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Old 09-15-2005, 01:21 PM   #1
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Last night I installed a set of Crucial Racing springs on my 2004 WRX Sedan. The first thing I noticed was the quality of the spring craftsmanship including the blue powder coating on the springs. Installation was straightforward, except for the rear springs which didn’t fit in the upper and lower spring seats at the same time. It seems as though the bottom of the spring ends about 2 inches too soon. In order to get the spring to seat properly, I lined up the top coil with the top hat. The lower coil just sat about 2 inches back from where the stock springs would normally seat. In this configuration the spring sat flush at the bottom aligning the spring perfectly. The S-Tech springs I had on the car before these seated properly at the junction of both the upper and lower mount. It seems that this will not be a problem, just something I noticed different during the install.

Now for the ride quality…it has been a year and a half since I had the stock suspension on the car so I can’t really recall what it was like at that point, except for the fact that is was much looser through turns with more body roll than with the Crucial springs. Having experienced the harshness of Tein S-Techs on KYB GR2 struts, I am amazed at that quality of the ride with the Crucial Springs installed. The progressive rate really eliminates that jolt caused by small bumps in the road that I experienced with the S-Techs. Large bumps in the road are felt, but without the kidney jarring effects as before. The car is tight around turns with very little body roll, and turn in is greatly improved. So far I have been impressed with every aspect of the springs.

I will post pics soon of the stance provided by the conservative drop compared to the “slammed” stance from the S-Techs.

Thanks again Russ and Jeremy for your work in getting these wonderful springs on the market
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:55 AM   #2
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so what are we looking at, as far as drop-in-inches goes, and what about price?
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Old 09-25-2005, 01:43 AM   #3
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All the info you need is right here:

http://www.crucialracing.com/products/springs.php
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Old 09-29-2005, 04:52 PM   #4
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I have had these on the car for about 2 weeks now and I continue to be impressed. I drove home from Gettysburg last night and took the back way so I could attack some twisties. The springs performed great!!! Very little body roll and turn in response was excellent. Coupled with my Progress RSB set to the middle setting, these spring help the car hold the road extremely well. I am very pleased with this purchase. If anyone has any questions about them, just send me a PM.

Here is a pc of them installed on my 04 sedan



Compared to the "slammed" stance of the Tein S-Techs

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Old 10-03-2005, 12:02 AM   #5
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Glad you like them, lowblow!

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Old 10-05-2005, 12:54 PM   #6
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In the pic, it looks like the rear sits lower than the front a little?
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Old 10-05-2005, 01:11 PM   #7
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No, the front is lower than the rear, it is because the front fenders are cut 1.5" higher than they are in the rear so it looks that way.

Also, I was parked in a spot where the pavement sloped towards the rear of the car making it look even more dramatic.
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Old 10-05-2005, 04:34 PM   #8
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Yeah, drops are 1.25" front and 1" in the rear. The JDM Pinks do 1" both ends on the WRX....
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Old 10-17-2005, 11:28 PM   #9
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btw as for the fitment thing; just to make it a little more clear since I wasn't sure what was being referred to the first time I read it:

What John was talking about was how the ends of the springs are cut. Ours line up with eachother while the stock ones are offset. Nobody ever even noticed it before, not even the professional install shops ... he must have eagle eyes . It doesn't affect anything, they just apparently don't hit the stops on the top and bottom perches at the same time if they're (the perches) are in the stock locations. You might actually be able to rotate the top perch thing so the spring sort of bumps into the end. I was actually under the impression that the rubber thing can spin... there's the metal top hat itself, and then the little rubber/plastic deal that the spring actually touches right under it. I know it spins on my Legacy. John may not have known this, as he did the install himself ... or I might be mistaken on that regard. Other than this comment though, we've heard nothing but praise on the fit and quality of the springs.

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Old 10-28-2005, 10:19 AM   #10
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So with most aftermarket springs being equal length (prodrives in my case), is that the reason why alot of people notice one side has a 2 finger wheel gap while the other side has a 3 finger wheel gap?
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:01 AM   #11
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hey low blow what size rims do you have? im getting crucial spring but im up in the air between 18's or 17's.
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Old 12-01-2005, 09:38 AM   #12
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18 x 7.5 with 225/40/18 tires
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thanks man. you just helped me out alot. btw sweet looking ride.
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Old 12-14-2005, 04:39 AM   #14
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A friend of mine has a set on his wagon, they look great!
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Old 12-16-2005, 05:30 PM   #15
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I'm torn between these springs and the prodrive springs for my '02 WRX thats a daily driver.

These have higher spring rates, so I'm unsure of their daily driver capabilities and also unlike the prodrives I would have to find the '04 top hats.

Does anyone have any suggestions between the prodrives and the crucials? How much are '04 tophats going to cost me if I buy the crucials?
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Old 12-17-2005, 03:22 AM   #16
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What kind of struts are u guys running with these springs? I am running them on a set of AGXs, and for some reason can't get the settings on the AGXs right. The car is bouncy on 2F 4R. The ride was "ok" with 1s all around, but handling wasn't very good. Just would like to hear what kind of settings u guys are running.
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Try 3f/2r or even 2f/1r.

The front springs do have a higher springrate and there is less strut travel than the rears so it would make sense too have them dampened a bit more. Then if you still feel there's too much body roll in the back, a thicker rear anti-sway bar will take care of that.
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Old 12-22-2005, 08:55 PM   #18
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Are there sets of these for the 2006 STI? How do they work with the stock struts? I already have tower braces and Perrin F&RSBs...
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Merry Christmas everyone I today decided to install the Crucial springs onto my STi V7 struts. The longer springs(first suby spring install so someone can also tell me if these longer springs are for rear or front) seem to be pretty small at the top. It doesn't look like it will fit the top hats? Anyone can shed light on this for me?

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Merry Christmas everyone I today decided to install the Crucial springs onto my STi V7 struts. The longer springs(first suby spring install so someone can also tell me if these longer springs are for rear or front) seem to be pretty small at the top. It doesn't look like it will fit the top hats? Anyone can shed light on this for me?

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What year car do you drive?

The springs are fitted for '04 + WRX's which have different rear top hats than the earlier years.

The tophats are the only thing keeping me from buying these springs immediately.
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What year car do you drive?

The springs are fitted for '04 + WRX's which have different rear top hats than the earlier years.

The tophats are the only thing keeping me from buying these springs immediately.

I have the tophats on my 03 WRX(but of course theyre still on the car) and the v7 STi tophats which I tried to install the springs with...

edit : Aren't the v7 tophats supposed to be the same as the 04+ top hats? So it SHOULD be the rightfitment?

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I found out from Crucial that the drop figures for the WRX are different than the ones for the STI.... The drop for the WRX is 1.25 front and 1.00 rear, while the STI is .5 front and .4 Rear.
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That is because the STi sits lower from the factorey, so the drop difference between stock and the addition of the Crucial Springs will be less.
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just ordered a set myself, will post a review when they show up
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