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Old 12-28-2005, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Ohlins Struts & STi JDM Pink Springs = Perfect

Well, at least for me, the combination of the Ohlins fixed perch struts and STi JDM Pink springs is absolutely perfect.

I drove on the stock set up for a little over 4000 miles before the legendary STi 'bobble head' syndrome irritated me enough to make some changes. I changed all the strut mounts to STi Group N hardened mounts and changed the stock springs to Tein H-Techs.

It was a nice setup and I put a little under 27000 miles on it, but the 'bobble head' monster would rear it's ugly head once in a while on certain roads and drive my crazy.

It took me a few months to convince myself to spend the money for the Ohlins struts. They are expensive, but they have 25 adjustments for bump and rebound together, plus they are rebuildable. So I put in the Ohlins struts and STi JDM Pink springs along with a pair of RCE Camber Plates in the front.

After getting everything in and setting the struts at 10 clicks from full soft, I took the car for a ride and all I could say was 'WOW'! It is a totally different car. I really expected it be a harsher ride switching to the stiffer Pink springs, but it was BMW type smooth. In fact, it was a little too smooth for my tastes, so I cranked the struts up another 10 clicks. That was just a bit too harsh, but the car handled like it was on rails. So I turned the struts down 3 clicks and it's perfect, for me.

I have put a little over 1000 miles on this setup and I have zero suspension noise, even with all the hardened and solid mounting points throughout the suspension (BTW: my stock struts never had the 'clunk' problem either). The struts can be easily adjusted by reaching under the car and turning the knob, the car doesn't need to be lifted at all. And the 'bobble head' is completely gone!


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Ohlins Struts (Front & Rear)
STi JDM Pink Springs
Racecomp Engineering Camber Plates (Front)
STi Group N Strut Mounts (Rear)
Cobb Sway Bars (Front & Rear)
Perrin Sway Bar End Links (Front & Rear)
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Kartboy Crossmember Bushings
Turn In Concepts Differential Mount Bushings
BBS RE 18x8 Wheels
Yokahoma Advan Neova AD07 235-40-18 Tires


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Cliff Notes: Ohlins Struts & STi JDM Pink Springs = Perfect

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Old 12-28-2005, 04:54 PM   #2
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damn, man...good looking car. those wheels are sex. They match your car so well, and complement that suspension drop nicely.

I'd say your next mod out to be yanking out the mesh in front for something more attractive, but that's just an opinion...
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Old 12-28-2005, 04:58 PM   #3
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damn, man...good looking car. those wheels are sex. They match your car so well, and complement that suspension drop nicely.

I'd say your next mod out to be yanking out the mesh in front for something more attractive, but that's just an opinion...
Thanks very much for the compliment

The mesh is there to protect the intercooler core, but I do keep my eyes peeled, looking for something better

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Old 12-28-2005, 06:56 PM   #4
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Very nice review. I hope the Ohlins become available for the '05+ STi in the future.
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Old 12-28-2005, 07:01 PM   #5
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If you don't mind my asking, define 'spendy' ?

_suh-weet_ looking ride. It's all clean and puuurty.

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Old 12-28-2005, 07:25 PM   #6
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Very nice review. I hope the Ohlins become available for the '05+ STi in the future.
The I last heard from Myles at Racecomp about the 05+ STi is that they where due in about 5 weeks.
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Old 12-28-2005, 07:29 PM   #7
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If you don't mind my asking, define 'spendy' ?

_suh-weet_ looking ride. It's all clean and puuurty.

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Clean = teh f4ster!

I don't want to step on anyone's toes... I got mine from Myles at Racecomp, PM him at I'm sure he'll help you out.

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Old 12-28-2005, 07:47 PM   #8
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Rafal, we are glad to see the finished product with the Ohlins. Glad you like them.

As for 2005 and 2006 fitment. YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS, they are coming. After many sets sold we have convinced Ohlins that there is a market. Esp now that the 06 has no changes etc.

WE just got the GC8 Ohlins fixed perch units in also.

Enjoy Rafal.

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Old 12-28-2005, 07:50 PM   #9
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As for 2005 and 2006 fitment. YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS, they are coming. After many sets sold we have convinced Ohlins that there is a market. Esp now that the 06 has no changes etc.
Great news!
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Old 12-28-2005, 08:30 PM   #10
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Rafal, we are glad to see the finished product with the Ohlins. Glad you like them.
Dang, all that money and you can't even remember my name.

I'll remember that!
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Old 12-28-2005, 10:44 PM   #11
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well I am sorry, but guess what?..I have a guy named Rafal who lives in Texas who just got his Ohlins on ALSO !! So I am wrong for assuming,..PLUS,...I never knew your screen name. So I think I can be given a semi-break here..lol.

