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Old 05-04-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default Have read the FAQs and want to upgrade my suspension

My suspension is worn, and having some issues so I want to upgrade for a better ride, DD only! I have looked at Tockico D-Specs, but am a little leary of the infinite settings, I want something I can put on maybe click to the desired setting and leave be for at least a few months if not indefinitely.

I DON'T, DON'T, want the car slammed. I wouldn't lower it at all to be honest, but if it ends up dropping a little so be it.

So, what i'm leaning towards is probably SPT Springs with KYB-GR2 Struts. Is this a good setup for PURELY DD (of course with some twisty's fun thrown in) or is there an even better DD route for ride quality that won't sacrifice handing?
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Old 05-04-2008, 03:57 PM   #2
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Before buying into the KYBs -- look into Tokico D-Specs (got mine from CVR) -- I chose these based on Uncle Scotty's endorsement and have not been disappointed in the least! Mine are paired with STI springs (takeoff from a USDM 2004 STI) -- great budget upgrade.
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Old 05-04-2008, 05:06 PM   #3
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First don't be scared of the D-Specs adjustability. That is one of the reasons they are so great. The bad thing about the KYB AGX's for instance is that there are only 4 clicks in the front. Considering there are more than 20 springs you could install and 1000's of difference in buttdynos that really limits how you can make your setup perform and feel. Don't be scared just get them.

The GR-2's are basically stock replacement, maybe a little bit of an upgrade. If you are going to cheap out and get the GR-2's pick up some 04+ rear hats, TiC spacers and a set of STi takeoff springs and save yourself some more money rather than buying the SPT's. Because you don't want to slam the car, I would recommend the same setup with the D-Specs. You get much better handling, very usable rates, butt/female friendly ride, and maybe a 1/2" of drop max.
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Old 05-04-2008, 06:03 PM   #4
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wow +2 for the D-Specs already. I am seriously looking at them just wanted to get some feedback before I made my decision. As for take-off springs, who's got them for the 02 besides the classifieds? what about RCE, others? Keep the suggestions coming!

I have also noticed that you can get the tokico d-specs with tokico springs, anyone have any experience with them?

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Old 05-04-2008, 11:46 PM   #5
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I have the Tokico springs and I love them, but though they don't SLAM the car they do lower it more than you appear to want. The Sti takeoffs will fit the front no problem but you will need to switch to 04+ style rear tophats and get the TiC spacers. This happens to anyone using newer style springs on an 02/03 not just for D-Specs. The springs can most easily be found in your local chapter FS forum when someone with an STi upgrades their springs. They can usually be had for $50-75. There are just not a lot of spring choices out there with 02/03 fitment.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:41 AM   #6
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Another +1 for Tokico D-Specs and another +2 for USDM STi take-off springs rather than the SPT springs.
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Old 05-05-2008, 11:19 AM   #7
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+3 (or whatever we're up to now) on the D-specs. If you really want to upgrade springs, then the STI takeoffs are the way to go (cheap, effective, not too stiff, minimal drop). This is the setup that I just installed yesterday. However, the ride will be noticeably stiffer with the STI springs, as in you'll feel little ripples in the pavement that you don't get with the stock springs. Conversely, I've noticed that some surface imperfections don't feel as harsh, such as larger "bumps" in the road, and some train-track crossings. It's a pretty good daily driver setup, but the ride is a just a little harsher than stock, which I think is due to more aggressive high-speed damping (low speed damping is excellent though from the D-Specs).

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Old 05-05-2008, 12:09 PM   #8
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+4 on the d-specs.
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Old 05-05-2008, 01:17 PM   #9
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MK, i think i'm sold on the D-Specs. So, seems i'll be in the market for some STi Takeoffs shortly.
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Old 05-05-2008, 01:33 PM   #10
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I know TiCs not allowed to say this, but I sure am: I just noticed TiC carries the D-Specs. They're a great vendor... Hit them up!
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:08 PM   #11
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I know TiCs not allowed to say this, but I sure am: I just noticed TiC carries the D-Specs. They're a great vendor... Hit them up!
Yeah I already noticed, was checking out the site last nite.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:30 PM   #12
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If you've ever seen a shock dyno (and can get the idea of how it works) of the KYB's (not GR2's...don't bother) they are pretty pointless to buy. They are an upgrade but not much. They have virtually no adjustment to them in reality.
Tokicos are a better set.
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