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I am in the market for a Prodrive WR suspension.

Does anyone know where I can find a set?

Mike Shields of SPD said that he does not have any in stock, nor is here sure if he will be getting any more in.

I thought there might be a reliable UK retailer that might stock them.

Thanks in advance.
 

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hey if your looking for a prodrive suspension i would talk to mike shields at SPD tuning, he knows just about all there is about subarus and he replies pretty quickly, i ve been talkto him over the past couple of months. IMHO, I would just go for the P1 set up its just as good for a lower price, but im biased since thats what i got. you can find his website by going to products on i-club and then going through suspension to the WR set up and he'll show up as a vendor.
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XeviousR said:
I am in the market for a Prodrive WR suspension.

Does anyone know where I can find a set?

Mike Shields of SPD said that he does not have any in stock, nor is here sure if he will be getting any more in.

I thought there might be a reliable UK retailer that might stock them.

Thanks in advance.
I got mine from iSR performance... I love it and I like working with iSR...
 

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hey if your looking for a prodrive suspension i would talk to mike shields at SPD tuning, he knows just about all there is about subarus and he replies pretty quickly, i ve been talkto him over the past couple of months. justin
XeviousR said:
I am in the market for a Prodrive WR suspension.

Does anyone know where I can find a set?

Mike Shields of SPD said that he does not have any in stock, nor is here sure if he will be getting any more in.

I thought there might be a reliable UK retailer that might stock them.

Thanks in advance.
AMAZING!

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UPDATE

Just wanted to thank those of you that replied. Here's an update for anyone that is interested.

Mike Shields of SPD will not have any availible until March at the earliest. If you want the best price.. wait it out and call him then.

I emailed [email protected] but had no response.. so a week later I called Prodrive directly in the UK. That was a trip. They refered me to Luke at tirerack. I explained that I hadn't heard from him. Later that day I got a call from an apologetic Luke. He offered me two options. 1. wait for a shipment to come in (as Mike Shields suggested) or 2. have them drop shipped from the UK.

Mike had not offered me the 'drop ship' option... so I bought from Luke; even though the price was higher. Shipping cost 100 pounds (~$150 US). Shipping time was approximated at 2 weeks.

I should have it installed by March... drop me a line if you are curious about how I like them.:cool:
 

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different folks, dofferent strokes I guess

The WR Sport is already VERY finely tuned (obviously). Also not a lot of people are into adjusting damper/height. I personally have a set of coilovers and love the thought that I can always adjust the height and damper setting.
 

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No kidding, nothing like raising the rear and tightening the rear dampers for some serious drifting action!
 

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Why anyone would want non adjustable is beyond me. Get the KYB AGX setup if you can't afford coilovers.
Personally, I'm very very interested in a suspension setup that some very skilled set of people, professionals if you will, spent many many many hours tuning to achieve a well balanced, well handling, real world suspension kit. Modern suspension tuning is so much more complex than a set of heavy springs and highly damped struts.
They say that with modern suspensions it's possible to achieve both great handling and a good ride. My old '84 Mustang GT-Turbo handled like a dream, but one day I nearly pulled over and jumped off a bridge after driving 3+ hours on a highway with jointed pavement sections (BU-dump, BU-dump, BU-dump....). My RS has a little more roll than the mustang (I think, I sold the mustang in '95), but's it so much more comfortable. My goal is to upgrade the suspension but keep a reasonable ride.... Only a professional tuner can guarantee that.

I should have it installed by March... drop me a line if you are curious about how I like them.
I'd love to hear your opinion.... The "WR" kit is my first choice at the moment. I've read that the STI kits are very harsh, and I don't know of any other "tuned" kits besides Prodrive and STI.
I hope I remember to check back.... :)

Oh! And what is the "WR" kit going for these days? Does it just come with struts and springs, or other bits too (sway bar, etc.)?

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I think scoobyrs25 is trying to make the point that with adjustable suspension you can tailor the ride and handling to your likes... rather than what the masses would like... I had the WR... it was nice... felt like it should of came on the car... recently changed to KYB AGX's and am much happier... I wish I could of saved the $$$ in the first place... next will be either DMS 50 or Tein RS... not sure which though...

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Huh... Did that last post sound a bit grumpy? I didn't mean it to. Here's a second try.

So I work as an Electrical Engineer, which means I have no experience with designing cars. I do have good practical knowledge of engines and I have a theoretical understanding of how mechanical dynamic systems (aka suspension) work but no practical experience whatsoever...

That all being said, I have a good feel for what it's like to *engineer* things. Basically, factory automotive engineers are good. Cars just works. In all sorts of situations. For 10+ years. Pretty crazy. It's really a very hard thing to do. And I've found that anything I've ever changed from factory spec was never quite right (especially engine bits on a motorcycle).

For my only car, a car I drive every day, 15-20K miles a year, I want to keep all of that engineering and skill and experience that went into the suspension, and keep a compromise, but shift the goal a little bit. I'd like to take two things out of the equation: price and grandma.

As for adjustables, I will freely admit that I'm not qualified to tune suspensions. I want someone to work it all out for me... someone who really knows what they are doing. :)

My friend told me the other day they test the ECU on Fords for 3 years before they release it. They take the car all over the place and drive it around, and tweak and tune. They really put a lot of thought into cars. I just want all of that time and work and engineering put into anything I add onto my car....

After all of that, I'm still going to rebuild my '78 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R this summer with 10.25:1 pistons (up from 8.7), cams so big I have to mill out the head, etc... It'll *never* run right, but I don't have to drive it every day... *sigh*... It's never going to run right... carburetors suck... :(

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i have the prodrive wr setup. it is a product of three years of research in the WRC arena. it is designed to actuate self adjustment of the valving based on sideways momentum. it was an offshoot on antidive (rear to front momentum actuated) and very clever. in a nutshell when you turn and weight the outside struts, they restrict the oil flow and let the body roll take place extra slowly. this in conjunction with the passive sophisticated rear wheel steering , is quite effective, and make for some world class handling. don't you guys read the brochures? heheheheh!
 
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