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Old 06-12-2008, 03:01 AM   #1
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So i put Tein S tech springs on my 07 wrx last week ( I know they were really cheap though and i wanted lowered for a couple months till i could afford coil-overs), and i lowered it with the stock wheels, 17 by 7 wheel. well i got a alignment done on it last week and everything is good again. Well i am going to subydude tomorrow to pick up my new rota gforce's in 17 by 8 and i was just wondering, do i need to get my car re-aligned again?
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:05 AM   #2
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Not for just wheels.
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:40 AM   #3
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^^^^ Yep

You're good until you swap in the coilovers.
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:45 AM   #4
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you're good.....

on another note, why do people keep doing this? I'm going to spend money now so that I can spend more later.

Why not just save up for the coilovers in the first place, instead of wasting 3-400 bucks on spring?
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:31 PM   #5
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^^^
i understand what u say but i couldn't pass up the offer, a local subie owner was selling his brand new in a box tein stechs for 120 bucks. i can sell them right back for equal or more. so its a good investment for now.
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:37 PM   #6
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why do you want coilovers? do you even need them?

why does everyone say they're going to buy coilovers as if that's the best setup period?
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:43 PM   #7
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i just want to upgrade my whole suspension as a whole, not just a sway bar and other stuff. Nhat, in your experince than, what is the best way to lower a car and get performance suspension gains?
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:44 PM   #8
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He's in Cali, the Home of "if your not slammed on coils you ain't a mad tyte JDM Playa yo!" Lowering the car more than 1-1 1/2" inches put the suspension geometry out of whack and leads to bad handling and premature wear and parts failure. Inexpensive coilovers lead to less than stellar ride quality for a DD as well as increased maintence costs and increased NVH>
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:48 PM   #9
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ok well i just wanted to loose a bit of wheel gap not is much as i turned out i have now, plus my subaru lives in the Sierra nevada mountains aka tahoe in the winter cause i snowboard alot, and NOBODY i know wants there car to be and i quote "if your not slammed on coils you ain't a mad tyte JDM Playa yo", your an idiot, thats all the southern californians, this state should be separated in two.
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:58 PM   #10
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I lived in Sacramento(right next to Blue Diamond Almonds in Old Sac) and Roseville for several years, and yes there are a lot of differences between the Nortenos and the Surrenos but California in general has that mentality towards imports. Coilovers are going to have a spring rate that will probably be in excess of what's going to work well once you start climbing I50 past Folsom in the winter on the way to Tahoe. High spring rates and stiff sways are not ideal for snow/ice. You'd be a lot better off with some Koni's or D-Specs and STi takeoffs than with coils.
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ok thanks, i didn't know i am talking to a fellow nor cal native. i am not sure about coilovers, i just kinda wanted to go in that direction, i still have searching to do.
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figure out what you want to do with the car and go from there.

i had a chance to compare my friend's 06 sti with rce tarmac 2 coilovers to my 04 sti with rce yellows and the difference is night and day...i thought rce yellows are stiff, but the rce t2's blow them out of the water. i would hate to commute daily with that stiff of a suspension setup. however, his sti is a track car and rarely sees public streets.

if you want to lower the car and improve performance, take what quikwgn has to say and add rce blacks to the mix.
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:17 PM   #13
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ok thanks for the advice guys.
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