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Old 03-22-2018, 12:25 PM   #1826
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Originally Posted by Pelco View Post
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.


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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Old 08-11-2018, 04:07 PM   #1829
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Default Freebie mod: radiator shroud delete

Has anybody tried removing the radiator shroud?

The radiator shroud is a pretty cool design since it allows high pressure air from in front of the radiator to be pushed up and into the bellmouth for the intake. However, I think it's still a bit of a restriction and having the shroud in place probably still chokes up the intake a little.

I removed it today and it feels like I'm getting much better throttle response, especially in low rpms, and there might be a slight more power as well. Removing the radiator shroud allows direct access for air to enter the intake from the grille. (see pictures below)

Some downsides or concerns I see in doing this though is water ingestion during heavy rain and more dust/debris being sucked in.

The air filter will likely have to be changed more frequently, but I'd be worried if the airbox itself will start pooling up with water during a storm increasing the risk of hydrolocking the engine. Having the shroud off also means the grille part of the bumper is more flimsy. There's no rattling noise due to the stock rubber weather stripping that's in place but I'd still like to look into having a small bracket made to add some rigidity.

Factory radiator shroud:

View of shroud from grille:

Shroud removed:

View on intake bellmouth from front grille:
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