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Forum: Handling Tech   11-05-2008, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Big Sky
give Nokian a try- they wear like iron! I...

give Nokian a try- they wear like iron! I finally tossed mine last year- even though there was still decent tread as I had run them for five "winters" and was afraid the compound may be playing out....
Forum: Handling Tech   11-05-2008, 08:32 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Big Sky
two sets of tires (and wheels) is the only way...

two sets of tires (and wheels) is the only way top go if you live in a northern clime IMO, all seasons perform rather poorly in the snow and ice and perform rather poorly in the "summer"
Forum: Handling Tech   11-05-2008, 08:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,627
Posted By Big Sky
yes slotted rotors can be re-surfaced, just...

yes slotted rotors can be re-surfaced, just insure your still within the thickness limit of the rotors

pm me on pads- I have a brand new set of Ferodo DS 2500's front and rear for the 4/2 pots-...
Forum: Handling Tech   10-03-2008, 09:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,627
Posted By Big Sky
two schools of thought on rotors, school number...

two schools of thought on rotors, school number one- find the absolutely cheapest rotor and discard them often, school number two- but good (but expensive) rotors and discard them less often

I...
Forum: Handling Tech   10-03-2008, 09:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 826
Posted By Big Sky
sway bar settings are going to very dependent on...

sway bar settings are going to very dependent on the other big contributor to roll stiffness- springs

also going to be very dependent on what you like to do for fun- rally-x/gravel guys are going...
Forum: Handling Tech   09-29-2008, 01:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,839
Posted By Big Sky
if you have an 04 (guessing from your screen...

if you have an 04 (guessing from your screen name) then either the WRX "pinks" or STi takeoff springs- both offer moderate lowering (preserving correct geometry) while providing for firmer rates
Forum: Handling Tech   09-22-2008, 09:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,551
Posted By Big Sky
you want your camber plates even- loosen up the...

you want your camber plates even- loosen up the one side and push it all the way in like the other one, THEN have your tech use the oe eccentric bolts to dial in your requested camber number and...
Forum: Handling Tech   09-22-2008, 08:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 834
Posted By Big Sky
I'd advise against getting them cut/machined...

I'd advise against getting them cut/machined unless your getting vibration while braking or they are severely grooved- no need to take material off a perfectly good rotor (do make sure they are...
Forum: Handling Tech   08-03-2008, 09:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,370
Posted By Big Sky
sounds like they were worth the $ :) when...

sounds like they were worth the $ :)

when they repair the tire have them follow this procedure (I got a nail in a hi po tire a couple of years ago and was concerned about running it again at the...
Forum: Handling Tech   07-25-2008, 08:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,024
Posted By Big Sky
no- the tire dictates the overall height, not the...

no- the tire dictates the overall height, not the rim- the oe tire (on the 02-05) is 205/55/16 which is right at 25" in height, the 06/07 WRX uses 17" rims and a 205/50/17 tire which is also right at...
Forum: Handling Tech   07-24-2008, 08:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,024
Posted By Big Sky
agreed- there are plenty of heavy 17" and some...

agreed- there are plenty of heavy 17" and some light 18" rims- however there are MORE light 17" wheels than light 18" wheels- simply a function of an added 1" of diameter of wheel

the best...
Forum: Handling Tech   07-24-2008, 07:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,293
Posted By Big Sky
here's my review on the 2500 (3000 as well) ...

here's my review on the 2500 (3000 as well)

Ferodo DS2500 and DS3000 pads - NASIOC (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1196990)

they aren't cheap, but like a lot of things that...
Forum: Handling Tech   07-24-2008, 06:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,024
Posted By Big Sky
that's correct, 06/07's (08's for that matter)...

that's correct, 06/07's (08's for that matter) are 17x7
Forum: Handling Tech   07-24-2008, 08:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,293
Posted By Big Sky
another pad to look at that handles both street...

another pad to look at that handles both street and track duties is the Ferodo DS2500

you'll find that if the track bug bites that a race pad is going to be a better choice for the track, pretty...
Forum: Handling Tech   07-24-2008, 08:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,024
Posted By Big Sky
the choice for 18's is generally a aesthetic...

the choice for 18's is generally a aesthetic choice. in the performance realm the only reason to choose 18's would be to clear bigger brakes, on the Impreza most wider 17's clear the more popular...
Forum: Handling Tech   07-15-2008, 11:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,370
Posted By Big Sky
if you get another set might be worth considering...

if you get another set might be worth considering shaving them- I'll bet it doesn't short longevity much and they'll grip even better :)
Forum: Handling Tech   07-14-2008, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,370
Posted By Big Sky
well I have a little info on this particular tire...

well I have a little info on this particular tire :) My buddy got a set for his R32 that he uses to compete in STX. His were 245/40/17's and got them for $69 a pop WTF, he then had them shaved to...
Forum: Road Course/Autocross Tech   07-09-2008, 02:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 968
Posted By Big Sky
that's the best approach, see how you like it-...

that's the best approach, see how you like it- your not that far off of STX if you decide to become more involved OR simply further prep for ESP
Forum: Road Course/Autocross Tech   07-09-2008, 08:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 968
Posted By Big Sky
ESP w/ what you describe things that knock...

