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Old 07-27-2004, 05:09 AM   #1
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Default need to replace F/L strut on wrx wagon, can i buy a used sedan strut? RS strut?

Hi i bent my drivers left strut on my 2002 wrx wagon. i plan to just replace it with a used strut bought from nasioc.

if i remember right the wrx wagon and sedan use the same front struts right? same part number? so would i be able to correctly fit a used wrx sedan front drivers strut?

how bout using a used strut from an impreza RS?

thanks.

im trying to sort this out and replace the strut because my tire is wearing away like crazy. i went to get an alignment today. the front left camber was 3.9 degrees. some pretty crazy stuff.

thanks!!
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:00 AM   #2
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Based on people's experience with STi v7 sedan take-offs, I'd say you may not be able to get very much negative camber (maybe no more than -0.2 deg) with a sedan strut - because of the wider track, the mounting points at the hub are likely to be different, as they are for the STi parts, no?

You will be able to get more negative than +3.9 deg though

Depending on how hard you drive it that may be acceptable to you, provided you have enough adjustment on the 'good' side to make them even.

Alternatively, since GC/GF AGXs are known to fit the wagon, perhaps someone can confirm whether a _GF body_ RS sedan strut will do the trick. I'd guess the damping wouldn't be the same though, so personally I'd be reluctant to mix 'em.
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:02 AM   #3
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Sedan front struts will fit on a wagon, but the sedan has a wider front track, so the strut mounting points are different. At alignment time, you'll find the sedan struts don't allow enough negative camber in front.

You definitely don't want a sedan strut on one side and a wagon strut on the other.

A GC/GF front strut will fit, but bound/rebound will be different than a WRX strut.

Replacing one strut isn't that expensive, or you could do as I did and use it as an excuse to upgrade.
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:22 AM   #4
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You definitely don't want a sedan strut on one side and a wagon strut on the other.
Assuming he goes with two wagon struts, how noticable do you think the difference will be with, say, a 50k-mile strut on one side and a 0-mile strut on the other?
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:25 PM   #5
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Assuming he goes with two wagon struts, how noticable do you think the difference will be with, say, a 50k-mile strut on one side and a 0-mile strut on the other?
It depends on how the car has been driven. 50k-mile struts could be OK, or could be borderline worn out. I wouldn't mix one that old with a new one, but it's not necessarily wrong to do so.
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Old 07-28-2004, 05:40 AM   #6
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thanks alot for all the replies. i actually searched for more posts and i found out what you guys told me. that if i use a sedan strut then i wont be able to get alot of camber in the front.

im actually going to buy a used wagon strut from a forum member. i found a cpl of ppl that are willing to sell...but im trying to find the best price. what would you think is a fair price? the strut i might buy has 15k miles on it supposedly.....im at almost 30k with my current setup.

i thought about just switching all of them out for koni inserts or sti struts..but i just bought a header, and need new tires..so im getting rims+tires, so i gotta slow down for a bit. sti struts will prob come later on when my stock struts die.

thanks for all the help. very useful and helpful.

ps my front left wheel has -3.9 camber from curbing it on the freeway. its messing up my tire pretty badly

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