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Motion Lab Tuning's 2013 Suspension Thread! AST, Tanabe, Ohlins, Tein, and MORE!!!


Hello Evo owners,

Did you make any special New Year's resolutions this year between you and your beloved Evo? I'm going to go ahead and guess... YES you did! Otherwise why would you own one of these marvelous beasts?

Well we've got you covered whether you were thinking about a simple lowering spring install to improve the handling and cosmetics a bit, or you've outgrown your current track setup and am feeling the need for something a bit more dedicated. We have a full laundry list of components available for your application be it GSR or MR.

I'll be updating this thread regularly and if you don't see a something that you were looking for, don't hesitate to shoot us a PM and we'll do our absolute best to take care of you!
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Lowering Springs

One of the most basic suspension mods that you can do for your Evo to improve the handling and looks dramatically is a lowering spring installation. There are some great options available whether you're looking for a spring to compliment your new wheels or you're a weekend racer/enthusiast looking for something to reduce body roll while not ready to commit to the cost of a coilover kit.



First up is an offering from Tanabe. The GF210 lowering spring drops the stance of your Evo by 0.7" in the front and 1.1" in the rear. The spring rates are geared more towards a front bias to keep oversteer in check for the average spirited driver. Rates are: 241 lbs/in front and 196 lbs/in for the rear (4.3Kg/mm front and 3.5Kg/mm rear).
If you're looking for a bit more drop and slightly less performance, Tanabe also produces their DF210 spring offering a 1.1" drop for the front and a 1.4" drop for the rear. The spring rates for the DF springs are slightly harder in the front at 4.5 Kg/mm and a tad softer in the rear at 3.3 Kg/mm.
Tanabe has been producing high quality components since the early 1980's and their wealth of experience in the field shows through the quality of their offerings every time.
Priced at: $240 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.




Boasting one of, if not THE best warranty of any other suspension manufacturer (1,000,000 miles!) is the Eibach Pro-kit. This has been a pretty popular seller here for our local customers. I must say from experience, the Eibach pro-kit coupled with their front and rear sway bars will transform your car into totally different beast. The drop for the Eibach springs is mild at 1.2" in the front and 1" at the rear. Spring rates are progressive, resulting in 2.6 - 4.9 Kg/mm for the font and 1.8 - 4.8 Kg/mm in the rear. Set these up with a high quality strut and you probably wouldn't even feel the need to purchase a set of entry level coilovers to begin with. On top of the performance, you can't go wrong with a set of springs that are warrantied to outlast your car many times over.
Priced at: $235 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.





Next up is a track proven offering from Swift Sports. Hands down, the Swift Sports springs are the most popular lowering spring for the Evo X (with good reason). The Swift lowering springs drop the ride height by 1" in the front and 0.6" in the rear. An almost flat spring rate of 4.3 Kg/mm front and 4.4 Kg/mm rear aids in maintaining almost neutral handling characteristics. The springs are also much lighter due to reduced coil count thanks to Swift's signature construction methods.
Priced at: $299.35 + shipping (varies upon location)





Yet another track proven spring is produced by the minds of Racecomp Engineering. Racecomp lowering springs have become quite popular in the Subaru community due to the predictable behavior induced by the flat characteristics of their springs. The Evo appliction sports a ride height drop of .9" front and rear, along with equal spring rates of 300 lbs/in front and rear (5.4Kg/mm). Despite these rather aggressive rates compared to other offerings, the ride quality does not suffer noticeably while the increase in initial turn-in and general handling characteristics over stock are like night and day.
Priced at: $347 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.

If you see anything here that you are interested in, don't hesitate to shoot us a PM or comment below. More updates to come!

Thank you,
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Sway Bars and End-links

Another very important, but commonly overlooked suspension modification concerns the sway bar and end-link selection. A properly chosen sway bar can drastically reduce body roll, increasing the usable tire contact patch while turning. The improvement in control and stability is due to the bars resistance to torsional forces, so ride quality is not effected greatly.

One mistake that many people make when purchasing sway bars is going with the "bigger is better" train of thought. This does not communicate well when talking suspension geometry and load characteristics. Improper selection can cause you to have quite a few problems controlling your car under spirited or racing conditions, likely heightening the issues that you were trying to alleviate. Too stiff up front and you will induce understeer and destroy your turn-in. Too stiff in the rear and you will induce oversteer and lose time on the track or worse in either scenario.

