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Old 07-19-2019, 04:22 PM   #1
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I'm currently daily driving and autocrossing a 2018 wrx in d street. I'm planning to trade in for a 2019 STI just for the better transmission, brakes and lsd.

On my WRX I added Cusco Touring A struts to the OE springs to help with body roll and they improved the body roll a bit but, for the STI, I'm thinking I'm just going to go ahead and put coilovers in and jump into the STU class and then figure out what else I want to add as I gain more experience in that class.

Looking at budgeting $1,500 for the coilovers. What are some recommendations for a set that will give me a good benefit towards autocross? Mainly looking to control body roll and attempting to keep the rear wheels planted as much as possible (even though the STI does have the lsd, I still want to keep all 4 wheels touching as much as possible).

I don't track the car and don't plan to. Strictly autocross and daily driving. If it makes any difference, I'm planning to keep the 19" wheels and just run the Bridgestone RE71R's on them.
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Old 07-19-2019, 05:22 PM   #2
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Feal 441 or even the 441 long travel with swift springs are pretty close to your budget.

Then figure in install (if you're not doing it yourself), corner balance (because you're after performance and not stance), alignment.

Bump your budget to 2K and see if you can make all that work out.
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Old 07-19-2019, 05:47 PM   #3
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Feal 441 or even the 441 long travel with swift springs are pretty close to your budget.

Then figure in install (if you're not doing it yourself), corner balance (because you're after performance and not stance), alignment.

Bump your budget to 2K and see if you can make all that work out.
Thank you, appreciate it! And yes, the $1,500 is just for the hardware. Not factoring install and corner balancing etc. That's separate budget
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:11 PM   #4
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Feal 441+ will work for a mix of comfort or light track use, probably your best bet out of our lineup. If you are more serious about track performance and not too worried about comfort the 441+ Road Race are a much more aggressive setup for the track and include custom valving and spring rates to match your specific setup. The guys at Turn In can offer some great insight on setup for you.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:42 AM   #5
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I just finished installing Racecomp Engineering Super Street 1 coilovers on my 18 WRX and had it aligned yesterday. It's lowered just over a half an inch and I have the rebound adjustment set at 5 clicks from firm in the rear and 8 clicks from firm in the front. I also installed some rear adjustable LCAs and have alignment set to -1.80 front and -1.50 rear, with 0 toe and stock caster (6.50 I think). The rear toe was fine so I didn't install adjustable toe links which I have.

I have corner balanced the car and currently am at 49% cross weights and will be installing a lightweight battery this weekend to take some weight off the left front, and checking the cross weights again. Total vehicle weight with 1/4 to 1/2 tank is 3245 pounds with the spare tire and jack.

Oh yeah, it's on Advan TC4 18x9.5 -45mm wheels and 265/35/18 Re71Rs

I have not driven the car a lot, but it feels very good, with sharp turn in and nice ride. The front feels more compliant than stock and the rear feels similar to stock. I plan to drive more this weekend, but so far, I am very pleased.

I think the looks are just right, modestly lowered and no poke, and no fender roll... the inner clearance to the coilovers is also greater than the 5mm minimum recommended by Racecomp, so I think I'm good to go.

The car handled quite well at the track in stock form so I'll have to get back out there... I suspect I'll have quite a bit better overall grip due mostly to the wheels and tires, although I'm looking forward to tinkering with the shock setting to dial out some of the stock understeer, which was much less that I expected, BTW. The alignment specs should help that too.

Myles at Racecomp is very good to deal with

Jim
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Old 08-04-2019, 08:36 PM   #6
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I would save up and get some inverted coilovers. I have had bilstein, ohlins and I have the feals max travels, there is a big difference in they way they absorb bumps. the bilsteins and ohlins are much better but they are much more expensive, just saying that if you are willing to save your money that you can get a much better coiliver.
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Old 08-06-2019, 11:00 PM   #7
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I just finished installing Racecomp Engineering Super Street 1 coilovers on my 18 WRX and had it aligned yesterday.



The car handled quite well at the track in stock form so I'll have to get back out there... I suspect I'll have quite a bit better overall grip due mostly to the wheels and tires, although I'm looking forward to tinkering with the shock setting to dial out some of the stock understeer, which was much less that I expected, BTW. The alignment specs should help that too.

Myles at Racecomp is very good to deal with

Jim
If youd be so kind please post back here with further impressions once youve had more time with the car and done an event or two. Im very interested to hear how it goes since I think those are the front runner for me.
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