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Old 09-28-1999, 01:09 PM   #1
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Help! I have H&R springs on my 99GT. They lowered the car about 1 & 1/2 inches. I have started RallyCrossing and am sooo in love with it....problem is, I think now I need to do more "work" on the suspension. I really banged up the front of the car (maybe cuz it's too low?) at the last Rally-X and don't want anymore of that! THIS IS MY DAILY DRIVER!!

Where do I start? KYB set up from SPD? Any other suspension set ups out there for my Legacy? Put my "stock" springs back on? Or try different springs? Different shocks? ok, I'm done now....

remember..."No more Rally-xing" is not an option!

Thanks for your help guys....
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Old 09-29-1999, 07:23 AM   #2
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Hey jamie. Where did you get the H&R's from? And how do they ride with the stock shocks? Was it difficult to get the alignment back in spec with the 1.5" drop?

I would think some nice KYB AGX shocks would help out. Keep those low springs from flopping around.

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Old 09-29-1999, 07:47 AM   #3
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Hey Kevin! I got the springs from a company called Autobahn International out of Oregon. They have a lots of misc. stuff for our Subies...I have e-mailed you the link

The car rides great!! Especially w/the 18mm sway bar - No problems w/the alignment...and the springs are fine for the street, but I need something else if I want to keep Rally Xing...

I think maybe I will start saving my pennies for those KYB's...
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Old 09-29-1999, 07:57 AM   #4
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there is a shop in Washington that has the H&R springs for $213 plus tax its Evolution sports in Everett the owners name is Matt I was just there yesterday. www.evolutionsports.com
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Old 09-29-1999, 09:58 AM   #5
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I will say try Tein NA or HA series coilover.

NA is a cheaper version of coilover, but it should be sufficient enough for most drivers.

HA is designed more for the road races, but you have more adjustment to play with.

If you want to save $$, then just get KYB AGX or GAB HP shocks. I also believe Koni just comes out with struts for Legacy, but not confirmed...
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Old 09-30-1999, 09:09 AM   #6
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I hear that KYBs are really good. According to our buddy, Gabe, he's got a set, and he tells me that they are pretty stiff shocks, not not brain-jittering tho. KYB "Keep-Your-Bilsteins" Is what I hear, but depending on your application, RallyXing should be okay. On street stuff like me, I would stick with Bilteins...that is if they ever make 'em anymore for the 98's. They made a special SPD Bilstein package for the early generation Legacies, but not for the new ones... Weak!


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Old 09-30-1999, 09:33 AM   #7
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OK, got another question for you all (that I doubt anyone can answer until I try it). I plan on going with the H&R springs, but now I am fearing that I might have rubbing issues with my Team Loco wheels and 215/45/17 tires (remember, with only +47mm offset, they sit out SLIGHTLY further than stock). So, I looked last night and tried to see if it looks like they will clear in the back with it lowered, but it's really impossible to tell. Anyone know of anyone running a lowered Legacy with larger wheels/tires? Or am I the guinea pig???

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Old 10-01-1999, 12:20 AM   #8
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Kevin,
I was thinking about spacers there for a second, but since your wheels are considerably larger than the stock 16inch, you may have to cut inside of the fender instead. My friend has a CRX and has 18inch wheels and he had to cut his. You may want to take it to some professional tire installation place, not your regular Firestone or Goodyear dealer. They just install tires. But this also depends on the profile of your tires. Since you're getting 45series, it should be okay, but you may wanna ask around on that.
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Old 10-01-1999, 06:20 AM   #9
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Kev, I talked to AJ at the Tire Rack, he said that I wouldn't have a problem with running 205/40/17's if I lowered. your problem may be as simple as different tires. my car is a 92 though..........ya might try calling them?? I think that the rims that they pointed me to were the Team Loco 142's??
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Old 10-01-1999, 08:05 AM   #10
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The guy at the local tuning shop told me that I might have rubbing problems if I lower the car with the 215. He advised me to go to 205 which I did. Now, if I could only find which springs I want. hmmm...

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Old 10-01-1999, 08:55 AM   #11
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ya know....SPD has a very good argument, for going with their kit...........check out their web page
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