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Old 05-19-2013, 11:03 PM   #1
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Im having a hell of a time trying to find adjustable struts for the 2006 model. Koni sells them but it shows as having shocks in the rear...is this right?
Kyb doesnt sell the agx for my model just the gr2's and they arent adjustable. Any thoughts? I thought i had struts all the way around...why dont they sell the agx for my 06?
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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tokico dspec's and done

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Old 05-19-2013, 11:54 PM   #3
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Thx buddy! Can a mod plz move the thread to suspension.

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Old 05-20-2013, 12:01 AM   #4
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So those are almost 900 for 4. Might as well save up for coils huh...plus they need strut spacers for the rear?
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So those are almost 900 for 4. Might as well save up for coils huh...plus they need strut spacers for the rear?
i took the first set i had off at 100k miles and they were still going fine...try that with cheap coilovers

cheap = under ~$2k
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:48 AM   #6
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Happy with my koni's, although only got a couple k on them. If you're capable of doing the work it's not a bad deal. Picked them up on sale $550 delivered for all four corners during spring time sale. Read good experiences with warranty as well. Have yet to get time to fine tune them.

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The konis are just shocks need to modify stock housings to use them
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:56 AM   #7
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Sounds to me like i should just not worry about adjustable shocks and get some oem strut replacements.
Now for springs. Im starting to reconsider getting the epics as im doing more reading saying the drop isnt anywhere near aggressive. Would swifts be a good choice or rce? For more of an agressive drop?
Maybe ill just get some gr2 kybs
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #8
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Springs are going to be a deciding factor on struts due to correct dampening. Not sure what dampening is on the kybs but rce's will kill stock dampers in no time due to being under dampened. Part of the reason for adjustable struts is to cover a limited range of springs and dampen them correctly. I'm happy with my blacks, stiffer and lower but not jarring and he have some bad country roads. On nice pavement smooth as can be.
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Sounds to me like i should just not worry about adjustable shocks and get some oem strut replacements.
Now for springs. Im starting to reconsider getting the epics as im doing more reading saying the drop isnt anywhere near aggressive. Would swifts be a good choice or rce? For more of an agressive drop?
Maybe ill just get some gr2 kybs

d0000000000000000000d....'oem replacement' struts will cost you more than the dspecs
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:47 PM   #10
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Im thinking kyb excels. They are drop in replacements so i read.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:09 AM   #11
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^^^ Seriously - dont waste your $$$. ST coilovers are the only sub $1.5K coilover I would put on my car. Feals are an option too but you would need to find some 04 STI struts. AGX have limited adjustability. D-specs are very good for an adjustable strut.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:24 PM   #12
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Anyone ever heard of mann engineering? They sell stage 1,2 and 3 suspension packages. The 1 and 2 dont differ too much but they make a stage 3 that includes their own engineered coilovers just for subies.
I was thinking maybe just dspecs and swift springs would give me the look and feel im going for yea?
The stage 3 comes with a brake upgrade kit and some sway bars with the coilovers as well. They are local and only make stuff for subarus
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It really depends on your usage. You're all over the place now with brake upgrades, etc.

I had the AGX and found myself leaving them on the lowest settings usually. This would be comparable to the Excel-G's, which are non-adjustable.

Now given that you are looking for adjustable, the D-Specs are great struts. Many locals have them and I find them a bit harsh for a daily, but they keep them on the harsher/higher side and use various springs. Fact is, if you want adjustability, you pay for it.

For a daily driver, I would find the Excel-G paired with a spring that is supposed to be on a stock-like strut to work well for a lot of people. If you are into any type of autocross or track use, adjustability really helps, even if you're just increasing the valving and not fine tuning for each track setup.

I'd skip coilovers, sways, and big brakes for the street. I find them overkill, but do have a nice bling factor.
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It really depends on your usage. You're all over the place now with brake upgrades, etc.

I had the AGX and found myself leaving them on the lowest settings usually. This would be comparable to the Excel-G's, which are non-adjustable.

Now given that you are looking for adjustable, the D-Specs are great struts. Many locals have them and I find them a bit harsh for a daily, but they keep them on the harsher/higher side and use various springs. Fact is, if you want adjustability, you pay for it.

For a daily driver, I would find the Excel-G paired with a spring that is supposed to be on a stock-like strut to work well for a lot of people. If you are into any type of autocross or track use, adjustability really helps, even if you're just increasing the valving and not fine tuning for each track setup.

I'd skip coilovers, sways, and big brakes for the street. I find them overkill, but do have a nice bling factor.
Well first off they dont make agx for the 06-07's and i am not looking for a big brake kit upgrade. Stoptech makes a kit that has stock size slotted rotors, pads and ss lines...
Thats what i was talking about
On top of that the d-specs are on back order.
I am not all over the place, i just mentioned that mann engineering makes stage 1,2 and 3 kits that have upgraded suspension parts and brakes. If your car handles better and you can theoretically go faster, you would theoretically like to stop sooner and also have a better brake feel rather than mushy stock pads and rotors with rubber lines and crappy fluid that heats up too quick.

