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Old 06-06-2003, 04:56 PM   #1
240se
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Default Legacy suspension a la cart

I have a 98’ Legacy L wagon that is used for hauling stuff and is occasionally driven off the paved road. I am not happy with the soft spring rates and the ground clearance of the Legacy L suspension. I want a little increase in ride height but I don’t think that I want to raise it as much as an Outback and I know that I want a firmer spring rate. The Outback struts have a 1.5” lift from the higher spring seat. I was hoping that the Outback springs had a firmer spring rate and maybe a small increase in ride height. I bought limeylight’s Outback springs to try out on my L wagon and this is what I found.

The rear L springs and the rear Outback springs have the same number of coils and the same wire diameter. The free length is 3/8" longer on the Outback springs. Installed on the L they raised the rear ride height by 1/2". The front springs are exactly the same on the L and the Outback. Same number of coils, same wire diameter, same free length.

So now I am thinking about trying GT wagon springs with Outback struts. I think the GT wagon springs are firmer and give a ½” lower ride height that the L springs. Combined with the Outback struts on the L wagon I should get a 1” lift and firmer springs right? Has anybody compared the GT springs to the L springs? Does anyone have some GT wagon springs that they want to get rid of?
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Old 06-07-2003, 02:45 PM   #2
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Right now?, nope.
But I am planning on doing an upgrade to different springs and struts this summer.
I will talk then if you are still interested.
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Old 06-07-2003, 05:43 PM   #3
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I'll go for second dibs on a full GT wagon suspension (well, springs + struts) from you or anyone else who wants to do it.....
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Old 06-08-2003, 01:10 PM   #4
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I just took off the GT springs on my legacy sedan. I'd sell them if they work with the wagon. They have 97k on them though.
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Old 06-09-2003, 06:47 AM   #5
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I just took off the GT springs on my legacy sedan. I'd sell them if they work with the wagon. They have 97k on them though.
I'll do some research to see if the wagon and sedan use the same springs. If they do I'll take them. If I had to guess I would think that the rear springs would be different but maybe not.
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