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post #16 of 24 Old 08-09-2009, 08:19 PM
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If you have a volleyball team ask them to help, they owe you for your diving heroics. Also, tell people you got injured in a barfight saving a school teacher from some bikers.
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Sorry to hear about your v-ball injury. I know some of that pian must be not being able to installl your parts yourself as soon as they come. Good luck to a speedy recovery.

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Thanks guys for your support. Im not on a team or anything, lol. We were celebrating a friend's b-day out by the pool and just playing v-ball and what not.

Yea a friend of mine said the same thing.........to tell people it was a barfight. lol.

What sucked is that I kept the ball alive and set it up nicely but one of my teamates hit it out of bounds on our side and it didn't even go over the net. It's all good though, it's not so bad now that I have some pain killers. lol

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Ok well i got the front and rear sway bars and endlinks installed and i am very happy with the setup. My first impressions of the bars itself was that they were high quality and very heavy. Install was a breeze for the rear and a slight pain for the front. All together it took me about 4 hours for both.

It turns out the front bar is 27 & 29mm settings, not 25mm. I dont mind it at all, I have it on 27mm setting for my daily driving and i'm glad i went with 27mm instead of 24mm because for daily use it's not overkill and doesn't exactly dart left and right like i thought it would. The steering does feel like it's weighted and really inspires a lot of confidence through the twisties based on the few miles that i have driven it. It feels like the car moves as a whole and it feels like everything is connected like it should of been to begin with. Body roll is almost non-existent and so is the understeer. It's so easy to gas through the turns as well. I need to drive it more often as it's a little scarier taking turns because i can take them alot faster with ease. I really need to find the new limits of my car.

The rear is not bad either, I have it set to 22mm and well it's hard to even tell that it's there until you push it through the turns. NVH is slightly increased only by harshness. NO noise or any vibrations. The harshness itself is not even that bad, not enough for me to complain about it but it is slightly noticed on bumpy roads.

Im going to try different settings and post the reviews with different setups as well. It's only been about 20 miles with this setup as i just finished it this morning.

Im going to install the rear diff bushings later on tonight and see how that feels as well. I will do the steering rack bushings probably later down the line in a week or so.

I also got the stock sub/amp and installed it myself and is a simple install and has a nice sound improvement over stock. It's not trunk license plate rattling loud either.

I think i will also get the kartboy pitch stop mount as well since im already liking the effects suspension upgrades. I might as well improve my drivetrain feel as well.

Anyways I will keep u posted on the rear diff bushings and when i try different settings on my adjustable sways.

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Sounds good! Yeah, the main thing about sways and endlinks is the feedback. They don't actually help an experienced driver much but for a novice, they give much more direct feedback on the dynamics of the car. I remember I was able to break myself of abrupt steering adjustments almost entirely after getting sways. You learn you can turn more by turning more gradually since you can feel it car slam on the endlinks more clearly if you do it wrong.

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Well its been a few more days driving like with the 27mm front and 22mm rear setting and although a nice improvement. It does feel like the rear needs to be stiffer. Almost like it's not enough as compared to how tight it feels up front. I will probably try the 24mm setting in the rear tomorrow as well. And ill go ahead and install the rear diff bushings.

I also just ordered the Kartboy pitch stop mount and I cant wait till it gets here. Im really looking forward to the nice improvement it will provide.

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So I got the kartboy pitch stop mount and its definetely a really nice improvement. The quality is great and i really like the forged design with it. It was a pretty simple install as well.

I did notice that the engine does not rock as much upon startup. I dont know if its in my head but it does seem like throttle response is increased. I didn't really notice any NVH really. There is less engine movement and it really feels like the engine stays more planted, like it should be.

I also finally installed my rear diff bushings and it was a breeze to install as well. It really does stiffen up the rear alot. No more of that famous subaru clunking. It kinda feels like i adjusted my rear sway bar to a stiffer setting although it doesn't actually increase cornering, atleast it doesnt feel like it.. It's just alot stiffer and gives you better road feel. Cheap and well worth it.


So now all i have left to do is to install my steering rack bushings. Ive looked at several online instructions, and i must admit, im feeling like a wuss to take them on. I need to just quit being a little girl and go for it. Has anybody else done them and have any pointers and/or suggestions?

Suggestions/comments/complaints/questions are all welcomed.

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Would you have bought the sway bars if you like to do some offroad/Rally X? Just asking because I know the rear sway is weak (and after hearing I looked at it and saw how lame the stock sway and end links are... pretty sad) and needs an upgrade, but I want to keep height on my ride while maintaining stiffness so I don't bottom out of drops and such. Are coil overs the only answer? I just don't know which thread to jump in, so I looked at this one, sorry, lol! Sounds like you're ripping around well with the Whiteline set up Baller, just need to adjust the rear to match the front stiffness eh? I'm thinking of the anti lift replacement bushings (PSRS from Perrin since I'm a Perrin whore >;D) and some frame supports prior to upgrading the shocks/struts&springs. Any ideas on not street racing suspension set ups that are street funcional but can handle rough roads?
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If i was into the offroad/rally x thing I would definetely still have bought the sway bars. If you are worrying about bottoming out then keep the stock height and get a real stiff sway bar set up like I did. I wanted to keep the stock height myself b/c I dont want to drive like a sick-ly lowered honda all the time so that's why i didn't get springs and not enough money for coilovers.

On a sidenote........I just adjusted my swaybars to the stiffest settings and it is unbelievably crazy. It is set at 29mm front and 26mm rear. You can really feel the harshness on this on the street. I went out on a local twistie road and i was just shocked and stunned at what my car can do.

I can gas hard through 90 degree turns with so much confidence. It feels alot more neutral with this setup with more confidence due to the increased grip on the front. I can really use the rear to push the car through the turn as well. Upon exiting a corner there is no lift at all, instead it feels like the car digs and tucks itself into the turn. I actually feel like im done with any more suspension mods. It really improved the lateral grip and is just really amazing at it's limit.

Everyone needs to get sway bars..........i take that back. Get some STIFF ass sway bars. By far my favorite mod and favorite setting.

The bumps kinda suck now and it is a bit more rough but I really like it. It feels like I'm in a track-prepped car.

My car is now ready for my next auto-X, which is next sunday. Can't wait to see how it does on the track.

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