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 Post subject: Re: Jackson's 09 XTP - Another Suspension Update
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:10 pm 
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clayq wrote:
Guessing the MCA reds ended up being slightly too harsh for daily driving?


Yeah man, Great coils, perform amazing, but the car is 90% daily so i would rather sacrifice a bit of performance for comfort.

I'm pretty fussy though, My end goal is to make the Forester as "Euro" as possible, so the progressive springs will be better suited.

Next up is quieter exhaust, the X-Force system is a bit loud and droney and following that I'm going to start soundproofing the boot and rear area of the car, which I'll likely follow up with the doors as well.

I must be the most intolerant 24 year old Subaru owner around haha.


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 Post subject: Re: Jackson's 09 XTP - Another Suspension Update
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:19 pm 
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jacksoncollins wrote:
clayq wrote:
Guessing the MCA reds ended up being slightly too harsh for daily driving?


Yeah man, Great coils, perform amazing, but the car is 90% daily so i would rather sacrifice a bit of performance for comfort.

I'm pretty fussy though, My end goal is to make the Forster as "Euro" as possible, so the progressive springs will be better suited.

Next up is quieter exhaust, the X-Force system is a bit loud and droney and following that I'm going to start soundproofing the boot and rear area of the car, which I'll likely follow up with the doors as well.

I must be the most intolerant 24 year old Subaru owner around haha.


Sounds like you are on a similar mission to me :thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: Jackson's 09 XTP - Another Suspension Update
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:20 pm 
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clayq wrote:
jacksoncollins wrote:
clayq wrote:
Guessing the MCA reds ended up being slightly too harsh for daily driving?


Yeah man, Great coils, perform amazing, but the car is 90% daily so i would rather sacrifice a bit of performance for comfort.

I'm pretty fussy though, My end goal is to make the Forster as "Euro" as possible, so the progressive springs will be better suited.

Next up is quieter exhaust, the X-Force system is a bit loud and droney and following that I'm going to start soundproofing the boot and rear area of the car, which I'll likely follow up with the doors as well.

I must be the most intolerant 24 year old Subaru owner around haha.


Sounds like you are on a similar mission to me :thumbs:



I hope you haven't been through as many suspension setups as me haha. This is going to be the 5th set.


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 Post subject: Re: Jackson's 09 XTP - Another Suspension Update
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:35 pm 
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Holy crap! Car came with Tein coils, finally replacing them with Liberty GenV Bilsteins w/ Eibach springs in a few weeks. Everything I've read says the ride should be mint :thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: Jackson's 09 XTP - Another Suspension Update
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:13 am 
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Hey mate, how is your current suspension set up coming along? Did it end up leveling out as you'd hoped?


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 Post subject: Re: Jackson's 09 XTP - Another Suspension Update
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:14 pm 
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Gracilis wrote:
Hey mate, how is your current suspension set up coming along? Did it end up leveling out as you'd hoped?



The suspension came out great actually. The Kings WRX Standard front and Raised Rear spring look great. Slightly higher in the rear which is perfect for when I have a boot load/trailer. I'm running the Koni's at full soft which is nice for the daily driving. Still hits pretty hard when I hit a bigger bump but I guess that is expected with a 'WRX' suspension setup.

I'm toying with maybe switching to Pedders or Tein Hi Tech springs and running them on the WRX Koni's to see if i can get it a little softer but i will be sacrificing my ride height a little. but I'm not sure if the Forester spec springs will fit in the Koni's happily.

I'll grab some photos of the setup soon for you guys!


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 Post subject: Re: Jackson's 09 XTP - Another Suspension Update
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:20 pm 
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A few small updates as well.

I've removed my Perrin Rear Subframe lockdown kit as it was making the rear end rattle to pieces over bigger bumps, the initial impact over larger bumps now doesn't make the whole boot thump and rattle anymore which i'm enjoying.

I also went ahead and removed the Whiteline Gearbox Crossmember bushes and switched back to stock as I was getting a fair bit of gear whine coming through into the cabin. Again pleased with the slight decrease in NVM.

I sold my XForce mufflers and switched to TCP mufflers instead, far more bearable but still a little too much drone to my taste (Even with my oval centre muffler in the mid pipe), So i'm back on stock mufflers for now but will look into either stock STI mufflers or maybe get some TriFlow ones fitted up instead.

Added some Whispbar roof racks which i'm very happy with. With the moonroof closed you can't hear any additional wind noise, with the moonroof open I only get a small amount of additional wind noise. Highly recommend them!

And finally my rear diff/rear drive shafts were pooped and making a lot of noise so I took the chance to upgrade to an R180 LSD from an 07 WRX. Made a nice difference when throwing the Foz into a corner not to mention how much more tail happy it is in the wet.

Trying to go a little less race car and a little more comfortable sporty daily.


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 Post subject: Re: Jackson's 09 XTP - Minor Update - New pics coming soon!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:39 pm 
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The tri-flow mufflers cut the noise down a bit.

I have a custom mid-pipe with two louvered resonators - this also helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Jackson's 09 XTP - Minor Update - New pics coming soon!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:49 pm 
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Have you tried the stock mid pipe with the TCP mufflers? This should remove a lot of drone.

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 Post subject: Re: Jackson's 09 XTP - Minor Update - New pics coming soon!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:30 pm 
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Yowie wrote:
The tri-flow mufflers cut the noise down a bit.

I have a custom mid-pipe with two louvered resonators - this also helps.


jonp wrote:
Have you tried the stock mid pipe with the TCP mufflers? This should remove a lot of drone.



I have an XForce mid pipe with a medium sized, straight through oval muffler welded in, I thought going back to the stock mid pipe would be too restrictive which is why i am avoiding that option.

I like the idea of going for tri flow mufflers because I can have the appropriate sized pipe coming from the XForce Y pipe, whereas with the stock/STI muffler option the 2.5" XForce Y pipe is stepping down to the stock sized pipe which the stock/STI mufflers use which niggles my OCD a bit, nor can it be doing much good for exhaust flow.
Not to mentioned the STI Mufflers seem to be a bit raspy. Whereas I prefer the deeper sound of Tri Flows, I'm just worried about drone again though.

Maybe what I want is an impossible setup :?

Yowie, what were you running prior to the two louvered resonators as a mid pipe?


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