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Old 09-19-2000, 07:15 PM   #1
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Post Spring/strut recommendations for Legacy GT wagon?

I'm not looking for anything radical, or any sort of big, giant drop, just an improvement over what the standard GT package it. Should I go Eibach Legacy springs with the stock dampers, or an Eibach/KYB combo, keeping in mind that I will probably NEVER adjust the KYBs.

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Old 09-19-2000, 11:28 PM   #2
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What year GT wagon have ya got?
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Old 09-20-2000, 07:18 AM   #3
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She's a 1998. Keep in mind that I just want to sharpen things up and flatten out the body. I know that some guys are doing the full, kidney-smashing slam, and more power to them. That's just not my style.

The swaybar size increase is assumed, by the way.

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Old 09-20-2000, 08:59 AM   #4
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Personally, I'm thinking of using the Ground Control adjustable height springs (the springs are made by Eibach). I too want to lower my car just a tad and firm up the suspension a bit... Keeping in mind that this remains my family car. I'm thinking adjustable springs because I can have my car a little lower, but, when I need to load it up, I can jack the springs up again too... I'm thinking of it as a load-leveling thing. (A guy's gotta come up with something to get the wife to agree to such a purchase! )

As far as struts go, I've pretty much always thought the AGXs would be the way to go. I'm starting to desire the STi V5 struts though... They just look beefier. Are they actually better? Heffilino.

I've long wondered questioned the longevity of the stock struts w/ aftermarket springs. I think my current plan is to get the springs on the stock struts until they scream out to be replaced.

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Old 09-20-2000, 12:44 PM   #5
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Hey has anyone considered stock springs w/ AGX or other struts (STi) ? Aren't the stockers (on the GTs at least) pretty good, and won't the struts last longer w/ the lower rate springs.

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Old 09-20-2000, 03:26 PM   #6
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GTMAN - this is what I'd recommend... use the STi V.5 Inverted shocks/struts w/ the Eibach Pro Kit. this will give you better cornering abilities... this set-up will give you minimal changes in Camber/caster/toe etc.

I'd recommend this set-up for "sport-street" driving... but if you're going to be doing a little "racing" I'd go with the AGX's... Another spring I'd consider is the H&R's.

Hope that helps....

BTW, the lowered springs have a higher spring rate than the stock springs, thus w/ the stock shocks the life will be reduced b/c the load forces are larger than the stock shocks can handle.
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Old 09-20-2000, 05:30 PM   #7
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If you run H&R's.. you are going to get a 1.5" rear drop - sounds like you don't want that...

you may want to try the KYB GR2's - non adjustables... they are cheaper... and if you are sure you aren't going to be adjusting them.. well...???

springs??

Eibach's would be just fine for what you're doing... but they are still going to drop you a bit..

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Old 09-21-2000, 11:37 PM   #8
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I've got the KYB AGX and Eibach spring combo on my '95 Legacy and experienced a drop of about an inch or slightly more. I didn't want my car to be slammed either and was a little hesitant. However, I love the results and wouldn't hesitate to do it again. I don't adjust the shocks very much, but it is nice to have the option. If you're curious DLC's website has photos of my Legacy just to give you an idea of looks - with the drop of an inch the wheels fill in the wheel wells very nicely. I think his site is http://www.xmission.com/~dac Good luck!

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Old 09-22-2000, 06:52 PM   #9
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How much do the GC adjustable springs run?

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Old 09-22-2000, 09:09 PM   #10
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gtguy,

Alright, I to have a 98GT wagon...cool. Now I have SPD-Eibach and AGX's. I had a auto guy at a dealership do it. When I went to collect the car after 3hrs, he took me back and said here she is.....I came in from the rear and I could not believe my eyes. The babe magnet was much much lower to the ground that I expected. Rear wheels all tucked in almost leveled to the fender lip. Front had about 1+in. to the fenderlip. She was TIGHT. Found out that the car was actually lowered 1.75f/1.5r lowered, not 0.75in as quoted. The car looked perfect, that's ideally the way the car should look, even though I was dissapointed initially due to its usability over bumpier surface. I thought I would scrape many times, but till today I have never done it. Surprising that you can still drive over quite steep driveways...just need some adjustment in driving technique. Lucky the legacy front bumper has a decent attack angle. Now, I feel I need to go lower....sometimes.

Handling...I can go on all day long talking. Believe me it will be unbelivable compared to stock. Think swaybar made a difference, this is equal to that. Freeway handling is unbelivable at any speed. Feel like you could do 150mph and still to a slalom. Weaving thru traffic at 100mph is very swift, no wastein time bodyrollin and stabalizing. Just tell it where you want it to go and it's there. Braking I feel may be has improved just because the car now is leveled when it slows down - not more the big rear lifting, which I was embarassed with passangers.

Downside...not much. Even at the lowest AGX setting car is firm riding more than stock. But now where unconfortable. Chopy on washboard. It'll let you know that you've got 24hr superglue traction. As for hitting bump stops, only when I fly over this nasty railway track near my house. Happened only about 3 times (only on the rear)....now they repaved it and no problems. Note going over the track which was on a raised portio of pavement made the car have the suspension under full droop....you can imagine the travel.

Its a lot of fun. Thing about adjustable height setups is that you have to go for realignment every time you go up or down more than a certain amount....thats what I was told.

Definately a recommeded setup. The initially scary drop, well you'll learn to love it....at least I did.

Hope this helps on whatever you decide. Good luck. Email me if you have anymore Q's
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