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Old 03-22-2018, 05:36 PM   #1
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I'm in the process of starting a move from SoCal to MI. I have a stock suspension 2016 WRX and am interested in the setups everyone out there is running and some feedback on my ideas. Lowered? Probably not for me with the way MI streets are and it being a year round daily.... Lifted? Nothing crazy, was thinking about 1-1.5". Or just leave it stock. Already hunting for a winter rim and tire setup. How many people run block heaters?

Im still about 4-6 months out from moving but want to get a head start on what l can.
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Old 03-22-2018, 06:08 PM   #2
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having lived here since 1996

If its year round I would do a billstein cup kit with your choice of RCE springs.

since you have a 5x114 car get GD Sti BBS wheels and throw some 225/45/17 Nokian Haka R2 snow tires on there and you will never have issues.

I leave my winter beater 2006 Legacy GT Wagon on stock suspension because of the roads.

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Old 03-23-2018, 05:12 PM   #3
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Any reasonable suspension will be OK. Only if you go really low or really stiff will you regret your decision. FWIW I daily drove my autocross car on 500 lb/in spirngs and it didn't fall apart. It wasn't comfy, but it didn't shake the car to pieces.

For wheels I really wouldn't go larger than 17". 18's and 19's look great, but you just don't have enough tire sidewall to absorb the occasional unseen pothole.

Block heaters aren't necessary. If you had a diesel or if you were moving to Alaska, maybe. It gets cold and snows, but it's never cold enough to need a block heater.




Where in MI are you heading? Coming for work or for school? Welcome regardless! My wife moved here from the LA area for school back in 2000, and never left. Hates the roads as much as everyone else, but loves the access to nature and available peace and quiet that you can't often find in California.
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Old 03-25-2018, 01:34 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Looking at central/ southern in the LP. Have family throughout the Livonia, Taylor, Dearborn area. Coming out for work and family...and cheaper cost of living.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:30 PM   #5
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There are some okay roads in the area but for the most part, be prepared for absolute garbage. If you've never lived out here and cherish your car in any way, a winter beater is a must. The pot holes get worse and worse, and the general road conditions (ie, tons of patches) are not good.
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Old 06-14-2018, 01:50 PM   #6
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Resurrecting my old thread instead of starting a new one. Just passed my hiring process for Detroit City Fire as a paramedic. I traded up from my 16 base to an 18 premium, decided seat warmers would be nice for the winters. Looking forward to the summer car scene in MI. I know the stock tires are garbage in the snow. Still trying to decide between all seasons and a winter setup. For those running mud flaps: RA or rokblokx? Kept the rokblokx from my 16 since they fit the 18s.
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:30 PM   #7
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Resurrecting my old thread instead of starting a new one. Just passed my hiring process for Detroit City Fire as a paramedic. I traded up from my 16 base to an 18 premium, decided seat warmers would be nice for the winters. Looking forward to the summer car scene in MI. I know the stock tires are garbage in the snow. Still trying to decide between all seasons and a winter setup. For those running mud flaps: RA or rokblokx? Kept the rokblokx from my 16 since they fit the 18s.
i recommend rally armor flaps and full winters (blizzaks). i ran a really good all season (michelin pilot sport as3+) this year and i made it around ok but i wont be doing that again. back to winter only rubber for me next year.
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:17 AM   #8
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I'm in the process of starting a move from SoCal to MI. I have a stock suspension 2016 WRX and am interested in the setups everyone out there is running and some feedback on my ideas. Lowered? Probably not for me with the way MI streets are and it being a year round daily.... Lifted? Nothing crazy, was thinking about 1-1.5". Or just leave it stock. Already hunting for a winter rim and tire setup. How many people run block heaters?

Im still about 4-6 months out from moving but want to get a head start on what l can.
Welcome, been daily driving mine for about 3 years now, roads are complete crap, don't lower it too much and no huge wheels and you will be fine.Winter tires are a must.
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Old 06-15-2018, 02:45 PM   #9
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Other than having the rokblox already and having to buy RAs, biggest concern i have with the RAs is getting them pinched against the tires and ripped off while backing up. Not going too lower the car, but wondering how much of an issue that really is during the winters.
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:35 AM   #10
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Height is less important than the snow tires themselves. An inch drop would have negligible effects
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Old 06-23-2018, 02:56 AM   #11
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This is really a good start. Just go for it.
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:36 AM   #12
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Resurrecting the old post again. Made it to MI, just moved the basics into our rental house in Dearborn Heights. Its amazing what you get for the price out here Vs CA. Already got a few "looks" from people seeing the CA plate. Looking forward to meeting up with people after I get settled in.
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Old 07-18-2018, 03:29 PM   #13
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Resurrecting the old post again. Made it to MI, just moved the basics into our rental house in Dearborn Heights. Its amazing what you get for the price out here Vs CA. Already got a few "looks" from people seeing the CA plate. Looking forward to meeting up with people after I get settled in.
I know what you mean, I am from the East Coast, NYC. I was shocked at housing prices here, hope to see you around soon.
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Old 08-14-2018, 11:45 PM   #14
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Im from walnut Creek, my advice is to stay at your stock ride height and start saving for a winter beater. You wont want to run your new one when its snowing - The salt roads tears these cars right up.
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:02 PM   #15
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Iím from Virginia so I know that price cut! Iím in Columbus Ohio! Recently moved up here about a year and a half ago!
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:51 PM   #16
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I figured it might be better to ask here than to start a whole new thread.

I'm moving from the Bay Area to Michigan as well at the end of the month. My girlfriend lives out there so I've been out to visit a few times and I'm curious as to how you guys keep the salt from eating up our cars? I've done some research on winter tires already and will probably go with some Michelin X-Ice on steelies, but I haven't seen much on rust prevention.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:14 AM   #17
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I figured it might be better to ask here than to start a whole new thread.

I'm moving from the Bay Area to Michigan as well at the end of the month. My girlfriend lives out there so I've been out to visit a few times and I'm curious as to how you guys keep the salt from eating up our cars? I've done some research on winter tires already and will probably go with some Michelin X-Ice on steelies, but I haven't seen much on rust prevention.

Thanks in advance.
Best thing to do is get a Daily and hide your Subie in the garage. But if you are like me and only have the one car to drive, just wash it after every snow fall after the roads are cleared, watch out for paint chips.
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Old 10-25-2018, 07:56 PM   #18
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Having been born and raised in Michigan I can confidently say you definitely donít need a block heater haha. We have our rough winters but even in the roughest you typically never need block heaters or any special equipment other than a set of good winter tires (running Michelin X-Ice myself). As far as suspension goes Iíve run different setups on different cars, but I prefer coil overs so Iím biased. The fortune auto 500 coil overs that Iím running on my 2018 wrx are actually pretty reasonable as far as ride quality goes, even on the horrible roads in my area, on the softest setting obviously lol. Thereís no reason to lift the car, you can lower it a bit and you should have more than enough ground clearance to plow through just about any storm thatís thrown at us.
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Old 10-26-2018, 10:04 PM   #19
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I've done some research on winter tires already and will probably go with some Michelin X-Ice on steelies, but I haven't seen much on rust prevention.

Thanks in advance.
Wash your car with an under-body spray whenever possible. Also, use a hot water car wash to blast the scabs off on a regular basis. If you see any rust starting, treat it immediately.

I am a Blizzak believer myself. I have Michelin X-Ice on my Transit Connect and they are also good performers. I think for "spirited" driving, Blizzak have sharper turn in. I use them on my WRX. My .02
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