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They call me Garrett
98 RBP V4 STi Swapped RS
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Headgaskets - Final

Well I am happy to say I am wrapping up this job. Everything has gone back to normal. No bubbles in the HVAC, no bubbles in the coolant, no tail pipe smoke, and I can (and have) rev to the moon and back should I feel the need.



It runs even silkier it did the day I swapped it in and got it running right. It just SOUNDS better, from the motor to the exhaust note. It's just a creamier, smoother, happier motor. As it should be.

 

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They call me Garrett
98 RBP V4 STi Swapped RS
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Ohlins Fixed Perch Struts w/ Bestex Lowering Springs

So um. Yeah. I found these and I bought them and I wanted to see what all the hubub was about Ohlins.

Tossed em on, made sure to use lots of zipties for things (aftermarket woo!)



Ohlins compared to the OEM V5/6 STi strut/springs.



Fronts in!



Rears in!



Springs sit a little lower than the OEM ones.

Drove around just a bit (was pouring rain so I couldn't do much), but the way the car handles bumps now is like riding on a cloud. It's insane. I did a drive with full soft, stopped in a parking lot (took that pic) and adjusted the rears 10 clicks stiffer. The difference was immediate and great. I couldn't mess with the fronts at the moment because the car is too low, and the ground was too wet for me to want to lay down. Front feels a bit floaty still, but that would also be just the rain and my terrible steering rack.

Final measurements for the time being:




Can't wait to play with these new toys!!
 

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:drool: That's a holy grail of a pick up right there. Very jealous.

So what are you doing with the V5/6 goodies now that you have the Ohlins?
 

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They call me Garrett
98 RBP V4 STi Swapped RS
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Thanks guys!

Been playing with the damper adjustment and the way it reacts to adjustments is extremely pronounced and awesome!

Have em dialed about in the middle with the rears a bit more stiff. Aboslutely awesome control and EXTREMLY more mid corner confidence. LOVING THESE!!!
 

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They call me Garrett
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Got some 225/45/17 Dunlop Direzza ZIIs pout on the Rays this weekend.

Finally the proper size... but now im rubbing like CRAZY everywhere :(

Not sure what to do.. I need stiffer springs that are a bit higher.



 
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