So with that said, let us help you select a proper sway bar to meet your goals. Sometimes we find that in a few cases the vehicle actually benefited from removing the front or rear sway bar all together.

I'll update this with a full selection of our suggested components soon!

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Another very important, but commonly overlooked suspension modification concerns the sway bar and end-link selection. A properly chosen sway bar can drastically reduce body roll, increasing the usable tire contact patch while turning. The improvement in control and stability is due to the bars resistance to torsional forces, so ride quality is not effected greatly.

One mistake that many people make when purchasing sway bars is going with the "bigger is better" train of thought. This does not communicate well when talking suspension geometry and load characteristics. Improper selection can cause you to have quite a few problems controlling your car under spirited or racing conditions, heightening the issues that you were trying to alleviate. Too stiff up front and you will induce understeer and destroy your turn-in. Too stiff in the rear and you will induce oversteer and lose time on the track or worse in either scenario.

So with that said, let us help you select a proper sway bar to meet your goals. Sometimes we find that in a few cases the vehicle actually benefited from removing the front or rear sway bar all together.

I'll update this with a full selection of our suggested components soon!

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One of the most basic suspension mods that you can do for your Evo to improve the handling and looks dramatically is a lowering spring installation. There are some great options available whether you're looking for a spring to compliment your new wheels or you're a weekend racer/enthusiast looking for something to reduce body roll while not ready to commit to the cost of a coilover kit.



First up is an offering from Tanabe. The GF210 lowering spring drops the stance of your Evo by 0.7" in the front and 1.1" in the rear. The spring rates are geared more towards a front bias to keep oversteer in check for the average spirited driver. Rates are: 241 lbs/in front and 196 lbs/in for the rear (4.3Kg/mm front and 3.5Kg/mm rear).
If you're looking for a bit more drop and slightly less performance, Tanabe also produces their DF210 spring offering a 1.1" drop for the front and a 1.4" drop for the rear. The spring rates for the DF springs are slightly harder in the front at 4.5 Kg/mm and a tad softer in the rear at 3.3 Kg/mm.
Tanabe has been producing high quality components since the early 1980's and their wealth of experience in the field shows through the quality of their offerings every time.
Priced at: $240 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.




Boasting one of, if not THE best warranty of any other suspension manufacturer (1,000,000 miles!) is the Eibach Pro-kit. This has been a pretty popular seller here for our local customers. I must say from experience, the Eibach pro-kit coupled with their front and rear sway bars will transform your car into totally different beast. The drop for the Eibach springs is mild at 1.2" in the front and 1" at the rear. Spring rates are progressive, resulting in 2.6 - 4.9 Kg/mm for the font and 1.8 - 4.8 Kg/mm in the rear. Set these up with a high quality strut and you probably wouldn't even feel the need to purchase a set of entry level coilovers to begin with. On top of the performance, you can't go wrong with a set of springs that are warrantied to outlast your car many times over.
Priced at: $235 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.





Next up is a track proven offering from Swift Sports. Hands down, the Swift Sports springs are the most popular lowering spring for the Evo X (with good reason). The Swift lowering springs drop the ride height by 1" in the front and 0.6" in the rear. An almost flat spring rate of 4.3 Kg/mm front and 4.4 Kg/mm rear aids in maintaining almost neutral handling characteristics. The springs are also much lighter due to reduced coil count thanks to Swift's signature construction methods.
Priced at: $299.35 + shipping (varies upon location)





Yet another track proven spring is produced by the minds of Racecomp Engineering. Racecomp lowering springs have become quite popular in the Subaru community due to the predictable behavior induced by the flat characteristics of their springs. The Evo appliction sports a ride height drop of .9" front and rear, along with equal spring rates of 300 lbs/in front and rear (5.4Kg/mm). Despite these rather aggressive rates compared to other offerings, the ride quality does not suffer noticeably while the increase in initial turn-in and general handling characteristics over stock are like night and day.
Priced at: $347 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.

If you see anything here that you are interested in, don't hesitate to shoot us a PM or comment below. More updates to come!

