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Old 05-18-2018, 08:52 AM   #1876
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Rode in an RA yesterday. The ride is amazingly good for an STI. The bilsteins do a great job with the dampening. Firm but very smooth. I did notice the 19's and the short sidewall though, but they look amazing so I would stick with them.
Yep. The difference in the ride feel between my 17 STI and 18 RA is the most noticeable change in the overall driving experience between the two cars. the RA is every bit as firm but much less jarring. I was concerned about the 19's but the RA has a much smoother ride. Also less road noise, much quieter better insulated interior (I actually miss the turbo and intake noise coming from upfront). Coupled with the torque increase on the low end, and the clutch takeup, it is actually a much better every day driver than a stock car. (although i've had mine for 5 weeks and only have 200 miles on it and have already gone muffler delete )
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:12 AM   #1877
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What mounts are in the RA? It must be updated from the 2015-17's. I've been meaning to update to Group-N/Perrin mounts, but I get contrasting views about daily drivability harshness.
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Old 05-18-2018, 11:57 AM   #1878
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What mounts are in the RA? It must be updated from the 2015-17's. I've been meaning to update to Group-N/Perrin mounts, but I get contrasting views about daily drivability harshness.
I suspect the mounts may be different. A much more direct feel than my '16 STi.

Perhaps one of the guys working at the dealer can check the part numbers.
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Old 05-18-2018, 12:01 PM   #1879
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I suspect the mounts may be different. A much more direct feel than my '16 STi.

Perhaps one of the guys working at the dealer can check the part numbers.
Appears to be the same.

Standard STi:

https://estore.subarupartswarehouse....10-410-01.html

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https://estore.subarupartswarehouse....10-410-01.html
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Old 05-19-2018, 08:41 AM   #1880
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Tranny mount looks the same as well. Thanks
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:54 AM   #1881
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What mounts are in the RA? It must be updated from the 2015-17's. I've been meaning to update to Group-N/Perrin mounts, but I get contrasting views about daily drivability harshness.
Stick with Group N unless race car. The harsher bushings have way too many trade offs if you daily driver your car. The noise alone will drive you nuts sooner or later.
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:33 PM   #1882
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The document from Subaru doesn't list any difference with the rack itself; just the rod ends and stiffener. My guess is that the new part number is because they sell it as a complete unit with the updated parts.
I got in touch with Subaru of America and they confirmed that the Type RA has a 13:1 rack:

"Thank you for contacting Subaru of America, Inc.

We appreciate you taking time out of your day to contact us.

The 2018 STI RA features a 13:1 steering ratio.

Thanks for the opportunity to be of assistance."
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Old 05-24-2018, 01:39 PM   #1883
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So, now it's official, MY2019 WRX STI has the same engine and tranny combo as the Type RA.

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WRX STI for 2019
Powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the WRX STI increases horsepower to 310 with the help of a new air intake and high flow performance exhaust.
A retuned ECU and stronger pistons also contribute to the increased engine performance.
The 6-speed manual transmission features a revised 3rd gear ratio which helps contribute to faster acceleration.
http://media.subaru.com/pressrelease...19-wrx-wrx-sti
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:15 PM   #1884
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So, now it's official, MY2019 WRX STI has the same engine and tranny combo as the Type RA.



http://media.subaru.com/pressrelease...19-wrx-wrx-sti
Exciting. Sucks for the Type Ra owners as the their engine will be stock 2019. lol Looking forward to what the special gray series color will look like.
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:18 PM   #1885
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So, now it's official, MY2019 WRX STI has the same engine and tranny combo as the Type RA.



http://media.subaru.com/pressrelease...19-wrx-wrx-sti



Series Gray is at $39695 and it has the same engine, transmission, and Bilstein suspension as the Type RA
Still would love to see a comparison between the regular STi vs Type RA.
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:21 PM   #1886
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Series Gray is at $39695 and it has the same engine, transmission, and Bilstein suspension as the Type RA
Still would love to see a comparison between the regular STi vs Type RA.
I may go for a series gray as that's my favorite color.
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:24 PM   #1887
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Exciting. Sucks for the Type Ra owners as the their engine will be stock 2019. lol Looking forward to what the special gray series color will look like.
Pretty sure that the RA is more than just an engine upgrade for them.
And the fact the engine is stock now give potentially more used engines on the field if **** happen.
Seeing the glass as half full
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:25 PM   #1888
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Exciting. Sucks for the Type Ra owners as the their engine will be stock 2019. lol Looking forward to what the special gray series color will look like.
5-10 years from now, I'd still want an RA over a stock STI or even the Series.Gray.
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:33 PM   #1889
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Series Gray is at $39695 and it has the same engine, transmission, and Bilstein suspension as the Type RA
Still would love to see a comparison between the regular STi vs Type RA.
Problem is that dealers will most likely jack up pricing on the Series Gray since it's also a very limited run; only 250 supposedly.
It's not going to be as expensive as a Type RA but it's still going to be too much money for what it is.
Best bet is to get a good deal on a regular MY2019 and get an aftermarket suspension setup if need be.
The Recaros from the Series Gray would be nice, but, then again, is it really worth added markup?
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:05 PM   #1890
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5-10 years from now, I'd still want an RA over a stock STI or even the Series.Gray.
Carbon fiber roof and wing I couldn't care less about. Pretty gray paint....
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:03 PM   #1891
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Dealer in Anchorage, Alaska, didn't add any additional mark-up on the two RAs they've had. If there is a dealer marking things up, go elsewhere.

