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Old 02-11-2018, 08:25 AM   #1
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Cool 10 Years later Back with a 2018 STI

Hello all.

Happy to join.
Name is John and I am from Israel.
Owned a few subies in my past. 6 years ago left a 16 year career in IT to do what I have been paying other to do since I was around 18 and setup a shop which now solely represents many of the major JDM manufacturers. THats about that for history :-)
I bought my 18 STI about 2.5 months ago and have been a bit busy to join up and introduce my self.


So test drove it..liked it..realized the potential and had it in my hands in 2 weeks.
During these 2 weeks I already had a lot of parts on order
After following a few guidelines as far as break in is concerned we started working on the car.

The goal of the car is simple.
A daily driver in which I can take my 2 small kids in to kindergarten and wherever they need to go and when its night time or the weekend or a track day to have a superb handling machine. I am happy to say after 2.5k miles its coming close to what I want.

All parts are from companies I am an official distributor for so I am privileged to be able to get all of these parts.

1st - 1 week in and got Work Wheels M8R with R888r 265/35/18 - on stock suspension and alignment it rubbed ever so slightly on the rear bumper tab and about 1mm on the rear lip.
2nd - 2 weeks in Front Endless MX72 pads (Later on moved to ME20 compund). the rear pads were a completely new shape so they were not available until January 24th . Those that do not know the front pads on the 18 STI are the same as on the Lexus ISF. Part number for front pads from endless is RCP112. the rear pads are now available. Part number for rear is RCP188. Hit up your endless dealers for these pads. MX72 is Amazing as a street/light circuit use pads. The ME20...well that a whole different ball game.
3rd - 2 weeks and 3 days after getting the car all the parts I orderd from Cusco, Beatrush, Zerosports and more arrived. The list is long and includes everything you can think of from the smallest bushing to control arms and to Front and rear differentials. 1 night, 2 of the my mechanics, 3 friends and a BBQ with a whole lot of meat and most parts except the differentials and clutch were installed. 8pm to 2:30 am...and phase 1 is done.
Off i wend next day to get a rough alignment and back to the shop for corner balancing.
there are a lot of parts such as beatrush rear carrier and diff bushings, subframe rigid collars and other stuff that are not in the pictures. but I will post them up later.


So car balanced out quite ok - managed to get it to 50.2/49.8 in a couple of hours and since my bride seats are coming in a couple of weeks I left it there and also because race 1 of the 2018 time attack season was on January 20th - a day away.

I run the street unlimited class so I am not allowed a full cage in the car as that would make it illegal to drive here on the streets. besides that there are no restrictions really.
I was up against Modified evos and 370z and more all with near double the power so I had to get the chassis setup as good as I can to be competitive. We are all friends here (mostly ) so the guys that I am competing with are also my customers and are all equipped with parts supplied by me so its a win win situation.
The STI came in 4th in class which is amazing considering stock power relying only on chassis and suspension and some skilled driving . 1st was a 911 gt3, 2nd 370Z supercharged and chassis setup by me. 3rd Evo 9 also with many parts from me with approx 600hp.
We were 1.23 seconds behind the leader and 0.2 away from 3rd place.
With some stage 2 power, LSDs and some more time to learn what exeaclty
So overall I am very happy.


Next phase
install the LSDs
Install stage 1 clutch
Get some much needed power - stage 2 ECUTEK.
Tomei EL Headers and Downpipe. Would like to avoid a CAT BACK as the car with all the rigid mounts and collars and chassis braces is just as loud as I would like it to be inside the car. I really use the car every day unless its being worked on and then I take our "real daily driver" :-)
Install my Bride seats when they get here finally .

Parts list so far

Cusco
Rear lateral links
Stabilizer links bushes / Pillow ball type
LSD 1way Front
LSD 1.5 Rear
Copper clutch set
Chrome molibdenium flywheel
Stainless Mesh Clutch Line
Sports Accelerator Pedal
Sports Shift Knob
Strut brace Type OS Front with bcs
Strut brace Rear
Lower arm bushes / Pillow ball type Front/Rear
Lower arm ber Ver.1 Front
Power Brace front member
Cross Member
front side
Floor center
Rear Side
Rear Member
Rear End
Rear lateral stab
Differential Mount
Motor mount
Pitching Stopper
Intercooler Net
Aluminum Pully
High Pressuer Radiator Cap
Belt cover
Battery Tie Down

Endless
ME20 Front and rear pads - Soon replacing rear with 4pot endless brake kit.


