Hello, Fellow Subie Owners! Long time no post!
I have a question:
PandaWagon, my 87 GL Wagon with an EJ25D and 5-lug swap is my RallyX/backup daily car. I am at a quandry with the suspension setup on her.
KYB AGX with 200lbs/in Ground Control coil overs with no preload
RX Sway Bar
Whiteline Strut Top Mount with extra Negative Camber and Positive Caster
Alignment set to about -2* of Negitive Camber and 0 Toe.
Legacy Bump Stops with 2/3 of it cut off for extra compression.
Koni Yellow with 250lbs/in Ground Control coil overs with no preload
XT6 Sway Bar
RallyX Tires are 195/60R15 Cooper Weather Master Snow tires.
Street Tires are 205/60R14 All Seasons.
Her front is sitting pretty close to 2WD height with the street tires, which I like how she sits and she handles amazing on the street!
The rear could come down some, but I haven't been able to do that without basically sitting on the bump stops in the rear. Which makes the rear unpredictable while on the race course. :/
She handles pretty decent on the RallyX.
But! She's bottoming out the front suspension on decent bumps at the RallyX.
Closer wheel arch spaces:
I have about two inches before the bump stop on the front. I've tried 250lbs/in springs, but at those rates, she's too bouncy and her nose is going airborne. I've played with the shock setting, but all I seem to do is make the bouncing worse. The 250s work great at high speeds, but that's way too fast for RallyX.
Rear is ok as far as the springs, but I'm having a challenge with shocks. The Koni's appear to be wearing out. They're not dampening like they used to. (Abount 2.5 seasons of RallyX and some AutoX on those.
I understand that travel is a biggie for RallyX, but I don't want to
lift the suspension anymore than 4WD height to keep body roll under
control. (Preferably, I'd like to keep the suspension at 2WD height. But
I don't know if that's possible for RallyX)
So, this is my ideas:
Add preload to the front coil springs to lift the nose some
Concerns: Will I bind the coil spring before hitting the bumpstop? (I'll get a picture of the coil over in it's current state later)
Concerns: Will that still be too much spring?
STi front springs
Concerns: Will that lift the nose too much?
I don't have STi springs or the 225lb/in coilover springs, so, I'm thinking I'll try adding preload and see if I can mimick the RallyX on the street.
Am I on the right track with just adding preload to the front coil overs to lift it a little?