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Old 06-09-2003, 12:01 PM   #1
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Default My 99 RS needs new suspensions. Need your suggestion.

Now that it's been nearly 4 years since I bought the car, the ride is soft like a big car. Body rolls are more exagerated and the car squats under acceleration. Bleh! I hate it but my fiance likes it.

What's a good not too expensive but better than stock suspension set up? BTW...is it my springs that are soft or shocks or both? I think my shocks are okay coz the car doesn't continue bouncing after a big bump but I could be wrong. Isn't that what shocks do : Keep the car from bouncing and bouncing after a bump?
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Old 06-09-2003, 12:37 PM   #2
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I just installed the KYB/AGX and Eibach Pro-kit on my MY99 OBS. Ride is great. If you set the struts at 1f/3r, it feels just like stock (my girlfriend didn't even notice). However, if you need to bump up the damping/rebound for Auto-X or track days, you can adjust in less than 2 minutes.

With regards to prices, but Subie Gal and others have suggested www.p-s-t.com for a good place to get the struts.

Alot of people have this setup, if you search on "kyb" or "eibach" in the suspension forum or technical archive forums, there is alot of info...

Hope this helps...
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Old 06-09-2003, 01:19 PM   #3
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yup i agree

gruppe-s also has good pricing ... and you can get both at the same time
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Old 06-09-2003, 02:18 PM   #4
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It's likely your struts that are worn. Springs sag more with age but don't go soft usually. Your bushings all over the car are getting worn and loose with age as well.

You should set a budget for this upgrade. That will dicate how good a set up you can get. I agree that the AGX/Eibach pro is a great set-up. However , if you don't autox or track a KYB GR2/Eibach or just the GR2's would do.
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Old 06-09-2003, 05:03 PM   #5
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I believe it was Midas that has been advertising Buy 1 get the 2nd at half price for KYB struts. You might see if they'll sell the struts and let you figure out the install on your own.
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Old 06-10-2003, 12:54 AM   #6
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getting the struts is the easy part, getting them on is tuff

Snoopy, what other handling mods have u done, if we may inquire?
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Old 06-10-2003, 05:06 AM   #7
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PS. You should have upgraded when I got my stuff...

Ver. 5 stuts (red 40mm things)
SPT/Eibach springs (blue)
STi top mounts

I think my out-of-pocket was considerably less than $300, but I had a fistful of MBNA coupons from my Subaru card.

The ride is very firm. But I like it. It's really connected to the road. Sometimes I feel like it's too bouncy, but that might be the stock seat or just my pudge.
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Old 06-10-2003, 09:43 AM   #8
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getting the struts is the easy part, getting them on is tuff

Snoopy, what other handling mods have u done, if we may inquire?
All I have is the 20mm rear sway bar. I was gonna keep the car as stock as possible until the WRX arrived but the car wasn't quite to my liking so I'll have to settle for the STi in a couple of years.
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Old 06-10-2003, 09:44 AM   #9
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PS. You should have upgraded when I got my stuff...

Ver. 5 stuts (red 40mm things)
SPT/Eibach springs (blue)
STi top mounts

I think my out-of-pocket was considerably less than $300, but I had a fistful of MBNA coupons from my Subaru card.

The ride is very firm. But I like it. It's really connected to the road. Sometimes I feel like it's too bouncy, but that might be the stock seat or just my pudge.
Should I go for the Midas offer of the setup you just suggested?

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Ver. 5 stuts (red 40mm things)
SPT/Eibach springs (blue)
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Old 06-10-2003, 01:38 PM   #10
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obviously u should trytoridein asmany differentcars with different setups to get an idea of what u want.

since u have the rear sway bar, check the rear links tosee how worn they are. those should run u less than 150 new if u install them urself(not a biggie if u did the bar), tops.

a lot of people use the agx/eibachs, but i am consider a v5/6 spring/strut setup.

perhapsthe whiteline springs are what u want. tons of options for u.
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Old 06-10-2003, 02:25 PM   #11
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The ride is very firm. But I like it. It's really connected to the road. Sometimes I feel like it's too bouncy, but that might be the stock seat or just my pudge.
It's probably due your suspension is too stiff for the surface you happen to be on.

Bumpy surface . . . softer setup. Smooth hard surface . . . stiffer setup

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Old 06-10-2003, 03:22 PM   #12
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But you can't have it both ways for the amount I paid.

The midas comment was a tad on the facetious side, I don't know if they would even sell a performance strut.

I got those V5 struts for $75 a piece new when they were mis-priced on Subaruparts.com. When I replace them I'll probably go with the AGX's.
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Old 06-10-2003, 08:36 PM   #13
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Check the "Group Buys"; IIRC you could get the parts for ~$700 (KYB/AGX+Eibach Pro Springs)but I searched a bit also. The install info can be found at www.scoobymods.com
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Old 06-13-2003, 12:37 AM   #14
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Yep I got my V5 struts for about $200 from Exeter Subaru in mid-late 2001. Here's to mis-pricing!




I think my next setup will be the STi Tarmacs from Rallispec. Mmmmm.

Although, I still need the GpN strut tops!

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Old 06-13-2003, 02:47 AM   #15
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I just put in a set of KYB AGXs and Prodrive P1 springs about two weeks ago and am very happy with them.

When it's set at 3f6r it's stiff like my vette. At 2/4 it's stiff enough from stock (new, I suppose in your case ) that you can feel the bumps without having all your vertabrae readjusted.

Installing them wasn't bad. I installed them with the help of Smash0r (also on here) and another friend. It took us a total of 9hrs, but that includes three stubborn bolts and a bazillion tool runs.

Tuesday, we installed a similar setup on Smash0r's 03 WRX and did it start to finish, with just the two of us, in 2 hrs.

Pricewise, it ended up costing me about $960 for the struts, springs and STi strut mounts (front and rear). You'll want to look into the strut mounts because the stock ones apparently get worn out fast with this setup.

I went with the Pros because I wanted a linear spring and the difference in price was about $80 or $90 (after shipping) so it seemed worth it to me.

Anyway, that's probably more info than you wanted to know.
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