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    In for the review!

    Good call.
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    Bumpdate...BUY the parts in quotes

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    I have a feeling my ball joints and/or tie rods are on the way out. Since I have 99,9xx miles and have replaced everything else since new I ordered

    Whiteline Front Roll Center Adjustment Kit

    and an

    ALK-comfort


    Since these tires are almost shot, I might as well sort the alignment out full on them.
    Installed the RCAK and ALK this weekend. WOW game changer. I have been chasing under-steer and body roll through springs, dampers and sway bars only to have dialed out some but been left wanting. These two items made as big a difference as swapping out the suspension and adding sway bars. Pretty hard to believe for the small amount of parts that gets bolted on. Turn in is vast improved, and steering is back where it should be.

    After reading up on how the ALK and RCAK help with the roll and Dynamic Camber under suspension load, I decided to try something. I had been throwing camber at the front to help with turn in and to dial out understeer, but since these parts were supposed to cure that by themselves, I decided to dial back the front camber to -1.5 deg.

    So currently running:

    Camber

    Front -1.5

    Rear -1.3

    Toe at 0 all around.
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    Good call on the alignment.

    I think you'll be okay around -1.5. What's your spring rate at? Are your sways pretty aggressive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heide264 View Post
    Good call on the alignment.

    I think you'll be okay around -1.5. What's your spring rate at? Are your sways pretty aggressive?
    Springs = RCE blacks

    Sways= Perrin 22mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    Springs = RCE blacks

    Sways= Perrin 22mm
    I'm not familiar with the Blacks or sway bar sizes for your chasis, but I'd assume its similar to my set up with RCE blacks & RCE sways on the newer chasis. I think I'd aim for -2 degrees as far as camber goes, personally. I guess see how 1.5 feels and go from there. Never know.

    Our cars, even with the mods you just put on, just don't have "nice" dynamic suspension characteristics. AWD cars are missing most of the 'features' that traditionally give RWD cars that dynamic camber as they go through the turn. Those mods are a good start though, no doubt.

    Look into specC top hats by chance? They'd be a great complement to the setup.
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    I have Whiteline Com C top hats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    I have Whiteline Com C top hats.
    Disregard my ignorance =P

    Good stuff. Let me know what ya end up with. I'm always interested to see people's impression of various amounts of camber in a given setup.
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    Just bought the whiteline com-c tophats for the front. Also ordered Group N for the rear. Gonna try to go -1.5 in the front but idk how much camber i can get in the back. I want -1.0 in the rear, will i be able to achieve this without camber bolts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminal Kuz View Post
    I want -1.0 in the rear, will i be able to achieve this without camber bolts?
    No.
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    Definitely wanna try this in the near future after all these pot holes get fixed
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    OP, caster is not "technically" adjustable, but you can get about +-0.5 of adjustment from the transverse link.

    To do this you loosen the two bolts that go into the chassis through the transverse link, then pry forward on the transverse link (to gain caster), or pull back (to decrease it). Then tighten down the bolts when set to the desired setting.

    Oh, some people mistakenly call the transverse link a ALK, when a ALK is actually a modified transverse link.

    I've been doing my own alignments for a while. Nice write up!

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    FWIW this setup really came alive when I changed the tires to Continental Extreme Contact DW. World of difference, sadly it was short lived.
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    Since my signature is getting full, I'll leave this here:

    DIY: Subaru Ball joint removal tool for around $18 + 1 lug nut
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    Excellent DIY alignment post.

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