Back in 2017 I posted a topic for the Perrin Steering Dampener Lockdown on legacygt.com under the gen6 Legacy sub-forum beginning here. My various posts in that topic gave my impressions & suggestions on fitting.Any comments pro/con?
Technically they call it a dampener lockdown, so they're locking down the Subaru Steering Dampener, so you're right. If we shorten it to dampener lockdown it makes more sense.There is no point to a urethane adapter. Let’s stop that train. The effects of the Perrin adapter are so slight that they are not be even noticeable if you are not specifically trying to notice the difference. A urethane adapter would be even less noticeable and, thus, pointless.
By the way, “Dampener” seems like the wrong word selection by Perrin. The effect is the opposite of dampening, right? The steering is livelier, tighter, and more responsive with the Perrin adapter. In contrast, dampen means to deaden, subdue, or make spongier.
I find it to be a problem - notice having to correct steering way too much - similar to the observations of others who have decided to use the lockdown. I like tight responsive steering and at least on my car I'm making incremental changes to improve it. The 2020 Outback to me, drives like a minivan, but then again all of my previous vehicles have been much more sporty, with lower profile tires and less ground clearance. I know that the steering lockdown isn't going to magically transform the Outback into a go-kart, but I'm going to enjoy incremental improvements in steering feel and responsiveness. At low speeds I have no issue with the Outback's steering, but on the freeway it feels vague to me, compared to my Legacy GT Wagon, WRX, SVX, 1996 Impala SS, MR2 Turbo, Eclipse GS Turbo, Honda Fit. Compared to my brother-in-law's Sienna minivan the Outback is good though.I don't see a need to fix a nonexistent problem on a 2020 OB.
Yeah, this part was going through the back of my mind, too, as I typed my above response. Obviously, if you're in full-cruise-control, and the keep-assist is making tiny-adjustments, the whole system will feel-soft, regardless, given that it might be countering your slight corrections.