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Old 08-19-2014, 12:46 PM   #1
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Time for me to get a set of coilovers for the right price (budget up to about $1200 MAX). I don't want to slam it like some jackass, I love having the clearance, I take mine on dirt roads all the time and over hard bumps.

Well good morning Subi masters... I'm a subi-newbie and I've looked through the threads a bit and saw some info I liked but would like a personalized opinion...

I've owned my 2006 WRX for about two years now and it's long overdue for a suspension upgrade. It's got stock struts/springs on about 120k miles and it's the one thing holding me back from really unlocking the power through those turns. I have various performance upgrades: VF39 Turbo, aftermarket headers, up-pipe, downpipe, full 3" catless turbo back, Cobb sway bars, larger top mounted intercooler, and a Cobb access port default tune.

The suspension is way too soft, I can feel the body roll like crazy through the turns and I just want that thing to stick to the ground like a champ without sacrificing clearance... any ideas/suggestions???
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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Koni inserts or Feal/Hotbits inserts, good lowering springs, tophats and swaybars. You dont need coilovers.

Hit up Feal suspension in Riverside for most of what I mentioned above and they can install too.
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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Koni inserts or Feal/Hotbits inserts, good lowering springs, tophats and swaybars. You dont need coilovers.

Hit up Feal suspension in Riverside for most of what I mentioned above and they can install too.
How much do you think that'd cost total for parts/install?
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:01 PM   #4
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How much do you think that'd cost total for parts/install?
http://www.rallyracingsuspension.com/page14.php
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:58 PM   #5
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Just talked to those guys, looks like a no-go for rebuilds... they only offer the coilovers at $1350 w/o install... they seem amazing and have great reviews and I'll keep them in mind but they are pushing my buget window...
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Who said anything about rebuilds? You have a WRX not an Sti by nature of your profile you filled out here. That leaves you with only a few options.

Inserts, that go INTO your existing struts. Koni and Hotbits make those.
OE replacement struts, KYB or Tokico. if you can wait for d-specs that would be great. but they are nationally backordered at the moment.
buy used bilstiens, though that will blow your budget.

You would still need lowering springs, and probably want at least a rear sway bar. Top hats are almost a must too up front.

If you truly need/want coilovers, try the HVT's sold by Turn in Concepts. new to market, but not a new player in the game; sold by a very reputable Subaru enthusiast shop. It's on a group-buy I think...
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:42 PM   #7
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i'm trying to get rid of my kw v1's for a little over 1k
i'm getting them warrantied so they will be pretty much new.
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I would say you need to save a couple hundred bucks more before you make your purchase if you want to do this as correctly as possible. You certainly don't need coilovers to sort out a good option, but they are a option none the less, and not astronomically out of your price range.

Option 1- Koni inerts+RCE or Swift springs and group N tops. Pluses, Good ride quality and handling performance, good components, rebuildable, not too far outside your budget (in fact within if you only did group N fronts)-drawbacks, need to cut open your factory or other factory struts to install (not a really a biggie) marginal loss of bump travel being a insert, (which can also be remedied to an extent).

Option 2- 04 or older Sti take offs+rce or swifts+group N's+revalve Benefits, factory shock reliability (once zerks are installed) good ride quality comfort and performance, inverted dampers,rebuildable, within in your budget if you find 04's on the cheap. Drawbacks-need to find them, rebuild adds lead time.

Option 3-ST coilovers,+group N tops (camber plates could be another option) good build quality, reasonable ride quality, good handling quality, adjustable height, very close to budget. Drawbacks, coilovers add slightly more maintenance, especially in cold climates (not a biggie if you clean the crud out of them), these are to my knowledge a sealed damper and not rebuildable.

Option 4- Feal 441 coilovers Good handling gain, decent ride quality (though a bit more firm then the above) height adjustment, comes with a camber plate, rebuildable right here in CA. Drawbacks-outside of budget (just), see above about maintenance vs fixed perch.

I haven't had a chance to try the new TiC/HVT bits, so I can't personally comment on them, though given their history, I'm sure these will be a great option that should likely be added to this list.

If you have any other questions on anything feel free to drop me a line. I would be happy to continue to help you with this set up.

-Anthony
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