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Hi I'm wondering which I should get. The coilover I'm looking at is the Cusco Zero2-R and the differential (center) is the Cusco Tarmac gear. The thing is I will be autocrossing this coming season, so I don't want something that will put me on a difficult class. I would like suggestions soon because I'm in Japan now and I want to decide before I leave so I can go get one. Come on specialists, help me out. I know I should autocross bone stock so I'll learn the car more, but opportunities like this doesn't come up so often.


P.S.: It's amazing how cheap parts are compared to thpse in US (no I'm not slamming the vendors, I know the trouble they must go through). The same coilover is a wooping 1000 dollars less than what a particular vendor is selling on i-club. wow.
 

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Well you didn't state your car type so I'll assume it's a 2.5RS. Running coilovers will put you in STS (only kicks you out of stock). The 2.5RS runs really well in STS especially with suspension work! A replacement diff would put you in DSP where you would face stiffer competition (including people on R-compound tires).

Coilovers would make a bigger difference on the autocross course anyway than a new center diff.
 

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The 2.5RS rules STS class (Except for a stupid BMW 330CI with a good driver) . I would go with the suspension.

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Tires are first (obviously) and then suspension would be second in terms of increasing performance.

I got Tein Mediums and Auto-X'd with them, and that made a big difference. I then added some RE-730's and ZOWIE what a huge increase.

Remember, Auto-X is all about going around corners.

Then my next (personal) preference is going to be new sway bars - probably an 18 or 20mm rear, and then who knows about the front. It's that damn understeer that always annoyed my when Auto-X'ing. And not being able to shift to first gear... :(
 

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I still think the best mod I have ever done is the 20mm rear bar. But if you are in Japan and can pick up anything. Pic up a set of Zeals, or Ohlins PCV (they freaking rock).

If I could get a set of the Ohlins over here, they would be my choice for suspension any day.
 

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Domo arigatou minasan

oops sorry I have a MY01 RS. Ok thanks for the help. I was wondering if coilovers woud kick me out of STS. Yes I know I need tires but Im spending all of my car mod money I have now on coilovers. I did order a Cusco rear adjustable bar, along with the rear ower control arm bar. Along w/ the coiloves Ill be ordering F/R Strut tower bars, rear V-brace, and this cool thing called the side strut tower bar (this bar goes into your fenders). The shop owners I talked to here says the side strut bars are a must and will see a big difference in turn-in response.

Oh man these coilovers are gonna be nice! Strut is inverted, front pillow upper mount (Specialists here did not recommend upgrading the rear as well), etc etc. I was stuck between the Cusco and hese special ones designed by SWRT works Driver Toshihiro Arai call Zeal Function ARAI Version.

I considered the center diff because I saw a video here where they drove the impreza w/ stock center diff and w/ the cusco tarmac gear and I saw a HUGEdifference when the guy was going around turns.

Yeah Ohlins are VERY nice I actually held one in person and WOW the tube is thick (no not that you sickos;) ). The Prova Eifel one is really nice too, I saw the one for the legacy and the rear ones have remote reservoir for the gas.
 

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Ohlins :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:
 

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Re: Domo arigatou minasan

Impretzel said:
...oops sorry I have a MY01 RS. Ok thanks for the help. I was wondering if coilovers woud kick me out of STS. Yes I know I need tires but Im spending all of my car mod money I have now on coilovers...
If you're on your original RE-92's, some would say tires are a better choice than suspension as a first mod. And you don't even have to spring for new wheels. The original 16" wheels are pretty light to begin with.
 

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I think the v brace might put you in SM...

Anyone know for sure?
 

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I know I know, wheels and tires are coming this spring. I just had to get the coilovers since they were having a year end sale, which is a big thing here in Japan. This shop has great price on wheels too. Set of 17 inch TE37 are like 1300 dollars vs. 440 a piece in the US. I got a connection in Japan now, so Ill be getting a discount on shipping to the US! wow.

PS no I wont be able to organize a GB since the discount applies to things my own:( . Sorry and have a happy happy new year cause I know I will:D
 

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TEIN Coilovers VERY GUUD!!

Whats up yall
I own a set of Tein Type Ha's I would recomend them Highly. My car handles like a Shifter Kart!!!!!!!!!!!
Very nice


Richie Hanna
 

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Thanks for the tip Imprezawd. I went ahead and got the CUSCOs, along with other mods (rear sway bar, F/R control arm bars, and F/R strut bars, all by CUSCO :biggest: ). Now I need tires badly but I am DEAD broke:( . Ill leave a review after my install, but dont expect much, cause ill be basing it on the stock suspension and the RE92s.
 

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Impretzel said:
I considered the center diff because I saw a video here where they drove the impreza w/ stock center diff and w/ the cusco tarmac gear and I saw a HUGEdifference when the guy was going around turns.
anyone have a link to this video? i am looking into the Cusco Tarmac Gear center diff and would really like to see it in action.
 

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I still think the best mod I have ever done is the 20mm rear bar.
Yeah I'd agree with that. Though the Whiteline 18-22mm bar I have clunks around quite a bit without Loc-Tite holding it in place, so I plan to swap it out for an FHI 20mm version. (I keep my bar at the 20mm setting. Bought the bar in summer of 2000.)

Tires, as James said, are the single best performance mod for the car itself.
Otherwise, and aside from the swaybar, a Kartboy short shifter/bushing kit has become nearly an international tradition. :D
 

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Yeah I'd agree with that. Though the Whiteline 18-22mm bar I have clunks around quite a bit without Loc-Tite holding it in place, so I plan to swap it out for an FHI 20mm version. (I keep my bar at the 20mm setting. Bought the bar in summer of 2000.)

Tires, as James said, are the single best performance mod for the car itself.
Otherwise, and aside from the swaybar, a Kartboy short shifter/bushing kit has become nearly an international tradition. :D
keep the whiteline... and bump it up to 22mm... it's funner... ;)
 
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