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I apologize for the delayed update. It's been quite busy here at Motion Lab with a pretty consistent tuning schedule and plenty of builds/maintenance scheduled to keep the techs busy.

As far as our sway bar selection goes, we have offerings available from a few manufacturers that you all know and swear by.

Here are the brands that we currently have available along with their offerings:
  • Cobb - 32mm Frontand Rear
  • Eibach -29mm Front and 25mm Rear
  • Cusco - 27mm Front (non adj) and 25mm Rear (non adj)
  • Whiteline - 27mm Front and Rear
  • Progress - 25mm Rear
*Sway bars for this application are typically 2-way adjustable in the front and 3-way in the rear. Noted if the selection is not offered according to this standard.



Lastly to ensure that your sway bars are able to do their job properly, you will probably want to upgrade the weak factory endlinks. Both SSP and Whiteline offer adjustable endlinks with spherical joints. The units are height adjustable to keep unwanted preload at bay, and the spherical joints do an excellent job of transferring energy properly throughout the suspension.


Remember... this is bad.


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One of the most basic suspension mods that you can do for your Evo to improve the handling and looks dramatically is a lowering spring installation. There are some great options available whether you're looking for a spring to compliment your new wheels or you're a weekend racer/enthusiast looking for something to reduce body roll while not ready to commit to the cost of a coilover kit.



First up is an offering from Tanabe. The GF210 lowering spring drops the stance of your Evo by 0.7" in the front and 1.1" in the rear. The spring rates are geared more towards a front bias to keep oversteer in check for the average spirited driver. Rates are: 241 lbs/in front and 196 lbs/in for the rear (4.3Kg/mm front and 3.5Kg/mm rear).
If you're looking for a bit more drop and slightly less performance, Tanabe also produces their DF210 spring offering a 1.1" drop for the front and a 1.4" drop for the rear. The spring rates for the DF springs are slightly harder in the front at 4.5 Kg/mm and a tad softer in the rear at 3.3 Kg/mm.
Tanabe has been producing high quality components since the early 1980's and their wealth of experience in the field shows through the quality of their offerings every time.
Priced at: $240 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.




Boasting one of, if not THE best warranty of any other suspension manufacturer (1,000,000 miles!) is the Eibach Pro-kit. This has been a pretty popular seller here for our local customers. I must say from experience, the Eibach pro-kit coupled with their front and rear sway bars will transform your car into totally different beast. The drop for the Eibach springs is mild at 1.2" in the front and 1" at the rear. Spring rates are progressive, resulting in 2.6 - 4.9 Kg/mm for the font and 1.8 - 4.8 Kg/mm in the rear. Set these up with a high quality strut and you probably wouldn't even feel the need to purchase a set of entry level coilovers to begin with. On top of the performance, you can't go wrong with a set of springs that are warrantied to outlast your car many times over.
Priced at: $235 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.





Next up is a track proven offering from Swift Sports. Hands down, the Swift Sports springs are the most popular lowering spring for the Evo X (with good reason). The Swift lowering springs drop the ride height by 1" in the front and 0.6" in the rear. An almost flat spring rate of 4.3 Kg/mm front and 4.4 Kg/mm rear aids in maintaining almost neutral handling characteristics. The springs are also much lighter due to reduced coil count thanks to Swift's signature construction methods.
Priced at: $299.35 + shipping (varies upon location)





Yet another track proven spring is produced by the minds of Racecomp Engineering. Racecomp lowering springs have become quite popular in the Subaru community due to the predictable behavior induced by the flat characteristics of their springs. The Evo appliction sports a ride height drop of .9" front and rear, along with equal spring rates of 300 lbs/in front and rear (5.4Kg/mm). Despite these rather aggressive rates compared to other offerings, the ride quality does not suffer noticeably while the increase in initial turn-in and general handling characteristics over stock are like night and day.
Priced at: $347 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.

If you see anything here that you are interested in, don't hesitate to shoot us a PM or comment below. More updates to come!

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One of the most basic suspension mods that you can do for your Evo to improve the handling and looks dramatically is a lowering spring installation. There are some great options available whether you're looking for a spring to compliment your new wheels or you're a weekend racer/enthusiast looking for something to reduce body roll while not ready to commit to the cost of a coilover kit.