Work Wheels
Work M8r GTK finish 18x9.5 +38

Tomei
EL Header
Downpipe

Bride
Bride Stradia II +C
Seat rail LH
Seat rail RH
Air Bag canceler

LAILE - Beatrush
Under panel & side panel SET
REAR SUSPENSION MEMBER STOPPER
DIFFERENTIAL MOUNT BUSH
TRANSMISSION MEMBER BUSH
CHANGE LEVER BUSH

ZeroSport
Cool action II silver anodized

SPOON
Rigid collar Front
Rigid collar Rear

Project MU
Hand Brake inner shoe

Verus Engineering
Front Splitter - yet to be installed.
Rear Diffuser.

Moty's
Engine oil


More to come I guess :-)






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Old 02-11-2018, 08:26 AM   #2
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Old 02-14-2018, 07:19 PM   #3
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sweet lookin car, keep up the nice work man!
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:40 AM   #4
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That looks killer. I think you found a perfect wheel color to go with that caliper color.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:53 AM   #5
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Thanks.

As for the caliper color and wheels matching I will say this.
1: if you look at the picture before last you will see the effect of high temps on the front caliper.The fronts have turned into a much nicer Yellow. The rears are still bright green/yellow whatever. It's at the point where people ask me why I painted my fronts and not the rear.😁
2: really need some more rear bias. I should
receive a rear 4pot endless brake kit in 3 to 4 weeks . Just waiting on endless to get it ready and boxed up. This means I will need to paint my fronts to match or...the rears to match...don't know yet :-)
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:11 AM   #6
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I did notice the difference after I made my comment. Not the first case of factory caliper paint being cooked by heat that I've seen. But hey, gives you an excuse to make your upgrades and paint them a color you'd prefer.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:48 AM   #7
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Shalom... ani shahahti ivrit I'm from Ashdod

sweet car
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:01 PM   #8
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True.
Having TI Shims made up front fronts and rear. Will help with that a bit.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:02 PM   #9
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Shalom... ani shahahti ivrit I'm from Ashdod

sweet car
Shalom (was auto corrected to Slalom:-) ) to you. Still around ashdod?
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:15 PM   #10
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Shalom (was auto corrected to Slalom:-) ) to you. Still around ashdod?
Nope, been in Canada since I was 10. I miss the sea, desert, and the weather though.
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Old 02-15-2018, 02:39 PM   #11
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I came to Israel from Canada when I was 16 :-)
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:10 PM   #12
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Great write up and build! You mentioned the noise from the bracing, but any other thoughts or concerns for a daily that visits the track with those Cusco parts? I'd love to go that route with mine when it arrives.
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:17 AM   #13
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Great write up and build! You mentioned the noise from the bracing, but any other thoughts or concerns for a daily that visits the track with those Cusco parts? I'd love to go that route with mine when it arrives.
Hi. Thanks .
I love the way the car handles and feels.
Even with the Cusco TN.R dual adjustable coilover its more compliant on the daily commute than i thought when you get them at about half way on the adjustment.
The noise is actually not from the bracing. It's more from the cusco transmission mount with beatrush bushings along with all the alloy spacers etc in the rear subframe and diff. It's not loud to the point it's annoying but it is louder than stock obviously. My R888r are responsible for more than 70% of the in cabin noise 😁.
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:28 AM   #14
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Got the Endless ME20 Pads on.
First ever 2018 STI endless rear Pads out there ��.
Right off the bat...these are as always..amazing pads.
So much firmer than the mx72..
Tomorrow morning is mountain run time. Will give them a proper workout. Next event is on 3.3..Got to get to know them fast.
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Wow! Not wasting anytime haha.

Car looks great man!
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:12 PM   #16
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Thanks :-)
No time to waste.
Next Tuesday getting my rear Cusco LSD installed along with clutch and flywheel combo and a shifter and steering rack bushings.i think that's it . I will see how that setup works for me in the next event and if I feel the need for a front LSD which I already have.
Oh, and a Carbon driveshaft also

On and on and on...
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:04 PM   #17
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Next phase complete -
1 Installed Cusco Rear LSD about 83% lock 1.5way configuration. I want to gauge the feeling of the car before jumping to installing the front LSD
2. Installed a Cusco/Exedy Stage 1 clutch and Chromemolobeginylyshes lightweight flywheel
3. Tomei ELH Headers and Invidia Catted downpipe. - In preparation for stage 2 after i finish clutch break in (God help me with patience)







Changed out front control arm bushings to Cusco Bushings....no more rubber there at all - except for the dust shields. I love the feeling under braking and hope to feel more benefits when I can push the car.





