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Old 11-18-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
Ti Pit
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Default Lowering 05 Turbo with Legacy suspension?

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Hello Guys
I've used the search function and have found very little information regarding this however I know it's somewhere on here or scoobytruck.

I have a 05 Turbo Baja, the hight is perfect for winter however I don't need it that high in the summer.

I wan't to lower it for summer use. I know about the single company that makes $600 lowering springs for the car however I was wondering if there was another option.

Would a lowered suspension from a Legacy GT work on our cars? Would I be able to buy legacy shocks, lowering springs and top plates and use that suspension as a working summer set up?
Any idea's are appreciated! Up here in Canada not much info is available for our Baja's.
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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i just responded to your scoobytruck thread.

"sounds like your looking for an adjustable setup like the Megan coilovers or the 03 suspension. i'm currently looking into the differences between the 03 and later suspensions, whether it is a spring difference or that there is extra spacers on the frame in later years. either way it should be a matter removing the spacers or swaping springs. i personally want mine higher than it is now in 03 trim."

i need pics of the suspension.
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:25 PM   #3
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my reply from scoobytruck :P

I've seen the coil over set up on ebay in the past but it's not really what I'm looking for since I don't want to go all out on it + Even though many people have them on their cars here adjustable coil over suspensions are actually illegal here in Quebec so I would not want to get in any extra trouble because of it.

I'd like to keep the stock baja suspension set up for winter use so keeping the stock springs, shock and top plates together would be a big plus.

If I could get my hands on a set of Legacy GT KYB shocks which should be a bit stiffer then the stockers on th Baja, along with Legacy GT drop springs which are far less expensive then Baja drop springs and use normal top plates I would be happy. Cost wise I'm sure I'd be saving a lot and I'd be able to switch from one set up to the other easily from summer to winter without having a really ruff ride. Now the question here is ... would it fit?

There is another Turbo baja in my province and it is lowered however the owner does not want to reveal his secret, according to my local subaru club this set up "should" work but no one has a Baja and can confirm that it does haha.
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Old 11-23-2009, 02:14 AM   #4
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I do know the front struts and springs will work from the Legacy but the rear struts are different. I'm not sure about the springs but from research from when I was looking to do mine people said the rear springs were different.
Also I will say depending on how low your looking to go the kyb's don't hold up on lowered cars unless its the AGX's.
I say a set of KYB AGX's for a Baja. (I think they have them for a baja) Legacy lowering springs if the rears don't fit put a set of stock spings on and slightly heat them to lower to the height you want. If done right it will be a decent ride.
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:28 PM   #5
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the legacy suspensions from 200-2004 will fit all bajas, front and rear. try those.
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:49 PM   #6
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Thanks for the thread as ive been wondering about this too. We have a 03 Baja that id like to get '00-'04 GT springs for and struts for.
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:13 PM   #7
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has anyone actually done this??? and how does it ride after the swap???

I find the Baja ride far too harsh already!
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:14 AM   #8
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Are the rears struts or shocks? Anyone know?

Everytime ive tried searching about suspension for the Baja it shows 2 struts and 2 shocks in the pic.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:39 AM   #9
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they are struts, the terms shocks and struts have become interchangable.

struts are an intergral part of the suspension remove it and you have no spring mount, alignment, and the car is not drivable. on the other hand shocks only control the movement of the springs, remove it and the car still drives but the springs will bounce uncontrolled.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:12 PM   #10
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the legacy suspensions from 200-2004 will fit all bajas, front and rear. try those.
Great to know! Do you have to use the legacy Top Plates or you keep the Baja's top plates?

If I can't find a set of used Megan's by this summer I'll go with the legacy set up.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:24 PM   #11
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i did it, and it rides and handles awesome.. i have KYB GR2 designed for legacy GT and stock Legacy GT springs installed... the car rides like a stock legacy GT, but the only problem is the car is so low that it scrapes the tow hitch and/or the exhaust tips sometimes...

Also, the legacy suspension gives way LESS clearance on the strut side, so you cant run any tires wider than 235 maybe. 225-45-18 or 225-50-17 would work well. the stock 225-60s probably wouldnt fit.
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