First up is an offering from Tanabe. The GF210 lowering spring drops the stance of your Evo by 0.7" in the front and 1.1" in the rear. The spring rates are geared more towards a front bias to keep oversteer in check for the average spirited driver. Rates are: 241 lbs/in front and 196 lbs/in for the rear (4.3Kg/mm front and 3.5Kg/mm rear).
If you're looking for a bit more drop and slightly less performance, Tanabe also produces their DF210 spring offering a 1.1" drop for the front and a 1.4" drop for the rear. The spring rates for the DF springs are slightly harder in the front at 4.5 Kg/mm and a tad softer in the rear at 3.3 Kg/mm.
Tanabe has been producing high quality components since the early 1980's and their wealth of experience in the field shows through the quality of their offerings every time.
Priced at: $240 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.




Boasting one of, if not THE best warranty of any other suspension manufacturer (1,000,000 miles!) is the Eibach Pro-kit. This has been a pretty popular seller here for our local customers. I must say from experience, the Eibach pro-kit coupled with their front and rear sway bars will transform your car into totally different beast. The drop for the Eibach springs is mild at 1.2" in the front and 1" at the rear. Spring rates are progressive, resulting in 2.6 - 4.9 Kg/mm for the font and 1.8 - 4.8 Kg/mm in the rear. Set these up with a high quality strut and you probably wouldn't even feel the need to purchase a set of entry level coilovers to begin with. On top of the performance, you can't go wrong with a set of springs that are warrantied to outlast your car many times over.
Priced at: $235 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.





Next up is a track proven offering from Swift Sports. Hands down, the Swift Sports springs are the most popular lowering spring for the Evo X (with good reason). The Swift lowering springs drop the ride height by 1" in the front and 0.6" in the rear. An almost flat spring rate of 4.3 Kg/mm front and 4.4 Kg/mm rear aids in maintaining almost neutral handling characteristics. The springs are also much lighter due to reduced coil count thanks to Swift's signature construction methods.
Priced at: $299.35 + shipping (varies upon location)





Yet another track proven spring is produced by the minds of Racecomp Engineering. Racecomp lowering springs have become quite popular in the Subaru community due to the predictable behavior induced by the flat characteristics of their springs. The Evo appliction sports a ride height drop of .9" front and rear, along with equal spring rates of 300 lbs/in front and rear (5.4Kg/mm). Despite these rather aggressive rates compared to other offerings, the ride quality does not suffer noticeably while the increase in initial turn-in and general handling characteristics over stock are like night and day.
Priced at: $347 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.

If you see anything here that you are interested in, don't hesitate to shoot us a PM or comment below. More updates to come!

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One of the most basic suspension mods that you can do for your Evo to improve the handling and looks dramatically is a lowering spring installation. There are some great options available whether you're looking for a spring to compliment your new wheels or you're a weekend racer/enthusiast looking for something to reduce body roll while not ready to commit to the cost of a coilover kit.



First up is an offering from Tanabe. The GF210 lowering spring drops the stance of your Evo by 0.7" in the front and 1.1" in the rear. The spring rates are geared more towards a front bias to keep oversteer in check for the average spirited driver. Rates are: 241 lbs/in front and 196 lbs/in for the rear (4.3Kg/mm front and 3.5Kg/mm rear).
If you're looking for a bit more drop and slightly less performance, Tanabe also produces their DF210 spring offering a 1.1" drop for the front and a 1.4" drop for the rear. The spring rates for the DF springs are slightly harder in the front at 4.5 Kg/mm and a tad softer in the rear at 3.3 Kg/mm.
Tanabe has been producing high quality components since the early 1980's and their wealth of experience in the field shows through the quality of their offerings every time.
Priced at: $240 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.




Boasting one of, if not THE best warranty of any other suspension manufacturer (1,000,000 miles!) is the Eibach Pro-kit. This has been a pretty popular seller here for our local customers. I must say from experience, the Eibach pro-kit coupled with their front and rear sway bars will transform your car into totally different beast. The drop for the Eibach springs is mild at 1.2" in the front and 1" at the rear. Spring rates are progressive, resulting in 2.6 - 4.9 Kg/mm for the font and 1.8 - 4.8 Kg/mm in the rear. Set these up with a high quality strut and you probably wouldn't even feel the need to purchase a set of entry level coilovers to begin with. On top of the performance, you can't go wrong with a set of springs that are warrantied to outlast your car many times over.
Priced at: $235 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.





