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Old 03-04-2007, 12:52 PM   #76
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Considering you have an 03, your struts should be on their way out in terms of performance. Sure, they'll still keep your car from bouncing down the highway but they won't be able to effectively control and stiffer/lower springs. If you stay with 02/03 springs then you have a few choices in adjustable struts: Koni inserts, KYB AGX, Tokico DSpec, Öhlins and STi adjustables. Problem with 02/03 springs is that there is very little in regards to selection and spring rate. The 04+ generation has a lot more springs available. However using 04+ springs necessitates the use of 04+ rear tophats. Also only Koni and Öhlins make an 04+ compatible strut. You can use the older 02/03 struts if you use the "washer mod" on the rear struts (see Turn In Concepts/Scooby921).
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Old 03-04-2007, 04:51 PM   #77
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Arnie is on the money with his suggestions...From my experience, I have an 02 wagon that I put on Eibach wagon specific springs on about 6 months ago...It makes the wagon look great, and I felt the car drove better...better then stock, but not as better as it could be. I am pretty sure I am on a steep decline in performance at this point. Struts are in a losing battle, and I will need to replace those OEM babies soon enough.
SO I went for a cheap performacne mod, and in the end will quickly need to redo my decsion, you can chalk that up as an extra 225 in EIbach springs I really did not need to spend.
I even drove a friends 04 wagon the other night, it is stock, and I am convinced it drove better then mine...I am a dork

I will go with some 04 variation as what Arnie suggested, there are way more spring choices for 04+ then 02/03...Probably go koni inserts, RCE or pink springs, and Group N top mounts.
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:14 PM   #78
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Thanks Arnie, I just needed a push in the right direction. I am adding the KYB AGX to the picture. Now is antilift a good idea? Would the perrin be too much or should I be looking at whiteline sport?

I drive canyons everyday and I enjoy my commute....No the tree wont win. Generaly if the yellow sign says 35 I run into it at 50 and out at 65.
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Old 04-21-2007, 01:50 PM   #79
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Ah NUTS I forgot what my stock ride height on an '03 sedan was. I put hotchkis springs, comp sway and AGX's on. The car looks evened out but not lower. 15 inch in front from center to bottom of fender and 14 in the rear.
WHAT IS THE STOCK HEIGHT? I am going down to hotchkis on Tuesday.
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:47 PM   #80
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anyone know if a sedan coilover kit would fit on a wagon.. in know the front are the same but is the chassis in the rear different?
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:46 AM   #81
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I love this thread, just had to get that out of the way. Now I've been contemplating my suspension choices for a while, could we get a couple things added to this thread. 1. range of adjustablity on the STOCK suspension, obviously averaged. 2. range with camber bolts. 3. then the range with camber, caster plates, in addition to the camber bolts. I was reading in grass roots motor sports that with 2 camber bolts you could achieve 2 degrees negative camber, and with 3 you could get upwards of -3. I don't know if anyone has this information. also could you add the benefits of the alignment changes, such as how toe in and out affect turn in, not just tire wear. I didn't read everything, and hope that I'm not requesting something that is already addressed in this thread, and it's subsequent links. thank you very much BD and I wish that everyone would read the very informative threads that are out there!!!
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:57 PM   #82
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Old 09-23-2007, 11:29 AM   #83
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Good information on everything. Thanks for taking the time
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:42 PM   #84
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Yeah, now that I have leet mod powers in here I plan on taking some time to organize some of the more famous threads into a vaguely cohesive guide. I doubt it will prevent the 17 "best brake pad" threads we get every day, but it doesn't hurt to try.

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So, now that the coilover FAQ is off the ground as well as the Spring FAQ and the Brake FAQ I think this thread has served it's purpose. It's retired now.

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