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Old 05-19-2008, 01:12 AM   #1
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Default WRX Suspension Swap onto BD Legacy Ride Height Issue

So I have had bugeye WRX suspension on my 97 Legacy L for about 6 months now. I have always thought it looked a little awkward compared to stock, but I never took any measurements. I took some measurements today and found a ride height in the front of about 7.5" and about 6.5" in the rear. I know my BD is lighter than a bugeye, but from everything I had read that swap is suppose to lower the ride height, not raise it. AFAIK the stock ride height on my Legacy should be 6.1". That setup is also no where near as stiff as my friend's 04 2.5RS or even my 02 Civic.

I am also thinking about doing the 04 STi suspension swap into my car this summer. Anyone have a guess as to what that ride height would be or how stiff it would ride compared to an actually STi? I rallyx and autox my car, so I want to keep enough clearance for the dirt while still having a stiff setup for autox.

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Old 05-19-2008, 02:58 AM   #2
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its pretty stiff. and if you're running tires wider than 205 or so, you'll definitely need to roll the rear fenders. i've had '04 sti struts and springs on my BG for almost two years now, and i really like it, but sometimes i get complaints from my girlfriend about the ride being too stiff.

i don't have any recent pics, but if you find any pics of my car in the Gallery thread from the past year or so, you'll see how mine sits on the sti struts. just remember that mine is a wagon, so it might sit a bit differently than your sedan.
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:20 AM   #3
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:34 PM   #4
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its pretty stiff. and if you're running tires wider than 205 or so, you'll definitely need to roll the rear fenders. i've had '04 sti struts and springs on my BG for almost two years now, and i really like it, but sometimes i get complaints from my girlfriend about the ride being too stiff.

i don't have any recent pics, but if you find any pics of my car in the Gallery thread from the past year or so, you'll see how mine sits on the sti struts. just remember that mine is a wagon, so it might sit a bit differently than your sedan.
I found some pics you posted on 4/07, and it looks a lot lower than mine, but I don't think it is too low for rallyx. Did you do anything to keep the back end from sagging, or are the springs stiff enough to alleviate that problem?
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:14 PM   #5
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honestly i didn't touch it once the suspension was installed. sometimes it kinds looks like the back end is sagging, sometimes it doesn't. it's really wierd. it should do just fine for rallycross, i watched a lowered VW rabbit ro rallycross one time, it was just a tad higher off the ground than mine, and it did okay. anything more intense than that though, and good luck!

one thing to worry about with STi struts is the dreaded "clunk" that they all get eventually. i've read that in '06-'07 the problem is less severe, and it was also not as prevalent in the '05 model. all of those suspensions will fit directly onto the BG/BD, but you have to have the complete set up: struts, springs & top hats, from the corresponding years.

but aside from that, it's a pretty solid set up for the street. for track use, you might want to read up some more because i know there's a lot of people out there who are less than completely satisfied with running GD suspensions on BD/BG Legacies.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:21 PM   #6
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^^^^^^^^

Careful; the '05-07 STi's have a different front strut becuase the STi hubs changed.
'04 STi is the only one that bolts up to the Legacy/WRX lowers.
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:20 PM   #7
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wasn't there a thread on here about a month ago where someone bolted up some '06-'07 STi suspension onto a BD? said it was a direct fit? maybe i'm thinking of something else...
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:43 PM   #8
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I have seen conflicting things between what STi supsension bolts right on, but I know for certain that 04 will. So if someone on here has actually bolted on anything but 04 STi stuff on their BD then I would be very interested to hear if they needed to mod anything to make it work.

Thanks That One Legacy for all the info. I have heard about the "clunk", but my Legacy isn't my DD so I can live with it if it developes. Typically the courses I run on for RallyX are rather smoth, so it sounds like I would still be ok as far as that is concerned. I can't wait to get the money to do it...
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:33 PM   #9
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Careful; the '05-07 STi's have a different front strut becuase the STi hubs changed.
'04 STi is the only one that bolts up to the Legacy/WRX lowers.
This is how i understand it to be, though i also have only used 04 STi suspension which has the same knuckle design as the earlier legacy and impreza models share.

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wasn't there a thread on here about a month ago where someone bolted up some '06-'07 STi suspension onto a BD? said it was a direct fit? maybe i'm thinking of something else...
If you find this thread can you link it, i definitly did not see this and would be surprised to say the least if that worked.
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:51 AM   #10
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i also had 04 STI struts and springs in my BD, and although many pass. thought they were too stiff they were never enough for me. i also do rallyx and autox and nasa events.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:50 AM   #11
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Are you all saying it is just as stiff as an STi, or does it actually feel stiffer than an STi? I don't know if the fact our cars are lighter could effect the perceived stiffness or harshness of the ride.

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back from the dead for more input from people running these on a BD

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Old 04-03-2012, 03:03 PM   #13
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You can use 05+ sti suspension on 5x100 cars by slotting the lower mount on the front struts. Its been done and works fine but easier to get 04 sti struts.

Go to sl-i.net. more legacy info than here
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