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Old 08-16-2008, 11:16 AM   #1
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Default Does anyone make dampers for the 08 WRX (and soon to be 09)?

this is kind of deja vu from 2001 when we had no dampers to upgrade to, save the oe v7 STi inverted ones

anyone know of anything or anything in the works?
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:04 PM   #2
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OK I'll take that as a no
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:13 PM   #3
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Considering the 09 WRX's are significantly stiffer damped and sprung than the 08's and after talking to a couple of ppl I know who work for Subiesport that drove the car at the test sessions a lot of wrecked 09's are going to be cannibalized for 08 upgrades. From first reports all the 09's seem to really need are some stiffer sways.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:28 AM   #4
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KW, tein, and cusco have coilovers out. No struts though it seems, although it might be possible to use legacy stuff. The rear suspension is a little different, I'll have to pay closer attention next time I'm under them.
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Old 08-24-2008, 07:23 AM   #5
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GFL

it took kyb HOW LONG to make the GD AGX???

holding your breath will just make you turn blue
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:25 AM   #6
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clearly the 09 struts/shocks will be sought after by the 08 guys- springs too

while the WRX is similar to the "new" Legacy, I don't think it's similar enough to swap parts though

I know a fellow at a company that begins w/ K and ends w/ i, I'll give him a shout
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:30 AM   #7
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I am using 05+ legacy Koni's.

It is an insert/cut/install on the front, and rears you have to swap the bottom bushing.

But, huge improvement, and I am running them with the SPT/STI pinks.

HTH
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:35 AM   #8
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oh, and had to enlarge the rear top hat centre slot a little, to make the larger bore Leggie size strut shaft to fit.

I had leggie struts - and tops to play with.

Leggie rear tops don't work.

Makes the car handle really nice now - even the wife approves.

Sways next for me.

In SS for autocross now - due to the springs.
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Old 08-24-2008, 07:52 PM   #9
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oh, neat little feature about the spec b front struts is that the housing is extended like 3/4" below the clevis for more bump travel. So if I was going to try to use legacy stuff on my 08/09 I'd get some of those.
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:38 PM   #10
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hmmmm- that's interesting- I wonder what the spec B housing would do for camber???

someone should take the time to measure the stroke on the oe struts- guessing it will be close to the previous Imprezas, but would still be good to know

just so I'm clear here you are using the Koni 8610 1447 inserts up front and no fitment issues at all?

in the rear your using the 8010 1053 shocks? Would you mind providing a little more detail on what needs to be done w/ the rears? Wouldn't have pics of what you had to do by chance?

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Old 08-24-2008, 09:49 PM   #11
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just so I'm clear here you are using the Koni 8610 1447 inserts up front and no fitment issues at all?

in the rear your using the 8010 1053 shocks? Would you mind providing a little more detail on what needs to be done w/ the rears? Wouldn't have pics of what you had to do by chance?

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Front, no problem.

Rear, had to swap the bottom bushing form the 08 wrx to the koni, enlarge the 08 top hat center area with a drill, and bolt in.
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:51 PM   #12
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this may be a pretty easy thing for Koni to resolve in the rear

do those part #'s jive w/ what you have?
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:31 AM   #13
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hmmmm- that's interesting- I wonder what the spec B housing would do for camber???

someone should take the time to measure the stroke on the oe struts- guessing it will be close to the previous Imprezas, but would still be good to know


tia
I expect the front geometry is identical between legacies and the 08 (sti excluded). Next time I have the struts off one I'll measure some things.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:39 AM   #14
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I know there is a guy running around with some $4500 custom AST struts, but I'm guessing that is not what you are looking for
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:18 AM   #15
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I expect the front geometry is identical between legacies and the 08 (sti excluded). Next time I have the struts off one I'll measure some things.
that would be great

^ probably not unless your springing for them John

on the rear mount, the new Group N catalog shows a rear top that has a 22mm opening- would that by chance be the same as the Legacy (the WRX being smaller)???

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Old 08-26-2008, 10:35 AM   #16
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good news from Koni the 08/09 WRX strut/shock is in the works as we speak. Lee already has part #'s, he is hoping for an early winter (Dec) release, but cautioned it could be a little later.

they will enjoy the same wide range of damping that is Koni's trademark
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:07 PM   #17
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I won't be picking up an 09 until 2011 (unless the STi sedan surfaces) so hopefully the aftermarket will be effectively saturated with 08/09 parts by then.
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:16 PM   #18
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You looking for just strut and not a full coilover?
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:29 PM   #19
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iv been lookin for struts as all 4 of mine are blown out already, all were leaking at 9k. iv emailed kyb, tokico, koni, no one has said anything about them yet. its good to hear koni has some in development
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iv been lookin for struts as all 4 of mine are blown out already, all were leaking at 9k. iv emailed kyb, tokico, koni, no one has said anything about them yet. its good to hear koni has some in development
I'm enjoying my Koni's now.
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:48 PM   #21
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lol must be nice, i figure im either going to get the 09 struts or the koni that someone else said are supposed to be released sooner or later. the 08 factory struts are real ****ty
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:54 PM   #22
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Yeah, my 08 "showas" really sucked. Interesting design inside - kinda like inverted.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:24 PM   #23
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I'm enjoying my Koni's now.
I mentioned to Lee that at least one guy was using the LGT Koni setup- (Lee was instrumental in developing those btw) he stated that they were very similar platforms. I'll be curious to see if the front part #'s are the same????
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I mentioned to Lee that at least one guy was using the LGT Koni setup- (Lee was instrumental in developing those btw) he stated that they were very similar platforms. I'll be curious to see if the front part #'s are the same????
Me too..

The rears will be different, as the bottom bushing is different, and the LGT shaft is thicker.
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as long as someone makes them soon i dont care what they do to them. i got my whole suspension done and its being held back by these crappy blown out struts
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