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Old 10-15-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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Forester sti struts vs. forester struts

Hey guys, I know they make alot of upgraded struts for the sti, but it doesn't seem like the market on forester struts is too great (I haven't really looked around, that's what my dad said and I'm assuming he's correct) He's got an 04 Forester XT, we're looking to beef up the suspension a little, Can we use aftermarket STi struts?
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:00 AM   #2
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Oh, hey, look at that. It's a sticky! http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1303381
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:20 AM   #3
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some of the fitment information is common but I don't think that thread specifically covers the Forester - I think you'll find more relevant info on subaruforester.org (especially regarding strut/spring length and ride height):


note that afaik you won't be able to use front struts for/from any 05+ STI because of the lower clevis differences (same reason you can't use them on non-STI Imprezas)
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:38 PM   #4
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You can use 04 STI struts straight bolt in. 05-07 STI struts require modding for the fronts, but the rears are bolt in.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:22 PM   #5
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You can buy Koni inserts for a WRX, and insert them straight into the FXT struts. I love my setup with FXT specific swift springs. This gives you the intended drop of about 1"'ish

Or you could use 04 STi or WRX struts, which will put you at 1" lower right off the bat, and with lowering springs, it's now close to 2" or more lower.... I dont recommend this, as it's too low. But many do run this as they want low.

Then there are aftermarket WRX specific struts you can use too, perhaps paired with stock springs, or STi pink branded springs that give minimal drop but stiffer rates for better handling.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:57 PM   #6
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There are KYB GR2s for the '04 FXT.

Part numbers:

FRONT LEFT - 334371
FRONT RIGHT - 334370
REAR LEFT - 334345
REAR RIGHT - 334344

I think the FXT KYB GR2s paired with some Swift Sport FXT springs would be a nice/good looking combo at a reasonable price.

04+ Swift Sport FXT Springs - Turn In Concepts

However, if you are up to hacking your stock struts and putting in the Koni Inserts that would be great too. But, you may be just as happy with the KYB GR2s if you don't need adjustability of the Koni Inserts.

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Old 10-15-2009, 06:03 PM   #7
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my dad loves KYB's, , had em in his 01 rs, MADE me put em in my 00 rs, i'm sure he'll love em on the fozzie too, thanks for the part numbers
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:27 PM   #8
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the wrx dspec struts will work too
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