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Old 06-02-2010, 03:45 AM   #1
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My bugeye has '04 STI take-offs and I'm looking to upgrade; get some springs. I've heard good things about the RCE Yellows, think they'd be too stiff for the OEM struts? Even though they are designed for the OEM struts... I'm talking about longevity here.

I autocross approximately every 3 weeks, I'd like to make it to a track one day

I did some searching around and here's what a bugeye looks like with STI take-offs and RCE Yellows. Do you think it drops too much in the rear? Looks too low?






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Old 06-02-2010, 04:12 AM   #2
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RCE yellow + Ohlins (or Blistein) Struts will be a good combo. I think any lowering springs will kill your stock struts it is just matter of time.

However, a good setup of coilovers will perform more than springs/struts combo within similar price range...Maybe time to research bugeye coilover setup for comparison...
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:41 AM   #3
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Do you think it drops too much in the rear? Looks too low?
that's what I thot about my gc too when I installed my setup. However, I concluded that the stance is infact even but the rear fenders are "made/cut" lower than the front fenders.
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:55 AM   #4
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RCE yellow + Ohlins (or Blistein) Struts will be a good combo. I think any lowering springs will kill your stock struts it is just matter of time.

However, a good setup of coilovers will perform more than springs/struts combo within similar price range...Maybe time to research bugeye coilover setup for comparison...
I don't even need springs, just want. I'd like to think I'm doing great at autocross already with just the STI take-offs. Coilovers are a little overkill and unnecessary for a daily driver/street car IMHO. Seems to me most people have them as just a bling/status factor

I don't really want to spend any more than $400, unless you can show me decent coil overs for <1k then I buy

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Old 06-02-2010, 05:45 AM   #5
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Epic Engineering springs?
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:15 AM   #6
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If my thoughts were on springs they'd keep bouncing back.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:15 AM   #7
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If you're worried they're going to be too low, just get the RCE blacks. I've been half-thinking about going to the wagon RCEs and changing my front camber plates to non-lowering ones.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:29 AM   #8
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Im planning on upgrading my springs/struts soon as well, got an 02 wrx btw. I did alot of research and have decided on swift sport spring. These springs can be used with oem struts, the drop is moderate 30mm in the front 15mm in the back, they improve handling while keeping a compfortable ride. email gary at http://www.mann-engineering.com/ if you have questions about them. http://www.mann-engineering.com/cars...rontdriver.jpg. ride height
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:37 AM   #9
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Seems to me most people have them as just a bling/status factor
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:30 PM   #10
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I have driven about 50k km on swift sport springs. No problems at all, in any situation from autox to snow days.

You would want to make sure you get the bump stops done at installation IIRC.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:15 PM   #11
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Seems to me most people have them as just a bling/status factor
I think the other way, people want lowering springs as just for look/status factor...
And it is not overkill for DD if you have coilover setup properly. Of coz you don't need those really hardcore coilovers for DD or Autocross...

However, for springs, I trust RCE or swift ones as they are pretty easy on the stock struts from reviews...

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I don't really want to spend any more than $400, unless you can show me decent coil overs for <1k then I buy
Maybe take a look at the BC racing coilover, $xxx shipped, fully adjustable with front/rear camber plates, and cheap for replacement.
Tested them in person on two of my friends' cars, they are not that bad for the price and quality...

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Old 06-02-2010, 09:22 PM   #12
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I love my BCs

People talk **** about them all the time....usually it's the power'd by mom kids with 3500$ coilovers talking **** though.....at least they're my coilovers, not my parents that i put on my car. IMO they are good bang for buck, of course not as good as more expensive coilovers, but that's to be expected.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:23 PM   #13
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^^ btw, if you think of REC yellow springs, I think Imprezala has a used set for sale...
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:38 PM   #14
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I have ran STi springs, wagon Pinks, RCE Wagon Yellow on different combination of stock WRX, STi and koni struts. RCE Yellow + Koni is by far the best spring + struts setup for DD and some AutoX.

You could have bought my coilovers for under 1000
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:11 AM   #15
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I think the other way, people want lowering springs as just for look/status factor...
And it is not overkill for DD if you have coilover setup properly. Of coz you don't need those really hardcore coilovers for DD or Autocross...

However, for springs, I trust RCE or swift ones as they are pretty easy on the stock struts from reviews...
Thanks. I do agree, the front of my car does need a little bit of lowering. I want them more for autocross though; my car is so high off the ground



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Maybe take a look at the BC racing coilover, $xxx shipped, fully adjustable with front/rear camber plates, and cheap for replacement.
Tested them in person on two of my friends' cars, they are not that bad for the price and quality...
Will look into these. Whats the maintenance like on coilovers... how often do they need servicing?
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:43 AM   #16
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^ pretty simple, just make sure you wash them more often esp. during the winter, keep them away from salt/rust on the adjust treads and springs.

For servicing, no worry, I heard BC racing has replacement strut for cheap, like $50 each if IIRC
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Im planning on upgrading my springs/struts soon as well, got an 02 wrx btw. I did alot of research and have decided on swift sport spring. These springs can be used with oem struts, the drop is moderate 30mm in the front 15mm in the back, they improve handling while keeping a compfortable ride.
I love the looks of a moderate drop, but I was looking at the springs and saw there were two different spring rates available for the rears. Did you choose the 162lb/in rears or the 101-151lb/in (plus what does that mean that it varies from 101-151???) Seems like a weird split between two different spring rates as well.

I'm looking to get some lowering springs because I think my OEM springs are shot. I bought an 02 WRX about a month ago with 150k+ miles on it. The left side is visibly sagging lower than the right and all the tire pressures are the same at all four corners. Any diagnoses?
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