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Old 03-01-2005, 01:46 AM   #1
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Default Got new rims , Need opinions on springs

I got a really good deal on a set of 18inch Racing Hart M5s. I fit one on and the wheelgap was huge so now I need a drop. I've read up and kind of searched around but I am still not too sure so maybe people with a similar setup can chime in. They are going on an 2005 Impreza 2.5rs and I will using the stock struts for atleast a few months if not longer so I would really like to get springs that will work nicely with them. I am almost certain that I should stay away from the Tein S-techs or atleast thats what I have read. Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:48 AM   #2
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if you are using the stock struts, i think prodrives would be good

i have some and love em
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Old 03-01-2005, 12:39 PM   #3
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if you are using the stock struts, i think prodrives would be good

i have some and love em
What size rims do you have and how is the wheel gap with that setup.
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Old 03-01-2005, 07:03 PM   #4
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i had perrin springs with 18s and will gap was 1/4" on rear and 1" up front. wagon though so rear sagged a bit. tein springs with 17's on my sedan and it looked real good.

a lot of people recommend the prodrives. if i was going that route id do sti pinks.
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Old 03-01-2005, 07:09 PM   #5
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What size rims do you have and how is the wheel gap with that setup.
right now i am running on stock wheels and tires, i havent had the money to upgrade to 18s and tires, but its a clean moderate drop, and they appealed to me because of their design for usage on the stock struts.
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Old 03-01-2005, 08:03 PM   #6
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I looked at the prodrive springs and the drop isnt really enough , since 20mm is basically nothing. The wheel gap with the 18s was huge so that doesent really cut it. I read the description on the perrin tunersport springs and they seem nice , good drop 1.9 in the front and 1.5 in the back and they are supposed to work well with the stock struts. Also how is the Eibach pro kit? Also does anyone have a link to a chart that someone made that listed all the springs and what their rates were? Thanks
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:45 PM   #7
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Does performance matter AT ALL?..ALL I hear is what it looks like. You may want to think about that also. If you sprung for good wheels, you may want to spring for some springs that will work with those wheels.

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Old 03-02-2005, 12:42 AM   #8
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Don't slam an Impreza. It's not a Honda. You can have really low, or you can have great handling. You can't have both. You paid good money for great performance, don't screw it up by choosing springs that are only about bling.
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Old 03-02-2005, 02:02 PM   #9
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If the roads in Philly are as bad as they are in New England, you'll be glad you chose Prodrives. I hear anything more than that, such as Perrin, Tein, or H&R produce a rather harsh ride. Not to mention your stock dampers will be toast in no time.
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:23 PM   #10
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Whoa whoa whoa , dont label me a ricer yet. The rims and tires were actually extremely cheap , 150 bucks for everything. Plus I never said I am all about looks , which is why I want something that wont kill my stock struts and if all I wanted was a drop and nothing else then I would just get the Tein S-techs. Like I said before I need a considerable drop because the wheel gap is huge and I mean huge , I was never going for the slammed look but I am sure as hell not going to drive around looking like I am about to go offroading on 18s. I need something that will work well with stock struts with a decent drop, then later on get some kybs when I have more money.

Oh I will put on the rims tomorrow and take daytime pictures to actually show everyone how bad the wheelgap is, then maybe I can get suggestions based on the exact situation. Thanks
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Old 03-03-2005, 12:06 AM   #11
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Unless you bought the wrong size tires, your wheel gap isn't any larger than anybody else's. No matter how much of a drop you think you need, lowering an Impreza more than an inch and a half starts to hurt performance.
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Old 03-03-2005, 12:22 AM   #12
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Whoa whoa whoa , dont label me a ricer yet. The rims and tires were actually extremely cheap , 150 bucks for everything.
So.... they're hot?
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Old 03-03-2005, 02:23 AM   #13
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is right. If the tires are properly sized, the gap should be the same as stock, no different. Maybe you should post your tire size.

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I have had good luck with the tein h-tech springs. Both with 17" and 16" wheels. Ride is not really that harsh and the drop is moderate. With my 17's on i can put 2 fingers between the tire and the wheel well. I like them a lot andf they are pretty cheap. Still have stock struts 16000 miles.
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Oh I will put on the rims tomorrow and take daytime pictures to actually show everyone how bad the wheelgap is, then maybe I can get suggestions based on the exact situation. Thanks
Wow, you must have gotten that 1 special Impreza that Subaru made with an extra 2 inches of wheelgap that made it HUGER than everybody elses.
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When you plus your wheels size, plus 2 in his case, it appears that there is more gap because of the lower profile tires, which BTW he hasn't mentioned what size tire he's running so it is possible he has too low a profile. I'm sure everyone here has thought of this.................... I just wanted to say in case he hasn't thought of it or isn't aware of the illusion.
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Go with the Prodrives and be done with it. Unless you need some specific spring rates that are higher for track/autox, don't bother. They're great springs, and paired with Koni's may be all you ever need for street and mildly competitive local events should you ever decide to play around. They're really that good. Nice even wheel gaps without going too low, no saggy rear end.
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Old 03-03-2005, 04:18 PM   #18
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So.... they're hot?
Nope , I actually bought them via this forum , a guy was selling them for his friend , they arent brand new obviously and did have some rash and a small bump but they were still a really good deal. As far as the gap goes maybe my mind was playing tricks with me. The way it went was I actually only put on 1 rim and the gap seemed huge but I did spend the whole day driving from philly to boston to pick up the rims so I wasnt exactly in the right state of mind. In the end I will put all 4 rims on the car once the weather is better and see what exactly I am dealing with , I'm almost positive the gap that I think I saw is exaggerated . Anyway I have been convinced and I will get the prodrives , thank you to everyone who helped .
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Btw the tires are kumho 712s size 225/40/18 and these are the tires that came with the rims.

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Wow, you must have gotten that 1 special Impreza that Subaru made with an extra 2 inches of wheelgap that made it HUGER than everybody elses.
, then again you cant expect more from a person who uses the word "huger"
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