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Old 11-02-2009, 12:18 AM   #1
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Is anyone using the H&R OE Sport Springs on a WRX?. There is a "Sport" and an "OE Sport" and I'm asking about the OE versions. They are supposed to be a .75"/.50" drop F/R. I'd be interested in any observations and hub to fender measurements as well. It seems like many springs drop lower than advertised from what I've been reading.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:41 PM   #2
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Yes, I ran the OE Sport springs with Koni adjustable (yellows) shocks and it seemed to be a much lower drop than the 0.75" advertised. It was probably closer to 1"-1.25" drop. Which was too low with my steep driveway (at the time) and the STI corner splitters and V-limited lip.

It looked great and the ride was nice, but it was just too low for me. I was sorry to get rid of them. In the end I went with the JDM STI Spec-C spring (with blue/green painton front springs) and it was a better ride height for me.

Here is the drop with the OE Sport springs:








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Old 12-28-2009, 02:18 PM   #3
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^^^^What sideskirts are those? Prodrive?
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Old 12-28-2009, 02:21 PM   #4
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OEM skirts from SAAB 92-x. Check out my posts here (around post #18 and later) about the install:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...php?p=15376025
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Old 12-28-2009, 02:28 PM   #5
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OEM skirts from SAAB 92-x. Check out my posts here (around post #18 and later) about the install:
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:00 AM   #6
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Is anyone using the H&R OE Sport Springs on a WRX?. There is a "Sport" and an "OE Sport" and I'm asking about the OE versions. They are supposed to be a .75"/.50" drop F/R. I'd be interested in any observations and hub to fender measurements as well. It seems like many springs drop lower than advertised from what I've been reading.
Thanks.

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Only on my 98 M3 - I had both. For that car at least, the Sport is too low for optimal handling, but looks nice. I had some paired with Bilstein Sports and hated the ride. Then I swapped that setup out for Konis with OE Sports. The ride was worlds better (partially because of the shocks and partially because of the springs, IMHO) as was the handling.

It just goes to reinforce the 2 statements at the top of the Lowering Spring FAQ:

1) Most lowering springs suck.
2) If it looks sweet, it's too low.

I have no experience with the Subaru application, but from your description of the springs it sounds similar.

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Old 12-29-2009, 11:40 AM   #7
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I sold mine on i-Club to a guy in Sacramento. I think he is still running them on his STI. You might ask him for measurements if that's what your after. His screen ID there is "jdmdaddy"

http://www.i-club.com/forums/member.php?u=62134

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Old 12-29-2009, 11:47 AM   #8
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Actually...I found the measurement you were looking for. I posted it on IWSTI when I was considering going to the Spec-C springs which I currently run.

http://www.iwsti.com/forums/gd-suspe...sdm-sti-5.html

Here's what I wrote:

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Sorry to resurrect this old post...but I also have a set of Spec-C springs I am going to put on my WRX with Koni yellows. I currently have H&R OE sports and it was advertised as 0.75" drop (F) and 0.5" drop (R); but I'm thinking it may be closer to a 1.25"-1.5" actual drop. With my STI corner splitters and V-Limited lip that gives me about 4" clearance to get in and out of driveways at the front. I'm hoping these Spec-C springs will give me a little more clearance up front.

Anyway...I measured them and came up with similar (yet slightly different) measurements of the springs:

FRONTS
coil tip-downward: 9-1/2"
tallest part of spring-downward: 10-1/8"

REARS
coil tip-downward: 11-7/8"
tallest part of spring-downward: 12"

I wonder if my Koni's make my H&R OE Sports drop further than normal? On my WRX, from the hub to fender is:

(F) 13-5/8"; (R) 12-5/8"

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Old 12-29-2009, 02:50 PM   #9
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Here is the drop with the OE Sport springs:







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Wow, the SAAB 92-X Sideskirts look great on the car. I may consider getting those.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:34 PM   #10
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Yes, I ran the OE Sport springs with Koni adjustable (yellows) shocks and it seemed to be a much lower drop than the 0.75" advertised. It was probably closer to 1"-1.25" drop. Which was too low with my steep driveway (at the time) and the STI corner splitters and V-limited lip.
Any chance they accidentally gave you regular Sports?
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:51 AM   #11
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I wonder if my Koni's make my H&R OE Sports drop further than normal? On my WRX, from the hub to fender is:

(F) 13-5/8"; (R) 12-5/8"


DomozitoLK - Thanks for the information! You were right about the drop being more than claimed. That is more like a 2"/2.17" drop.
Nice car, BTW.
Thanks again.


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from what I have read this is one of the few applications where HR didn't hit a home run. They are definitely a "stance" spring & not a handling spring.

I have H&R's on 2 vehicles currently & was considering them for my Wagon, but after seeing some of the specs & spring rates, they are not what I want. I want the spring to perform first & if I get a lil drop from them, great...

so, from what I have read, in the WRX application the H&R is a lowering spring, not aa handling spring.
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DomozitoLK - Thanks for the information! You were right about the drop being more than claimed. That is more like a 2"/2.17" drop.
Nice car, BTW.
Thanks again.


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Then it has to be HR sports.. It cant be the HR OE spring because they are listed as .75 front .5 rear. The Sports are 1.4 front 1.3 rear
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What strut do you plan to use?
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Then it has to be HR sports.. It cant be the HR OE spring because they are listed as .75 front .5 rear. The Sports are 1.4 front 1.3 rear
Wow, you guys have dug up a really old thread...

I'm running the H&R OE Sports right now and they are indeed much lower than a .75 inch drop. They feel, ride, and handle similarly (if not slightly softer) to the Swift Sport springs I had on my wagon previously.
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Wow, you guys have dug up a really old thread...

I'm running the H&R OE Sports right now and they are indeed much lower than a .75 inch drop. They feel, ride, and handle similarly (if not slightly softer) to the Swift Sport springs I had on my wagon previously.
Do you think the OE sports and STI PINK struts would be significantly stiffer than the OE wrx setup?
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No, not much. H&R fronts are approx. 200 lbs. rears are approx. 190 lbs.
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No, not much. H&R fronts are approx. 200 lbs. rears are approx. 190 lbs.

Well the stocks are what 165 119/132?

So to me thats a good increase.. No where near some of the others of course. But better than stock ..
Thanks for the info
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brother had H&R springs. car handles better with the stock sti ones.
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Well the stocks are what 165 119/132?

So to me thats a good increase.. No where near some of the others of course. But better than stock ..
Thanks for the info
Even though its an increase over stock, they are a very mild spring rate upgrade over stock. They are designed to work with the stock WRX struts, which are damped for a very mild spring. By now most 02-07 stock WRX struts are at the end of their life. So if you replace the struts with a better unit you can go with a better spring.
Unless you go with a stock type replacement strut. Then you are limited to mild springs, like the H&R, Eibach and the Mach V.
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brother had H&R springs. car handles better with the stock sti ones.
There is no way I would choose H&R, Eibach or Mach V over STI springs.
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There is no way I would choose H&R, Eibach or Mach V over STI springs.
but they look fooly sik?
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