I think I've caught myself between a rock and a hard place though. Turns out building a nice clean RS Coupe while also trying to make it a Rallycross weapon aren't easily achieved at the same time.
Enter: the Flatout Suspension Rallycross Coilovers
I was already a little irked at the 2-month waiting time to get these in and the lack of communication from Flatout. So, when they finally arrived, I was ready to jump in and make it work. We installed them a week before a Rallycross event so we would have time for alignment and for the coilovers to settle. The Tender springs were giving us issues and not working the way my suspension guy was hoping they would. There was a lot of travel with the shock but the springs were binding and having issues settling. We thought we had 'em figured out until I went to the rallycross that weekend. The springs were making all sorts of unpleasant noises so I set the car aside and raced my '16 STI instead.
Now I've got a compromised ride for daily driving and a set of springs that are disagreeing with the conditions at rallycross... and I can hear Jeremy Clarkson's voice echoing "You've ruined your car!"
I wanna get this suspension set up right but it'll probably need different springs or different tender springs at the very least. Just frustrating since I had hoped these would work out-of-the-box. But even if I do get em working right, I just don't enjoy how the car drives on coilovers on the street. And while the lift in ride height is good for rallycross, it looks kinda "blah" on this nice clean coupe. My new BBS wheels look silly on it, so I've got it on my stock wheels for now until I can figure out a solution.
Change of direction for this RS! Turns out I don't like ruining cars... and rallycross coilovers compromised the ride a bit too much for me using it as a daily / fun runs through scenic roads. As such, I've swapped suspension with a friend and gone to KYB Excel-G Struts with stock RS Springs on it. It's a great setup, nothing too crazy, but still very enjoyable to drive. He'll be dialing in the coilovers on his RS for competition use and preparing it for Rallycross Nationals later this year.
It's still got the new stainless brake lines on it so the pedal feel is much better. I think next I need to re-tackle that finicky Cold Air Intake, find a slightly stiffer rear sway bar, and maybe some more rumble. Otherwise, the car feels nice and tight and an absolute joy to drive around in.
Not really much of an update, just enjoying the RS this summer.
The official "To-Do" list on this guy has been tweaked just a bit. I've been busy working on upgrades for my '16 STi over the summer, so the RS has been serving more of a fun daily driver role while I work on those things.
WRX Wagon Rear Sway Bar Upgrade
Rework Injen Cold Air Intake
Refinish / Repaint Front Bumper
JDM Smooth Rear Bumper
Paint Side Skirts to Match
Borla UEL Headers
I kinda have these changes listed in order of when they'll probably get done. The Rear Sway upgrade is an easy swap and I already have the parts for the Injen kit waiting to go in. Later in the fall I've got some body work planned so when I have the front bumper off for repairs and painting, I'll also get the Side Skirts and JDM Rear Bumper painted at the same time. I may even have the Prodrive RB5 Wing repainted as it's not an exact match and there are blemishes and chips in it from before I owned it. The last stuff I'll mess with will be headers, and that's still an "IF". The Stromung Catback Exhaust is great right now but I do miss that rumble from the older RS.
I haven't done much with my Impreza (other than enjoy driving it all the time) but I have learned just how crucial it is to keep my Key Fob in good shape. The old CODE Alarm systems on Imprezas 2001 and before aren't in production anymore. Subaru Dealers can't order replacements anymore and used ones seem to hold their value better than our beloved cars. I did luck out and find a near-mint one that one of the technicians had at my dealership.
My key broke the other day. Thanfully, enough of it was exposed in the ignition that we could remove it, so I've ordered a replacement. Hoping it works, as I've heard varying degrees of success! I still have an old spare that I'm using, but it's kind of a softer more worn down metal so I don't want to risk having that one break off, too.
Got a WRX Rear Sway Bar in, but I just haven't had time to install it yet. I'm thinking of upgrading endlinks while I'm at it anyways. Any suggestions on Endlinks?
Well, turns out I've sold my RS... but it's okay! I'm super proud that this car now belongs to a long-time Subaru fan. He's a good friend of mine, but he also owned a '99 RS once, started the local Subaru Owners club that I'm a part of now, and has been a Rallycross mentor for me as I've grown into the sport.
I know it's in good hands and it makes me so proud to hear how much he's been enjoying it already. Plus, I'm pretty sure his kids will get to enjoy this car, too. Pretty neat to see another generation getting introduced to such a great car!
It's weird. I've owned Impreza coupes for the last 4 years. I've still got my '16 WRX STI and I added a '06 Baja Turbo to the family, but I'll always have an affinity towards those 1st Generation Imprezas. Maybe I'll be back to RS25 with another one someday...