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Old 03-05-2014, 02:48 PM   #1
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Default Rough salty roads... durable performance suspension for an '03 WRX

Michigan has been hit with one of the worst winters I can remember and our roads make an ORV trail look well groomed. Not failing to mention they just poor salt everywhere and it corrodes just about everything it touches.
I am currently on some Turn-in concept sst coilovers with Whiteline com-c front mounts and group N rear mounts. which I thought would be perfect, but from the beginning, they were harsh for my taste. Two years and about 10,000 miles later, are completely destroyed (shafts are scored, dampening is non existent, dust covers are torn). I knew going into it that they would need more service, but I expected a bit more than 8 months. Given the praise of these, I am left to conclude, our roads are just substantially worse than anywhere in the country. Also, my tastes and time spent at the track have changed completely.
My previous suspension set up consisted KYB AGX struts and sti RA springs cusco adjustable camber plates and group n rear mounts.
honestly, I liked this set up more. I felt the struts were a bit under dampened, but lasted about 60,000 with no service. I tracked my car about 30 times with this set up and it was very predictable and easy to drive.
I am looking for a suspension set up that has ultra low service and a comparatively mellow but still sporty ride. Increased travel would be a plus, did i mention our roads are terrible... I am also kind of sick of hitting my front end pulling into relatively mellow parking lots. I am not concerned about wheel gap or looking to encourage every caviler with tints and an exhaust to rev at me when I am stopped at a red light.
I feel a bit out of the loop when it comes to new suspension options that have happened in the past 5 years.
Am I looking for a stock STI suspension? Ohlin fixed perch or just return to the agx set up? (I don't have the stock parts to make a koni suspension work).
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:01 PM   #2
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Stock WRX bits should be very easy and affordable to source here, and add in Koni's or Hotbits(Feal Suspension) inserts. The Koni's have a lifetime warranty for your make/model car.

Ohlin's are hard to come by last I checked.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:11 PM   #3
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I still do have my kyb agx set up. any idea if those parts can those parts be used in conjunction with the inserts?
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:59 PM   #4
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No. You use the AGX's, or you replace the entire unit with WRX sturts and Koni inserts.

If you liked the AGX's, rock em, or get another refreshed pair. They aren't perfect, but d_specs are pretty hard to find, which would be the better full adjustable strut alternative.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:57 PM   #5
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I would highly suggest if u r going to stick with coilovers the kw v3 's might be what u r looking as these r stainless steel construction and there has bin lots of good reviews on these plus being European they have to be street compliant.

These r not cheap but I've learned my lesson that when it comes to street/track performance this something worth spending the money on.

This is what I think will be going with in the spring as I live in Ontario Canada in which our rds r just as bad if not worse at the moment lol.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:23 PM   #6
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I am over the coilover route. The TIC coilover I picked got awesome reviews, they are well thought out, tested, etc. They are just too damn stiff for our roads IMO. If you are claiming that Ontario is worse. You might want to find someone else with a similar spring rate and take a 1 hr drive sitting shotgun, if you are not car sick, have a headache, etc then maybe you'll be happy. after owning them for just a few months, I was sure they were not for me.
I am thinking about tokico d-spec struts because of high durability and big hit praise paired with some pink springs (I want something like F:200-225 and R:180-200).
I would like to find some very good dust covers and bump stops too.

I am really trying to make the most durable, well-sealed performance suspension set up I can. my goal is to not have to mess with it for at least 60k
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:39 PM   #7
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I am over the coilover route. The TIC coilover I picked got awesome reviews, they are well thought out, tested, etc. They are just too damn stiff for our roads IMO. If you are claiming that Ontario is worse. You might want to find someone else with a similar spring rate and take a 1 hr drive sitting shotgun, if you are not car sick, have a headache, etc then maybe you'll be happy. after owning them for just a few months, I was sure they were not for me.
I am thinking about tokico d-spec struts because of high durability and big hit praise paired with some pink springs (I want something like F:200-225 and R:180-200).
I would like to find some very good dust covers and bump stops too.

I am really trying to make the most durable, well-sealed performance suspension set up I can. my goal is to not have to mess with it for at least 60k
Haha!! I've bin all over MI and Detroit used to be really bad a few yrs back but Flint and Jackson MI would have to say is the worst I've seen.

Southern Ontario isn't to bad until u go into Toronto in which their rds r a total nightmare.

I had a set of hsd's in which had great reviews and at first weren't so bad. Then after only 3 months had to replace f right shock and then after only 2 seasons they were pretty much worn out.

I don't mind a somewhat of a stiff ride but the major factor I'm looking for is suspension travel with out sacrificing handling for multiple track days plus longevity. I think the v3 's will do just that.
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