This is a discussion on Shifting Lanes Does: a build thread within the Builds forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by ShiftingLanes UPDATE: maintenance needed, obviously. Lug-nut stud sheered off and developed a horrible vibration in the back ...
when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
Ya has that effect on me too.
Where did he go?? http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/builds...ll-thread.html
UPDATE: got car from dealer on Wednesday of last week (7/23) and wanted to give it a few days before I replied with the update in case anything else popped up. All is well thus far and there are no more wheel problems. Dealer said that they really have no idea what caused this. Alignment was checked along with the suspension and breaks and there are no issues with anything that would cause this sort of failure. Could have been the wheel was not put on properly last time causing a minor vibration that led to the failure of the studs. It's on the watch list for the next time I bring it in. I've been checking the tightness of the lugs with my fingers each time I go out for a drive and they have been solid with no movement as of yet. No further vibrations either.
In other news 15,000 mile service was completed at the same time with 16,447 on the clock. Everything is on working order.
UPDATE: and it's a big one. Lug nut wheel studs were replaced free of charge by the dealer. No claim problems. No further problems.
Installed 24mm/22mm front/rear whiteline sway bars with kartboy endlinks placed on the medium setting. Also installed kartboy front and rear shifter bushings. All work done by AZP Installs in Kenilworth, NJ. Endlinks made a poping sound a few days after install. AZP fixed free of charge a week later as well as performed a custom alignment.
1) The sways and endlinks make this car feel like it should have out of the factory. It is beyond comprehension the difference in body roll. They have nearly eliminated it entirely. Turn-in feels sharper. The car feels more balanced and more nimble. It's playful, but not out of control. The back end feels a bit lighter but in a good way. Meaning, not sitting back on it's haunches like it did on the factory sways, but aggressively leaning forward the way a good snowboarder does when taught how to properly carve a turn in the snow. All this while not sacrificing ride comfort. I'm officially a believer and will preach the gospel according to whiteline.
2) The kartboy endlinks in particular are finicky on the GR from what I was told. That's why the popping noise occurred. This was rectified, but could cause issues if installing yourself. Be weary of this and don't panic. Not broken, just needs adjustment.
3) The alignment was definitely needed, per the image above. Toe was out of whack. We worked on it and kept it close to stock, but added in a bit of playfulness while not going overboard. Good all around feel. Set up perfectly for DD, IMO. Great turn in with the corrected toe.
4) The shifter bushings are meh. I don't think they were necessary, especially on such a new car. The difference is negligible to me. Once I replace the linkages, I imagine I'll feel more of a difference.
Also, yesterday was my one year anniversary of becoming a WRX owner! Oh glorious day. It's been a really fun year and I love the car just as much as I did when I got it. One year exact mileage is 19487 dead. I drive a LOT.
That's all for now.
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Smexy, Still on my ever growing list of things to do to my car as well. Good to see some positive views on this mod. Some people tell me it's not worth it and some do. Also, glad to see your build getting back on track.
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