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Old 09-13-2007, 09:58 AM   #51
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Nice thread here guys.

If I have a 1997 Impreza L Sedan and am looking to upgrade my suspension, what would be my best options? I would like to upgrade as much as possible to be able to handle with about 350awhp. What parts can I use off wrx's and sti's?
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Old 09-13-2007, 11:25 AM   #52
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Read around.
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Old 09-13-2007, 11:59 AM   #53
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Read around.
Exactly.......this is just a standard fitment thread. It's best if you read around, or start your own thread if you can't find what you're looking for. You'll get more answers that way.

Or PM us.

Ftiment on a swapped GC depends on a lot of variables and I wouldn't be able to cover it all here.


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Old 09-13-2007, 12:01 PM   #54
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Great thread.

Some things you may want to add:
1) Saabaru 9-2x parts. Even though, god forbid, that car is supposedly more on the comfort side than the WRX, some may still consider some those parts as a means of tweaking the balance of the car for certain applications.
2) As titled this is a fitment thread, but it would be nice to know the general differences between model years. Example, 04'+ models supposedly got multiphased valving in their struts, smaller rear swaybars, etc.
I should add the Saaburu stuff, I'll work on that this weekend.

I could make another thread with the differences throughout model years. Should I make a new thread or add it in here? I'm afraid it would get too long and confusing.

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Old 09-13-2007, 01:01 PM   #55
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I should add the Saaburu stuff, I'll work on that this weekend.

I could make another thread with the differences throughout model years. Should I make a new thread or add it in here? I'm afraid it would get too long and confusing.

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I think this is pretty clear and concise as it is. I am not sure what you are trying to add, as you can deduce that information from what's above.
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Old 09-13-2007, 01:35 PM   #56
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Thanks for organizing all this info, really helps us newbies
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:14 PM   #57
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I should add the Saaburu stuff, I'll work on that this weekend.

I could make another thread with the differences throughout model years. Should I make a new thread or add it in here? I'm afraid it would get too long and confusing.

- Andrew
I brought up item 2 in my post because you seemed to have gotten things going in that direction by talking about top mount stiffness earlier. I agree things could get confusing for some. Especially since things like spring rates vary not just from model year to model year, but between transmission types as well.

I've always been a big fan of such information being presented in a table format. Like Rallispec's gearing table. I've similar tables for suspension parts for other make and models of cars and always wished there was one for the Impreza.
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Old 09-13-2007, 05:30 PM   #58
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nice reorganization.

Might I suggest putting

"05+ sti front struts will not fit"

In giant bold letters?
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Old 09-14-2007, 11:48 AM   #59
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Thanks a lot for putting this thread together, it is just what this forum needs with the countless posts by miss informed people. I do have a few questions.

What was the main change in 05+ STi that make them so different that there springs and struts are unable to be used on lower models?

Is there a different between 06 2.5i sedan struts and wrx struts? (in terms of stiffness or performance)

Thanks again for putting this together
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Old 09-14-2007, 02:01 PM   #60
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It's not the springs, it's the struts that don't work.

The hub design was changed.
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Old 09-23-2007, 11:32 AM   #61
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Great posts. Keep it up.
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:52 PM   #62
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added a little, updated first post a bit. still would like more 08 impreza info though.


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Old 10-02-2007, 08:13 PM   #63
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Thanks for putting this thread together. It answered all of my 04 wagon specific "what will fit/work" questions.
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:10 PM   #64
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Great thread.

Some things you may want to add:
1) Saabaru 9-2x parts. Even though, god forbid, that car is supposedly more on the comfort side than the WRX, some may still consider some those parts as a means of tweaking the balance of the car for certain applications.
Andrew - Just saw your "I should add the Saaburu stuff, I'll work on that this weekend."

Thanks in advance!

I've searched but had a hard time finding the crossover parts from the Saabaru too. More options the better!

(and thanks for the awesome thread!)

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Old 10-07-2007, 02:56 PM   #65
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I have a quick question. I was wondering if a set of Tein S-Tech lowering springs for a 2007 WRX would fit a 2007 2.5i? I am looking at a set right now on ebay and im not trying to get screwed here so I am asking all of you guys if they will fit because i cant get a response out of the seller. Thanks.
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Old 10-07-2007, 04:43 PM   #66
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I have a quick question. I was wondering if a set of Tein S-Tech lowering springs for a 2007 WRX would fit a 2007 2.5i? I am looking at a set right now on ebay and im not trying to get screwed here so I am asking all of you guys if they will fit because i cant get a response out of the seller. Thanks.
Your answer lies in post #3.

Did you see the sticky about the S-techs?

One other thing about those - a lot of the Tein springs on eBay are fake. Be very skeptical...

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Old 10-09-2007, 03:57 PM   #67
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Few things to add about the old school cars:

The FWD models have different rear struts and suspension than the awd models. So only FWD rear struts will fit, and you can't easily swap on lateral links to add a rear swaybar. That brings me to my next point, which is most of the older L models did not have a rear swaybar so lateral links and mounting brackets would have to be swapped on. I'm not sure which years that applies to but I did an "add a rear swaybar write up" awhile ago if you want to use it:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...php?p=13537676
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Old 10-15-2007, 09:26 PM   #68
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Great thread guys...lots of info.

I have a quick question, and i believe it's already answered...unless i misread.

I have D-Specs, Crucial springs, and Spacers from my 05 WRX.

I read in this thread that the D-Specs will not work on a 05-07 STI, direct replacements for STI Struts are: Ohlins Fixed Perch, V9 Sti OEM, and V9 Arai STI "Pink" struts.

Out of Curiosity, why would the D-Specs (02-03 application) not work on an 05-07 sti.

I'm asking becasue i'd like to purchase this model year STI (05-07), and i have this Suspension left over.

Thanks for all your help

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Old 10-15-2007, 10:00 PM   #69
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the front clevis spacing/bolt pattern changed when they went to the 5x114.3 hubs - other Imprezas still use the 5x100 hubs/knuckles
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:35 PM   #70
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Great...thanks for clearing that up.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:50 PM   #71
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One thing that may be worth mentioning as I hack away at the Spring FAQ: in post #5, if you have an 05+ STi you may be able to get a new lower bracket for the coilovers if the manufacturer makes both. JIC and Cusco can do this, for sure.

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Old 11-09-2007, 12:36 AM   #72
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Can we append to add body bracing/stiffening? Things such as underbody bracing, H-braces, lower arm bars, etc. I am researching and finding some of this stuff does NOT fit the N/A models.
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:11 AM   #73
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I have a 97 OBS and was told that STI suspension (and most other drive train parts) would bolt right onto my car. Is this NOT True? if not what is compatible?

Thanks a lot!

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Old 12-12-2007, 08:21 AM   #74
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That's a rather broad question - as well as the usual track/camber issue of using GD parts on the earlier chassis (assuming you mean 'new age' STI) afaik there are some definite issues with the rear strut tops

See here and here

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Old 12-13-2007, 01:15 AM   #75
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Great idea! When you have time, do you think you could add a Forester section?
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