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Old 05-20-2003, 08:37 AM   #1
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I have an 03 OBS that I am looking to put WRX wagon struts and springs under. Can anybody give me, or direct me to, a list of everything that is needed? I keep reading references to 'top hats' and such...
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All you need are the springs and struts, you can re-use your existing top hats.

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Thanks! I might just do this, I need better handling.
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You don't have to re-use the existing top hats. You can use the WRX top hats, they should be the same. Many people will sell the top hats with the rest of the suspension, which makes it easy, since it's all one unit.

Sedan struts may give you a little more positive camber than wagon struts. I don't know the exact difference, but if it's around 1 degree or so, it's probably a good thing, handling wise. Just be aware that there is a difference.

I'd also double check that the struts are actually different. I know that between the RS, TS and WRX they're all the same. Does the OBS sit higher? Maybe the struts are longer?
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The OBS does sit higher, but I don't know if the struts are different part numbers or not.
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If it sits higher, then it is likely that the struts are different. Struts are designed for a specific ride height range, any significant change in height would likely warrant a different strut, at least in an OE situation.

So there probably would be a benefit in WRX struts. But I would want to double check for sure before I went and spent a bunch of money.
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Sedan struts may give you a little more positive camber than wagon struts. I don't know the exact difference, but if it's around 1 degree or so, it's probably a good thing, handling wise. Just be aware that there is a difference.
More positive camber is a good thing? With STi Sedan takeoffs on my wagon I can only get about -.4 camber in front and -.8 in the rear. The rear isn't too bad but Noltec caster/camber plates are going in the front so I can get more negative camber.
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Sorry, I didn't clarify...

more positive camber in the rear

Which starts at about -1.5 and gets more negative as you lower.

I didn't realize the fronts were different too. If you can get -0.4 as max negative in the front, I can see that being a detriment.

-0.8 in the rear is good though. For wagon owners doing a something like a koni swap, it would probably behoove them to get some rear sedan bodies instead of using wagon bodies in order to get the more positive camber in the rear.
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