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Old 03-26-2006, 09:39 PM   #1
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Default I have 300 bucks, what should I get?

Yup, that's pretty much it. Lookin at suspension but I can't decide between springs or a rear sway bar/endlinks....I have 300 bucks, it's a 2002 WRX...any advice?

I could go new or used, used would probably get me more for a dollar than new I would think.

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Old 03-26-2006, 09:41 PM   #2
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Old 03-26-2006, 09:44 PM   #3
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or get bigger front and rear sways, good mod
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Old 03-26-2006, 09:45 PM   #4
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If it's a wagon you could get a 20mm rsb for <$100. Brakes? H6 + some pads maybe?
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Old 03-26-2006, 09:46 PM   #5
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Get some prodrive springs and you can get a 02 oem rsb for like 50 used. Check out the private sales forum.

Sedan..scratch the oem rsb then..

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Old 03-26-2006, 09:51 PM   #6
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It's a sedan, forgot to mention. Ok, gonna keep a list. So far we have:

Prodrive springs (x2)
Bigger F & R sways
Bigger brakes

Thanks for the advice, keep it coming!
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Old 03-26-2006, 10:12 PM   #7
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I think I'm gonna skip the brakes for now because I think they'll wind up being too much - maybe next time I gotta change pads I'll just get a whole new setup. I'm more interested in the handling for now, it's pretty soft stock.

So now I'm down to springs or sways...

If I go springs, I have to decide between the Prodrive or H-Techs
If I go with sway bars, the rear doesnt have to be adjustable, as long as it's around 23-24 dia., and the front similar.

Any way I could get front AND rear sways and endlinks for 300? Or just the rear sway and a set of springs?

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Old 03-26-2006, 10:37 PM   #8
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lets be realistic here for a second. YOu have 300 now, when will you get another 300?..thats the question. I dont know anyone who will ONLY spend 3 bones on their car and STOP !! So , let figure out the next 300 before we spend the first. That will make all the difference in the world.

If you said,." I have 2k or 1k...." that would be different. IF you do only plan on spending 300, then you prob are not being realistic. This whole thing is like CRACK !! Once you start, there s no stopping it. Look at me, I drove a 88 16v Jetta when I met my wife (who works for Subaru), I raced my Porsche and life was good. 6 years later we own 4 Subaru's, are on our 9th since 2000 and have WRC bed sheets.

Trying to keep it real.

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Old 03-26-2006, 10:41 PM   #9
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just go get the swaybars first..
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Old 03-26-2006, 10:42 PM   #10
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haha I appreciate it Myles, I know how addicting mods can be - I've owned 2 camaros before my WRX, it's a never-ending cycle, that's for sure.

I only put the $300 budget on these mods because that's how much I've got in my "mod reserves" right now. I've already installed a TBE, Cobb AP, etc. etc. so technically this is like my 5th or 6th "$300", but I lost count already I think

Currently I'm trying to get the car to handle a bit better, but I'm trying to keep it within that budget range (give or take).

How about this guys:

Rear sway and endlinks, and a set of prodrives, both used. That'll be in the $300 ($400?) range, and will substantially help out with the handling...

...the other option would be getting front AND rear sways, and forgetting about the springs for now, like STi-JDM mentioned.

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Old 03-26-2006, 11:02 PM   #11
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IF you do get just the rear bar and springs, make sure you put a sticker on your dash that reads.." loose Tail"........

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Old 03-26-2006, 11:15 PM   #12
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So that would be a NO on the rear only, huh

I thought you could run only the rear sway on a WRX, am I wrong about that?
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Old 03-26-2006, 11:27 PM   #13
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You could get a front bar (do the front before the rear if you can only do one at a time).

How about an anti-lift kit? They are ~200 and make a nice improvment.

What are your final plans? If you plan to go to coilovers, then I cant recomend springs (wasted money). If you dont plan for coilovers, then springs would make a nice upgrade too... What are your final goals?
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Old 03-26-2006, 11:45 PM   #14
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I don't plan on taking it as far as coilovers, I just want less roll and a stiffer ride for the street basically.

Just found this thread:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=920405

Great resouces, gonna read for a while and report back haha
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Old 03-26-2006, 11:56 PM   #15
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Ok, just read through this thread
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=879235

I see now why both sways are better than just one, so I may go that route and forget about the springs for now, save them for a later date.

Last question:

Is a 27 or 29mm front and 22-25mm adj. rear too big for daily driving? Is there such a thing as too big? With stock springs/struts (for now) would it still be a good idea to get the sways?