ESP w/ what you describe

things that knock you out of STX are the intercooler hose, ecu tune (in STX you can tune the ecu but only for timing and A/F- can't touch any of the boost paramters

the...
Forum: Handling Tech   07-08-2008, 06:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 862
Posted By Big Sky
$1000 will get you a very nice set of rims- look...

$1000 will get you a very nice set of rims- look at nasioc in the private for sale section- lots and lots of nice rims at pretty discounted prices over new
Forum: Handling Tech   07-08-2008, 01:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,042
Posted By Big Sky
I'd suggest an adj 24mm- ish one (the WL one is...

I'd suggest an adj 24mm- ish one (the WL one is 24/26) combined w/ an adj 22mm- ish in the rear- this would be a good all around setup that allows several different combos

Also RCE just came out...
Forum: Handling Tech   07-07-2008, 10:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,370
Posted By Big Sky
if you have the choice on a wider rim (say 7 or...

if you have the choice on a wider rim (say 7 or 7.5") then clearly those are better choices, if the choice is 205 or 225 and you only have 6.5" rims then 225 is clearly the better choice
Forum: Handling Tech   07-07-2008, 10:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,042
Posted By Big Sky
f/r rear swaybars are a good start- the hollow...

f/r rear swaybars are a good start- the hollow 25mm bars (Cobb/Hotchkis) equate roughly to 22mm (maybe 22.5)- you do save some weight w/ hollow bars, but personally I think a bigger front bar is more...
Forum: Handling Tech   07-07-2008, 10:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,370
Posted By Big Sky
the "cheap" autox tires in 225/50/16 would...

the "cheap" autox tires in 225/50/16 would include the "old" Dunlop Z1's @ $94, the Kook RS-2 @ $96 and the Kumho MX (this is pretty well proven track day tire as well) @ $95- all tirerack prices

...
Forum: Road Course/Autocross Tech   06-29-2008, 10:27 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,580
Posted By Big Sky
that's tough luck on the engine(s) :( sounds...

that's tough luck on the engine(s) :( sounds like it's good hands though

glad to hear the wagon is going to hit the track again

when I'm down that way I'll know who to hit up for instruction...
Forum: Road Course/Autocross Tech   06-28-2008, 07:50 AM
Replies: 23
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Views: 1,680
Posted By Big Sky
Welcome back :) I think you'll find it very...

Welcome back :)

I think you'll find it very interesting :D You'll likely find the biggest difference is that your car is practically never settled (vs @ the track)- transitions come fast and...
Forum: Road Course/Autocross Tech   06-24-2008, 07:55 PM
Replies: 23
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Views: 1,680
Posted By Big Sky
your young- your supposed to be able to navigate...

your young- your supposed to be able to navigate the internet like we used to read comics :)

Chicago Region, SCCA - Solo Events (http://www.scca-chicago.com/solo/index.html)
Forum: Road Course/Autocross Tech   06-24-2008, 08:22 AM
Replies: 23
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Views: 1,680
Posted By Big Sky
don't miss out, just do it start here to...

don't miss out, just do it

start here to find your division/region SCCA - Sports Car Club of America (http://www.scca.org/divisions.aspx), go to their website and find out when/where the next...
Forum: Handling Tech   06-08-2008, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 905
Posted By Big Sky
I believe he's asking about strut bars, not sway...

I believe he's asking about strut bars, not sway bars

the front strut bar isn't going to give you much in the way of performance enhnacement (certainly won't hurt it though) as the WRX is very...
Forum: Road Course/Autocross Tech   06-07-2008, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,762
Posted By Big Sky
why does Nose Nuggets hate me? ...

why does Nose Nuggets hate me?






:lol:
Forum: Handling Tech   06-03-2008, 01:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,489
Posted By Big Sky
the reason your rotors are lasting is likely the...

the reason your rotors are lasting is likely the metallurgy is good, it's not the slotting- slotted rotors of the same composition will actually last less (as some material is removed for the slots)...
Forum: Handling Tech   06-03-2008, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,559
Posted By Big Sky
^ your just getting used to them :) the WRX...

