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Old 06-29-2008, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default 04 STI suspension on 98 Legacy L wagon ?

My friend upgraded, and is giving me his complete 04 STI suspension...shocks/springs/tophats etc....

He says its "blown"...that it clunks and his rear end was sagging.....BUT its only got 30k on it ! Can I get it rebuilt ??

If I can just fix the clunking, I'm assuming its STILL going to be WAY WAY better than the current ORIGINAL suspension on my 150,000 mile 98 legacy L wagon... What do you think ?

My question is, Even though its for a sedan, WOULD this be worth it to put on my wagon ??

has anyone done this ?? I'm assuming I would have a decent rear end sag. BUT I could fix most of this with some spacers....

would it be worth doing ?? whata u guys think ?

they have only 30k miles on them...I wonder if I could send them out to be "rebuilt" or whatever....
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:42 PM   #2
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hahaha, i just asked more or less the same question. but regarding 05 sti springs.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:57 PM   #3
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I've had one person on the other forum tell me to go for it.....its gotta be better than what I have on there

There is a guy who just put 04 suspension on his 98 sedan...I'm gona see if I can find out some more info.
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Old 06-29-2008, 10:30 PM   #4
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edit: ah crap, I just answered a question from a very similar thread in this one.

I say go for it, the STi is a heavier car with a much stiffer suspension, I don't see you having a lot of sagging problems.
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:19 AM   #5
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Will '04 strut tops fit a BD / BG / BK series Legacy ?
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:23 PM   #6
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edit: ah crap, I just answered a question from a very similar thread in this one.

I say go for it, the STi is a heavier car with a much stiffer suspension, I don't see you having a lot of sagging problems.
whats the curb weight on the 04 sti compared to my 98 Legacy L wagon ??
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:36 PM   #7
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3250 vs. 3050 (ish). It's around 200lbs heavier.
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:17 PM   #8
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i have '04 sti struts springs and top hats on my 95 L wagon, they bolt in just fine.* actually, they're better than fine because the strut is like 2/3 the height of the stock legacy strut, and so it's a lot easier to fit in. handling is superb, i couldn't have asked for more given what i paid.

the clunking sound is a very common problem with the '04 STi, and if your rear '04 STi struts start to make that noise, they most likely need to be replaced.* some people have been able to extend the life of their struts for a bit by rubbing some white litium grease on the rear strut bodies, but for me that's too much trouble because you have to do it again every time the clunking comes back.* better to just some AGX or something else made for the '04 STi.

if you want to see pic of the drop, you can look for pics of my car in the gallery threads in this forum.* i got them about a year and a half ago, so you can start looking there.* the rear end does sag very slightly, and gets really bad if i have it loaded up with crap.* but even then the springs are stiff enough to where i haven't had any problems wih bottoming out.i did have to roll the rear fenders to accomodate my 225/50/16 tires though.* if you're running 215s or 205s, it might clear okay, but i've never tried it myself.*
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:48 PM   #9
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these them ??

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Old 06-30-2008, 09:59 PM   #10
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so what you all are saying is this might for us? how much of a difference would it make doing just springs vs the top hats and struts too? and also, would i need to change the top hats? sorry for the all the newb questions....i am still a newb
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Hey I have 05 sti struts and springs which the fronts where slotted because of the change in the bottom knuckle on the 05+ sti. I have 2 whole sets of sti struts and springs because the back ones started clunking. If u like the ride of the sti suspension then its a good way to go I have a bigger sway bar and handles amazing. A better way to go in my opinion thought would be to use the sti springs and get kyb agx's or get wrx struts and put koni inserts in them. Keep the sti top hats though cuz I think the wrx wont fit ur legacy. My 05's bolted right in the back and front bolt up no prob minus slotting the bottom nuckle bolt on the strut. Hope this gives u guys a idea. Toby
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:26 PM   #12
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ok well I found out they DON'T make GR2 shocks for the 04 wrx which means that if I wanted to use the 04 sti springs, I would need to buy 02/03 wrx shocks AND tophats ....how much are tophats ???

this is beginning to sound like a HUGE PITA !!!

I'm gona go pick up the suspension from my budy....lube it up...and just install the damn things....its GOTTA ride better than what I have in my car now....
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:51 PM   #13
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these them ??
wow those are old pics, but yeah that's what the drop looks like.* the fenders sit right on top of the tires.* no rubbing in the front, but like i said the rears had to be rolled.the handling is very good, and the Legacy wagon actually has pretty good weight balance.* if you upgrade to outback sway bars like i have, i think you'll be very pleased.
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anyone know how much OEM 04 sti shocks would be?? the other cheapest sollution is AGX...which isn't that cheap
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:40 PM   #15
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As for those of you that think the struts that clunk need to be replaced: WRONG.All it is: The shaft seal sticking to the shaft. Clean the seal and the shaft, add some light lube and seal the strut up properly (hose clamp the bottom of the boot to the strut body) and you'll never have that problem ever again.
i'd be interested to know if this actually works.* not saying it doesn't, just this is the first i've heard of it and i've been looking into this for a few months now.
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I've done it on about 20 different sets. The set that was on my wife's car that the struts had about 40k on them when installed, all of them clunking badly. After cleaning, lube and reseal they were like new.
I'm gona grab the suspension from my budy today. I gotta check them out to make sure they aren't leaking or anything... it seems sti shocks have a tendancy to BLOW with verry low mileage...
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i'd be interested to know if this actually works.* not saying it doesn't, just this is the first i've heard of it and i've been looking into this for a few months now.
that one, you've been posting here for quite a while, and I've never seen you intersperse asterisks after every sentence before.* W T F is that about?* I keep waiting to see a disclaimer at the bottom of your posts.

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that one, you've been posting here for quite a while, and I've never seen you intersperse asterisks after every sentence before.* W T F is that about?* I keep waiting to see a disclaimer at the bottom of your posts.

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Weeeeird.
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I have 04 STi stuff on my 98 wagon. Drops right in, and lowers it a bit. Rear of wagons sags a little. maybe 1/8 inch.

Ride is VERY stiff, but tires pumped up all the way keeps bouncing to a minimum.

I had to ream out the top holes a little and get camber bolts from NAPA for the correct camber adj, but nothing major.

looks like this

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