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Old 08-17-2018, 12:17 AM   #1
Professor WRX
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Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Birmingham, AL
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2016 WRX
Ice Silver Metallic

Default 16 wrx stage 1 suspension: rce yellows, whiteline rear lcas, custom alignment.

I have been running this setup for about three months and am quite satisfied. When I first bought my wrx in July 2015, I was very impressed with the handling on the car in stock configuration. Cosmetically, the ride height was satisfactory also compared to other cars Iíve owned before. The more I drove my car, I learned itís limitations. Although the wrx is enjoyable to drive at about 80% if itís limit, beyond that resulted in pretty significant oversteer. I use this car as a daily driver with spirited driving on a regular basis. I would like to spend some time on a racetrack to learn better how to drive my car at its limits sometime in the near future. I have been driving for over 25 years, but there are some skills you cannot safely practice on the street. Any time spent at a track would be more for fun than to try to be competitive. Barber is close to the house and would likely be my first choice followed by road Atlanta.
So my setup is as follows:
RCE Yellow lowering springs
Whiteline rear LCAs
Custom alignment: max front caster, front camber -1.5*, rear camber -1*, zero toe front and -.1* rear.
Install was pretty straight forward. I took my time to align the front strut assembly per the instructions. Tightened everything by hand, torqued to specs.
Initially the car wandered a bit and needed an alignment right away. If I had to do it again I would do the springs first and install the rear lcas a month later and get it all aligned at once.
Ride quality is close to stock with the 20mm drop. The progressive rate springs do a good job of that without feeling like a progressive rate spring. Just by driving it I canít tell and would have guessed a linear spring. I have bottomed out the front 3 times in three months. All of those times were driving onto a bridge on the interstate. Most cars I have driven have been lowered and I naturally dodge potholes and dips in the road.
At limit handling is where you can really tell a difference. Rce really designed their springs to reduce understeer. I am now able to corner with confidence that I will not end up running wide through the turn and have an unplanned off-road experience. Itís hard to say how much is due to the springs and how much is due to the alignment. Likely a combination of both. Also, steering responsiveness and turn in is much improved. So. All in all the car is much easier to control. Itís much easier to maintain your line. It feels like a much more precise instrument. More capable of threading the needle so to speak. And ten times more fun to drive. Not that it wasnít fun before, I just didnít know what I was missing out on.
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Old 10-13-2018, 02:55 PM   #2
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UPDATE: 15 models and early 16 models go ahead and get new tophats and install when you lower your car. Theres a TSB. I don't have a link but you can easily google and find out which 16 models are affected. You may end up with some clicking/popping noise in the front end later on and its worth about 120ish to go ahead and replace those when you have everything apart.
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