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Old 02-02-15, 12:21 PM   #51
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Default Re: Don's 08 STI. STI Hatchback/Wagon or bust!

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The Kartboy endlinks are designed for stock height cars. They are too long for the ride height that I want. I've already broken the bushings and the front suspension ended up making a clunking noise. The Kartboys were great when I was stock height.
How much of a drop are you going for?

I had a 2" drop with them this summer and now a 1" drop without issues. Unless your sways are stiffer than mine which makes them unreachable?
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Old 02-02-15, 03:27 PM   #52
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I raised it up about an inch. It was lowered about 2 inches when the bushings broke. It still has too much pre-tension. My front sways are 22mm solid bars.
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Old 03-07-15, 10:01 AM   #53
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I have not found the time, yet, to install the endlinks. The only way I'm doing it is when I get a chance to get it on a lift. I have been pretty busy catching up with some old friends and some family time. I did, however, got the IAP stumble fix installed for preparation of a protune and billet turbo wheel upgrade.





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Old 03-11-15, 07:47 AM   #54
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I zeroed out my load comps last night. I drove the car to work this morning and I noticed the engine rev range is alot more smooth than usual. Another thing I noticed is the I was able to get higher mpg from the last few reflash es I've done. Prior to modding the comps, my mpg meter would avg 20-21mpg. Today I was able to get 25mpg. I need to drive it more during the week to see if it maintains better gas mileage.
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Just got the front endlinks in for now. It was getting too hot in the auto hobby shop. 87 degrees in the winter time. The ride back home is a lot more smooth.
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Old 03-18-15, 06:20 PM   #56
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I have been running Red Line oil for the past 15 k miles. First starting off with 10w30, another run of 10w30, and then 5w30. I had oil consumption for both oils. 10w30 did better than the 5w30. It ran a little rough with 10w30 and worse with 5w30. This time I went ahead and went 2 thickness up and I am trying the 5w40. It definitely runs smoother, and little hotter than the earlier oils. I would average 185-195degrees with Xw30. Now I run about 195-205degrees with the 5w40. I did notice on my oil pressure gauge is that I am running slightly lower oil pressure than the 5w30. I was expecting it to go higher. I'll give it another fill up on gas to see if the oil consumption has slowed down.
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Old 03-21-15, 10:29 AM   #57
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I did a transmission/differential gear oil change. It was 10k miles overdue. The transmission shifts as smooth as I remember it when I did the last oil change. My transmission and diff use Amsoil severe gear 75w90. I also went ahead and swapped out the rear endlinks with the AVO Turbo adjustable endlinks. The pretension is much lower and the car handled bumps much better now. I will look into increasing the damper stiffness.
Next will be replacing my faded mudflaps with new ones from Rallytech.

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Looks good. I never thought of pre-tension before. It makes sense, mine were pretty tight as well. Do you have a comparison shot with the Kartboys again?
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I will make a comparison photo, soon. But in the meantime, here's a pic of my kartboy. Look how far the sway bar is pushed up.


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The comparison between the two endlinks length.

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