Next up is a track proven offering from Swift Sports. Hands down, the Swift Sports springs are the most popular lowering spring for the Evo X (with good reason). The Swift lowering springs drop the ride height by 1" in the front and 0.6" in the rear. An almost flat spring rate of 4.3 Kg/mm front and 4.4 Kg/mm rear aids in maintaining almost neutral handling characteristics. The springs are also much lighter due to reduced coil count thanks to Swift's signature construction methods.
Priced at: $299.35 + shipping (varies upon location)





Yet another track proven spring is produced by the minds of Racecomp Engineering. Racecomp lowering springs have become quite popular in the Subaru community due to the predictable behavior induced by the flat characteristics of their springs. The Evo appliction sports a ride height drop of .9" front and rear, along with equal spring rates of 300 lbs/in front and rear (5.4Kg/mm). Despite these rather aggressive rates compared to other offerings, the ride quality does not suffer noticeably while the increase in initial turn-in and general handling characteristics over stock are like night and day.
Priced at: $347 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.

If you see anything here that you are interested in, don't hesitate to shoot us a PM or comment below. More updates to come!

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One of the most basic suspension mods that you can do for your Evo to improve the handling and looks dramatically is a lowering spring installation. There are some great options available whether you're looking for a spring to compliment your new wheels or you're a weekend racer/enthusiast looking for something to reduce body roll while not ready to commit to the cost of a coilover kit.



First up is an offering from Tanabe. The GF210 lowering spring drops the stance of your Evo by 0.7" in the front and 1.1" in the rear. The spring rates are geared more towards a front bias to keep oversteer in check for the average spirited driver. Rates are: 241 lbs/in front and 196 lbs/in for the rear (4.3Kg/mm front and 3.5Kg/mm rear).
If you're looking for a bit more drop and slightly less performance, Tanabe also produces their DF210 spring offering a 1.1" drop for the front and a 1.4" drop for the rear. The spring rates for the DF springs are slightly harder in the front at 4.5 Kg/mm and a tad softer in the rear at 3.3 Kg/mm.
Tanabe has been producing high quality components since the early 1980's and their wealth of experience in the field shows through the quality of their offerings every time.
Priced at: $240 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.




Boasting one of, if not THE best warranty of any other suspension manufacturer (1,000,000 miles!) is the Eibach Pro-kit. This has been a pretty popular seller here for our local customers. I must say from experience, the Eibach pro-kit coupled with their front and rear sway bars will transform your car into totally different beast. The drop for the Eibach springs is mild at 1.2" in the front and 1" at the rear. Spring rates are progressive, resulting in 2.6 - 4.9 Kg/mm for the font and 1.8 - 4.8 Kg/mm in the rear. Set these up with a high quality strut and you probably wouldn't even feel the need to purchase a set of entry level coilovers to begin with. On top of the performance, you can't go wrong with a set of springs that are warrantied to outlast your car many times over.
Priced at: $235 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.





Next up is a track proven offering from Swift Sports. Hands down, the Swift Sports springs are the most popular lowering spring for the Evo X (with good reason). The Swift lowering springs drop the ride height by 1" in the front and 0.6" in the rear. An almost flat spring rate of 4.3 Kg/mm front and 4.4 Kg/mm rear aids in maintaining almost neutral handling characteristics. The springs are also much lighter due to reduced coil count thanks to Swift's signature construction methods.
Priced at: $299.35 + shipping (varies upon location)





Yet another track proven spring is produced by the minds of Racecomp Engineering. Racecomp lowering springs have become quite popular in the Subaru community due to the predictable behavior induced by the flat characteristics of their springs. The Evo appliction sports a ride height drop of .9" front and rear, along with equal spring rates of 300 lbs/in front and rear (5.4Kg/mm). Despite these rather aggressive rates compared to other offerings, the ride quality does not suffer noticeably while the increase in initial turn-in and general handling characteristics over stock are like night and day.
Priced at: $347 shipped* in the lower 48 states *International rates available as well.

If you see anything here that you are interested in, don't hesitate to shoot us a PM or comment below. More updates to come!

Thank you,
Steven Watson
StevenW@motionlabtuning.com
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