Next week - Got a new Defi DSDF with sensor package..need to install , New Koyo Rad came in although the temps after the Beatrush under tray were pretty good and didnt need to worry much about it.
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2018 STI here. Great write up and addition to the site! Have been looking into about the same list of Cusco parts here and nice to see real fitting of parts. Over all the aspect of daily with a full chassis set up is Ideal in my books. on a 1-10 review any feed back on the bracing and driving connection feel? Loving the idea of keeping the factory cat back with EL headers and down pipe. any dyno results for the top end ( past 5k rpms ) and how is the noise level? after the diff install any change in understeer / feel under load? any update on the bride install. p/n for seat rail and did you get the air bag ohm connector for the air bag? was it 3 3.3? and seating position with bride any idea on how much lower / feel to body? any feed back would be great! THANKS
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Old 05-03-2018, 02:04 PM   #19
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Sorry I have not updated this thread until now.
So much going on...
Well second time attack went ok...managed a 4th place only but the wider 275 tires coupled with the Cusco rear diff made a huge difference.

I managed to cut the difference between my self and the top runner by almost 8 tenths.... improving a lot on my own lap times. All measurable figures improved as far as how the car handled be it cornering or brake performance.
BUT With this came the sad part...
Managed to hit the critical G....oil catch can filled up in one session meaning I was sucking oil into my intake. BAD John I said to my self..
I knew this would happen but I did not think it would happen just yet with the changes I did.
First season race had my catch can dry...completely.
Managed my best time on the second outing but thought I should call it for the day. No sense in causing damage, right?

Drove home...car seemed ok but from every aspect but I just was not at ease.
Next day had compression and leak test done just to be sure and what do you know...compression on number 4 was down..
3000 miles..barely on the car.
Guessed ring land.. had some Manley grade b (matching my engine) pistons flown in in 3 days.
Took the engine out and sure thing...I caught it just in time before it did any damage.
Small crack..
Got lucky.
So since engine was out...tgv flap removed..
Gearbox was out so front CUSCO LSD TIME..
IAG AOS
Tomei had studs
Tomei oil pan Baffle plate
1 week later...engine is back together.
Gearbox not yet as I was waiting until today for new diff bearings... All should be buttoned up by the end of the week and just in time to have my mechanic and friend brake in the engine a bit as I am flying to Germany to the nurburgring.
Coming back 4th...with 3rd round of time attack on the 5th....
Tight? Yes..
Do I like it like that...no..but that's how it is some times.

Anyway...going to sleep 1:30 am here..

Let's see how we do in the 3rd round. I really hope to really get the top runner nervous...
I want to beat that GT3 ;

New springs from Cusco came in - 16kg fr 18rr - looking forward to installing them. car is just too soft.
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New Cusco 1way RS Front LSD installed.
Its a hoot but requires a change in driving style. Expected it so no surprise. Love it.
Ceramic coated my Invidia catted downpipe. Helped a bit with temps.
And on the 21st of april got my Endless front and rear kit on.
ME20 Pads of course.
6pot 370mm front
4pot 355mm rear
The front and rear easily will fit the 19inch oem wheels but unfortunately 1mm too large for the 18 oem. Clears my Work Wheels M8R with tons of space. Cars now finally has enough rear brake bias . Was really lacking. Rear save a bit even though bigger but fronts save a ton of weight. Dont care how much exactly but simply by lifting the induvidual pieces was enough to note the difference.


Next: intercooler sprayer..with a twist, custome stage 2 tune and front Verus Splitter.
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Old 05-03-2018, 02:06 PM   #21
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So next time attack in on Saturday....
Some more things...

Finally got around to doing two things on my list for a long time.
1. putting on my Verus Engineering front splitter. Took off the front crap lip i had on the car
2. re introducing Intercooler spray to the STI platform. trying to make it clean but I admit, my patience for making things look tidy is short lived but will be going for a OEM look.
. Some nice silicone tubing, garden spprinklers and it works like a charm. More on that later.

