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Old 03-22-2018, 12:25 PM   #1826
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Today I installed a steering damper lockdown.

The goal was to reduce the steering slop. The install took about 20 minutes. You'll have to get under the car. The result of install is subtle but noticeable. The steering feels more direct. There is less wavering when you really want to turn in.

Here is a link to the Perrin version, but identical clones can be had for cheaper. Worth it for me? Yes. With it for you? Maybe. People say it feels like a go kart steering, but it's a little more subtle than that. The rubber bushing in the steering column is clamped so there is less play. There is still a little slop, but I think that's more the tires.

For a better visualisation, check out the link, there is a video.

This kit fits a lot of Subaru cars including Imprezas, WRXs, Foresters, Legacys etc.

https://www.perrin.com/shop/suspensi...pener-lockdown



Here is where it goes. This is before I installed it.
i just finished mine, it does work, makes my squishy winter tires feel way more responsive, but can also really start to feel when sidewalls start to flex now. it is almost twitchy.

curious as to what my normal tires will be like
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:46 AM   #1827
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More and more the direct feeling is noticeable, especially at higher speeds where your tires are sort of stretched from the rotational force. The steering is much better.

I think it would be the same for squishy winter tires traveling 70 mph.

I think to get that direct feeling at lower speeds, simply adding a couple of PSI to the tires, from 28 to 30psi will be sufficient.

I think the mod is genius! It makes the cars tracking much more nimble.

What's next?

I see that it is possible to order STI pink springs for the Impreza 5 door off of eBay with free shipping from Japan. It's either STI springs or full coilovers. But my springs and struts are just 24k miles. Still a lot of life in them here with mild California weather. I am not sure if it would be worth it since I keep telling myself subrau will bring an affordable turbo wagon or hatchback next year. For that reason I hold off on the suspension for the impreza because something is around the corner.

On the headlight-front I just installed some 55w white (blue glass) H9 halogens. I had been running standard color (yellowish) H9s that before that replaced the stock lower wattage h11 bulbs for my low beams. It now looks really clean and crisp.
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Old 03-26-2018, 01:54 AM   #1828
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