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Old 08-04-2005, 08:41 PM   #1
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Ok, I think I got it right this time. Not too low, useable and the rear is just a hair higher.

The KYB GR2s are too small for the rear and the rear was basically riding on the bump stops but using the '05 Baja shock with the ION Performance lowering springs brought the rear up nicely.



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Old 08-04-2005, 11:07 PM   #2
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Looks sweet!! Are you using the stock shocks front and rear?
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:40 PM   #3
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I am using the ION springs front & rear, KYB GR2 fronts and the stock '05 Baja shocks in the rear. I think the suspension will settle a little more, I'll redo the measurements but it looks like we are around 27.5" from the ground to the edge of the body cladding at the rear.












You can see where the bump stop was hitting.


The ride was much better but I've only done a few highway miles home but will see more tomorrow over a variety of roads.
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Old 08-07-2005, 01:32 PM   #4
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Here is a comparison between an automatic '05 Baja-T at a local dealer:



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Old 08-07-2005, 01:42 PM   #5
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I love it man! How much do you think the difference in wheels effected your ride hight?
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Old 08-07-2005, 09:30 PM   #6
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The wheel diameter is very close to stock, a difference of approx. .6" ( 26.6" stock 16", 26.0" with the 18s )
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Old 08-07-2005, 10:09 PM   #7
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I know where that pic was taken. I test drove that Baja a few weeks ago ! It was very nice but I have mixed feeling about grey vehicles.
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Old 08-07-2005, 10:13 PM   #8
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GET IT. I will make sure you know how to get that thing to BLIG BLIG right....
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Old 08-07-2005, 10:18 PM   #9
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GET IT. I will make sure you know how to get that thing to BLIG BLIG right....
When I show people the pics of the Monterey Silver, most people choose it over the monochromatic treatments. I do like the contrast of the grey-silver and the bright silver but I have this hang up about grey - it was the color of my Catholic school uniform ergo my ugh. I really don't want to think about HS and nuns every time I drive.
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Old 08-08-2005, 06:37 AM   #10
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Unless it was a sea of metal flake ...Ya with out the sun or light it's just gray BUT, in the sun man does she sparkle.
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Old 08-24-2005, 09:28 PM   #11
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Old 08-25-2005, 01:18 AM   #12
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The ride is comfortable, on the soft side but firmer than stock. I really wish Bilstein HDs or something else was available. Don't get me wrong -- good for a daily driver but I think they are going to be a tad soft for anything more. The rear feels like it is moves a little, kindof feel the squatting, hard to describe. High speed cone style zig zagging feels a little uneasy in the rear, its response lags the front so you can feel that sensation.

The ride is wife & boss friendly, the ride height looks "factory" per se. Approx. 27.25" at all four corners if you measure up from the ground to the top center of each fender flare.

I am able to hit speed bumps without issues of bottoming out, like I did with the GR2 in the rear which were on the bumpstop. Potholes can be harsh.

I want to try a larger rear sway bar -- IPD has a 22mm, I measured the stock one and it is 17mm. Cusco has an 18mm unit but I'm not sure the 1mm difference would justify the price.

I must say, the Baja-T is really fun to drive. I can't wait to install the upipe and exhaust. The Recaros, 18s and ION springs have made all the right tweaks in the right places for me. Its going to be hard to justify getting another car for several years because this one is covering all of the bases rather well now.

Would I recommend the upgrade? Yes, if you want to lower your Baja yet still have a few inches of clearance for winter. ION offers another set of springs that will lower it another 30mm so you can go a little more than what I've got. I may swap on the stock 16s to see how they look & feel. I'll be sure to post picts.
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Old 08-26-2005, 10:09 AM   #13
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I forgot how high it looked with the stock suspension and the 18s, definately a fun off-road look



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Old 08-26-2005, 12:03 PM   #14
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damn...i just hafta say that looks beautiful lowered...i wish i had the money to do that now but I spent it all on the motor...maybe next summer
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:46 PM   #15
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I threw on the stock wheels for the dyno pull tomorrow:

From this:


Back to this:


The ride feels more loose than with the 18s... feels like there is a little more wandering, alignment is straight but I can definately feel the sidewall height difference.
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Old 10-28-2005, 11:06 PM   #16
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So the Baja looking like it sits higher with the 18s is just an illusion, right? I mean since the wheel/tire combo is approximately the same diameter as stock, I can't imagine it would affect the ride height.

Also, what width are the wheels and what offset? What tire size is on there? I imagine a 235/45-R18?
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So the Baja looking like it sits higher with the 18s is just an illusion, right? I mean since the wheel/tire combo is approximately the same diameter as stock, I can't imagine it would affect the ride height.

Also, what width are the wheels and what offset? What tire size is on there? I imagine a 235/45-R18?
I am running these tires: Avon Tech M550 A/S
tire size:225/45WR18
wheel size: 18x7.5 offset 48


I'll take some measurements with the stock tire setup and compare to the 18s, which I may put back on this weekend.
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Old 10-30-2005, 09:36 PM   #18
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This thread is awesome. Good work 02_Forester. Very thorough write up and pictures.
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:11 AM   #19
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Thanks

I measured from the ground to the top center of the fender flares with the stock tires on the driver's side: 27.25" front - 27.5" rear.
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02_Forester - Lookin' good
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