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Old 07-02-2002, 01:22 AM   #1
traskw
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Join Date: Aug 2001
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Boyertown, PA; Hampton, CT
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2005 LGT '94SS MR2
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Default A Suspension Story (AGX and More)

I found myself rather disheartened with the handling of my 01 Legacy Sedan today. Normally I small grin would have come across my face as I pushed my V rated tires through a near by 180 degree exit ramp at 55mph, but instead I wanted more. No, it had nothing to do with test-driving a WRX the day before at the Exeter meet. I was quite pleased to step back into my Legacy, feel the low-end torque again and thus, I wanted for nothing. I rode home happily and even arrived early. With plenty of daylight left I finally had the time to bleed the brakes on my Wifes 97 Legacy wagon, which had been sitting idle since the suspension install the day before. AGX struts, Dobinson stock height springs, and Cusco front and rear strut tower braces. I also replaced the single piston calipers with dual units for good measure. I then proceeded to test-drive our newly revamped wagon to seat the brakes, and once satisfied that they were breaking in properly I began to push the car through corners and see what it could do. Very impressive, but not pushed too much, as it was to be aligned the next day. Monday and the alignment is complete, no longer feeling the need to hold back I push the car through the windy corners that are the roads which lead home. I have to remind myself that Im in a wagon, an L no less. Later in the day and I have to run to the hardware store for my 92 project car, I jump in my sedan and this story begins

I was satisfied, now I am not.

Notes: The front struts are identical. The rear AGX struts are slightly shorter (.75 to 1) but with the stock height Dobinson springs the ride is actually higher than before, which is good because the rear end of the car was starting to sag with the old suspension. Overall Id say the car has been returned to stock height and is very even front-to-back without that rear dragging look some of the 95-99 Legacies have using the AGX struts and lowering springs. The car really hugs the road and the ride is stiff and sporty, but not rough or uncomfortable as the Dobinson springs (from Australia for those wondering) are fairly progressive. I do think that the extra .75to 1 in the rear would allow the Dobinsons to react even better, as they may be slightly tensioned due to the strut difference. Stopping is also finally up to par, not that it was that bad before, but a worthy conversion.
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