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Old 10-19-2018, 12:27 AM   #1
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I have a 2012 wrx hatch and for 84k miles I've run Bilsteins with RCE Blacks. It's a great setup and I have no complaints and would recommend this setup to anyone, however I was wondering if anyone has had this combo and a set of coilovers preferably Feal's or Fortune Auto with swift 8k springs (or softer).

My question is this, is there a coilover that is as or more comfortable than my current setup that could also be sportier? So say will feal's or fortune auto 500's at full soft feel like stock? And at full hard feel like a racecar?

I would imagine more expensive setups like ohlins, KW's or AST's are more track suited so would probably ride harsher even at full soft? Much of this kind of comes at the point where I would imagine my setup could potentially start presenting some issues within the next 15k-20k miles, so this is more for research and anticipation for potential failure (knock on wood).

I don't really track my car although I've autox before and would like to do some occasional autox-ing in the future, but I wouldn't necessarily prioritize my autox-ing over daily driving my car. That being said could I have a setup where I could run full soft for my commute and before an autox event dial it up and rip up the course?

For what it's worth I also have 22mm front/rear sway bar, rear subframe and diff bushings, ALK, front control arm bushings, RCA kit, chasis ladder brace and maybe one or two other bushings that I can't remember.
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Old 10-19-2018, 03:07 AM   #2
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ohlins dfv's ride great for what they are. i had a set on my evo and they rode better than stock. that said, ohlins doesnt make them for your car and bilstein doesnt make a b16 coilover for it either. with nearly all coilovers you will lose suspension travel and a lot of ride quality. koni inserts ride good on full soft and you can adjust the rebound for track use. the amount of adjustment is huge, full soft is too soft and full stiff is even too much for track use. they will perform better on track and ride very close to the bilsteins without all the negatives of coilovers.

to do the koni inserts you need a set of oem 11-14 struts to cut up. if you dont want to do that, they have a sport kit with all new struts, but it hasnt been released as far as i know. other option is to get the bilsteins revalved and rebuilt since you already have them and they are one of the best options.

http://www.koni-na.com/en-US/NorthAm...-Kit-(Yellow)/
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:57 AM   #3
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There's definitely a range in what coilovers can feel like and what their intended to do. And for a double adjustable like KW V3s (or our RCE T2s) you'll have a good amount of control over how they behave....IF you can work with 2 adjustment knobs. Sometimes 1 knob is a better fit someone, or even a non-adjustable.

Myles has Ohlins on his STI right now if you want to feel them out.

EDIT: Sorry actually Myles has our new RCE SS1 coilovers on his car right now. Maybe worth a try too!

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Old 10-19-2018, 03:29 PM   #4
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Andrew these new Super Street 1 coilovers look like a game changer! More suspension travel than stock??!! When do you foresee these becoming available? Any chance you guys would offer custom spring rates or a swift spring upgrade? I see on the pic the adjustment knob says "rebound" does it also adjust compression as you adjust the rebound?

Here's a link for reference everyone http://www.racecompengineering.com/i....html?___SID=U

One other question I had, the bilsteins that you guys designed with GTWORX were they based off a 08-2010 wrx? I recently stumbled onto a thread that the 11-14wrx spring perch is mounted 5/8" higher than the 08-10 which explains why I got a lower ride height than I anticipated when I went with RCE blacks and the bils. Which is a good thing, the car is sitting right where I wanted them to sit.

I'm glad I stumbled onto these, I was considering going with Koni's replacement struts because they offered adjustable damping so I can dial in my ride between autox and DD. Now I think I'll just wait and see how these SS1 coilovers fare.
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Old 10-22-2018, 09:21 PM   #5
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This is an ideal situation because the OP lives maybe 20 minutes away!

Im at Laguna Seca now but next week stop by and drive my car!

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Old 10-24-2018, 12:03 AM   #6
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Hey Myles I will take you up on that...I'll be in touch for that test drive
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Old 10-25-2018, 01:51 AM   #7
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Hows the ride with the SS1 vs bilsteins??
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