^ your just getting used to them :)

the WRX pinks bump up the front rates over oe from 168 to 223 lbs an increase of ~ 35%, the rears get bumped (depending on model) from 117-132 to 192 lbs an...
Forum: Handling Tech   06-03-2008, 11:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,489
Posted By Big Sky
they also eat your pads quicker :) they do...

they also eat your pads quicker :)

they do help w/ glazing, your only going to see glazing at very (very) high temps- read track days
Forum: Handling Tech   05-22-2008, 08:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 814
Posted By Big Sky
strut, they should look something like these ...

strut, they should look something like these

http://s7.sears.com/is/image/Sears/00947057000?qlt=90,0&resMode=sharp&op_usm=0.9,0.5,0,0
Forum: Handling Tech   05-10-2008, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,172
Posted By Big Sky
for a strut replacement the KYB GR2's offer a...

for a strut replacement the KYB GR2's offer a direct WRX wagon replacement- they are slightly firmer damped than the oe ones and cheaper to boot

for a slightly lower spring w/ mildly increased...
Forum: Handling Tech   05-03-2008, 02:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,839
Posted By Big Sky
I think they are feeding you a line BS- do you...

I think they are feeding you a line BS- do you have a before/after printout? please post the #'s and I can likely advise what needs to be done

Unless they provide you some concrete evidence I'd...
Forum: Handling Tech   05-02-2008, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 812
Posted By Big Sky
ride height is easily adj- you'll have to give a...

ride height is easily adj- you'll have to give a try to see if it will work lower- I'd recommend not going lower than 1-1.25", the roll center goes to he11 in a hurry w/ a Mac P strut

remember if...
Forum: Handling Tech   05-02-2008, 08:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,315
Posted By Big Sky
the link didn't open for me, but if they are jdm...

the link didn't open for me, but if they are jdm pinks (sounds like it by the price) you can skip using these on your oe struts (unless you own a STi?). these springs are designed as an upgrade for...
Forum: Handling Tech   05-02-2008, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 812
Posted By Big Sky
tires also rub from too little offset- instead of...

tires also rub from too little offset- instead of rubbing inboard (against the strut), they will often rub outboard on the wheel arch during load (either weight induced or heavy cornering induced)
...
Forum: Handling Tech   04-23-2008, 02:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,155
Posted By Big Sky
yeah the road force balancer will tell you how...

yeah the road force balancer will tell you how bad the rims are and whether they can be brought into balance- that will be the first step.
Forum: Handling Tech   04-22-2008, 10:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,558
Posted By Big Sky
you'll likely notice a little more dust and they...

you'll likely notice a little more dust and they occasionally will squeal, but you'll immediately notice more bite and pad fade should now be a non-issue :)
Forum: Handling Tech   04-18-2008, 01:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,558
Posted By Big Sky
clearly :) doesn't do you any good to have a pad...

clearly :) doesn't do you any good to have a pad that withstands heat only to have your fluid boil
Forum: Handling Tech   04-18-2008, 09:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,155
Posted By Big Sky
take them to a shop that has a road force...

take them to a shop that has a road force balancer- it will measure runout, it will also let the tech adjust the tire optimally around the rim- it also allows force to be applied to the mounted...
Forum: Handling Tech   04-18-2008, 09:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,120
Posted By Big Sky
here's the direct link (for sedan) ...

here's the direct link (for sedan) https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_68&products_id=626, they make a wagon specific set as well

04=05=06=07 so your good to go w/ a 04
...
Forum: Handling Tech   04-18-2008, 09:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,558
Posted By Big Sky
well you mention track, so nix the oe pads off...

well you mention track, so nix the oe pads off your list-the HPS are OK track pads (good street pads), the 2500's IMO are about the best compromise pad out there for occasional track days and daily...
Forum: Handling Tech   04-09-2008, 10:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,805
Posted By Big Sky
thanks for posting that- I'm betting that will...

thanks for posting that- I'm betting that will help someone(s) down the road :)
Forum: Handling Tech   03-29-2008, 04:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,805
Posted By Big Sky
the oe torque on the lugs is 68 ft lbs- 95 is WAY...

the oe torque on the lugs is 68 ft lbs- 95 is WAY too high of torque!

I've slowly upped the torque on mine as they would loosen during track days- I've settled at 75 ft lbs

Are the rotors...
Forum: Handling Tech   03-17-2008, 09:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,683
Posted By Big Sky
235/40/18 is fine- little taller than stock, but...

235/40/18 is fine- little taller than stock, but not bad
Forum: Handling Tech   03-16-2008, 09:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,683
Posted By Big Sky
out of your list? probably the 245 or 255's...

out of your list? probably the 245 or 255's (wheel bearings aren't fun :))

personally I run 17x8 et 46, 235/40/17- I'd run even wider but my autox class restricts rim width to 8"- the wheels do...
Forum: Handling Tech   03-16-2008, 09:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,433
Posted By Big Sky
here's a link to the spacers ..:::PARANOID...

here's a link to the spacers

..:::PARANOID FABRICATIONS:::... (http://www.camotoy.com/products/saggybutt/index.php)
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