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  1. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Wrigleys, Guess depending also on the width of tyres used ... seen 245 tyres on +35 offset and it protrudes out and looking nice nice. Also such none standard offset against stock 48 comes with the same detrimental effects of using spacer with change to the designed load capacity of the arms, drive shaft etc. Cheers, Richard
  2. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Shutterbox, Was looking for the same and concluded that up to 120 deg C will be ok from several forum on track racing ... for at least short term as lubrication on the mechanics of the engine. Cheers. Richard
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    MAZDA 6

    Hi Bros, Shared by bro Clement on current mazda 6 FL variant. Cheers. Richard Mazda refreshes 2018 Mazda6 with thicker mild steel, revamped chassis; higher-strength steel BIW elements unchanged By John Huetter on January 10, 2018 Repair Operations | Mazda announced late last year that the refreshed 2018 Mazda6 would receive body reinforcements and chassis changes meant to provide a quieter ride and greater capabilities. Mazda spokesman Jacob Brown on Monday said the changes to the body involved thickening mild steel elements and didn’t include increasing the tensile strength of the higher-strength steel parts. The OEM thickened the mild-steel cowl crossmember from 1.2 mm to 1.8 mm, the Mazda6 front floor panel increased from 0.6 mm to 1.0 mm, and the rear wheel housings’ inner walls doubled from 0.7 mm to 1.4 mm, according to Brown. Mazda also retooled the chassis and suspension, which could affect certain collision repairs. In this latest round of thoughtful improvements, engineers have revisited every aspect of Mazda6’s chassis, with its suspension offering a smoother, more linear ride quality and greater NVH refinement similar to the ultra-quiet CX-9. Its steering rack is now rigid-mounted to the chassis, offering greater steering response and feel, and its SKYACTIV-CHASSIS has been stiffened in complement with the revised suspension to offer both a smoother ride and to improve outright dynamic performance. Enabling this more comfortable ride without compromising the Mazda6’s handling, the suspension geometry has been revised, with roll-steer changes that promote more neutral handling. Additionally, body reinforcements, thicker sheet metal in the rear wheel-wells, reinforced chassis bracing and even thicker suspension trailing link mounts help improve interior conversation sound quality, putting Mazda6 into rarified air when it comes to quietness, refinement and capabilities. Spokesman Jacob Brown was also nice enough to provide a look at the unchanged higher-strength steel elements on the 2018 model year and all 6s dating back to the generation’s Job One, part of the 2014 model year. This might be of interest to shops and techs who don’t see many Mazdas; the Mazda6 itself sold 33,402 units last year. Anything in dark blue is ultra-high-strength steel of either 780 megapascals, 980 MPa or a whopping 1,800 MPa. The blue locations are 590 MPa, and the light blue components are either 390 MPa or 440 MPa. 
  4. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Tohto, Can consider SRS cover wrap and call Wheelzkin again liao .. keke ! Cheers. Richard
  5. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi James, I changed to another SRS cover when doing the leather wrap and removed the original emblem but no, you do not have to do so which was the case before SRS cover's leather wrap. Cheers. Richard
  6. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi James, From ebay seller in Australia: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com.au%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F191142949931 It is high quality encapsulated type. Cheers. Richard
  7. richard_crl032

    MAZDA 6

    Hi Sky, Easy peasy with the right tool .. 3M adhesive remover. Ya .. stock one is dumb .. clearing old stock from pre FL version without road safety camera that allows it to be fitted higher. For FL version, it will be lower and blocks view .. I changed to thinkware F770. Cheers. Richard
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    2015 Forester 2.0

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    2015 Forester 2.0

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    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi James, Indeed wheelzkin is most competitively priced and cool guy who is very helpful. I had leather wrapped nicely by wheelzkin on stock steering but progressed to kenstyle double D leather one ... but to me, it made stock plastic cover looks worse and wheelzkin helped with making it leather also which is much nicer now ... yymv. Cheers. Richard
  11. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi James, Thanks 🙏 Another view and think gap between profile 55 tyres and wheel arch looks decent in addition to being more compliant 😁 Cheers. Richard
  12. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi James/Orixy, Changed to 235/55/18 Primacy 4 (made in Spain) since I wish for more rubber and associated more compliant ride but Primacy 4 ST (made in Thailand and China) does not have profile 55. ZP had seen that with lowered ride with RSR springs and Prodrive 18" rims with 43 offset I think, it is still ok with very slight rubbing at full lock when making u turn as suspension is also bouncing but nothing of any concern for me and I do like how it feels up the wheel arches. Cheers, Richard
  13. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Mozzo, Welcome to forester ownership !!! YMMV especially for compliant and not best handling in my preferred case but for strut and sway bars, I stick to good old Japanese Cusco especially Taiwanese hardrace not cheap also. Struts to me are minimal impact but both front and rear swaybar aka anti-roll bar or ARB will certainly be felt ... improved handling and alleviate floaty feels but it also create harshness especially rear arb as our rear suspension is the biggest issue which is worse than typical SUV and not to mentioned lower sedans. I learnt the hard way with full cusco front strut, rear beatrush strut and front/rear arb but now with all flexible STI including front strut but back to stock front and rear arb ... I had cusco rear arb, wrx rear arb before going back to stock as well cusco front arb before going back to stock one also. More on handling and ride impact of magic collar, front/rear bumper dampers, steering damper/stiffener etc. etc. but believe one have to put a bit more into RSR spring lowered by 25mm and then coupled with adjustable cusco touring A dampers to optimise before anything else if I know then what I know now ... again for my soft bum and preferred compliant ride since not into coilovers. On ICE upgrades specifically for SJ XT with Harmon Kardon system, it will be drop in replacement from kickers but do get adaptors since stock is 6X9 while these are coaxial round ones and strong recommend to add an active sub from Pioneers at say sgd450: https://www.amazon.com/2012-2017-Upgreade-Subaru-Crosstrek-H631SFJ001/dp/B01JQRNHY8/ref=pd_sbs_263_4/144-4533138-4977322?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01JQRNHY8&pd_rd_r=9aad6ba3-5cd7-4518-ba0f-6e814e5dde03&pd_rd_w=Qb2qb&pd_rd_wg=Dl0am&pf_rd_p=1c11b7ff-9ffb-4ba6-8036-be1b0afa79bb&pf_rd_r=MGPHN32YWCR5S3G2P80C&psc=1&refRID=MGPHN32YWCR5S3G2P80C I will not go into other non forester ICE upgrade as the sky is the limit and the ground is too far wide as well as I am not sure if your budget is 5k minimally or up to 100k active setup seen at EMMA competitions. Cheers and enjoy !!! Richard
  14. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Epsilon, At least for my case based on minor alignment done after installation of magic collars, it is a nice to have and not absolutely needed. Cheers. Richard
  15. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Tow, Cool .. yymv .. in theory with the subframe being locked down stiffer, it becomes less flexible and you should feel more of the road akin to any stiffening e.g. springs, arb etc. and hence noise which I did. Most importantly is that that you did not unlike most who I spoke to out of the 35+ who went to Steven to fit the magic collars .. all good :) Cheers. Richard
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