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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 03-18-2006, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Ultimate FXT street suspension? Look inside

A few weeks ago I installed the following:

JDM V8 Spec C Rev. C struts
Prodrive 2005 STi springs
PDE front camber/caster adjustable stut plates
USDM STi Front aluminum lower control arms
USDM STi steering rack
Whiteline steering rack bushings
Whiteline sport ALK
STi front titanium strut brace
Cusco Type II lower H brace
Grp N rear strut tops
Poltec STi titanium adjustable pillowball rear lateral links
Poltec aluminum adjustable pillowball front and rear swaybar endlinks
STi Pink trailing arms
Poltec STi front and rear endlinks
Whiteline STi 24 mm rear adjustable swaybar
Whiteline STi 24mm front adjustable swaybar
Cobb adjustable rear swaybar mounts
Already on car:
SSR Competition wheels 17x 7.5 with Kuhmo MX 225/45-17 tires
Front Brembo GT calipers with 328 mm vented 2 piece rotors all stainless lines

Sitting in the garage: moboost rear aluminum quick release rear stut brace. and Cusco master cylinder brace

Pending soon: 06 WRX 2 pot red rear 2 pot brakes

Alignment:

Front:
Camber:-1.25
Caster: 5.3 degrees
Toe:0

Rear:
Camber-1.25
Toe:0

Total install time: 16 hours. If I did it again I could do it in 8 hours. I have air tools.

Biggest pain in the ***: Whiteline ALK because the provided bolts for spacing the subframe on the STI ALK are NOT the right length for our Forester. The rear most bolt is too short and would barely catch leading to stripping the damn hole and then having to get a nut on the backside.

Tip: you CAN'T get a flare nut wrench on the steering rack flare nuts that connect the rack hard lines to the resevoir and pump. Just use a standard open end wrench which works fine on these very loose flare nuts.

Obviously the car is transformed. It is no longer a small SUV and is now an STI wagon on steroids. The stance is just what I wanted. It is even front and rear. The handling is neutral and controllable. It really has too much stick to explore on public roads. This car really needs a track day to explore the limits.

The brakes are much better because of decreased of dive. The car rockets out of turns, hooking up much better.

Generally it is comfortable. The only complaint is that it is a little bouncy. I'm glad I didn't keep the JDM Spec C springs, given that the Prodrives are supposed to be less bouncy. Please note I got the Prodrives for 2005 STI's which give even less of a drop and are a bit stiffer than the 2004 STI Prodrive springs. Also, I did install the Prodrive provided bumpstops.

There is some increased road noise. There is no increase in rattles, or vibrations. All the pillowball bushings are not clunky or clanky as I had worried about. My only clunk is from my rear swaybar because the pillowball endlinks allow too much lateral movement. I tried using ghetto fabulous hose clamps but they don't work well enough and I need to get the Poltec collars.

All in all my goals were met. It is a fully adjustable suspension. I can get whatever alignement I want. It handles wonderfully and is fully steetable. Goodbye offroad:think: Hello track8-)

Oh, and it looks pimp.

I'm happy to answer install questions and enjoy the pics.

Justin Wade
2004 FXTi+...just missing the rear brakes and 6 speed
Next stop from VF39 to 06-20G

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Justin, that is an awesome setup. Finally after all this time and now you tease us. :drool:

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Amazing, do you plan on going to some of the meets we have around here? I really want to see this in person etc

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damn that's a nice setup... get that moboost strut bar and perrin brace on there ASAP!!! It only takes <1hr for both of those items!!!

How much of a diff in weight was the alum. control arms vs stock ?

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damn that's a nice setup... get that moboost strut bar and perrin brace on there ASAP!!! It only takes <1hr for both of those items!!!

How much of a diff in weight was the alum. control arms vs stock ?
Good question. I should have weighed them before putting them on. I bet the answer is at nasioc.

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damn! just damn!

hey, that STi front titanium strut brace, what year impreza is that off of? thanks. i'm wondering if a gc strut bar will work...
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damn! just damn!

hey, that STi front titanium strut brace, what year impreza is that off of? thanks. i'm wondering if a gc strut bar will work...
GC will not work. The bar is the titanium bar off of the JDM GD STI chassis. I got a killer deal on mine from another member as there is an almost imperceptible "dent" in it from the unwise use of a crowbar on an intercooler install. But I often see them go for about $200-$250 on NASIOC. If I hadn't rocked sucha great deal I would have just gotten an inexpensive aluminum one. They all serve the same function, just with different bling factor.

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wow, that is a nice set up! I am sure it is a night and day difference in road feel.
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Are the ball joints STI control arms the same as the forester ones? Do they just bolt right on?
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Man, that is super sweet. I'm not even going to ask "How much?", but I'm sure it's well worth the time and money spent.

Power + handling = WIN

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Great combo, now you just need some wide, sticky rubber

Did you get the Cusco Type II lower H brace for the WRX or the Forester? Any installed pics?
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