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Old 09-03-2013, 01:25 PM   #1
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2008 WRX Hatch

Default Need stiff springs for towing

I'm looking for a set of springs for my 08 wrx hatch. I tow my dirt bike and jet ski with it and I really need stiffer springs in the rear. I would like the same height but if it was half an inch lower that would be cool too.
Any suggestions?
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:38 PM   #2
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Damper rates follow spring rates. If you use stiffer springs you also need stiffer dampers.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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I would suggest some sort of spring spacer as an alternative. Or top hat spacer. Giving you upwards of another inch of lift, to make up for the drop when towing.

I towed over 1000lbs from SoCal to WA state (a large harley and an aprilia bike) via a uhaul 3 bike trailer. It put my FXT on lowering springs to darn near compressed. If not lowered it would have looked lowered, and I figure with a spacer, it would have been an okay compromise.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:52 PM   #4
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the gr chassis has VERY little rear suspension travel....towing anything heavy may result in suspension failure unless you do it just right

id rent something to tow with or borrow or whatever....rather than try to make the gr towable
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:43 PM   #5
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the 08's suspension is so terrible. springs from a 09+ wrx or 08-10 sti could help a little bit: they're 217# front 194# rear. the 08 has 151# front 136# rear spring rates.

i second the notion of also getting upgraded dampers with stiffer springs. if you went with koni's, you could really firm up the rear when you're towing.

09-10 wrx dampers are stiffer than 08's and would bolt on, if you go with those stock springs... the wide body 11+ wrx and 08+ sti front struts aren't a direct fit though.

king springs are 20-30% stiffer and their standard springs maintain the stock ride height. they also make lifting springs.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:53 PM   #6
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See if Subaru offers helper springs, for the 02-05 if not 07 they had helper springs f.s. I never ran them as I purchased eBay special "coil over conversion" and installed those on the rear. Ass never sagged and I hauled a gp800r
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