Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday December 16, 2017
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
Click here to visit TireRack
Brakes & Suspension Forum sponsored by The Tire Rack

Losing traction? Need new tires?
Click here to visit the NASIOC Upgrade Garage...
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Technical > Brakes, Steering & Suspension

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads. 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 340011
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NY
2008 WRX Hatch

Default Need stiff springs for towing

I'm looking for a set of springs for my 08 wrx hatch. I tow my dirt bike and jet ski with it and I really need stiffer springs in the rear. I would like the same height but if it was half an inch lower that would be cool too.
Any suggestions?
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Jam12288 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 09-03-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
Back Road Runner
Scooby Guru
Member#: 60082
Join Date: Apr 2004
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Minnesota
2004 Forester STI


Damper rates follow spring rates. If you use stiffer springs you also need stiffer dampers.
Back Road Runner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 02:51 PM   #3
Scooby Guru
Member#: 22825
Join Date: Aug 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Seattle, WA

I would suggest some sort of spring spacer as an alternative. Or top hat spacer. Giving you upwards of another inch of lift, to make up for the drop when towing.

I towed over 1000lbs from SoCal to WA state (a large harley and an aprilia bike) via a uhaul 3 bike trailer. It put my FXT on lowering springs to darn near compressed. If not lowered it would have looked lowered, and I figure with a spacer, it would have been an okay compromise.
teiva-boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 03:52 PM   #4
Uncle Scotty
*** Banned ***
Member#: 16200
Join Date: Mar 2002
OK buy Nates beans


the gr chassis has VERY little rear suspension travel....towing anything heavy may result in suspension failure unless you do it just right

id rent something to tow with or borrow or whatever....rather than try to make the gr towable
Uncle Scotty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 04:43 PM   #5
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 265783
Join Date: Dec 2010
Chapter/Region: RMIC
Location: monica's taco shop
2008 wrx
Niner ROS 9


the 08's suspension is so terrible. springs from a 09+ wrx or 08-10 sti could help a little bit: they're 217# front 194# rear. the 08 has 151# front 136# rear spring rates.

i second the notion of also getting upgraded dampers with stiffer springs. if you went with koni's, you could really firm up the rear when you're towing.

09-10 wrx dampers are stiffer than 08's and would bolt on, if you go with those stock springs... the wide body 11+ wrx and 08+ sti front struts aren't a direct fit though.

king springs are 20-30% stiffer and their standard springs maintain the stock ride height. they also make lifting springs.
you can get them from here:
this guy is also a vendor on the site.
isotopesope is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2013, 07:53 PM   #6
Scooby Guru
Member#: 122043
Join Date: Aug 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: aurora
04 wagonier


See if Subaru offers helper springs, for the 02-05 if not 07 they had helper springs f.s. I never ran them as I purchased eBay special "coil over conversion" and installed those on the rear. Ass never sagged and I hauled a gp800r
hoffmanEstates is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:47 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2017 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2017, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.