Knadler301

Ralliart Suspension in Lancer SE AWC

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Hi guys,

Just thought id post this because i could never find a clear answer for this specific question, but i risked the install anyway.

OEM Ralliart suspension assemblies and sway bars DO FIT lancer SE AWCs. 

You can find used ralliart springs and struts all assembled on ebay from 250 to 300 bucks. This is by far the biggest suspension improvement for lancer SEs for the money.

Install should take less than 2 hours. There is no spring compression required. Literally just unbolt your entire spring and strut assemblies and replace them with your new ralliart parts. You will need an alignment though due to the difference in ride height.

I also replaced the rear sway bar with one from an oem ralliart for 70 bucks. This does require a little more work like dropping the rear diff though. Still definitely worth it for a huge improvement over the stock SE sway. Dramatically reduced understeer.

I believe replacing the front sway bar with that from a ralliart would increase understeer from my current setup. Right now the stock SE front sway bar is the same diameter as the oem Ralliart rear. This in theory should promote oversteer more than the larger ralliart front bar. Someone can correct me if im wrong.

 

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1 hour ago, Knadler301 said:

Hi guys,

Just thought id post this because i could never find a clear answer for this specific question, but i risked the install anyway.

OEM Ralliart suspension assemblies and sway bars DO FIT lancer SE AWCs. 

You can find used ralliart springs and struts all assembled on ebay from 250 to 300 bucks. This is by far the biggest suspension improvement for lancer SEs for the money.

Install should take less than 2 hours. There is no spring compression required. Literally just unbolt your entire spring and strut assemblies and replace them with your new ralliart parts. You will need an alignment though due to the difference in ride height.

I also replaced the rear sway bar with one from an oem ralliart for 70 bucks. This does require a little more work like dropping the rear diff though. Still definitely worth it for a huge improvement over the stock SE sway. Dramatically reduced understeer.

I believe replacing the front sway bar with that from a ralliart would increase understeer from my current setup. Right now the stock SE front sway bar is the same diameter as the oem Ralliart rear. This in theory should promote oversteer more than the larger ralliart front bar. Someone can correct me if im wrong.

 

I've always thought that spring rates might be different knowing that RA are a bit heavier than NA Lancers. I was about to install an Eibach RA specific spring but the tech told me about different spring rates which would affect the ride. Atleast more stiffer anyways since changing to lowering springs will really affect the ridability of the vehicle. How are you liking it so far?

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Im not sure the weight is too different between a RA and SE since the SE lancer also has an awd system. Ralliarts have a few added parts to improve rigidity which will add a little extra weight.  Not sure the weight difference between the 2.0 turbo and 2.4 motor/sst and cvt transmissions either.

 

I havent had one complaint about the setup. It has never felt too soft or too stiff, and i can fly on really nasty roads and it will stay completely planted. Most of the roads where i live are twisty mountain type roads thatbarent always very well kept. The suspension even performs well on busted dirt roads. 

Id say if youre going to race on a track the setup would be too soft, but for daily driving its perfect.

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15 minutes ago, Knadler301 said:

Im not sure the weight is too different between a RA and SE since the SE lancer also has an awd system. Ralliarts have a few added parts to improve rigidity which will add a little extra weight.  Not sure the weight difference between the 2.0 turbo and 2.4 motor/sst and cvt transmissions either.

 

I havent had one complaint about the setup. It has never felt too soft or too stiff, and i can fly on really nasty roads and it will stay completely planted. Most of the roads where i live are twisty mountain type roads thatbarent always very well kept. The suspension even performs well on busted dirt roads. 

Id say if youre going to race on a track the setup would be too soft, but for daily driving its perfect.

You're right with the weight. RA is approximately 1900kgs compared to SE which is 1800kgs. 

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So with that weight reduction a lancer se probably gets a little more performance out of the ralliart suspension. It definitely raised my ride height, and i can still take corners like 50% faster than stock. 225 width z rated tires over the stock 205s definitely help too.

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