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Old 05-17-2006, 01:18 AM   #1
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Impreza WRX STi subarugenuineparts.com suspension parts?

Does anyone have the "STi pink springs" from subarugenuineparts.com??? They are listed at $232 USD, lower 15-22mm, spring rate 223F 195R, 50-100% stiffer than stock...AND fit my 06....what do you guys think? worth it or not? Oh, and they also have a 20mm solid rear sway bar for my 06 at $80 USD, or a 21mm "STI pink" one for $160 USD...are these parts AT ALL comparable to the likes of Prodrive springs, (insert brand here) rear sway bars??? I am SOOOO tempted to upgrade!
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Old 05-17-2006, 01:33 AM   #2
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If you plan on upgrading your rear sway bars, it's probably a good idea to upgrade the endlinks as well. I also heard that the "Sti Pinks" are a good choice in lowering your ride, along with Eibachs and Prodrive.

btw, don't bother trying to find the 06' Sti axelback from Subaru, they've listed an invoice of $800, and with my friend's discount, $700.

What a total rip. . . . someone sell me their 06' sti axelback!
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Old 05-17-2006, 01:37 AM   #3
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go northwest forum thier is a guy there selling his sti exhuast for $150.you might want to check that one out
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Old 05-17-2006, 02:12 AM   #4
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I'm just about to place an order with them myself. Which do you guys think is cheaper, subarugenuineparts.com or Docksteader with the 20% garage sale discount?
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Old 05-17-2006, 02:14 AM   #5
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I can wait for the exhaust...I wanna do the suspension first Justin. I have full intent to upgrade the endlinks, they are cheap anyways Anyone else have any thoughts on the above mentioned upgrades for my '06 suspension? Of course, I will try to get Jason at Dale's to install and align for me!!!
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Old 05-17-2006, 12:44 PM   #6
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The pink springs that subarugenuineparts.com sells are not the JDM pink springs, if that's what you were going for. I believe the ones they sell are stiffer than stock, just less stiff than the "real" JDM pink springs. On the upside, they should work with your stock struts, while the JDM pinks might be too much for your struts to cope with for very long.

I bought the 20mm rear sway bar, and it is a nice upgrade from the 13mm stock coat hanger material one

Subarugenuineparts.com is great though, I've ordered a few things and the shipping has always been really fast. They keep you informed of when the order is processed, when things ship, and give a tracking number too which is nice.

Sounds like you're doing the same sort of things that I've done - exhaust, suspension, etc. What I did in order was:

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17" wheels and tires
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Helix rear endlinks
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KW Variant 3 coilovers (overkill, but lots of fun)

As they say, now I just need to fix the nut behind the wheel

I really like the way the car feels now. Everything I did made a noticable difference, and really improved the feel of the car. It's not that much faster, but it's way smoother. It handles really nicely too compared to stock, although I think I'll get Jason at Dale's to do a more agressive alignment in the future. Maybe my list will give you some ideas of things to do
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Old 05-17-2006, 12:46 PM   #7
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Old 05-17-2006, 12:58 PM   #8
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Thanks Flaps! Your car is where I WANT mine to be....just gonna work on springs and rsb first....I know the "pinks" that sgparts have aren't JDM, but I don't want them to be too stiff either. I think I may get the pinks from Subie Gal, but I may get a larger 22mm sway bar...on the advice of a few different people now. Thanks for the info
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Old 05-17-2006, 01:23 PM   #9
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Pardon me for popping into your region.

I have a set of the wagon-specific pink springs that I'm installing on Friday on my 05 RS Wagon. I got them from Jamie, too.

If you do go with the 20mm bar, make sure you get the right bushings for it. I bought mine off of a local guy, and the 2002 bushings it came with are different than what you'll need. The rear swaybar bracket changed for the 2004 models. I ordered a set of new bushings from Jamie, and the bar works well. Nice upgrade from the 13mm.

