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This is a discussion on First Autocross Experience within the Motorsports Talk forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; I changed the front sway bar and did not notice a whole lot. I think the slaloms got a little ...

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    I changed the front sway bar and did not notice a whole lot. I think the slaloms got a little better. But I went ahead and dropped the money for the new shocks and got those installed and the combination of those two make the stock suspension seem really crappy. I run the fronts at full firm and the rear I keep at one turn back from full firm. The seats have to be removed to adjust the rear so I don't change it very often. The sway bar is adjustitble but I have never taken it off of the stiff setting as I'm not worried about the daily commute being stiff. When I go on long jaunts, like to Danville, I put the front shocks on their softest setting or it becomes painful after about an hour.

    If you replace both the shocks and swaybar it will feel like your driving a race car - which is GOOD!
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    I have been in autocross for about a year and a half and have never set FTD. I'm no slouch. I've taken the courses and read the books and done what I can to the car while staying in class. I took first place Novice in my first season and 3rd place street tires in my local league in my first year.

    I wasn't in to Subies until I got mine so I don't know all the specs on a 2.5RS - I just know my 06 WRX TR and it and the rest of them that year came with the 2.5 liter boxer engine.

    I am running stock sized rims - Kosei K1 TS. Stock tires are 215s, my first set after that were 225's, my third set are the 245s. I didn't believe it until I saw it in Danville last year. Your average firestone or Merchants may not mount them for you - but the 245's will fit without any modifications, not too mention how sweet the car looks with the beefy tires. The koseis sit about a 16th inch off my calipers but I've never had any problems. (everything I've gotten for my car so far aside from front sway bar was bought from tirerack)

    I never heard the rule about AWD and 225's being the largest allowed. It isn't in the SCCA handbook that I could find and you are the first person I've ever heard mention it. If you are restricted to 225's based on your local organization then go with the Azenis - otherwise Kumho Ecsta MX's at 245 will treat you right. I'm in the process of getting some V710's, 245/45/17, for Danville this year and the VA Championship later on in the year. I probably won't compete in street tires next year - but wanted time to figure out the car and the courses before making huge jumps.

    Our average turnout for our monthly event is about 125 lately - we blame the sagging economy. I think we had 160+ at one event last year.

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    What adjustable shocks are you using? The only ones I've found so far are for 02-03 WRX's only.
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    Koni Yellow Adjustibles - they are inserts so you have to get a mechanic that doesn't mind tearing apart your struts. But they are sooooo worth it.

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