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Old 11-08-2008, 10:10 AM   #1
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I currently have an 2005 2.5rs with almost a fully stock suspension ( everything but 04 sti springs).

I will be purchasing the 17x7.5 Tarmac 2s in a few months and i want to keep my car flush without losing performance!

the sti springs feel stiff and handle very well. I have been reading about how everyone is having issues with lowering springs on stock struts but i don't have the money to spend on coilovers and just want to keep the stock struts unless one blows out.

Would it be safe for me to run Cobb Lowering Springs for a wrx on stock struts?

I need some advice and possibly pictures of everyone with Cobb springs!

thanks alot
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Old 11-08-2008, 02:39 PM   #2
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cobb springs will only put you in danger of : decreasing cornering performance and blowing your struts quickly

no danger of bodily harm, however they will make your car look pretty nice.
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Old 11-08-2008, 03:45 PM   #3
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If you want to improve handling, you'd probably get more bang for your buck going with larger diameter sway bars (hell - you can pick up an OEM rear 20mm bar for under $100)
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Old 11-08-2008, 03:56 PM   #4
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Learn how to performance drive. An Autox school is < $100. Seriously.

When you get older, you'll learn it's the experience, no the equipment that matters (and not just with cars).
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Old 11-08-2008, 04:01 PM   #5
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When you get older, you'll learn it's the experience, no the equipment that matters (and not just with cars).
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Old 11-08-2008, 04:11 PM   #6
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YES! definitly. pick up a pair of swift springs. i have the same ones. work well with stock struts and handling is better. and definitly pick up some sway bars. cheap mod!
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Old 11-08-2008, 04:16 PM   #7
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im running 04 sti struts on jdm pink springs. nice solid ride with out too much bouncyness. minimal wheel gap and i can rock mad tyte jdm stickers yo! check the classifieds for some used sti struts already set up with springs. best budget suspension upgrade in my opinion.
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Old 11-08-2008, 04:25 PM   #8
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I currently have an 2005 2.5rs with almost a fully stock suspension ( everything but 04 sti springs).

I will be purchasing the 17x7.5 Tarmac 2s in a few months and i want to keep my car flush without losing performance!
the sti springs feel stiff and handle very well. I have been reading about how everyone is having issues with lowering springs on stock struts but i don't have the money to spend on coilovers and just want to keep the stock struts unless one blows out.

Would it be safe for me to run Cobb Lowering Springs for a wrx on stock struts?

I need some advice and possibly pictures of everyone with Cobb springs!

thanks alot

on a strict budget....this isnt happenin

look koo
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performance

pick one
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:39 PM   #9
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If you want good handling on a budget - here is the absolutely cheapest way I can think of:

-RE070 takeoffs from an STi can be had pretty cheap - these are excellent summer tires - can't use em in the snow and probably not in the cold
-STi takeoff springs which you already have - ideally on upgraded struts, but they'll do okay on stock struts - $50
-Used swaybars in the 22-24 mm range - $150
-Camber bolts in the rear - $20?
-Used camber plates in the front - $100

That covers all the major areas and won't set you back a lot of money.

As Uncle Scotty points out though, if you want the car "flush" - by this I assume you mean you want to minimize wheel gap - you are giving up performance. The Cobb springs are too damned low.

As the Lowering Spring FAQ says in really big letters
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:58 PM   #10
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save it up and buy shock/strut combo.
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:59 PM   #11
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And swaybar will help a lot. look on sell/trade thread you will find a good deal.
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:01 AM   #12
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I hope you are not post whoring just to post a URL...
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:53 AM   #14
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Now that i see the same comment from everybody, the sti springs on my car are starting to look lower and lower haha

Alrighty then, if i skip the springs and wait till later on when i need new struts, i want to buy sway bars!

With sway bars, i have found front sway bars for an RS but haven't seen a rear setup for my car. Is it the same for a wrx?

Please help

If i go 22mm in the front, what should i be looking to purchase for the rear?

thanks alot
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:21 AM   #15
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Alrighty then, if i skip the springs and wait till later on when i need new struts, i want to buy sway bars!

With sway bars, i have found front sway bars for an RS but haven't seen a rear setup for my car. Is it the same for a wrx?

If i go 22mm in the front, what should i be looking to purchase for the rear?
Get used sway bars and links. The springs you have are pretty damn good. I'm pretty sure the rear is the same for a wrx and an RS. The RS has a different front due to the headers. If you get a 22mm front, you'll want a 20-22 in the rear to balance it out. check the stickes.
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:29 AM   #16
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Yeah swap bars and new links would be best, you can truely feel the diffence.
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