-08-2021, 06:18 PM   #4473
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For sure, the American car scene is pretty tacky across the board.
The trend I really hate seeing the most, more than cheap China-brand stuff, is the ridiculous "exhaust out the hood" instead of a proper exhaust.

I was following the Boostaholic GC8 build and as soon as he introduced that plan my immediate thought was "you just ruined your car" and I was right. He said he was selling the car because "It's loud and it stinks." Obviously.
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Old 02-08-2021, 06:25 PM   #4474
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I think we are seeing a perfect storm of social media attention and cheap parts being pushed by vendors like Import Image racing. Mishimoto and friends will "sponsor" just about anyone with their sub par parts so they just keep selling parts to people who don't know better.

Meanwhile the veterans just watch it all burn and cling to their forums / small social media groups laughing at the rat race to see who gets more followers.
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Old 02-08-2021, 07:18 PM   #4475
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Some presents from the brown Santa arrived today. New meats for the feetís and found the led signal mirror covers and matching mirror mount trim covers Iíve been looking for. Unfortunately I had to buy two sets of motorized folding mirrors from Russia and Canada to get both pieces but for the prices I haggled them for I can recoup most my money back selling them. More of the same...


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