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Old 07-11-2007, 10:32 PM   #1
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Default Change from coilovers to spring/strut setup?

Hey guys,

I bought my 04 WRX hybrid with Buddy Club Racing Spec Coilovers about 6 months ago.

Due to complaints from my wife of the car being too harsh, I'm planning on switching back to a spring/strut setup.

I've already bought Perrin progressive springs, was wondering what strut would be a good match for it? Needs to be comfortable enough for long trips.

Also, this being my first subie and the fact that I'm not really technically inclined, is there anything else I need to convert from a coilover setup back to spring/strut? IE: what is a top hat and do I need one?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Tom
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:38 PM   #2
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GR2s. I wouldn't recomment anything adjustable because of you mentioned lack of tech knowledge.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:29 AM   #3
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I would say go with a STi strut and spring setup.
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:54 PM   #4
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The GR2 is basically a stock replacement. Its not an upgrade by any means. If you want an upgrade you need to opt for '04 STi struts or something adjustable. The KYB AGX is a very simple adjustable strut. They have 4 adjustment settings, making it rather easy to play with. The other options are Koni inserts or the Tokico D-spec. If you're not 'technically' inclined, I'd skip the Koni's as they require you to dismantle your stock struts to reuse the housings.

Best "affordable" strut upgrade for a WRX is the Tokico D-spec. Available from CVRMotorsports.com. They run $540 or so. Having 7 turns of adjustment (infinitely adjustable between 0 and 7 turns) they work with the widest range of springs.

If you go the STi route, things will mount up the same as stock...no extra parts necessary. If you go the D-spec route you'll need to buy a set of spacers for the rears (available at Turninconcepts.com). Aside from that, they'll bolt up with the same topmounts. Well, this is assuming you bought the correct springs for the '04+ models.

Again, if you don't feel 'technically' inclined enough, I'd recommend hopping over to your local region forum and finding a local person to help you out. If nothing else, you can find install instructions on Scoobymods.com and for any problems you run into, its sure to have been discussed in the suspension forum before.
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:17 PM   #5
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I'd just find a nice set of used stock struts/springs somewhere here on Nasioc and install them. Why spend money on an adjustable suspension you'll never adjust?

Sell off your coils to cover the price. Hell you can probably find someone to swap you stock and some cash for your coilovers. That would be the easiest thing. Take a few hours to swap between the cars and drive on.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for the response guys.

I think I might try to find a good used set of STI spring/struts.

Does anybody know how much this would drop the 04 WRX from stock height? Is it a much firmer ride than stock?

Any info is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:21 PM   #7
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AGX adjustable struts?
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The GR2 is basically a stock replacement.
I strongly disagree. The GR2s act smoother and are less clunky than stockers.
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I strongly disagree. The GR2s act smoother and are less clunky than stockers.
I never said they weren't an upgrade. I simply stated that they are designed to be a stock replacement. To me that means they aren't meant to handle stiffer spring rates and larger drops. With a spring like the Perrin that happens to be a rather large drop, I wouldn't recommend the GR2.
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