I live in Alaska and bought my Impreza in Kent, WA. If I can do it, along with so many others, y'all in the Lower 48 can cross shop elsewhere. No need to be stuck with whatever the dealer says.
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:48 PM   #1892
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Carbon fiber roof and wing I couldn't care less about. Pretty gray paint....
I dunno man, looking at an RA is a pretty damn nice view.
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:50 PM   #1893
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Dealer in Anchorage, Alaska, didn't add any additional mark-up on the two RAs they've had. If there is a dealer marking things up, go elsewhere.

I live in Alaska and bought my Impreza in Kent, WA. If I can do it, along with so many others, y'all in the Lower 48 can cross shop elsewhere. No need to be stuck with whatever the dealer says.
I was unable to find a single dealer in California that didn't have a markup on the RA and none of the markups were even reasonable. I was 5 over on mine, first time in my life paying an ADM, and apparently mine wasn't too bad for CA.

Some dealership in Glendale was actually moving them at $15k over.
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I dunno man, looking at an RA is a pretty damn nice view.
Hey, if you like it then that's all that matters right? It's your money. I'd rather have a gray paint scheme as that's more practical to me than carbon fiber bits, but that's just my taste.

That's what makes life so great. We can all get what we want!!
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Ugh! That's insane. It's worth driving to a different state for a good price. If you research in advance, schedule for clear bra installation right after you pick up the car, or just buy some temporary film to place on the car just to drive it back home. It's quick and easy, although the car won't look beautiful with it on, but will look perfect back home.

Better than paying $15k extra.

2019 STI Limited with the optional packages is close to RA pricing anyway.
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:48 AM   #1896
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I was unable to find a single dealer in California that didn't have a markup on the RA and none of the markups were even reasonable. I was 5 over on mine, first time in my life paying an ADM, and apparently mine wasn't too bad for CA.

Some dealership in Glendale was actually moving them at $15k over.
Buy it at Quirk Works Subaru in Boston for $45,855 and get it shipped.

http://www.quirkworkssubaru.com/inve...va3z63j9831071
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:14 AM   #1897
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Exciting. Sucks for the Type Ra owners as the their engine will be stock 2019. lol Looking forward to what the special gray series color will look like.
Google S208.
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:33 AM   #1898
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I eventually paid $500 off MSRP for my black RA that I found on Autotrader sitting at a small dealership that didn't even know what it was.

This is after I had one on order with an implied deal for MSRP from a high volume dealer. When the car came in the dealer decided they wanted a $5k markup to give it to me.

I definitely would have waited for a Series Grey STI if I had known about them last month. I absolutely LOVE that color (especially with black wheels), and it checks the exclusivity box with only 250 units being made. I might actually end up trading the RA in on one if I can get my money back on it.

It sounds like it has has the same drivetrain with all the RA performance goodies including the ultrasuede steering wheel. The only thing missing being the carbon fiber roof, wing, and #'d plaque. I would not be surprised if all 19's get the vented rear bumper.
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:39 AM   #1899
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5-10 years from now, I'd still want an RA over a stock STI or even the Series.Gray.
The Gray STi will be as collectable as the Blaze Yellow WRX.
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The Gray STi will be as collectable as the Blaze Yellow WRX.
If I liked Yellow, or more importanly, if I could stand the awful Bugeye look, I would choose a Blaze Yellow over Sonic Yellow.


Not arguing any sort of "collectibility". "Collectibility" is up to an individual and what they want and willing to do to get it. Take SubieGal for example. If I had a choice of a free STI or Stanley. I would take Stanley without a second thought. Or this 1978 BRAT sitting on our showroom floor. Just saying. Some don't care. Some do.
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