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Old 10-08-2012, 07:16 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I have searched around and can't find an answer so I have come here for knowledge.

OK so here what I would like to know: what spring/strut combo can I buy used off of another year/model Subaru that I can use to lift my wrx in the winters? As you can see in my profile I have an 08 wrx sedan. Any insight would be awesome. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:39 AM   #2
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Drop the top-hats install longer bolts and spacers, bolt top hats back up, get alignment..
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:23 AM   #3
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You can use 2009+ forester struts with WRX springs. That will raise you about an inch.

Or you can use King Standard Springs. About 1/4" lift with 25-30% stiffer rates. Recommend upgraded shocks. Bilsteins or Konis.

Or you can use King Lift Springs. About 1-1.5" lift with 25-30% stiffer rates. Recommend upgraded shocks. Bilsteins or Konis.

Or you can use spacers, personally I don't like this option since you don't get any added bump travel, which can be advantageous.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:03 AM   #4
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Recently saw this at a semi-local shop that does Subaru motor rebuilds (SSi Subaru Specialists)





and this



I didn't get pics of the spacers, but literally, they took the bolts out of the tophats, installed longer ones and had 3 1.5" diameter aluminum rod-stock spacers per strut, they simply center drilled the rod-stock for the bolt diameter and bolted it back up...
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:06 AM   #5
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Primitive Racing sold/sells similar spacers set-ups as well
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:26 AM   #6
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Hey guys thanks for all the replies. I will go do some research on what you guys have provided and see if I can put a kit together for a couple hundred. I have Cobb drop springs now and have lost my stockers in one of many military moves. So we will see. Thanks again guys
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:41 AM   #7
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Recently saw this at a semi-local shop that does Subaru motor rebuilds (SSi Subaru Specialists)

and this

I didn't get pics of the spacers, but literally, they took the bolts out of the tophats, installed longer ones and had 3 1.5" diameter aluminum rod-stock spacers per strut, they simply center drilled the rod-stock for the bolt diameter and bolted it back up...
Do they have a website or can you provide a contact number? Please and thank you.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:00 AM   #8
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WAY more hassle than it is worth

just find some decent springs and be done with it
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:12 AM   #9
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WAY more hassle than it is worth

just find some decent springs and be done with it
OK I'll take your word for it. Do you know if like forester springs will work on my struts?
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:54 PM   #10
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they'll be too long.

forester struts + wrx springs will give you a solid 2", as well as moving the spring perch higher so you can run a taller tire.

Or, just buy a set of 09+ forester take off's and swap the entire unit over. it will save you the hassle of only swapping out springs or struts alone.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:19 PM   #11
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Do they have a website or can you provide a contact number? Please and thank you.
Google will know.. (im on my phone cureently)
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:24 PM   #12
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WAY more hassle than it is worth

just find some decent springs and be done with it
So somehow swapping springs summer/winter is going to be easier than unbolting the tophats/kuckles and installing spacers... Call me crazy, but no...
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:27 PM   #13
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So somehow swapping springs summer/winter is going to be easier than unbolting the tophats/kuckles and installing spacers... Call me crazy, but no...
Either way the whole unit has to come out.

Might as well just swap in a fully assembled forester or outback unit.
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So somehow swapping springs summer/winter is going to be easier than unbolting the tophats/kuckles and installing spacers... Call me crazy, but no...


no-no-NO

swapping suspension seasonally is a fools errand

find ONE set of springs and THAT'S IT AND DONE

needing to swap suspension out means ya need another vehicle or ya got the wrong vehicle
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:32 PM   #15
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You have to take the tophat off the strut to change springs. It doesn't seem like that's necessary for the spacers mentioned in this thread.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:47 PM   #16
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no-no-NO

swapping suspension seasonally is a fools errand

find ONE set of springs and THAT'S IT AND DONE

needing to swap suspension out means ya need another vehicle or ya got the wrong vehicle
Although I admire your conviction, I wouldn't be asking if I didn't want to do it. Suppose to be a heavy winter and I think it's worth it to not be a snow plow and risk buying another front bumper.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:57 PM   #17
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king lift springs.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:43 PM   #18
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Thanks man. Now I just have to figure out what year forester is interchangeable with my 08 wrx
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While he can be a dick, he's one of the most knowledgable people on the forum. If you don't like his wording, just keep scrolling.

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Thanks man. Now I just have to figure out what year forester is interchangeable with my 08 wrx
09+ is a direct swap. (I mentioned this earlier in the thread).
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no problem. check with Anthony. He's super knowledgeable!

http://www.vaughnperformance.com
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no problem. check with Anthony. He's super knowledgeable!

http://www.vaughnperformance.com
Thanks buddy. I put an email into them.
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no-no-NO

swapping suspension seasonally is a fools errand

find ONE set of springs and THAT'S IT AND DONE

needing to swap suspension out means ya need another vehicle or ya got the wrong vehicle
Roll your eyes all you like, its not what the OP asked...

We all know you're the "man"... But your word ISNT the final word... Thanks
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Roll your eyes all you like, its not what the OP asked...

We all know you're the "man"... But your word ISNT the final word... Thanks
It's OK. Not his fault he was born with a small penis. He has to make up for it some How.
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It's OK. Not his fault he was born with a small penis. He has to make up for it some How.
I doubt its got anything to do with penile anything...

Smart people tend to act this way, god knows US has helped me over the years... Its just thinking your word is the final say is where things go sideways...
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Yeah.


I still don't know if I want to go with the LIFT springs or the standard springs.
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