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Old 01-04-2012, 12:46 PM   #1
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Default Struts & springs combo for an 04 WRX

Before you guys attack me, yes i have been doing my research, but no i havent found a thread that talking about struts, just springs. or good combos for WRXs.

Basically, im looking to freshen up my suspension for an 04 WRX. I dont want coilovers due to the money and the fact that I dont need to adjust camber, ride height and the whole shebang for DD & spirited driving with an occasional autox event. All i want from my suspension is a decent to smooth ride, a 1in-1.5in drop at most, because lets face it, stock height is just wwaayyyy to high lol.
i will say i think the suspension has 90K miles on it since the original owner probably didnt buy a new suspension (i got it at 70K), which i think is a bit much, but ill let you guys be the judge.

I already have Group N tophats and I bought a set of 04 STI USDM springs light on the miles. I guess all i need now are some struts to go along with it. Ive been thinking of koni inserts since everyone raves about them, but im not mechanically prepared to do everything myself since i dont have most of the tools i need in order to make them. But if anyone finds that there are other spring/strut combos that work well for what I am looking for as well please feel free to comment.

Or if you think what i already have is good enough let me know!

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:33 PM   #2
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If you're just looking for a decent oem replacement i would look into the Tokico HP's. They're a little more performance oriented then the stock struts and will hold up to aftermarket springs better. I ran them with Tein S techs and really liked the set up for a DD.

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Old 01-04-2012, 02:26 PM   #3
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OEM '04 STi struts revalved by Feal, or D-specs. The used STi struts and revalve will be a little less expensive depending on your cost for used struts. Do you want custom valving, or adjustability and new?

Depending on where you buy the Koni are ~$75 less than the D-specs with 921 spacers, but you know about the extra labor for the Koni's.

Oh, and the heaver STi is ~10mm lower than the WRX. The OEM springs may not give you the drop you want.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:07 PM   #4
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Im going to look into the Tokico HP's. yeah im looking for a bit more performance
i would just rather not mess with revalving myself because i dont want to ruin the struts. I read somewhere that the STI springs with stock struts only drop it about 5mm-3mm from stock, (not 100% sure). besides i gotta them for a killer deal, $75!
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:14 PM   #5
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A lot of the extra weight in the STi is the tranny and one of the reasons the WRX doesn't drop as much with the STi springs.

Feal revalves the STi struts. To us they are bolt on, but tuned for your application. No one that I know of revalves the WRX struts. The WRX OEM struts are sealed units and the OEM STi struts can be disassembled.

FYI Look under 2004-2007 Subaru, STI, Dampers.

http://www.rallyracingsuspension.com/

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Old 01-05-2012, 10:46 AM   #6
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right i understand the weight issue.

I guess for right now ill be looking for some STi struts, but with the added cost of having them revalved it might just be a better buy to get some new struts. ill probably want some new springs as well to match them. it seems like one answer leaves harder questions lol

Im going to start saving up for this, i dont wanna go wrong in this. anyone else has an opinion?
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What's your budget?
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...it seems like one answer leaves harder questions lol
Usually does.
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There are many good options out there as some have mentioned. The least expensive that I would consider is the Tokico HP's. They are non adjustable, but work well with a variety of springs and are inexpensive. You already know about konis and Dspecs which are adjustable, but a bit more expensive. STI struts if you do them would definitely need to be revalved at this point as any that will fit your car are getting old and worn out.

Let us know if we can help. We have access to everything.

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budget, i looking for around $700 if i decide to get springs. but with just the STi springs i have now i don't want to spend more than $500, plus any labor that i might be paying for.

Ill be looking around if i can find a good deal for STi springs to be revalved. Thanks Tony, when and if I'm ready for revalving ill be sure to contact you guys for pricing how the process works.
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Tokico D-specs and any good pair of springs is a great setup...I am beyond happy with mine.

Depending on how many miles on ur car, you mite wanna consider replacing the tophats as well.
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I just did this recently... STI Springs / 04+ Grp-N tophats all around / KYB GR2 - 04+ Wagon

I like the stance... The GR2's are similar to the HP's I believe, about 10-15% stiffer than OEM. Got them for $270 shipped. OEM Springs is suppose to lower like 10-15mm only. Little bouncy on certain roads but a nice DD, nonetheless.

I previously had Swift springs on AGX's which was very nice but I needed to soften things up a bit for my baby on the way. I guess the change to 16" wheels helped also

BUT If your budget allows, I would do the D-Specs to match it to the springs better.

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:17 AM   #13
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I already have the group n top hats, I'd jut rather wait until I have the whole new suspension parts.

Nice wagon, thats the perfect wheel gap i want, about 3 fingers. Wait so you're telling me that the STi springs go well with the Dspecs? And as for your past set up, about how much did it cost?
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There are many good options out there as some have mentioned. The least expensive that I would consider is the Tokico HP's. They are non adjustable, but work well with a variety of springs and are inexpensive. You already know about konis and Dspecs which are adjustable, but a bit more expensive. STI struts if you do them would definitely need to be revalved at this point as any that will fit your car are getting old and worn out.

Let us know if we can help. We have access to everything.

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I have a 04 sti and have a set of karlton flares with my volks..and have about 70k miles on my stock struts.. with the flares I don't think I need any camber adjustments with that said I want to lower the car 3/4 -1" are you saying you can insert the tokico in the stock housing and make it new then put a lowering spring and get the car lowered and have a better suspension than most coilovers under $1,500? if so where do I sign up..do you guys do the work if so give me some info. and you say the konis are adjustable..what exactly can you adjust? and is it worth the extra money..thanks
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