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Old 03-18-2010, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default 03 WRX springs in 97 Legacy

hey guys ive been looking around and no one has really answered my question as to if i can put 02-03 wrx springs into the struts of my 97 legacy. ive learned that 03 wrx suspension will fit right in. but im wondering if i could swap tein wrx springs into my BD struts and use my top hats? now i need new tops anyway so would it work if i bought 03 wrx top hats and springs and poped them into my stock struts? the struts have less then 20k on them and id hate to waste them.
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:25 PM   #2
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i read somewhere on RS25.com that GD impreza springs do fit onto GC impreza springs as long as you use the GD top hats for the fronts...i think. it's either the fronts or the rears that have to be swapped out. but if you use all GD top hats, you'll be fine. since GC struts will bolt onto a BD/BK/BG Leg, i would naturally assume that the GD springs will work for our cars as well. i'm actually going to be trying this out fairly soon, but i'll be using '04 STi springs on stock '95 Brighton struts. we'll see how this goes.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:41 PM   #3
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I believe you'll find your answer in here:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=974624
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:19 AM   #4
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Use wrx springs with wrx struts. just did it to my 99 outback. looks awesome. but know that i have eibach springs in the from, with wrx wagon springs in the back.

here is the result






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Old 03-26-2010, 12:21 AM   #5
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The first photo is what it used to be, second is what is now, here is another

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Old 03-26-2010, 02:10 PM   #6
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^ So those are just plain and simple WRX struts/springs combo with Eibachs in the front. Are the tophats the same from the WRX?
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Old 03-26-2010, 04:01 PM   #7
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yup, wrx everything except the eibach front springs. The reason i did that is because i had sedan struts, which are softer in the rear than wagon struts, so with the rear wagon springs and the front eibachs it made it nice and even. What the guys did was take the old struts and springs out in one piece, then swap it for the wrx stuff (tophats, springs, struts)
Also you should get your wheels aligned after.

Everything is 02 wrx by the way.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:57 PM   #8
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so would this work on my 01 sedan? or would i be better off with going all wrx components?

I should just drop $$$ on coils..
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:02 PM   #9
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i have 04 struts on prodrive springs(also for wrx) and they came out awesome, direct fit

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Old 03-28-2010, 11:04 PM   #10
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so would this work on my 01 sedan? or would i be better off with going all wrx components?

I should just drop $$$ on coils..
i believe yours has the multi-link rear suspension, which means youd have to get a setup designed for your legacy, since the wrx doesnt come with multi-link rear suspension
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:08 PM   #11
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Fair enough.

trying to work out some planning now as im picking up an 01 4dr middle of this week. Im a Jeep mechanic and am new to the world of subie. ill have to throw it up on a lift before i start asking dumb questions then haha
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:28 PM   #12
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that looks great

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Use wrx springs with wrx struts. just did it to my 99 outback. looks awesome. but know that i have eibach springs in the from, with wrx wagon springs in the back.

here is the result






good luck
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:20 AM   #13
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^ Thanks. I'm painting the whole car and tinting this summer, most likely all black. I'd also like to do a wrx interior swap, not sure if it fits though
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:04 PM   #14
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Yeah, Aaron, your outback looks great. Now I can see myself getting some WRX springs/struts
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:13 PM   #15
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It's made the car way more fun to drive. I never knew what cornering was like! haha.
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:51 AM   #16
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Aaron8992, so 2002 WRX everything?

slaytalera, 2004 WRX everything? Are they wagon springs?

So what tires are you guys running? They look like taller sidewalls than the typical 205/55-16 (or whatever the WRX/LGT spec was). Are they the stock size and do you have any rubbing issues? I want to do a moderate drop (1-2", not slammed) but I would like to keep my 215/60-16 tires (stock diameter "plus one"), at least for now. My speedo seems to read about 2.5-3mph fast as is and it will be worse with smaller tires...

Thanks, Doug

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Old 10-09-2011, 01:39 AM   #17
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Can see this in the near future!
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:37 PM   #18
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I have STi top hats on my stock struts but the STi springs won't fit the stock struts but i don't know about the wrx
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:32 PM   #19
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Sorry to ask, but do you know this because you tried it? Are you talking about the struts themselves or the top hats or spring perches (rubber things on top of the springs under the top hats)?

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I have STi top hats on my stock struts but the STi springs won't fit the stock struts but i don't know about the wrx

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Old 10-09-2011, 05:21 PM   #20
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It depends on what year STi - but the springs from 04+ on the Imprezas were designed with a tapering on the rear, so they probably wouldn't work without those same model year struts. 05+ STi doesn't bolt up at all.
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:11 AM   #21
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As long as the WRX springs aren't tapered to a smaller diameter at the top, they should work. I don't know how much they will lower the car used on OB struts though. If you do it, please update here

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hey guys ive been looking around and no one has really answered my question as to if i can put 02-03 wrx springs into the struts of my 97 legacy. ive learned that 03 wrx suspension will fit right in. but im wondering if i could swap tein wrx springs into my BD struts and use my top hats? now i need new tops anyway so would it work if i bought 03 wrx top hats and springs and poped them into my stock struts? the struts have less then 20k on them and id hate to waste them.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:53 PM   #22
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Sorry to ask, but do you know this because you tried it? Are you talking about the struts themselves or the top hats or spring perches (rubber things on top of the springs under the top hats)?

Thanks, Doug
Yes I tried it. STi springs won't fit the legacy struts but the STi top hats (2004 STi) will bolt right on.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:14 PM   #23
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Hey guys I have a 1998 subaru legacy outback and have a chance to pick up 04 sti struts and springs will they be a direct fit?
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04 STI struts and springs should work. It easier if you get the top hats and spring perches with them. Since they are made for a sedan the rear of your car will sag. You should look into saggy butt spacers.

http://www.fastwrx.com/sabusp.html
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:32 PM   #25
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Hey guys I have a 1998 subaru legacy outback and have a chance to pick up 04 sti struts and springs will they be a direct fit?
I was going to do STi on my now-sold '97. I have new saggy butt spacers and camber bolts, both of which are needed due to sedan vs. wagon differences. I have the spacers and camber bolts that this guy used: http://sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=21917. I would be happy to sell what I have for a fair price.

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