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Old 09-02-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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Default Subaru STi strut upgrade for '02 Wgn

Have 186k on original everything. Want new struts, bushings, mounts, etc. Anyone replaced their wagon suspension with the Subaru factory/STi upgrades for the '02 wagon? Other suggestions?
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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The bushings and strut tops are a must.
The STi parts are good. For a fraction of the cost with almost the same set up, you can get KYB AGX struts with STi springs. A better option would be Tokico D-Specs with your choice of RCE, STi (JDM or USDM) or Swift springs (ranked in order of performance).
Now these struts are not wagon specific so you will loose negative camber. You can get the camber back with adjustable strut tops, after market camber bolts or slotting the struts. Of the 3 options the tops are the easiest (the best method) but most expensive. Slotting is the cheapest (a dremle and 35 minutes) and my preferred method other than the tops. Last are the camber bolts, inexpensive and a pain to use unless you have a good alignment guy or you do it yourself.
Again the STi kit is good but you can do better for the money.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:20 PM   #3
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Possible choices

Struts (adjustable)
KYB AGX; Tokico D-spec; Koni inserts (only if your OEM housings are not rusted badly); Feal Suspensions rebuild

Struts (fixed)
OEM STI 2004 ONLY; Feal Suspensions rebuild

Tophats (non-adjustable)
Subaru's 'Group-N'; Whiteline's 'Com-C' (front only) - will allow for fixed maximum camber/caster setting

Springs
Racecomp Engineering's 'RCE Blacks'; Swift 'Wagon'; Swift 'Spec-R'; Mach-V; Epic Engineering; STI OEM; Whiteline's 'Flat Out'

NOTE: you could interchange 2004-2007 rear tophats and springs (and vice-versa) with struts that are designed for 2002-2003 by using TiC's 'Scooby921' spacers.

Bushings - Suspension
Control arm forward: Whiteline
Control arm rearward: Whiteline (regular or 'Sport') ALK (Anti-lift Kit); Turn in Concepts ("TiC") split bushings - 'Enthusiast' or regular; Perrin's 'PSRS'; Subaru's 'Group-N'; GT Spec
Lateral Links: Whiteline; TiC split bushings - 'Enthusiast' or regular; Subaru's Group-N; Energy Suspension
Trailing links: Whiteline; TiC split bushings - 'Enthusiast' or regular; Subaru's Group-N; Energy Suspension

Bushings - Driveline
Shifter: Kartboy
Transmission Crossmember: TiC; Kartboy; Whiteline
Steering Rack: Whiteline
Rear differential - outrigger: Kartboy; Whiteline; Paranoid Fabrications
Rear differential - carrier: Kartboy; Whiteline; GT Spec

Tie-rod Ends and Ball-Joints (lowered vehicles)
Whiteline's 'Roll-Centre' kit; GT Spec's 'Roll Center/Bump Steer' kit

Engine and Transmission Mounts
Subaru's 'Group-N'; Cusco (urethane); Beatrush (urethane)

Other
Pitch-stop Mount: Kartboy; Subaru's 'Group-N'; Perrin; Beatrush
Swaybar endlinks: Kartboy; Perrin; Whiteline
Swaybar bushings: Whiteline; Perrin; Energy Suspension
Rear Crossmember Lock-out Bolts: Kartboy; Perrin; Whiteline
Cowl Braces: TiC; Paranoid Fabrications
Rear strut-chassis bracing: 'CarLabs Development X-Brace' manufactured by TiC; Oswald Performance 'Rear Triangle Brace'
Lightweight Bumper Beams (F/R): Oswald Performance
Lightweight Subframe: Oswald Performance; Beatrush (cannot use with metal control arms or any control arm that uses an ALK or control arm rearward bushing that adjusts for caster); GT Spec; Perrin

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Start from the ground-up: suspension bushings, tie-rod ends, and ball-joints. You literally must be on a good footing, otherwise why bother.

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Old 09-02-2012, 02:40 PM   #4
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Start from the ground-up: suspension bushings, tie-rod ends, and ball-joints. You literally must be on a good footing, otherwise why bother.

^^^^^^^^^^^Exactly!!!!Start here!!!
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:05 PM   #5
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Possible choices

Struts (adjustable)
KYB AGX; Tokico D-spec; Koni inserts (only if your OEM housings are not rusted badly); Feal Suspensions rebuild

Struts (fixed)
OEM STI 2004 ONLY; Feal Suspensions rebuild

Tophats (non-adjustable)
Subaru's 'Group-N'; Whiteline's 'Com-C' (front only) - will allow for fixed maximum camber/caster setting

Springs
Racecomp Engineering's 'RCE Blacks'; Swift 'Wagon'; Swift 'Spec-R'; Mach-V; Epic Engineering; STI OEM; Whiteline's 'Flat Out'

NOTE: you could interchange 2004-2007 rear tophats and springs (and vice-versa) with struts that are designed for 2002-2003 by using TiC's 'Scooby921' spacers.

Bushings - Suspension
Control arm forward: Whiteline
Control arm rearward: Whiteline (regular or 'Sport') ALK (Anti-lift Kit); Turn in Concepts ("TiC") split bushings - 'Enthusiast' or regular; Perrin's 'PSRS'; Subaru's 'Group-N'; GT Spec
Lateral Links: Whiteline; TiC split bushings - 'Enthusiast' or regular; Subaru's Group-N; Energy Suspension
Trailing links: Whiteline; TiC split bushings - 'Enthusiast' or regular; Subaru's Group-N; Energy Suspension

Bushings - Driveline
Shifter: Kartboy
Transmission Crossmember: TiC; Kartboy; Whiteline
Steering Rack: Whiteline
Rear differential - outrigger: Kartboy; Whiteline; Paranoid Fabrications
Rear differential - carrier: Kartboy; Whiteline; GT Spec

Tie-rod Ends and Ball-Joints (lowered vehicles)
Whiteline's 'Roll-Centre' kit; GT Spec's 'Roll Center/Bump Steer' kit

Engine and Transmission Mounts
Subaru's 'Group-N'; Cusco (urethane); Beatrush (urethane)

Other
Pitch-stop Mount: Kartboy; Subaru's 'Group-N'; Perrin; Beatrush
Swaybar endlinks: Kartboy; Perrin; Whiteline
Swaybar bushings: Whiteline; Perrin; Energy Suspension
Rear Crossmember Lock-out Bolts: Kartboy; Perrin; Whiteline
Cowl Braces: TiC; Paranoid Fabrications
Rear strut-chassis bracing: 'CarLabs Development X-Brace' manufactured by TiC; Oswald Performance 'Rear Triangle Brace'
Lightweight Bumper Beams (F/R): Oswald Performance
Lightweight Subframe: Oswald Performance; Beatrush (cannot use with metal control arms or any control arm that uses an ALK or control arm rearward bushing that adjusts for caster); GT Spec; Perrin

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Start from the ground-up: suspension bushings, tie-rod ends, and ball-joints. You literally must be on a good footing, otherwise why bother.
sorry to ask maybe its a stupid question buh in regards to the beatrush lightweight subframe...wah do you mean you can't use Anti lift kits? is there a reason why? i mean the reason why i ask is because don't the stock control arms already come with there own "ALK"...thank you
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