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Old 07-13-2003, 11:39 PM   #1
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ok so i know the one option out there scorpion springs and their lift kit.
For starters i'm not putting the Lift kit on my car. I just need a bit more hight and comparable suspension travel.

does anybody think I could adapt a coilover kit to this car? any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. I have offroading plans for this car and wanted to see if anybody else had tried to tackle this problem.
Otherwise i think i'll just end up getting the lifting springs and calling it a day.

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Old 07-14-2003, 09:16 AM   #2
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I was looking at the Scorpion lift kit, and I had to wonder if 2" would be enough. Looking at the side-by-side pictures doesn't convince me yet. You could possibly wait and see if anyone else comes out with a lift kit, or perhaps email some companies that are known for lift kits (though I don't know what they are). About coilovers, I always thought they were designed to help you get lower, not higher, so I have no clue whether they would work or not.
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Old 07-14-2003, 02:35 PM   #3
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ohh don't worry the total lift package is plenty! i've parked my car right along side the rennick baja with the lift kit and it's PLENTY larger. However i would only be getting the springs not the body lift. the springs are good for 1.5 inches i believe while the body lift is good for 2. Talking to coilover kid and a few others i've determined that for offroading you really want more supspension travel more than you want the frame messed with.

I was honestly hoping to get some pics of coilovers and possibly match them to the baja. the fronts seem to be standard legacy ones HOWEVER the rears are totally different.

Your right i should just wait until maybe they'res a larger following.

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Old 07-14-2003, 04:54 PM   #4
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I suppose it does depend on what you want to use it for. Can you put on larger springs with the stock shocks? Do you think it'll help much? It'll probably make the ride softer, and have more of a dig-in-and-bounce feel when taking to dirt and such. If it's too bouncy, handling it will really suck. I know on my old Dodge Dakota Sport, the springs had some sort of spacers there to keep them less bouncy and give it a more "sporty" feel. Perhaps they'll help, to some extent? Maybe them with some upgraded springs together could do the trick?

For the record, I have no experience with raising vehicles, only lowering them
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Old 07-15-2003, 12:19 AM   #5
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me too that's why this is tuff. as far as springy ness i've determined that the scorpian lifting springs are of such a high spring rate that they definately don't bounce.

we got to drive around in rennicks hop'd up baja and the ride felt really stiff. really really stiff. as in taking all the fun out of speed bumps. though in their defense the car was wearing 18" wheels which i can personally say do HORABLE things for the cars feel. The large wheel seem to bottom out over EVERYTHING. so with that said my test drive didn't really test the springs with the extra variables. so maybe they do work. however i have no way of testing them without buying them. which is what i'm planing on doing in the next week. so i'll be sure to write.

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Old 08-08-2003, 10:29 AM   #6
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Not trying to be a pain, but do you have any updates for us? The fiancee is starting to warm up to letting me mod the Baja, since it would be cheaper than getting the Baja T, which is my other top option right now. I'm looking at some simple performance mods (I/E/H), some lift, possibly rotors and a front strut bar. None of these would happen until probably next year, so right now they're just ideas.
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Old 08-08-2003, 03:03 PM   #7
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nope right now i'm concentrating on completing the turbo setup. I will hopefully have a link ecu in my hand in a week or so. then i'll install the injectors, knocksensor, and the mrt boost controller.

all and all i'm looking for around 7-8 psi and around 280hp (engine hp) the clutch Will definately be the next mod after that cause i can feel the clutch going right now.

i've done more research on the coilovers and it would seem that no other subaru part would work. I've checked the subaru part numbers for both the baja and legacy and none of the suspesion components match up. A simple look under the rear of the baja reveals this difference. Soo with that said it looks like springs is the only way to go. Though "for the right amount of money, camel can dance up pyramid". I however am broke.

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Old 08-22-2003, 12:40 AM   #8
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try calling suspension max in brea,ca 714-671-6987 if they dont have it im sure they will try to find out for you
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