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Old 09-06-2015, 01:20 PM   #1
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So I was under the car doing some other random maintenance today and realized basically all my bushings are shot, my struts and sways are rusty as hell, the control arms look bad, etc.

I have an 04 wrx wagon with koni shocks and jdm sti wagon springs. Other than that the suspension is basically stock. I want to just do an inexpensive refresh. My goal is to replace the sways, all the bushings, maybe the control arms/trailing arms, end links, all new nuts/bolts, etc. I just did this on my other car and it made a huge difference in the ride and handling around this pot hole laden city. I don't care about improving performance. My wrx is my winter car and so I just need her to drive nice and smooth and handle the snow.

So...here's where i'm at...first, is there guide for what exactly i will need to do this on a wagon? Where is the best place to buy replacement oem parts? does anyone have part numbers from doing something similar? Is there anything you'd recommend buying aftermarket vs oem? are there any aftermarket brands that make OEM spec parts? are there any I should avoid?
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:57 PM   #2
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I've always bought OEM parts from Heuberger Motors. 25% off retail, no tax, can't beat that with a stick! Just go to their website, your vehicle, and you pull up all the parts you're looking for. You can also pull up opposedforces.com for part numbers as well.
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:35 AM   #3
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Don't get OEM struts. You will pay too much. Get KYB Excell-G struts. KYB is the OEM manufacturer and these struts are an OEM replacement at a fraction of the cost of OEM.
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Old 09-07-2015, 03:19 PM   #4
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Don't get oem endlinks either, get kartboy or other aftermarket. Oem are junk. I know you are not going for performance but oem really suck. For other bushings go with oem rubber bushings, if you go poly you will have more NVH.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:47 PM   #5
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It's hard to not be expensive when you want to do a full refresh. I would recommend suspension bushings, go with GroupN bushings. They really make the car feel new again.
If you can, I would do all the bushings at once, especially the ones tied to the front and rear suspension. This way, you can save money on alignments by just getting one once you're all done. If you can coordinate for a shop whose willing to spend an hour on your suspension arms to press in and press out bushings, then that would be great.
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:59 PM   #6
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For staying cheap (I think) Volkswagen makes a good endlink for cheap, you can search around for it. OEM are trash if you upgrade the sways.
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:23 PM   #7
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thanks for all the advice. From doing some research my understanding is i need to get sedan control arms and sway bar to fit aftermarket endlinks since i have a wagon. Is that correct?
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thanks for all the advice. From doing some research my understanding is i need to get sedan control arms and sway bar to fit aftermarket endlinks since i have a wagon. Is that correct?

Are you planning on going to sedan track?
In other words, are you getting sedan control arms, lateral links?

If not and you are sticking with wagon track, then no you don't need sedan components.
Kartboy makes a wagon specific front end link.
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:56 PM   #9
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sweet, didn't know that. thanks!
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Anyone have a link to the Volkswgen endlink?
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I have an 04 wrx wagon with koni shocks and jdm sti wagon springs. Other than that the suspension is basically stock. I want to just do an inexpensive refresh. My goal is to replace the sways, all the bushings, maybe the control arms/trailing arms, end links, all new nuts/bolts, etc.
Buy new "comfort" bushings from TiC. TiC has great suspension stuff, as well as other things, and good prices. There bushings are split so once you get the old ones out, you can just push the new ones in.

Clean & paint your sway bars if it bothers you that much, unless you want bigger bars.

Kartboy or Whiteline HD endlinks and sway bar mounts

Unless you want to start spending some serious cash, OEM lateral links and trailing arms,
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