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Old 07-18-2020, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default RCE Yellow lowering springs vs BC Racing or Tein coilovers for my 2020 STi

Hi,

I have 2020 STi with just over 4,000 miles on it with the stock rims (that Iím powder coating gold) and stock tires (for now, I really want to get Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires later on).

So what I was wanting to do now since I daily drive my car and will possibly track it once or twice a year (in the next few years) is to just lower my car and give it a more aggressive stance with budget being a factor.

With the RCE Yellows, I should get about an inch of a drop and Iíve heard that handling is a bit tighter as well. The cost for the springs + installation and alignment will be around $1,000 + tax

On the coilovers side, I was thinking about BC Racing which Iíve heard gives a more stock feel and Teins which give a stiffer feel, but after parts and installation, it should be around $2,200 + tax

I donít really need the suspension adjustability right now till I start taking my car to the track which wonít be for a while.

Does anyone have RCE Yellow lowering springs on a 2018+ STi and what are your experiences with it?
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:34 PM   #2
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Default RCE Yellow lowering springs vs BC Racing or Tein coilovers for my 2020 STi

I decided to go with the RCE yellows lowering springs with my stock 2020 STi shocks, however I had a quick question.

The shop doing the install said they were a bad idea since they will wear out the stock shocks in less than a year, and to at least go with BC Racing coilovers, however those are at least $1000 more with installation.

So I was wondering if anyone has a 2018+ STi with the 19Ē wheels/tires setup and RCE yellows with stock shocks, and if so, how do you like them?

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Old 08-07-2020, 02:16 PM   #3
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I decided to go with the RCE yellows lowering springs with my stock 2020 STi shocks, however I had a quick question.

The shop doing the install said they were a bad idea since they will wear out the stock shocks in less than a year, and to at least go with BC Racing coilovers, however those are at least $1000 more with installation.

So I was wondering if anyone has a 2018+ STi with the 19Ē wheels/tires setup and RCE yellows with stock shocks, and if so, how do you like them?
The RCE springs are designed to work with the damping of the OE struts/shock. You can install something tailored to your car or something basic/off the shelf in which the only pro is being able to adjust ride height.

There are plenty of reviews of these springs on the VA chassis throughout the internet and 2015+ facebook groups. The search button is your friend

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Old 08-07-2020, 07:48 PM   #4
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The RCE springs are designed to work with the damping of the OE struts/shock. You can install something tailored to your car or something basic/off the shelf in which the only pro is being able to adjust ride height.



There are plenty of reviews of these springs on the VA chassis throughout the internet and 2015+ facebook groups. The search button is your friend



STI RCE Yellow Springs: Install Tips & Review - YouTube


Yep I saw that review and it was cool, but I was only able to find one YouTube review on a 2018+ STi with RCE yellows which is why I thought to ask on here if any other 2018+ STi owners had any experience with RCE yellows.
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Old 08-10-2020, 11:21 AM   #5
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I decided to go with the RCE yellows lowering springs with my stock 2020 STi shocks, however I had a quick question.

The shop doing the install said they were a bad idea since they will wear out the stock shocks in less than a year, and to at least go with BC Racing coilovers, however those are at least $1000 more with installation.

So I was wondering if anyone has a 2018+ STi with the 19” wheels/tires setup and RCE yellows with stock shocks, and if so, how do you like them?
I'd run from that shop... Yellows are fantastic and designed for stock struts. BC's are garbage, and as mentioned the only pro is that they are height adjustable. But if you decide you want coilovers, there are way better options out there.
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Old 08-11-2020, 01:47 AM   #6
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I'd run from that shop... Yellows are fantastic and designed for stock struts. BC's are garbage, and as mentioned the only pro is that they are height adjustable. But if you decide you want coilovers, there are way better options out there.


Thanks, thatís exactly what I was thinking as well.

Iím not going to do any further work at that shop and Iíve decided to keep the RCE Yellows and get them installed at another performance shop.
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Old 08-11-2020, 04:15 PM   #7
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Yep I saw that review and it was cool, but I was only able to find one YouTube review on a 2018+ STi with RCE yellows which is why I thought to ask on here if any other 2018+ STi owners had any experience with RCE yellows.
If I may add to this: avoid Youtube reviews if you can, or at the very least, be very careful and critical with each review that you watch.

As someone who spends far more time on Youtube than I probably should, I can tell you that most "reviews" you see on Youtube these days are either paid endorsements (company sends product to Youtuber for free in exchange for him making a video about said product); or, even worse, they're videos by self-proclaimed "car guys" who spend far more time editing their videos and recording themselves on selfie sticks in the garage with 3 of their bros than they do talking about the actual pros/cons of the product.

I see so many videos with titles like "The BEST exhaust for the 2015+ WRX/STi? Just got my new TOMEI exhaust on and its a MONSTER!". The title is obnoxious on purpose to grab your attention, and then you watch the 20-minute long video to find that about 10 minutes of it is the guy unboxing/showing off the product, 5 minutes of it is fast-forwarded video of the guy installing it (or of the shop installing it lol), 3 minutes of it covers the actual end result, and the last 2 minutes are self-promotion reminding you to like, comment, and subscribe lol.

Just about every "review" on Youtube is mostly people praising the product that they bought with very little context or comparison to other competing products. IMO if you want more detailed reviews and technical analysis you need to go to forums like these and other groups where people have not only used the product extensively, but have also used a ton of other products that they can compare it to. Every WRX owner on Instagram or Facebook will tell you that his $1000 BC coils "feels so sick bro, DEF worth the money!" but how many of them have the experience to truly make a detailed assessment of the product?

There is a wealth of knowledge here on NASIOC and we're blessed to have vendors and actual manufacturers come on here and post detailed technical knowledge on a regular basis. RCE and Cygnus Performance are two names that come to mind who have contributed a LOT of knowledge about suspension bits for this platform; similarly, Grimmspeed and Killer B do the same for engine mods. Despite the fact that these guys either make or sell products and they're in it to turn a profit, I'd trust their expertise any day of the week over people on Youtube or random shops who don't necessarily specialize in this platform.

Sorry for the rant
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