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Old 02-01-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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Default STI Pink Wagon Spring Installation

Planning to install soon on my stock 2006 Wagon. I have the springs and locking screws to match but I was curious if it would be in my best interest to replace top hats or anything else while I'm putting in the effort.

Any input/insight would be appreciated.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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Locking screws?

Replacing other parts depends on your budget and your intended goal with the car.

Not having a goal is a good way to end up with a car that is less than the sum of its parts.

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Old 02-01-2013, 06:05 PM   #3
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What's a locking screw?

Do more research on suspensions. Look at the stickies up above, loads of great info.

Yes you should get new front strut tops at the very least.
For less bounce and better performance I would suggest Group-N front strut tops with a fresh set of stock rear tops.

It's cheaper to install them together and then you only need one alignment when done.

Unless you are planing on doing more work.
Like I said, research and read up.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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Yeah, what the heck is a locking screw?

So... I have a 2006 WRX wagon and I also put the SPT Wagon Pink springs on. I put all 4 GroupN strut tops on at the same time and I'm glad I did, but I don't have a side/side comparison. Since you're going through the trouble of disassembly and will need a good alignment, you should do it as right the first time as you can. Since the pinks are a stiffer spring, you'll want a stiffer top to match, but not necessarily something as stiff as a ball joint top... which means GroupN's are great. And get them NEW or low mileage.

Later, I swapped the front tops to Whiteline Com-C's so I could get more caster and neg camber and still get a "groupN-like" strut top. I love them.

However, the BIG question is... what strut are you using? The stock struts will work, but will most likely be underdamped. Your strut choices are basically koni inserts, FEAL inserts, d-specs, or Ohlins FPS (if you can find em). The last two choices are sedan spec, so camber gain (bad) is going to be your nightmare. (search).

For this reason, I'd go with FEAL inserts and tell them to valve it to match the pinks.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:56 PM   #5
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Appreciate all the insight. Been doing a heavy load of research on the installation before I get going.

Purchased the springs online and the seller included what he described as 'locking screws'.. Wasn't aware of their necessity which is what sparked my OP. Judging by the responses and the threads I've read I'll be leaving them alone...
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:42 PM   #6
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great thread with pics showing the parts and the order they assemble in
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hlight=install
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:48 AM   #7
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Kudos for the link, chim
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