Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Easton, MD
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: FXTi
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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
Caster: 5.3 degrees
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.
2004 FXTi+...just missing the rear brakes and 6 speed
Next stop from VF39 to 06-20G