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Old 04-24-2005, 07:54 PM   #1
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Ello. I picked up a 98 Legacy GT Sedan a few weeks ago, with 82k on it, and I love it so far, but the car is bone stock, and showing signs of age. Im looking to do some suspension/handling mods without breaking the bank. Are there any stock WRX or STi parts that would fit the gen 2 legacy? (OEM WRX struts and coils, sway bar, endlinks). Im not taking my car to the track or doing any offroading, just looking for some cheap handling upgrades. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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As far as i know no wrx stuff will just swap right over. you would have to chnage some things in your suspension to actually use springs and struts. wrx sways and endlinks will not work. you have to look for things specific to the Leg.

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Old 04-24-2005, 08:27 PM   #3
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You could consider a similar year Legacy Outback rear swaybar, which is a few MM beefier than the legacy swaybar...endlinks are generally agreed upon as being 'good'...

as for coilovers or spring/strut combinations, this has been talked a lot about here, search for some recent threads.

good luck.

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Old 04-24-2005, 09:15 PM   #4
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You could consider a similar year Legacy Outback rear swaybar, which is a few MM beefier than the legacy swaybar...endlinks are generally agreed upon as being 'good'...

as for coilovers or spring/strut combinations, this has been talked a lot about here, search for some recent threads.

good luck.

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Old 04-25-2005, 01:42 AM   #5
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The perrin rear swaybar for the WRX fit on a 1999 Legacy GT. Just had to cut the lift point that's built into the spare tire well out. I should be able to take pics of it on Wednesday.
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Old 04-25-2005, 12:06 PM   #6
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As far as i know no wrx stuff will just swap right over. you would have to chnage some things in your suspension to actually use springs and struts. wrx sways and endlinks will not work. you have to look for things specific to the Leg.

Rio
I think you'd find you'd be incorrect there.

KYB AGX struts from the GC8 will bolt in, and the GC8 rear swaybars will also fit right up.
Front strut braces - providing they have low-level mounts - from a GC8 will also bolt on.

But I see you're talking "WRX" - I assume you mean the MY02/03+ WRX?
The WRX was released in 1993 in Japan, and many things from that chassis are compatible with the late 90s Legacies.
I have even found that a GC8 front strut brace will fit on the 96 - 2000 Legacies, yes including the RSK B4.
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Old 04-25-2005, 12:38 PM   #7
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But I see you're talking "WRX" - I assume you mean the MY02/03+ WRX?
Thats what i figured he was talking about.
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Old 04-25-2005, 04:55 PM   #8
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Cheap mods to suspension would IMHO not include coilovers. But I'm cheap

I have a 98 GT as well and have found that most of the Impreza RS bits will also fit our cars. Considering the car is bone stock first mods for the BD GT's typically include a rear sway bar and endlinks. (I have an adjustable Whiteline). Many people have, as others have already mentioned, opted to use a rear sway bar from an Outback, which is beefier and readliy found at a salvage yard. Front strut bars/braces are also a popular first mod.

As far as struts and such goes, KYB struts (GR2 or AGX) will fit (correct me if I'm wrong about the AGX). Springs take a look at Eibach Pro-Kit or H&R or even Whiteline for inexpensive springs. The Group N STi strut mounts will fit our cars as well.

But by far the most talked about suspension mod is the rear sway bar which definitely changes the way the car handles.

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Old 04-26-2005, 02:46 PM   #9
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KYB makes Legacy specific GR2 struts. The AGX's are made for the GC8 Impreza and they will work, however, the rear of your car will sit higher due to the different placement of the GC8's spring perches. The legacy uses the same rear tophats as the 02/03 WRX, and the fronts are the same as the GC8's, but WRX's will work as well. If you are gettting coilovers (not a cheap option at all) trust me when I say this, You NEED 02/03 WRX coilovers. I went through this process already. I would say the best bet for you would be some Legacy specific GR2's and H&R springs. I would also look into either a Whitleline rear swaybar or an Outback rear swaybar. These are the most popular suspension mods, and they will still keep the car very driveable.

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Old 04-26-2005, 05:17 PM   #10
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Ello. I picked up a 98 Legacy GT Sedan a few weeks ago, with 82k on it, and I love it so far, but the car is bone stock, and showing signs of age. Im looking to do some suspension/handling mods without breaking the bank. Are there any stock WRX or STi parts that would fit the gen 2 legacy? (OEM WRX struts and coils, sway bar, endlinks). Im not taking my car to the track or doing any offroading, just looking for some cheap handling upgrades. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Whiteline has lots of handling bits for the Legacy.

Check out PDM racing.

http://www.pdm-racing.com/products/subaru_corner.html

You can download whiteline PDF catalogs here.

http://www.whiteline.com.au/
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Old 04-26-2005, 11:14 PM   #11
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I have a 98. I have an outback rear sway bar (very good inprovement, and cheap)
Im going to get endlinks, H&R shocks, and KYB GR2 shocks.

You can use WRX stuff, but you need to get WRX tophats.
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Old 04-27-2005, 08:53 AM   #12
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Hey thanks for all the great info, found a wrecked outback limited in my area that i'll try to rob . And yes I was talking about the 02/03 rex. I figured stock parts might be somewhat easy to find with all the upgrades out there. Thanks again guys.
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Old 04-27-2005, 09:06 AM   #13
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This thread has been very informative for me too. Can anybody comment on the ION Spec springs in comparison to the HR and Whiteline? Are they better, same, worse…
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xcntrk75 - Some of our local guys having used both H&R's and Eibachs have switched to our Sport Spec springs to improve both ride quality and performance. Alot of their complaints with the H&R's and Eibachs is that the ride became very "bouncy" on AGX's or GR2's. As a daily driver, both the H&R's and Eibachs "sagged" considerably and reduced usable ground clearance after about 6-8mths of normal use. Other local guys that have used Whiteline's on their Imprezas have noted that there was poor corrosion protection and an additional ~0.25" "sagging" on their Control line of springs, the Flat-Outs aren't too daily-driving friendly due to the excessive drop
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