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Old 10-24-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Default Aftermarket Struts or Upgraded swaybars?

I have a 2006 2.5i Wagon, that sees 99% street driven as a DD, my current struts have about 87,000 miles on them. They aren't riding terrible, but dips that used to be fine, the front end is bottoming out now, so I think its about time to replace them. The question is what will be a better performance boost for handling, OEM struts and springs, and aftermarket swaybars and endlinks? or upgrade with aftermarket struts and springs, and keep the stock swaybars? Thanks for any info and opinions.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:44 PM   #2
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Well they will change different aspects of your suspension. It you want a firmer/lower ride then go with upgraded/lowered suspension. However, sways alone will probably have a better bang for your buck without potential sacrificing ride comfort.
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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Well they will change different aspects of your suspension. It you want a firmer/lower ride then go with upgraded/lowered suspension.
Not looking to go lower than stock if I can help it.
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:33 PM   #4
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Get a set of front struts to use as a donor and slap some koni inserts in there and pair them with a progressive spring. Then get the rear sway bar from the sti and throw that on as well.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:17 AM   #5
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Get a set of front struts to use as a donor and slap some koni inserts in there and pair them with a progressive spring. Then get the rear sway bar from the sti and throw that on as well.
This^^^would be great except I would go with STI take off springs and all four struts redone. A smidge lower than stock, firmer without being too firm and (the springs) can be found super cheap.
The STi sway will fit but you might need to mount the links on other side of the bar.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:43 AM   #6
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STI take-offs also work really well with Tokico d-spec struts from what I've heard. May hurt your budget a little more though...

I forgot that the STI rear was a little different back then too. OP could possibly do the 2003-2005 WRX rear 17mm sway with the bushings made to hold onto the 17mm bar. Might be less of a hassle...
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:24 PM   #7
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What is your budget? If you play the classifieds right you can get STI takeoffs, Konis and sways for around 800.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:54 PM   #8
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i paid $50 for my sti take off springs
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