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Old 11-26-2003, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default Any good links to suspension knowledge?

I read the FAQ's but it is somewhat limited. I want to learn more about the suspension system. For one thing, I'm nost sure what endlinks are? Trailing arms? lower front and lower rear sway bars are self explanatory... strut mount bars, I know what they are. The big question is how much Value do you get out of these components?

Value = big gains, reasonable money.
Value does not = little gains for big money.

Maybe a good way to go about this is to rate each component on a scale from one to ten on how much "bang for the buck" you get with these....
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Old 11-26-2003, 11:54 PM   #2
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OK - this might be long.

Endlinks- the connector between the swaybar and the suspension arm/upright.

Trailing arms- The suspension member that runs front/back in the rear suspension of Subaru's (generally).

Here's a rundown of what makes the biggest difference per dollar as far as handling. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best bang for the buck. Note- this is just my opinion and may not agree with some people's thoughts on the matter.

sway bars- as long as you balance the front with the rear and don't go to large (26mm is too large)- 10

End links- stiffer the better- 3

Bushings- depends on how you want the ride to be- 4

Struts- Depending on setup (stiffness of springs/ damping/rebound settings)- 7

Coil overs- Same stuff as struts, but more performance oriented (worse ride, most of the time)- 6

Strut tower braces- They look cool, but on a Subaru they don't do enough to be worth it (excluding the rear brace on a wagon, especially pre-2002's)- 1

So that's what I've seen/felt in the last few years. If you have any specific questions PM me.
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Old 11-27-2003, 12:51 AM   #3
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Thanks, I just educated myself at wrxtuners.com. So sway bars (underneath) have way more effect than the top strut braces? I thought this might be the case.

endlinks and bushings just to get rid of that last little bit of flex.
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Old 11-27-2003, 03:37 AM   #4
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Old 11-28-2003, 01:14 AM   #5
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^^^ wow, great link above. Thanks!
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Old 11-28-2003, 02:34 PM   #6
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yes, but you have an STi. i have found that the best gains have come from the Pink springs (an 11!) and STi hardened strut mounts (9). Strut bars are probably a 10 if you use them in conjunction with the first two. GET ALL OF THE ABOVE. they work great together in this car.

I would assume that upgrading the bushings would help also, but I have not done so yet.
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Old 11-28-2003, 02:35 PM   #7
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oh, and that said, swaybars arent needed.
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