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Old 11-27-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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Ive been searching and havent really found definite answer. I'm about to order Tien S-tech springs and front and rear sway bars. I was wondering what sway bars I should use. I've read Whiteline are good but I'm unsure on what mm I should go with? Also is there any other brands I should check out?

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Old 11-27-2012, 04:37 PM   #2
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And I just saw the sway bar and end link FAQ, sorry.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:10 PM   #3
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Sorry, but if your truly searched you will change your mind on those springs!
Perhaps the worst springs made for these cars. There is a sticky on it, it's so bad.
I think you need to do more research. Take your time on this, do it right.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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Sorry, but if your truly searched you will change your mind on those springs!
Perhaps the worst springs made for these cars. There is a sticky on it, it's so bad.
I think you need to do more research. Take your time on this, do it right.
Thank you, I didn't look much into the springs because I liked the price.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:21 PM   #5
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I always heard that tein springs were very good. Have not use them myself, actually planning on buying them next week. More details on why they are the worst springs??
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:29 PM   #6
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I always heard that tein springs were very good. Have not use them myself, actually planning on buying them next week. More details on why they are the worst springs??
Go up to the suspension super sticky and look it up.
Basically put, they are too low and too soft.

Again go up to the stickies and take a good long look at all the GREAT INFO up there. Right at your fingertips.

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Old 11-27-2012, 10:30 PM   #7
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I always heard that tein springs were very good. Have not use them myself, actually planning on buying them next week. More details on why they are the worst springs??
The S-techs are only designed to make your car look good, they were not made to perform well or be comfortable. There are much better options out there.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:05 PM   #8
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Too low, too soft, purely designed for dudes that wanna slam their car and have no concern for anything performance related. Sticky covers it really well. To be fair, there is a deluge of other poorly designed springs out there as well.

If you want, you can drop me a line on here and I'll get ya pointed in the right direction.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:12 PM   #9
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Too low, too soft, purely designed for dudes that wanna slam their car and have no concern for anything performance related. Sticky covers it really well. To be fair, there is a deluge of other poorly designed springs out there as well.

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What are some suggestions for budget minded guys looking to get some low?
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I always heard that tein springs were very good.

you been hearing things at the kiddie slammer meets....tein springs are at the very bottom of the barrel for springs
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What are some suggestions for budget minded guys looking to get some low?
Be careful how low. Most lowering springs are on the soft side, so beware. Lowering springs are not usually good performance springs. Personally I would not go lower than 30mm (about an inch).

Search for lowering springs to see what might do what you are looking for.

If you are on a budget look for used. Swift Sport is a well regarded lowering spring for example. Used is great way to save money.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:13 PM   #12
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Be careful how low. Most lowering springs are on the soft side, so beware. Lowering springs are not usually good performance springs. Personally I would not go lower than 30mm (about an inch).

Search for lowering springs to see what might do what you are looking for.

If you are on a budget look for used. Swift Sport is a well regarded lowering spring for example. Used is great way to save money.
Thanks for the suggestion. I see a lot of used coil overs, but between the baby, wife, new house, etc... You know the story. Do I have to buy wagon specific springs? The front just looks stupid with the 2" gap...
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:21 PM   #13
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No, sometimes sedan springs won't sag on a wagon, but more often they will. So don't worry if you only find sedan springs. You can get saggy butt spacers to take care of any sag.

I made my own out of a poly cutting board and a jig saw. It's very easy to do.

Go to Turn In Concepts if you want to buy them. They are not that expensive.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:25 PM   #14
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I would strongly consider adding a Whiteline Roll Center kit if you're dropping that much.....it will definately improve the "bump steer" and aid handling.....about $250 - 300 installed.
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What are some suggestions for budget minded guys looking to get some low?
As far as aftermarket goes, RCE and Swift are the two to look at. All the others are really more concerned with a fashionable drop and meeting a price point. RCE makes wagon specific lowering springs, for the RCE you'll need uprated dampers though. I recommend either Koni inserts Feal inserts or D-specs.

If you want aesthetic drop Swift Sport springs are fine, and have rates that aren't too detrimental to stock struts, though being an 02 you'd probably want to at least get new oem replacement bits. If you want proper performance oriented springs you need Swift Spec R springs, and again uprated dampers like the ones mentioned above.

If it was me I'd opt for RCE wagon springs and one of the above uprated dampers paired with Group N tops.

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sell the subaru and buy a vw or hunduha
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