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Old 01-02-2013, 07:34 PM   #26
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They are ALL like that, not just the first few. There's a loud clunk/bang going over a bump from it
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:05 PM   #27
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winter
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yeah
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:29 PM   #28
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Have you contacted machv? They would know whats up, and if thats how they are designed.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:09 PM   #29
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winter
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bad struts


yeah
Did it in summer too.

Is it common for 30k mile struts to go out like that? These springs are supposed to be close to stock spring rate for this reason to keep em from going bad.

My car isn't bouncy or anything
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:10 PM   #30
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Have you contacted machv? They would know whats up, and if thats how they are designed.
Not yet, I keep forgetting to call them, I work 80 hours a week so I barely have time
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:22 PM   #31
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Springs that are too low can prematurely kill a good set of struts. As can a spring that has too high a spring rate for the struts.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:39 PM   #32
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These springs lower like less than an inch and have close to stock spring rates
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:39 AM   #33
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These springs lower like less than an inch and have close to stock spring rates
Yes, the Mach V has a better than average lowering spring reputation.
I was writing in general.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:11 PM   #34
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So I got bored and put on some 25mm spacers today and noticed a few things. My drivers side rear sits lower than the passenger side. Ill physically measure it tomorrow but its noticeable. Blah this is annoying.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:49 PM   #35
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So I got bored and put on some 25mm spacers today and noticed a few things. My drivers side rear sits lower than the passenger side. Ill physically measure it tomorrow but its noticeable. Blah this is annoying.


this is NORMAL and forgetaboutit
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:04 PM   #36
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this is NORMAL and forgetaboutit
It's normal for one side of the car to be a different height? No.

Anyway, It was always like that it is just more noticeable now.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:33 PM   #37
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It's normal for one side of the car to be a different height? No.
Do you have an identical twin that rides shotgun 100% of the time? Are you absolutely sure that you have 50/50 weight balance left to right?
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It's normal for one side of the car to be a different height? No.

Anyway, It was always like that it is just more noticeable now.

cupcake......sugard00000dle......moron

this EXACT thing has been discussed HERE since 2002 when the gd chassis hit

IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE OF NO SIGNIFIGANCE WHAT SO EVER

FORGETABOUTIT
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:26 PM   #39
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It's normal for one side of the car to be a different height? No.
It is ABSOLUTELY NORMAL for a Subaru not to be level from one side of the car to the other. They're lower on the driver's side 99% of the time.

As far as your overall problems:

1) Several coils of the spring actually touching each other is perfectly normal and is how the spring designer created the ride height for your car that he wanted.

2) Any coils above the dead coils touching is NOT normal. If the upper coils ever come into contact with each other, this is called coil bind. You will get the symptoms you describe (sudden, harsh bang) from coil bind. Coil bind leaves marks behind though. If you look at the coils that don't touch when the car is just sitting there on its feet, they will have scars top and bottom where they slam into the coil above and below them. There might be a hint of that showing in your picture, however the picture isn't very good, so you're going to have to look at this yourself.

3) 1" is actually a lot of lowering for an Impreza, so you're already at a point where many complications start to come into play.

4) What did you do with your bumpstops when you put these springs on? 1" lowering would make the car damned near ride in contact with the stock bumpstops at rest. This makes it feel like crap. However, trimming the bumpstops gives you what seems like a slight improvement but the transition back to crap is more abrupt when you slam into the shortened bumpstops. No bumpstops at all would produce the symptoms you describe. Did you forget to replace them or have they gotten old and cracked off? That's starting to happen a lot to the 02-07 cars as they age.

5) For $1,000-$1,500, you cannot get a good coilover. You can only get variations on crap coilovers at that price. You need to budget $2,500, minimum, if you want a coilover setup that will do better than what you have now.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:44 PM   #40
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1 I know this and that's totally cool

2 yep I have rust marks/scars from coil bind

3 didn't know this interesting.

4 nothing as I was under the assumption nothing had to be done with these, no one else did on their installs.

5 while I don't totally agree with you on this, I know they won't be super uber awesome. I am looking at feal re valved sti struts on swift springs or their coilovers.

http://www.fastwrx.com/mavsp0wr.html these are the springs
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:01 PM   #41
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Some KW V1 coilovers are good and affordable. There are the ST versions too, though in your climate, get the KW versions for their plated bodies and lifetime warranty. I do not believe you must spend $2500 or more for good, though that is a good starting price for competitive stuff.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:13 PM   #42
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Springs and combos we recommend

Mach V - good (as in still working) WRX dampers or tokico blues or koni
Swift Spec R - good STi or Tokico D-spec or koni
RCE blacks - good STi or Tokico D-spec or koni
RCE yellows - good STi or Tokico D-spec or koni

Additionally do not discount what Feal suspension is doing with STi dampers. He's done a great job of figuring things out with those, and does some nice work.

Spring not on this list? If it's by a name I didn't mention above then I'm not going to recommend it.

Why? Simple - know what you are buying. I haven't seen any other makers release rates except for a couple and I do not at all feel those rates are correct for this chassis.

Why part 2? Most of the crap out there is just that. Crap.

Why part 3? In the 7 or 8 years we've been around we've been through so many suspension combinations that it's not even funny. To the point that we spend more money on R&D of setups than any of us actually took home.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:17 PM   #43
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Your coilovers (the 2 that you sell), d specs, feal coilovers, feal re valves. All looked into. I think swift and re valved sti struts might be more for me.

Only reason I don't like d specs as much as I don't need adjustable dampening I feel like, and I hear they clunk fast.

I don't know. Lmao. I never can make decisions.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:14 AM   #44
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The KWv1s aren't crap and are affordable, but they don't do a lot of the stuff that people think they want out of a coilover. While they're good, they very, very much fall into the category where you're value ahead to just buy a strut and a spring and run with it.

As far as my $2500 comment, price out complete systems, not just the base price for the coilovers. Other than the ~$1k crap-in-a-box setups, there usually turns out to be bits and pieces you have to add that aren't part of the base price to make it work ideally for your setup.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:45 AM   #45
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The MachV's are too soft for a spring that lowers 1". Heck I am looking to gain travel after a set of Feals and RCE yellows. The yellows look good and the car is nicely damped but some bumps are pretty harsh because I know I am hitting the bump stops. Get RCE blacks with D-Specs and if you think they are too high in the front then pick up a set of RCE lowering camber plates. Great setup... a little pricey with the plates tho.

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Old 02-13-2013, 12:50 AM   #46
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You're going to be in the bumpstops on any spring. Look at how much travel this car cycles on just a normal road. It's going from full droop to full compression on the bumpstop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrA8YEcSGJ
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