Thanks (again)!
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Old 03-27-2006, 12:02 AM   #16
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If you never plan on competitively autox'ing or track racing, the 24-26mm front adjustable(Whiteline) would be perfect and a 20-22-24 rear adjustable. Doing the rear bar definately will require an endlink upgrade so keep that in mind, the stock fronts are fine.
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Old 03-27-2006, 12:03 AM   #17
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...alk, HD rear endlinks, and Prodrive or Eibach springs......all used ....Whiteline rear subframe lockbolts(~$35)...good set of brakepads/brakefluid.....mmmmmm......better tires....mmmmmm....
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Old 03-27-2006, 12:08 AM   #18
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I got a strutbar and 20MM swaybar for my wagon installed for <200, best investment ever.

But I'd do better tires first.
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Old 03-27-2006, 12:15 AM   #19
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I have the 27-29 front and 24-26 rear whiteline bars, and they are totally fine for daily driving. I am on stock struts and springs (only for another month, then either G4's or KW's) The improvement is dramatic. I have stock front endlinks, and kartboy rears...

*edit* I do have to warn you, you should upgrade your springs atleast to keep up with the big bars. You WILL the inside tire on a hard corner with this setup and the stock springs. Some sort of spring/coilover upgrade is recomended...

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Old 03-27-2006, 12:19 AM   #20
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I think that's what I'm gonna go with, I've heard nothing but good things about whiteline. Now I gotta do some searching! Anyone have any parts for sale?

Gonna look into tires too, this may wind up to be more than 300 or 400, trying to stick with that figure at least for the sways and endlinks, the tires can be part of my next budget lol

EDIT: just saw your edit...that's a good point.

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Old 03-27-2006, 12:25 AM   #21
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whiteline alk ,and steering rack bushings.... spend your next 300 or so on sways.
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:21 AM   #22
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Yeah, now I'm totally confused lol

I just want the car to handle better in the twisties...while I'd love a full blown autoX car, I just can't afford all the suspension work right now. So with that in mind, what would be the best first mods to do, that will have the greatest effect on handling?

I was thinking sway bars, but if I need to upgrade the springs to put the sways on, and I'd need better struts to put the springs on, then I'm looking at a whole new strut/spring assembly replacement along with the sways....mucho $$

So what can I do to increase the handling characteristics of the car without replacing the entire suspension setup? (unless I can find a whole setup for like 500 bucks, but that aint happening)
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:48 AM   #23
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I have the following suspension mods on my 2002 wrx sedan . .

- Prodrive springs w/ kyb gr2 struts
- Perrin front & rear sways (front is set to max stiff and rear is set to middle)
- sti replica front and rear strut bars
- helix rear endlinks
- whiteline anti-lift kit
- whiteline steering rack bushings
- ebay "h brace" (not yet installed)


I can say the ride feels VERY similar to that of a stock sti and I am sure it can handle just as good, if not better. The ONLY problem I am having, which might not even be a problem to some, is that my back can easily slide out depending on how much gas I give on certain turns. Like I said, some may like that but I am still wondering what I can do to change that. Also, I just purchased an ebay "h brace" and I am hoping this will further improve the cars handling. Next, I am planning on buying some used 17" wheels and slapping on some STiCKY summer tires so I can have me some FUN !
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Old 03-27-2006, 08:19 AM   #24
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Here's what I think. The 2002 WRX sedan already has a 20mm swaybar, which every Impreza Brighton/L/RS junkie in the world fought tooth and nail for, up until 2001. Trust me, I was one of them. Ours were 13mm, if we had one at all, from the factory. Then the car came stock with it ('02 WRX sedan, 20mm stock - wagon hat 17 or 18mm).
Sure, people always want bigger and better (in this case, literally), but honestly it's already pretty neutral.

I say go with the Prodrive springs. You don't need a bigger swaybar unless you really feel the car needs it, after the actual suspension's on its way to being better. The first thing you *should* get is new tires, but $300 doesn't buy much. If the tires are in good shape, get the springs, then tires when you have the money. Next go with 2000-2004 Legacy rear rotors/caliper brackets, and a good set of pads all around (i.e. Hawk HPS).

Then when you have $100+ to spare, go with a Kartboy shifter/bushing combination. You just aren't a Subie driver without one.

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So what can I do to increase the handling characteristics of the car without replacing the entire suspension setup?
Swaybars......done. The WRX struts definately can't take much of a spring upgrade before you really start accelerating their wear and how many miles are on yours already? So you'll be taking the springs back off and replacing the struts sooner than you would care to.


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