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Old 11-07-2019, 12:22 PM   #1
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Hey all, I am starting to do some research on shocks and spring combinations for my '12 STi, and wanted to get some info and opinions from everyone about what you are running and how you liked disliked them. I daily drive my car, so I need some comfort, but am gearing the build to be able to take it to a local track or SCCA event eventually to do some HPDE once in a while.

What I'd like to know is what strut you are running, and why? What spring you are running, and why? How you like/dislike them both on the street and track? And if you have any other suspension upgrades like sway bars as well, and how they work or don't work with your struts and springs? Also, what is the quality of the stuff you are using? Has it held up like you expected?

So far I've really only seen Cusco and Koni shocks advertised with limited reviews that are 50/50 if they are too stiff or not. So I haven't seem much to go off of. Any suggestions on these or other brands would be appreciated.

My build so far is stock suspension, Stoptech rotors, pads, and brake lines, Cobb stage two tune w/ Invidia Q300 turbo back exhaust, Grimmspeed air-oil separator. On Stock wheels and summer tires (Sparco Terra wheels and Winterforce 2 tires for winter months). Bride Stradia seat. Not sure if this will help any of you.

Thanks all, BC
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Old 11-07-2019, 04:47 PM   #2
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There's lots of options out there. Are you wanting an OE style damper and spring combo? Or are you looking for coilovers?
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:52 PM   #3
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I'm looking at the stock style strut.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:18 PM   #4
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Feal fixed perch struts. Get your choice of spring. In the used market you could look for GT Worx which were developed by RCE and Bilstien. Koni as you mentioned. Tokico HP is another option. Feal does require a slight modification from your original original rear damper but any decent shop should be able to make that modification. It's mentioned on their website.
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Old 11-08-2019, 02:11 PM   #5
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Good information Snow, thank you. Feal looks like it may be outside my budget without including the springs, but look like really nice stuff. The Koni's Yellows interest me if anyone has an opinion on them.
RCE is the first I've seen to post the spring rates. 330 fronts, and 335 rears. Is anyone running a common spring rate with RCE or another brand, or do you suggest something different. Looks like Swift SPEC-R are 335 F, 403 R. Seems a bit aggressive for a street application maybe?
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:02 PM   #6
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Feal FPS pre-orders are open and with Black Friday deals coming up that might fall back into your budget. Just sayin'
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:57 PM   #7
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Hey all, I am starting to do some research on shocks and spring combinations for my '12 STi, and wanted to get some info and opinions from everyone about what you are running and how you liked disliked them. I daily drive my car, so I need some comfort, but am gearing the build to be able to take it to a local track or SCCA event eventually to do some HPDE once in a while.

What I'd like to know is what strut you are running, and why? What spring you are running, and why? How you like/dislike them both on the street and track? And if you have any other suspension upgrades like sway bars as well, and how they work or don't work with your struts and springs? Also, what is the quality of the stuff you are using? Has it held up like you expected?

So far I've really only seen Cusco and Koni shocks advertised with limited reviews that are 50/50 if they are too stiff or not. So I haven't seem much to go off of. Any suggestions on these or other brands would be appreciated.

My build so far is stock suspension, Stoptech rotors, pads, and brake lines, Cobb stage two tune w/ Invidia Q300 turbo back exhaust, Grimmspeed air-oil separator. On Stock wheels and summer tires (Sparco Terra wheels and Winterforce 2 tires for winter months). Bride Stradia seat. Not sure if this will help any of you.

Thanks all, BC
Look at VA take offs. People sell full spring and strut set for 200$ With only a few thousand miles. They’ll all bolt right on. Should be a bit lower and sportier. Might have to play a little with springs/parts to keep it level. Think someone here did it, don’t recall who.
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