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Old 12-06-2006, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default What suspension would you get?

Ok, since I managed to break the stud off my STi v5 strut, I'm looking for replacements now.

The car is currently on the STi with H&R Sport springs, providing a harsh, too low of a ride for Chicago. Options I've been thinking about...

Outback GR-2s, with Outback springs. This will give me a high ride for the winter, and I'd be looking to lower again in the spring. This would also mean I need 2 complete suspension setups, like possibly another set of GR-2s with lowering springs.

Legacy GR-2s with iON Performance springs

Legacy GR-2s with stock GT springs

Legacy GR-2s with stock Outback springs

Legacy GR-2s with Eibach springs


Any thoughts on this? The car is definetaly too low as is for general Chicago driving, and especially for the winter. I've pondered getting a coilover kit, but I just don't know which ones would provide the ride I'm looking for. It would have to be able to adjust the height up for winter though.
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:12 AM   #2
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You are/were running H&Rs on your wagon? Did the rear sag? Got any pics of current set up? Thanks.

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Old 12-06-2006, 10:16 AM   #3
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It has the standard rear looks lower then front over the wheels look. But it doesn't really sag.
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:45 AM   #4
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Nice thanks. I was using H&Rs on my BG but the springs were for a GC8...not a WRX. So I put the oem wrx wagon springs in the rear on to even it out. Nice looking ride by the way. Well good luck on ur suspension. Also have you considered Whiteline Springs?
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:11 AM   #5
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How much extra clearance do you really need for winter?

My old '97 sedan had GR2's with Whiteline Control springs, and probably sat ~1" lower than stock. I never had a problem driving that setup through snowy New England winters.

What are you running for winter wheels & tires?
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:32 AM   #6
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I'm not sure about the other generations, but the BD/BG and BE/BH both have this in common: The front springs, while different by generation, are universal across both body styles and all trim levels, as in, "the same part number". Your '98 GT's front stock springs are the same as those on any BD or BG, regardless of GT, Brighton, L, Outback trim.

The rear springs vary like mad, though.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:08 PM   #7
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my .02 would be GR-2's + ion or whiteline wagon springs, or coilovers. thats the setup I will be running as soon as i find some springs. time to ditch this wrx stuff, it was a fun experiment but never again on a wagon.. besides I have a legacy sedan to play around wiht now....
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:26 PM   #8
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How much extra clearance do you really need for winter?

My old '97 sedan had GR2's with Whiteline Control springs, and probably sat ~1" lower than stock. I never had a problem driving that setup through snowy New England winters.

What are you running for winter wheels & tires?
How much I need and how much I'd like aren't exactly the same answer.

Anything higher than these H&Rs would be ok I think. I'm running on Michelin Arctic Alpins, stock wheels.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:29 PM   #9
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I'm not sure about the other generations, but the BD/BG and BE/BH both have this in common: The front springs, while different by generation, are universal across both body styles and all trim levels, as in, "the same part number". Your '98 GT's front stock springs are the same as those on any BD or BG, regardless of GT, Brighton, L, Outback trim.

The rear springs vary like mad, though.
Hmm... that's interesting.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:29 PM   #10
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hey whats the part numbers on those H&R's and i forget if you said they were for a legacy or an impreza....

I think i want them.
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:21 PM   #11
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I don't know the part number off hand, but they are for a Legacy.

Do they list the part numbers on the springs anywhere?
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Old 12-06-2006, 03:06 PM   #12
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Old 12-06-2006, 07:59 PM   #13
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How much I need and how much I'd like aren't exactly the same answer.
Well, I don't think going with a raised Outback setup for winter is at all necessary. Presuming your snow tires are stock 205/55/16 then (from my experience) stock ride height -1" is just fine.

From your list, I'd choose either GR-2's + Ion springs or the GR-2's + Eibach springs- whichever gives the least amount of drop, or whichever fits your budget.
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Old 12-06-2006, 09:36 PM   #14
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I've been leaning towards the GR-2/iON setup.. but I talked to iON, and they don't currently have anything in stock for me.
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:37 AM   #15
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Eibach is no longer selling those springs, and that setup is going to make your car low. I'll know how low pretty soon here. Here's two cars running that setup:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1026802

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...8&postcount=22

And the thread with lots of lowered BG/BK's:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1148073
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:36 AM   #16
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Hmm... that's interesting.
It doesn't make lots of sense to me, either, but that's the way the parts book read.
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