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Old 06-27-2006, 11:36 AM   #1
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Its “ask the experts time again”…this weeks question, I am planning on ordering the Cobb Sport Springs for my 06 STi this week…lowers the front by 2” and rear by 1.5”…Will this change my camber and should I get a wheel alignment after swap?

Any words of wisdom and/or caution would be greatly appreciated…

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Old 06-27-2006, 11:47 AM   #2
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You will NEED an alignment. As well, with a 2"/1.5" drop your struts will fail in a relatively short amount of time.

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Old 06-27-2006, 11:50 AM   #3
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Its “ask the experts time again”…this weeks question, I am planning on ordering the Cobb Sport Springs for my 06 STi this week…lowers the front by 2” and rear by 1.5”…Will this change my camber and should I get a wheel alignment after swap?

Any words of wisdom and/or caution would be greatly appreciated…

Thank you,

Matt
I am a noob but a 2" drop will certainly change your camber and toe-in. Are you changing the struts as well? When I was browsing over at the suspension section, I get the 'sense' that stock struts may not last with the much stiffer springs that would come with a 2" drop.
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:14 PM   #4
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2" does seem like a huge drop. You may have issues with speed-bumps etc.
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Old 06-28-2006, 12:25 AM   #5
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This is why I always ask before proceeding...I guess what I am looking for is a little less body roll when cornering… I’m just use to my G35 Coupe…very little in the body roll section but damn that VDC (vehicle dynamic control) SUCKS…love the STi, no stability control!!!
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Old 06-28-2006, 01:49 AM   #6
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I hear great things about Prodrive springs. Not much drop, still a nice daily drive, but much better handling in the twisty bits. They're supposed to be designed to work with stock struts, but the research I've done recommends upgrading those too.

Incidently, a rear sway bar will greatly reduce body roll and eliminate understeer. Fantastic upgrade for not too much money.
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Old 06-28-2006, 02:35 AM   #7
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Search for lowering your Subaru. I had found a helpful FAQ about lowering our cars without camber plates, etc. Just throwing in 2" drop springs are going to make things handle pretty bad. Get some big swaybars. Front AND back, front for greater overall grip and rear for extra oversteer.
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Old 06-29-2006, 12:33 AM   #8
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Correct me if I am wrong but is not the subie a strut suspension and not a multi-link suspension?!?! thus the camber should not be an issue, not even the rear…I do realize that my struts will wear faster but I am under the impression there is still 3-4 years of life in them after the drop…(I know a few technicians from my profession) again, its you guys that have done most of these upgrades and can speak from experience to help guys like me not to make the same mistakes…your input is always welcome!

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Old 06-29-2006, 02:20 AM   #9
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The problem is that our camber goes positive quickly and when you drop it that means it is closer to positive all the time. Without camber plates it will make your car handle worse.
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Correct me if I am wrong but is not the subie a strut suspension and not a multi-link suspension?!?! thus the camber should not be an issue, not even the rear…I do realize that my struts will wear faster but I am under the impression there is still 3-4 years of life in them after the drop…(I know a few technicians from my profession) again, its you guys that have done most of these upgrades and can speak from experience to help guys like me not to make the same mistakes…your input is always welcome!

Thanks…
I think the fact that it is a strut suspension is the problem, where you lose negative camber as the struts compresses. Read this a while back and it was somewhat counter-intuitive at first but, after drawing some sketches, it made sense.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:35 AM   #11
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Im looking into getting cobb springs for my 2006 wrx. From what im reading the stock shocks wont last very long, what shocks do you guys recommend for the cobb springs that have a bit better handling performance? I dont want to spend 1500+ for coilovers, i just drive to work and around town, but I do like the drop of the cobb spring, but Id like to replace the shocks for some insurance.
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Old 01-08-2009, 02:08 PM   #12
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just my 2 cents.
i have an 04 wrx sedan, have had cobb sport springs on for approx 1 year now, struts have not failed and i did not get an alignment, no abnormal tire wear in my case. i adjusted my camber with the stock bolts in front to the max negative, but those are the only adjustments that i made. not sure how long other people have gone on their stock struts with lowering springs. it did lower a little more then the eibachs that i had before that, but it was not until i cut down the bump stops down to about 1/3rd of their original size that i really noticed the car looking lower... before cutting the bump stops it didn't look much different than stock on mine...but it's an 04 wrx like i said, so i'm not sure if there are differences between mine and yours regarding those specifics. =)
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