I want something that has adjustability so that i can fine tune and tweak it for my driving habits. I may not autocross but if you were a local here you would know that highway 17 and highway 9 are racetracks within themselves. Adjustability isnt strictly for autox/ track. It depends on how you want your ride to feel.
Maybe joe blow drives his wrx like a grandma and never gets into the throttle, im sure stock replacements would be fine, maybe jane blow drives her wrx faster and takes corners with some spirit and and doesnt mind the slightly harsher ride with an adjustable strut for a better cornering feel.
It all depends on what the driver wants.
On top of that maybe they like the look of a lower spring so in turn they need ball joint extenders and etc. to account for the geometry changes of lowering your ride.
We could be at this all day.
Point is everyone is not after the same thing. But some people like bling and put them to use.


Thanks for the insight though. I am ready to pay for what i want too.

Im set on the tokicos with swift springs. Adjustable bigger sways and endlinks along with the stoptech brake swap (not big brake kit)
I can wait until my stocks blow out before i buy and gives me more time to save.
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OP, 02-07 WRX and 04 STI struts are all interchangeable.
All that's needed is to match the right springs with the correct tops and perhaps a 921 spacer (its not a saggy but spacer). It is a special washer that fits between the strut and strut top to use 02-03 struts with 04-07 springs and tops. Only the rear springs and tops are different between 02-03 and 04-07.

So you could use AGX on your car. There are MUCH better options though. Like as was said the D-Spec, Koni inserts, Feal inserts, 04 STI struts revalved by Feal all would be great. In general I'm not a fan of coilovers for the street.

Go up to the stickies and read on what parts fit what so you don't pigeonhole yourself with narrow suspension options. At this point, people have really figured out what works already. Do a search and you will see what the majority of people are running. There are hundreds of posts on this. It's all out there.

I know 17 and 9 all too well. Don't run me over on my bicycle (on 9).
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After consulting TIC, im probably going with the koni inserts and rce yellow springs. Are the rears inserts as well or full struts? Does the rear seat need to be taken out to access the rear struts as well?
I just read that the yellows dont lower the car much but im assuming the people who say it makes the car look ugly arent using the konis either. TIC said the yellows are the lowest i would want to go without sacrificing performance for daily driving and spirited mountain driving. I just cant stand the front wheel gap.
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For the roads you drive (I know because I'm on them too) you need to get over the wheel gap thing.

You NEED TRAVEL for the suspension to work right. Hitting the bumpstops at the apex of a turn is not fun.

Some wheel gap is Good!
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Well i know some is good but my car looks like a 4x4 in the front.
Tic said the konis with rce yellows would be the best option for my driving as i explained to them i drive windy and slightly bumpy mountain roads. Most of my commuting is going to be to san francisco soon as i drive 17 more than highway 9 so the lower ride isnt going to effect my driving that drastically. I might take highway 1 to 92 also.
I probably drive 9 once a month and usually only to boulder creek.
Like i said most of my commuting is from capitola to the sf bay and san jose area via 17, 85, 880 or 101.

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TiC has you on the right track.


I'm sure you will be happy.
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So for the konis, are they all 4 inserts? Or are two full strut housings and two inserts
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So for the konis, are they all 4 inserts? Or are two full strut housings and two inserts
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4 inserts....ya gotta cut the struts and take out the guts and put the inserts in


at this point, if ya cant get the dspecs...id just save yer $$$ and get a set of coilovers
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4 inserts....ya gotta cut the struts and take out the guts and put the inserts in

at this point, if ya cant get the dspecs...id just save yer $$$ and get a set of coilovers
The dpecs are backordered everywhere. Theres a rear and front set on ebay but...the rears are 1400 and fronts are 450.
Tic says the konis work better and are cheaper....i understand the install of the konis i was just wondering if all 4 are inserts which you just answered.
I like the tokicos since they have the remote adjusters for the rear so you dont have to keep taking out the back seats. They would be preferable with rce yellows.
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Tein basic coilovers are under 1k and we have had very good luck with them at the shop I work for. They last a long time and ride very good. I would say they are the best bang for your buck.
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The dpecs are backordered everywhere.
Order from TIC. Wait till they come in. Totally worth it.
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Tein basic coilovers are under 1k and we have had very good luck with them at the shop I work for. They last a long time and ride very good. I would say they are the best bang for your buck.
I think i want to stay away from anything tein makes, with all due respect for people who like them. I am not after best bang for my buck on this car lol. Thanks for the info tho!
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