HE also got the same package.

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Old 12-28-2005, 11:00 PM   #12
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Even better, it looks like the Ohlins units are inverted?

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Old 12-28-2005, 11:03 PM   #13
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well I am sorry, but guess what?..I have a guy named Rafal who lives in Texas who just got his Ohlins on ALSO !! So I am wrong for assuming,..PLUS,...I never knew your screen name. So I think I can be given a semi-break here..lol.

HE also got the same package.

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Old 12-29-2005, 01:15 AM   #14
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I see now that Myles has them listed at Racecomp Engineering http://racecompengineering.com/coilover.html so you can get an idea about the price and I won't step on anyone's toes. They're at a comparable price to a nice coilover setup. I've had a coilover setup before, but I drive this car everyday and didn't want some of the headaches that accompany coilovers.

I've never driven an Evo, so I can't compare it to one. I've sat in an Evo and it just wasn't my cup of tea. To me, it just seemed cheap and I wasn't going to like it no matter what. That is just a personal taste thing, as I respect the Evo, but it's not the car for me. The struts absorb the initial hit and then control the rebound, much like a BMW M3 or a Porsche 911 Club Sport. The beauty of these struts is that if they're too soft for your tastes, you can just crank them up a few more clicks.

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Even better, it looks like the Ohlins units are inverted?

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Yes sir, they are!
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I've never driven an Evo, so I can't compare it to one. I've sat in an Evo and it just wasn't my cup of tea. To me, it just seemed cheap and I wasn't going to like it no matter what. That is just a personal taste thing, as I respect the Evo, but it's not the car for me...
Ditto.

One of the things that first drew me to Subaru, aside from their outstanding performance in rally racing, was style, rather than capability. Not that it lacks in either case, but it's just so much _NOT_ a Camry/Carolla, Accord/Civic, Maxima/Altima/Sentra, etc...

Perfectly fine car in it's own right, but as an enthusiast, and an aggressive driver, I gain an understanding of it's limits, and then I want to expand them, and learn how to get there, and so on.

BTW, I have NEVER heard a bad comment about an Ohlins product, mostly in the Motorcycle world, mind you, but I'm glad that they're making a product I can use... Might just have to start collecting from under the sofa though. And less setup than a coilover set.

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Rafal, we are glad to see the finished product with the Ohlins. Glad you like them.

As for 2005 and 2006 fitment. YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS, they are coming. After many sets sold we have convinced Ohlins that there is a market. Esp now that the 06 has no changes etc.

WE just got the GC8 Ohlins fixed perch units in also.

Enjoy Rafal.
http://racecompengineering.com/coilover.html
Myles, thanks again for the Ohlins fixed perch recommendation. They are awesome and I can't wait to my first auto-x. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a top notch suspension kit without the hassle and headache that many coilovers often cause.

As an interesting side note, yesterday I got a visit from a friend of mine who is a Volvo technical advisor. He drives a Volvo with Ohlins remote reservoir shocks. His suspension feels very similar to my Ohlins/OEM STi setup. Very composed on the street, but agressive when pushed hard.

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I wish I could quit looking at this site, I am trying to save money to buy a house. I keep seeing things that would go so well with my car.

I just need to make more money to do both
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STi only fitment? Anything for the WRX?
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Struts for an 04 STi will fit a WRX. It's 05+ STi struts that won't.
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I just need to make more money to do both
Then DO NOT look at it in about 5 weeks. We are redesigning it and it will have ALOT of rare parts for our cars. JDM and rally parts. At the same time we will begin to offer some things for Porsche and M3s, VIpers, and Lotus Elise's. All motorsports parts. NO BLING on the new site.

GTWORX.com will continue to offer more mainstream parts etc.

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Myles, thanks again for the Ohlins fixed perch recommendation. They are awesome and I can't wait to my first auto-x. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a top notch suspension kit without the hassle and headache that many coilovers often cause.

As an interesting side note, yesterday I got a visit from a friend of mine who is a Volvo technical advisor. He drives a Volvo with Ohlins remote reservoir shocks. His suspension feels very similar to my Ohlins/OEM STi setup. Very composed on the street, but agressive when pushed hard.

Rafal
Rafal, thats great !! I know we had drama getting them from Sweden, but it was worth it in the end.

We are thinking of making a special sprig just for these struts. Something in the higher spring rate range and offering it in a package with special valved units for the much higher rates. ITs in the planning stages right now.

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What's the highest spring rate recommended for these by Ohlins?
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why dont i have that much money to spend on those?!

GC ohlins with p1 springs would suit my need SO well, but they are to much for me.

do you have pics of the struts?
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