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Old 09-20-2007, 01:07 AM   #1
Zac86
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Default WRX suspension will fit on my leggy wagon?

I've heard that I could put 2002-2003 WRX wagon suspension on my 98 legacy brighton wagon, is this true? Because i'm looking into buying these 2 items:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/KYB-GR-2-GR2-STRU...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.ca/02-03-SUBARU-Impr...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:22 AM   #2
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NO don't.

Yes, it will fit, but those are the worst springs in the entire world, and the struts will mess up your alignment. Also the rear of your car will sag.
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:57 AM   #3
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NO don't.

Yes, it will fit, but those are the worst springs in the entire world, and the struts will mess up your alignment. Also the rear of your car will sag.
QFT. if you're looking at S-Techs, you should just cut your stock springs, cause it'll be about the same. shorter travel length + stock suspension spring rates = lots and lots of craziness in the twisties!
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:19 AM   #4
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There's no way those have the stock spring rate, I was running the '05 WRX/RS sedan versions on my '95 Legacy sedan.

Parts: Struts, Springs you got figured out already.
You'll also need the front tophats or "upper spring perches" from a 2002-2005 wrx or RS. For the 04-05 springs, you'll need the strut mount/tophat unit from the rear of the same year car, but for the 02-03 springs, they will work with your current rear strut mounts.

Procedures: You will have to modify your fenders to prevent tires from rubbing--In the back, simply rolling the fender is good enough if you're running stock subaru wheels/tires. In the front, you'll have to roll your fenders and modify your fender liners, the top of your tires will rub holes in the liner otherwise.

Pros:
-Slammed, sleek look
-Sharper handling, In my opinion, over the stock wrx springs.
-Get to say "Hey, I have a WRX suspension"

Cons:
-Legacy wagons have more weight in the rear, which can cause visible sagging there when switching to Impreza-based parts.
-You are LOW, prepare to bottom out.
-Reduced suspension travel = harsher ride, in upstate NY, this sucked.
-Reduced suspension travel sometimes induced bump steer.
-Reduced suspension travel wears out your struts faster
-Lowering the car that much gives you lots of negative camber, which can make your tires wear at an accelerated rate.
-You bounce a little, which definitely looks ricey.

IMHO:
I don't know where you live, but if you actually get all 4 seasons, and your roads have some potholes, this is probably not the best idea. Also, if you have back problems, this will hurt. If you use tires that are 'thicker', think smaller rim and fatter sidewall, it absorbs some of the shock, but from the bumps and the camber, I was putting air in my tires every week. Plus, slammed on 14" steelies, or even 15" alloys looks really, REALLY goofy. 16" wheels are alright looking, but 17"s would look better.

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Old 09-20-2007, 12:18 PM   #5
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NOOOOOOO!!! dont do it. i had that exact setup on my 99 outback wagon.. worst setup ever. so scary going around freeway on/off ramps at speed. my car would bounce in the front and skip into the other lanes...

just drop $400 on some ground control's. they will match your spring rates to your car and get you right. i wish i just would have dont this in the 1st place instead of putting 6 different setups on my wagon.
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:36 PM   #6
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hmmm i'm not really looking for a performance upgrade I guess. Just a replacement for my worn stock parts but i'm having trouble finding parts that are made exactly for my legacy wagon, all I find are wrx parts. So if I do buy the GR2's which springs should I get? I heard H&R are pretty good.
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:41 PM   #7
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how many miles are on your stock springs? i would just replace the struts and you'll be suprised how much different the car handles. the replacement gr2's are a little stiffer than the oem ones that came on your car.
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