Thanks, Ive got an 05. The main differences is that you have a different intake design and possibly still have a throttle cable. Im not too sure on that though. Remember, the fun on these cars dont start happening until you do the suspension. I bought my car completely stock and it drove like a granny car until I slowly tightened up the suspension and now its like night and day.Hot car! Lovin all the tech pics! Nice to see something familiar. Is this an '04? Mine's not so clean. It's an '04 with 162K. Trying to give it some TLC before I do the fun stuff!
Heres what I did to improve the handling:Ok...so tell me about suspension? Tell me what to look for on it, and what to look for as far as replacements or adjustments....It feels really tight driving it now, but maybe it could be better. Also, still trying to find out what the previous owner did. I got this without any mechanical history and learning about it at the same time so still kind of at beginning stages...but it's sooo much fun!
Good question Deimus85, these modifications in particular I have felt a huge difference after installing them. I didnt install them all at once but little by little and I noticed a change in handling everytime. Now there are some modifications/upgrades that I performed on my car that I really didnt feel an improvement with. For example: solid aluminum propeller shaft mounts, throttle body spacer to name a few. Most of your bushing replacments are just gonna add more NVH than anything else.Are all the above statements evaluations of your own or theories based on other's reports? lol
I was looking at a similar setup (Eibach springs) before I found out I will rebuilding my engine. I really like the height. (for the price) would you have made any changes to it, how is the front clearance as well, I also have the corner splitters and lip on my 05 and scrape at times if i am not paying attention.3rd, I was able to find a super crazy deal on a set of Prodrive springs on 06 WRX struts on e bay. They were simple plug and play and once they were on, my car didnt bounce as much and it lowered very nicely (not too low or too stiff). Stiffer springs will give you car a better overal handling and stance
I got really lucky with the price of the spring and strut combo. I bought them used off e bay and I think I paid maybe $350 shipped for everything. At the time I was looking to buy the Eibach ones but then found the Prodrive setup. I think the Prodrives are actually Eibach made but then Prodrive does something to them to make them stiffer. I would not change a thing on this setup. They remain stiff enough to reduce body roll in cornering and dont bounce like cut springs. I didnt want a total drop or the harsh stiffness like with coilovers. After adding the springs and struts I did seem to scrape here and there while coming out of parking lots to streets but now since I have the V-limited front lip, Im scraping alot more.I was looking at a similar setup (Eibach springs) before I found out I will rebuilding my engine. I really like the height. (for the price) would you have made any changes to it, how is the front clearance as well, I also have the corner splitters and lip on my 05 and scrape at times if i am not paying attention.
I think the chrome looks best on the white Imprezas but I Ive seen the bottom half tinted on other cars and it does look pretty nice.i hate the chrome in it so i ended up tinting the bottom half...works for me
now im considering getting 05 tails...
Thanks Larlar, my car is my hobby and its what I do to keep my brain away from work when Im off. There is alot of thought/planning into the things I do to my RS but I dont get it always right the first time around. Sometimes it takes me 2-3 times to get it just the way I want it. Even if its something I cannot see, its still in the back of my mind bothering me until I fix it.by far the best and most well put together journal. everything you do to your car, i can tell you take great pride in it and enjoy doing it the right way the first time. every time i look in here i get inspired to work on my car.
Thanks Abel. Ive done quite a few smaller things like bushing upgrades and exhaust work but the one upgrade I could have used the most at the meet/cruise was the slotted DBA rotors and hawk pads I just recently installed. I neglected my old worn out rotors and pads for too long and just recently after doing the brake upgrade there came a situation where I had to brake hard and the new upgrades saved my car and possibly my life - Literally.I've seen this car in person. Very clean. What all have you done to it since the Three Amogos Meet?
Thanks!Golden, excellent ride first off. Kudos mate
But interested in how you feel about the Transmission Cocktail Mix Grimmspeed offers. My Bugeyed RS has been notchy & rough creating for a very anti-fun shifting experience ever since I got her at 65k from first owner. I'm assuming it was his fault and that he didn't know wtf he was doing when shifting but my mechanic actually said the tranny's in the '02 are just like that. We used Lucas Gear Oil in my last fluid change of the diff's & tranny. It's not bad. But still not right. Get wedged between 1st to 2nd and after several attempts at popping hte clutch in and out, finally slide into second. Usually when it's cold.
Any feedback you know of to help REALLY make an impact on this notchy shifting? Was also thinking the smoother STi 5-speed manual short throw with linkage would also help it out?