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Old 08-19-2000, 01:04 PM   #1
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Post 5-Zigen Springs installed! (Longish)

Hey all,

Got the 5-Zigen Springs from Shawn(AutoImaging) from a previous Groupbuy(http://www.groupbuycenter.com)
Great service I must plug.

Finally got around to installing them yesterday. Installation for the front went quite well, followed the instructions from Imprezer's Mod section for his STi Suspension. My Car is still pretty new, about 5 months now, so the bolts came off very easily. Im using stock struts for now, until I get the cash for some AGX's (I know its a double job, but I kinda enjoy it.... beer+cigs+installs=FUN) My friend and I were quite amused when we took the top hat off the strut, we tried one strut tophat first to see if it would come off like a bat outta hell, but it was pretty anti-climatic at best. We were LOL when it went plup... the top hat shot off 1/2 a foot at most. So, their were basically no problems for the front spring installation.

Sidenote: When trying to get the 19mm bolt off the lowerstrut, DONT use the fender as a brace. I have a big ass dent in my fender now, because my friend used is elbow for more leverage. BAD!@

The rear install was a totally different story. I was still kinda bummed that my buddy dented my fender, hes gonna get it fixed for me. But still, its the first injury to my baby. And its sooo ugly. Anyways, the rear just like everyone else that has done their own suspension says IS a pain in the arse. First problem, after taking off the 2lb seat cushions(wassup with that?) We didnt know how to take off one of the strut top bolts, beneath the seatbelt recoil device. We finally managed to take it off using a short 12mm socket with a small socket wrench the male part barely in the female, took a long time like 15 minutes per nut, but we finally managed plus its extremely tight in there, scratched my hands alot.

Now the bottom of the strut, If you've read posts about other people installing suspension parts on the Impreza, you might hear about using a Big ass Breaker bar, or something along the lines of that. Let me tell you, THEY ARE VERY CORRECT. Ive never had so much trouble taking a bolt/nut off anything, we were on one side for almost an hour!, just crazy. The rear tophats were even more anti-climatic than the front, it didnt even move at all, I swear I didnt know I had un-screwed the nut completely off

So, front took us about 1hr45mins to do both sides, Rear was just a beitch to do, probably took us like 4hrs? , because of those damn 19mm bolts on the bottom and 12 mm nuts for the top, my back and arms are killin me.

End results:

Apperance:
Quite happy, It lowers the car perfectly, well in my eyes anyways, I didnt want it super low but didnt want it stock height anymore either. I can get about 1 finger between the gap in the front, and not even a finger in the rear. The car just looks more aggressive, but not too low, not too high. good

Ride Quality:
Surprisingly good, feels actually better than stock. Youll feel the road and bumps alot more, but thats a good thing right? No, really its really enjoyable itll get bumpy on bumpy roads, but for regular streets they are excellent.

Performance:
Not that great, They could be a little stiffer in my opinion, The handling, and overall feel did improve alot. But it is still missing something, hopefully the purchase of the AGX's will fill that void.

All in all, a good purchase, at a good price. It was exactly what I was looking for.

-Terry


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Old 08-19-2000, 02:06 PM   #2
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The springs are progressive, so they actually get stiffer with struts that have more damping. Same as the Eibachs.
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Old 08-19-2000, 07:41 PM   #3
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So AGX's would be a good choice for these springs? ... Who else makes struts for us, besides KYB, STi? Does Koni?

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Old 08-20-2000, 09:54 AM   #4
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AGXs would work well, especially if you know what you're doing when it comes to suspension. They're adjustible, which is a huge plus in most peoples' minds.

KONI doesn't make shocks for the Impreza as KYB is the OE supplier. You can special order them from tirerack.com, but that's a long wait.

Bilstein makes struts for the Impreza but only overseas...namely as a part of Mike Shields' Prodrive kits (so you can't get them without the kit) and I *think* the STi aftermarket struts are Bilstein.

KYB makes the AGX (adjustible), GR2 (non-adjustible, slightly stiffer than stock), the WRX STi v.4/5/6 (non-adjustible, v.4 similar to stock, v.5/6 inverted and significantly stiffer than stock), and your stockers (which are non-inverted adjustibles pressed to the limit by just the stock springs).

You can order the AGXs and GR2s from www.p-s-t.com for the cheapest price, while the WRX STi v.4/5/6 are available from ISR (www.autocaresubaru.com). The v.4s should be under $400 while the v.5/6s should be under $500.

Other than that, I can't think of any others. It really depends on your budget. I spend $155 on my springs (5Zigen) and $465 on my struts (WRX STi v.5 type RA takeoffs) for about $600 total...non-adjustible, the struts have Subaru reliability, and the springs are inexpensive and progressive up to a very stiff rating. Perfect for me!

Let me know if you need any more help.
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