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Old 05-24-2004, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default How long will the stock strut last in the Sti??

I'm planning to install the Tein S-tech in my Sti for temporary soloution to lower since I dun have enought $$ to get the coilover yet.

So my questions will be how long will the stock strut last?? My car is daily drive and occasionally twisty drive.

Suspension mod on car now: Sti replica strut bar F&R

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Old 05-24-2004, 05:02 PM   #2
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those 40mm sti struts are beefy. you should be fine for a while.
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Old 05-24-2004, 08:36 PM   #3
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Exactly 37 months.
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Old 05-25-2004, 12:40 AM   #4
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vr62sti: yay.. another ex dubber !

totally off topic i know.
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Old 05-25-2004, 01:10 AM   #5
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I, personally, would install just about ANY spring EXCEPT the S-Tech....
Spend a bit more and get the STi 'pinks' and you may deceide that you don't want or need coilovers.
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Old 05-25-2004, 01:28 AM   #6
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I, personally, would install just about ANY spring EXCEPT the S-Tech....
Haha, I knew you would say something like that Uncle Scotty. I did some searching and it all come up with you saying the S-tech sux. You're basically a anti-stech guy right?? But remember that the drop on the Sti with the S-tech is not as low as the wrx, beside the Sti strut is a lot beefier than those wrx one.

I might be wrong though

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Old 05-25-2004, 08:12 AM   #7
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There is A LOT of evidence that the s tech springs are junk.

If you want to be a fool.....go right ahead and blow your nice struts and then cry about it.

The s tech rates suck, too.....


I REALLY do hope you just fall completely in love with them.
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Old 05-25-2004, 09:42 AM   #8
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If you want to be a fool.....go right ahead and blow your nice struts and then cry about it.

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So subtle. Tactful too, I might add.

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Old 05-25-2004, 02:38 PM   #9
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i am going to try the tanabe gf210's on my sti hopefully this weekend.

i am also wondering about strut life with lowering springs, especially with the 210's.
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Old 05-25-2004, 07:06 PM   #10
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So subtle. Tactful too, I might add.


I don't need tact and being subtle is for women....

Give ME the damn struts and I'LL blow 'em out...but not with kiddie springs....
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Old 05-25-2004, 07:27 PM   #11
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Are the S-techs for the 04s really that bad? I know that the ones for the 02-03 had stupid spring rates and crazy lowering, but with the new springs for the 04 STi the spring rates and lowering don't look bad.
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Old 05-25-2004, 11:09 PM   #12
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Are the S-techs for the 04s really that bad? I know that the ones for the 02-03 had stupid spring rates and crazy lowering, but with the new springs for the 04 STi the spring rates and lowering don't look bad.

We think the same.

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Old 05-26-2004, 08:03 AM   #13
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If you REALLY meant the 'H-tech' springs.... then that is a bit different.....but you KNEW that...right????
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Old 05-26-2004, 09:13 AM   #14
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I don't need tact and being subtle is for women....

touche!
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Old 05-26-2004, 12:36 PM   #15
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If you REALLY meant the 'H-tech' springs.... then that is a bit different.....but you KNEW that...right????
I think that the H-techs may be better since they lower less but for the 04 STi I don't see why the S-techs are a horrible choice. 240 lbs/in in front and 207 lbs/in in the rear isn't bad (11 lbs/in stiffer front and rear compared to H-tech) and 1.6 in drop in front and .9 inch drop in the rear is not excessive either.
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Old 05-26-2004, 12:41 PM   #16
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According to Mike Shields the stock STI suspension is good for 70-90k miles.
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Old 05-26-2004, 01:27 PM   #17
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According to Mike Shields the stock STI suspension is good for 70-90k miles.
Really depends on what roads you drive on.
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Old 05-26-2004, 01:31 PM   #18
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I'm planning to install the Tein S-tech in my Sti for temporary soloution to lower since I dun have enought $$ to get the coilover yet.
Just save up for coilovers. Don't spend money on depreciating parts now (that you could use on better parts later) just because it needs to be tyte slammed yo.

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Old 05-26-2004, 04:10 PM   #19
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There is A LOT of evidence that the s tech springs are junk.
As a "spring" the S-Techs do a wonderful job of filling that description. As a performance handling mod for the STI, they do a terrible job. Way too low in the front so you end up riding the bumpstops frequently and since it's so low you are plowing instead of carving thanks to the f'd up camber curve when the control arm is that far from normal.

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Old 05-26-2004, 04:19 PM   #20
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Just save up for coilovers. Don't spend money on depreciating parts now (that you could use on better parts later) just because it needs to be tyte slammed yo.
I initially bought a used H&R coilover for a really good price local. But end-up the 02-03 H&R coilover doesn't fit on the 04 Sti even though I change the rear strut top. So I decided to buy the spring for temp. soulution to make the car looks better for now!!

Don't flame me, cuz I really hate the stock ride height. I cant stand it anymore, so I'm planning to install the spring on Saturday. I'll let you guys know after.

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Old 05-26-2004, 04:28 PM   #21
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I initially bought a used H&R coilover for a really good price local. But end-up the 02-03 H&R coilover doesn't fit on the 04 Sti even though I change the rear strut top. So I decided to buy the spring for temp. soulution to make the car looks better for now!!

Don't flame me, cuz I really hate the stock ride height. I cant stand it anymore, so I'm planning to install the spring on Saturday. I'll let you guys know after.
I'm just saying, why would you spend $300 now knowing that you're going to spend $1000+ later? Not to mention doing two suspension installs. I guess if it bothers you THAT much, drop away...

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I didn't think the STi ride height was that bad.

Can you pitch a tent and camp under the wheel wells or something? If not, it's probably not so bad. If form is greater than function to you, then go ahead. Otherwise just be patient and do it right.
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Old 05-26-2004, 09:25 PM   #23
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Really depends on what roads you drive on.
Yeah....like me....I cross 12 rough railroad tracks both on the way to and from work everyday....I'm sure my STi struts won't last long, and I'm unwilling to come to a complete stop at every track the way a lot of people do.

Just something wrong about having to slow to a crawl and put your flashers on just to cross a freakin RR track!
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Old 05-27-2004, 11:49 PM   #25
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Yeah....like me....I cross 12 rough railroad tracks both on the way to and from work everyday....I'm sure my STi struts won't last long, and I'm unwilling to come to a complete stop at every track the way a lot of people do.

Just something wrong about having to slow to a crawl and put your flashers on just to cross a freakin RR track!
Dude are you driving through a train yard or something?
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