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Old 05-03-2018, 02:12 PM   #22
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2018 STI here. Great write up and addition to the site! Have been looking into about the same list of Cusco parts here and nice to see real fitting of parts. Over all the aspect of daily with a full chassis set up is Ideal in my books. on a 1-10 review any feed back on the bracing and driving connection feel? Loving the idea of keeping the factory cat back with EL headers and down pipe. any dyno results for the top end ( past 5k rpms ) and how is the noise level? after the diff install any change in understeer / feel under load? any update on the bride install. p/n for seat rail and did you get the air bag ohm connector for the air bag? was it 3 3.3? and seating position with bride any idea on how much lower / feel to body? any feed back would be great! THANKS
Thank you.
The bracing actually made the car more pleasant/ less chassis flex less creaking and crap like that on top of that allows the suspension to be more effective as the car is less of a "secondary spring". for me its a 9.

With Catted DP EL Headers and oe cat back i think its perfect as far as noise levels on the inside and while on the outside its noticeable its not offensive to anyone. Actually people say its more quite that they thought it would be.

Rear diff is a blessing. it really help rotate the car under power and overall stability is very much improved. You rocket out of corners.
Installed a front LSD to. That required a change in driving as it does introduce initial push under lock but its a small adjustment to make in driving style for the benefits.


I will lookup the part numbers and post. If i did not do that in a couple of days..PM me.
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Thanks Again for the updates. Helps a lot with the info provided to use my budget wisely for parts on my STI for a Mountain / Touge set up.

1. after reading all the posts again. while corner balancing the car where adjustible sway bar end links used? or only the coil overs?

2. Do you plan on changing the sway bars to change any behavior? or did the diffs equate to all the change wanted?

3. Sorry about the ring land. do you feel intake air temp was also a factor ( and intercooler spray to help resolve / like the spray as OE as possible as that used to be OE ) on the issue or only oil?

4. Noted about brake bias change with brake kit, will look into it. seems to make some since now about down hill braking.

5. With the exhaust change do you notice more " engine " noise i.e. like a factory honda s2000 has a large engine noise present. but over all enjoy the idea of the ELH and DP with FCB.

6. On the new springs 16kg and 18kg are quite stiff. is that to counter factory sway bars? and with a stiffer rear rate for a more FF suspension set up in mind due to the weight front to rear in mind like a FF car? or is it like what i could find on here in the suspension section was the rear muti link ratio of the rear something like .78 spring rate ratio ( dont quote me on that ) compared to the front mcpherson suspension? also any alignment changes ?

7. Thanks Again for all the info i enjoyed the read and the updates. Keep up the Great work. Look forward to the progress of the build Will take a lot of the info in mind for future ideas.

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Old 05-04-2018, 12:39 AM   #24
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Thanks Again for the updates. Helps a lot with the info provided to use my budget wisely for parts on my STI for a Mountain / Touge set up.

1. after reading all the posts again. while corner balancing the car where adjustible sway bar end links used? or only the coil overs?

2. Do you plan on changing the sway bars to change any behavior? or did the diffs equate to all the change wanted?

3. Sorry about the ring land. do you feel intake air temp was also a factor ( and intercooler spray to help resolve / like the spray as OE as possible as that used to be OE ) on the issue or only oil?

4. Noted about brake bias change with brake kit, will look into it. seems to make some since now about down hill braking.

5. With the exhaust change do you notice more " engine " noise i.e. like a factory honda s2000 has a large engine noise present. but over all enjoy the idea of the ELH and DP with FCB.

6. On the new springs 16kg and 18kg are quite stiff. is that to counter factory sway bars? and with a stiffer rear rate for a more FF suspension set up in mind due to the weight front to rear in mind like a FF car? or is it like what i could find on here in the suspension section was the rear muti link ratio of the rear something like .78 spring rate ratio ( dont quote me on that ) compared to the front mcpherson suspension? also any alignment changes ?

7. Thanks Again for all the info i enjoyed the read and the updates. Keep up the Great work. Look forward to the progress of the build Will take a lot of the info in mind for future ideas.

1. Coilovers only.
2. With the new springs i really do not need any more sway bar other than stock rate
3. It wasnt too hot outside actually. Dont know why..
4.brakes for me are now perfect.
5. So much done in such a short time...dont know anymore what changed what .. :-)
6. The VA much like the gr chassis has stiffer rear springs as default from cusco precisely because of the rear motion ratio.
Its a stiff setup because of me not wating to use aftermarket sway bars. I do not like them and their effect. I can get the car to be neutral, tail happy or to push with suspension changes. I have not modified my alignment. Still 0 toe all around.
7. Thank you.

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