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Old 01-15-2002, 06:12 PM   #1
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Hey... I need some advice from some of you guys. I got some H&R Springs, and some KYB GR2 struts. The front ones didn't really need to be compressed at all, they fit perfectly. When I got to the back ones, there was an inch gap between the top of the strut brace and the top of the spring. I called SPO and they said that the part numbers match perfectly. I called H&R and they said that the part number was right for that model car. So the only thing I'm left with is that maybe they're supposed to be like this? It just seems to me that if I were to be air born long enough, that the springs would just pop out of place and kill my tire, causing me to wreck. Let me know what anyone thinks, and if people have experienced this same situation.

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Old 01-16-2002, 12:39 AM   #2
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Shawn, if you have a pic, it'd be easier to visuallize.

The spring isn't even suppose to be anywhere near a strut brace. Are you referring to the strut hat?
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Old 01-16-2002, 12:52 AM   #3
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yeah sorry... the strut hat, is what I was referring to. I don't have any pictures yet. I went ahead and had them put on. so far it seems to be ok. Looks like everyone elses Legacy that had lowering springs put on. If anyone could let me know if it's normal for the back springs not to have to be compressed, that would be cool.

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Old 01-16-2002, 10:21 AM   #4
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I remember reading in the Suspension forum about people with a similar situation, or perhaps it was SCC...anyway...

They calculated the time you'd have to be airborned in order for the strut to decompress enough to let the spring bounce.

It's long enough that you wouldn't be worrying about your springs, but probably your life.

So, they should work just fine.
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Old 01-16-2002, 10:43 PM   #5
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Dave's probably right about the time factor and what not, given the time to uncompress and unseat themselves.

You really should have preload on the springs, but in your situation, there's really not alot you can do. Just try not to do too many of those rally car jumps.
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