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    WRX Handling

    I know the WRX isn't exactly wonderful when comparing it to the Honda S2000s and RX-8s of the world, but I was wondering what it would take to get a car to handle that well and how a modified one would compare.

    Right now my WRX is stock, I sent my Helix Rear Sway bar back because of an issue and getting a 22mm Cusco one in return. Then I'm getting the Rota Tarmac IIs (Bronze, I hear its better for handling than the other colors ) and the Yokohama ES100s and I was wondering how it would stack up to an S2000/RX-8/BMWs/G35s etc. car to car (as opposed to figuring in the driver's skill). Any clue?

    What would be some wise investments? The car is brand new and I'm not really thinking about replacing the struts/springs (right now I'm thinking about keeping with that sort of setup instead of going with coilovers). An Anti-Lift kit and Steering Rack bushings don't seem like a bad way to go. Your thoughts?
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    A big step in the right direction is a good set of tires. Not sure how the ES100's are, I had Falken Azenis on my WRX and plan on getting some for the SRT-4. If I remember correctly, I had 245 series on a 7 inch rim. They looked pretty tough too.

    I had front and rear sway bars along with upgraded sway links.

    I also had Prodrive springs and stock struts.

    IMO, the car handled great and I was able to outpace a good friends Z06 in most curves.
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    just curious, what problems did you have with the helix sway bar? i just ordered mine :/

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    I think the ES100s are middle of the road high performance tires. They have decent traction in wet and dry, but I've also read thread subject lines saying "ES100s chunking after an event" so its hard to say. I was already putting some cash that I probably should be putting towards paying off the car so I went with these since they're cheaper. I'm thinking these will go out this summer (depends how many autocrossing days I can get off) and I'll give the Kuhmo MXs a try next. I asked about the Azenis but they weren't selling them anymore, bleh.

    Wow! 245s on a 7" rim!? Major shoulder/overlap/whatever? How does that effect performance?

    I've been thinking about getting a 21mm Cusco front sway bar, but I haven't learned enough about them.

    Streko, read this . I don't know if it's bad or anything, but when Chris G took it back to have them look at it, they replaced it with a Cusco.
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    Originally posted by DenverWRX


    Wow! 245s on a 7" rim!? Major shoulder/overlap/whatever? How does that effect performance?


    I think he meant 17"

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    i hope he ment 17 haha, 7's would look really funny though

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    Note: For best handling--stay on the gas!

    I didn't think my car handled that great until I learned to brake BEFORE the turn and keep on the gas at least a little bit throughout the whole turn.. gas it hard @ the apex and you'll get a little rear drift. Never driven with a rear sway, though, so it may be different.
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    Sorry, meant a 7.5 inch rim. They were 17"x7.5" Rota Actions with 245/45/17 Azenis all the way around.
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    Originally posted by silverscooby
    Sorry, meant a 7.5 inch rim. They were 17"x7.5" Rota Actions with 245/45/17 Azenis all the way around.
    any pics i would love to see them
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    Haha, I agree, a lot of it is how you take the turn. I was pretty please with how I took the turns at the last autocross, pretty much always "Slow in, fast out." sort of routine. I placed 10th of 17 in D-Stock, beating all of the other WRXs. I wish I found out who was running what kind of tire, I was still on my RE-92s. I hardly ever get to go out to those anymore though because of work. And I'm usually driving home in the middle of the night, so I drive hard, but nothing like I would at the track.
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    Originally posted by sht
    any pics i would love to see them
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