New tires made the most difference so far, though. Hopefully with the springs and an alignment, I'll be doing even better.
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Old 05-17-2006, 01:33 PM   #10
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@Akobs, thanks for the personal insight...I'll be sure to look out for the proper bushings!
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Old 05-17-2006, 02:28 PM   #11
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@SubieDrift: I'm looking at upgrading my endlinks and stuff, when/where are you going to get yours?
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Old 05-17-2006, 02:49 PM   #12
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@SubieDrift: I'm looking at upgrading my endlinks and stuff, when/where are you going to get yours?
As soon as I can find a decent price and endlinks I like...any ideas admiral? I think I want a 22mm rsb, but maybe a 20 or 21mm...depends on what I can find.
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Old 05-17-2006, 02:53 PM   #13
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I ordered a new bumper from them, but I'm going to pick it up in person in a couple of weeks. If anyone else is ordering stuff and doesn't want to spend money on shipping, I'm sure we can arrange something in exchange for gas money. Or carpool, in case they need you to be there in person

Especially with the exchange rate, parts are MUCH cheaper in the States. I recall last year a bumper cover from Docksteader was something like $600CDN - it was less than $150US at subarugenuineparts.
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Old 05-17-2006, 02:55 PM   #14
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Purchased my STi wagon springs from Subarugenuineparts a few months ago and I'm quite happy with them - noticeably stiffer but the stock struts are fine, also lowers the car just a little (enough to make it look good!).

The parts arrived in Richmond less than 24 hours after I placed an internet order. Unfortunately, UPS usually charges insane prices for brokerage - getting them through customs yourself will take about 1.5 hours.
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The parts arrived in Richmond less than 24 hours after I placed an internet order. Unfortunately, UPS usually charges insane prices for brokerage - getting them through customs yourself will take about 1.5 hours.
Not in my experience - last time I brought a bumper over, it was drive through and pay the GST. Took maybe 10-15 minutes, tops.
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Old 05-17-2006, 03:34 PM   #16
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I ordered a new bumper from them, but I'm going to pick it up in person in a couple of weeks. If anyone else is ordering stuff and doesn't want to spend money on shipping, I'm sure we can arrange something in exchange for gas money. Or carpool, in case they need you to be there in person

Especially with the exchange rate, parts are MUCH cheaper in the States. I recall last year a bumper cover from Docksteader was something like $600CDN - it was less than $150US at subarugenuineparts.
ooh tempting....how did you work out the pick-up instead of shipping? I might want to carpool with you to get some springs! When are you going? How hard is it going to be to bring them over the border? James
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ooh tempting....how did you work out the pick-up instead of shipping? I might want to carpool with you to get some springs! When are you going? How hard is it going to be to bring them over the border? James
When you submit the order form online, in the shipping address just put something to the effect of "Do not ship - will pick up". They will adjust the shipping charge after you submit the order.

I think the earliest I could go would be next Saturday (i.e. May 27).
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When you submit the order form online, in the shipping address just put something to the effect of "Do not ship - will pick up". They will adjust the shipping charge after you submit the order.

I think the earliest I could go would be next Saturday (i.e. May 27).
Hmmm, I could call in sick that day Or I can go May 29 (Monday)...but if you work M-F, I can also go June 3? I am not against calling in sick though on the 27th! Did anyone contact you after you ordered to confirm pick up, not shipping?
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Hmmm, I could call in sick that day Or I can go May 29 (Monday)...but if you work M-F, I can also go June 3? I am not against calling in sick though on the 27th! Did anyone contact you after you ordered to confirm pick up, not shipping?
I work M-F. I think Chaplin's is closed on Sundays. Jamie e-mailed me to confirm that my order was in and waiting for pickup.

About the 27th - I do have a run in the morning (9:00), but that will be over by 10:00, so we can go after that and be back by late afternoon.
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I work M-F. I think Chaplin's is closed on Sundays. Jamie e-mailed me to confirm that my order was in and waiting for pickup.

About the 27th - I do have a run in the morning (9:00), but that will be over by 10:00, so we can go after that and be back by late afternoon.
I don't care what time we go....just let me know! I think I am gonna get one of those 24 hr. bugs that day *cough* *cough* I PM'd Jamie about my springs to make sure they would be in by then....so cross your fingers for me!
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Not in my experience - last time I brought a bumper over, it was drive through and pay the GST. Took maybe 10-15 minutes, tops.
Clarification - my parts were sent to UPS in Richmond, I had to pick up documentation from UPS, then drive to Canada Customs (about 5 minutes), wait at Canada customs to pay GST and duty, then drive back to UPS to pick up the parts. The whole process took about 1.5 hours, you still pay UPS shipping but you avoid brokerage fees. Overall - I probably won't do that again.

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