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Old 01-26-2006, 09:30 AM   #1
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Do I have to get a set of rear struts from an awd car to put the awd hubs on my impreza, or will my stock struts work? I noticed on the legacy that I plan on taking parts from, the section of the hub that the strut bolts to seems to be further forwar than on my impreza with fwd. Does that mean the awd tophat has an angle made into it or what?
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:48 PM   #2
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What i DO know, is that the RS rear struts will not fit a fwd subby with drum brakes.

So yeah i'd get the rear struts if your switching it over to disk brakes.
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Old 01-26-2006, 08:01 PM   #3
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Yeah, I think I'm just going to get a new set of Kyb's. They aren't that expensive. I got the tophats and springs from the 95 legacy wagon, maybe they will be useful. Got some other stuff too, while I was under the car.
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Old 01-26-2006, 08:18 PM   #4
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What makes the AWD stuts not fit with a Fwd?
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Old 01-26-2006, 08:42 PM   #5
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That's kind of what I'm wondering, that's why I got the tophats and springs at the salvage yard today. They don't look any different to me, but I haven't had them side by side. Maybe someone can post a pic with both struts, fwd and awd, side by side so we could get an idea. I do notice that on the awd knuckle, the mount for the strut is forward of the centerline of the knuckle. On the fwd rear strut, the strut attaches right above the centerline of the knuckle (right above the axle) The only difference I can see is that the strut is angled forward, but the mounting point on the body where the top three bolts of the strut go through is angled on both awd and fwd, so I don't see the difference in the struts, unless the spring perch is angled differently to make up for the strut being slightly forward?
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:18 PM   #6
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The 2.5rs rear struts won't clear the spot on the back of the knuckle where the bolt goes through that holds on the lateral links for the suspension. I should take pics, but i didn't, so i'll try to explain easily.

The bolt holes for the struts are the same distance apart.. So it would theoretically work with the knuckles for the drums. But on the RS struts, the strut body hangs lower than the ears that bolt onto the knuckle.. You would need to trim the actual strut to get it to fit.. The L struts are flat across.. Therefore they don't hit the hump in the back of the knuckle where the bolt passes through for the lateral links.

Pics would be alot easier to show.
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:29 PM   #7
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That would seem to mean that the L struts would bolt up to the awd hubs. Maybe there will be a ride height problem or something?
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Old 01-27-2006, 12:15 PM   #8
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the L struts should bolt up fine.. Just going from RS struts onto L hubs (with the drum brakes) it doesn't work in the rear.
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if you are putting the awd wheel hubs and drum brakes, the fwd impreza struts will not work. the awd struts are shorter in length compared to the fwd version. there is no way the fwd rear struts will fit an awd wheel hub in the rear.

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Old 01-28-2006, 12:07 AM   #10
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I am putting awd hubs with DISC brakes on the rear.
So basically if I tried, the car would be way jacked up in the rear? Maybe it would look kewl that way! j/k Thanks for the replies, guess I have to trash my fairly new rear kyb's for some "awd" kyb's.
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Old 01-28-2006, 12:58 AM   #11
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if you are putting the awd wheel hubs and drum brakes, the fwd impreza struts will not work. the awd struts are shorter in length compared to the fwd version. there is no way the fwd rear struts will fit an awd wheel hub in the rear.

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Haven't tried it that way^^

Just based on my knowledge of trying to use the RS struts on my car, it seemed like they would work on an awd model.
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I can tell you that awd struts do not work on fwd rear knuckles. Drum and disk struts are identical, just don't try to cross awd/fwd parts. OTOH, the aftermarket KYB struts are so much better than the RS stuff it's not even worth thinking about swapping this **** around.
The rear top hats have alignment marks on them for awd and fwd fitment. Just orient them accordingly.
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:27 PM   #13
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I noticed the marks when installing the kyb's on the stock springs. What do you use as a reference to align the marks to? I pointed the "awd" mark outard, I believe. I'll have to double check when putting the aftermarket springs on unless I get a chance thursday.
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Old 07-25-2006, 11:50 PM   #14
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Yes, that's it. Go check scoobymods.com as there's a tutorial with pictures there.
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Old 07-26-2006, 12:07 AM   #15
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Will do, thanks again
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