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Old 01-01-2001, 09:12 AM   #1
Marty S
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Lightbulb WTB Legacy gt suspension

Anybody take the springs and struts off of their Gt who wants to sell them. I would like to upgrade my 96 wagon so if you have done a upgrade and would like to sell the stock stuff let me know
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Old 01-01-2001, 02:34 PM   #2
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did they come off of a wagon? What year? You may be right about buying new. Do those STI dampers work well for legacy wagon? I dont want a rough ride. More like a stock 91-94 sport coupe which became the blueprint for WRX impreza suspension. Lots of travel and spring / shock rates that make full use of travel. Thanks
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Old 01-01-2001, 02:38 PM   #3
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hmmm, the GT's struts are the same as the other Legacy's -- the springs are only slightly stiffer mainly to cope with the weight/balance of the EJ25's.

If you are going to go the the trouble of changing it out you might want to consider any of the good aftermarket setups out there...

I tried 96 L wagon springs on my 99 GT wagon and they felt nearly the same (just a touch softer) as stock. A lighter non-GT wagon would probably sit higher on GT springs too.

(edit) Stick with designed-for-wagon setups
which means don't use the Impreza WRX or AGX kits -- the wagon is very sensitive to the rear setup.


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Old 01-01-2001, 03:33 PM   #4
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They came off of a '98 wagon. In making the same decisions, I chose to go with the AGX setup because of their adjustability. So far, so good, although the stock springs are a bit wimpy for the AGXs, so you get the high frequency jounce action over bumps and whatnot until the springs settle.

The STi dampers are not adjustable, nor do they sit as high as the AGX. The STi dampers setting, from what I've heard, is equivalent to the 2/4 setting on the AGXs.

BG5 is right. Be verrry careful with the wagon. It's only 100lbs heavier than the sedan, but does indeed seem to be more fincky about setup, especially in the rear. I tried Eibach springs, and got the big plummet (1.6f/1.75r).

I took those off and put the stockers back on. Dale Teague ordered me some wagon-specific Legacy springs from Whiteline, which drop the car about 3/4". This is the drop that I want, and was seeking from the Eibachs. I still have no idea why they were so far out of spec, though the guy I spoke with at Eibach claimed that they were within spec. Yes, I laughed at him.

The springs are on the way, scheduled to arrive in a week or so. We'll see how well they work once they're installed, but Dale reports glowingly of them. He has a set on his Legacy project car (pix at his site) and the drop looks perfect.

I also agree with BG5 in that I don't know that the Legacy GT is that much stiffer than the regular Legacy wagons. It is a bit, but I still thought that it was pretty wallowy, for lack of a better descriptive.

I thought the handling was fantastic with the Eibachs, but it was just too low. Given the snow we've gotten up here in Chicago, that slammed ride height would have been hilarity as I tried to get down my snow-laden alley.

I've been happy with the AGXs as have others. There have been reports of blown ones, but they have a lifetime warranty now, so you're good to go in that regard.

I think that the trick is getting a firmer ride without uncomfortability. The Eibachs had a very nice ride, firm but not at all jarring over bumps, etc. I'm hoping the Whitelines are the ticket.

I'd always recommend new, especially if you're looking to firm things up over stock. I don't think that the GT setup will get you to where you want to be, either.

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Old 01-02-2001, 12:04 AM   #5
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Do you need something immediate, or can you wait a couple of weeks? I have some Whiteline springs on the way from Dale Teague, but the struts are just sitting in the garage along with the swaybar, if you want that, too.

There are about 33-34K on the stock package. I'm not sure if someone else has gone for an upgrade with a fresher package or not.

You might also want to consider something like waiting for the next STi damper GB. It would be possible to get springs and struts for under $500, which is quite good.

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Old 01-03-2001, 12:41 AM   #6
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Wow Its amazing how much info is here for the asking Thanks for the help Kevin and BG5.I guess Ill hold out for a set of Whiteline if they pan out for ya. Let me know if it works out for ya. Thanks again
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