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Old 08-28-2019, 10:45 AM   #1
svynx
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Hello all. I just picked up a 1997 Legacy GT wagon with 160k on the clock. I'm an Impreza guy, so I'm unfamiliar with the Legacy chassis. Any suggestions on what to get would be appreciated.

Here's what I'd like to do:
Stiffen the ride a little. Doesn't have to be much. The car doesn't wallow around like a Buick, but it's more than I'd like. Plus having the rear loaded with stuff it would be nice to not bottom out/rub on bumps. I'll replace the struts and tophats while doing this work.
Increase size of swaybar. Nothing to drastic. This car definitely has some body roll which will never go away, but I'd like to diminish it a little.

I've started the normal maintenance items...brakes, rotors, fresh oil, spark plugs. I will be replacing ball joints and outer tie rods in the near future as they have never been done.
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:10 AM   #2
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Do you have a budget? You could do coil-overs at various price points. Pretty much any of them will be firmer than stock, and most should allow you to maintain stock ride height.

Or maybe some King springs? I've never run them, but as far as I know they offer stiffer springs that maintain stock ride height. I'm not sure what the best struts would be to pair with said stiffer springs.
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Old 09-04-2019, 08:07 AM   #3
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Budget...not really. But the car is 25 years old (doesn't show it though) and I don't want to sink a lot of money into it. I thought about coilovers. If there was a full set for $600 or less that was of good quality, I'd consider it. Because I can use 02-07 Impreza hardware, I was looking at RalliTEK springs, but they don't make OEM height springs for that model. They'd be a happy medium between OEM springs and Kings. We'll see. I need to do some more searching around. I will be installing swaybars from the Outback as they are a little bigger.
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Old 09-04-2019, 01:12 PM   #4
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I run Koni Yellow Sport Struts with the stock springs and upgraded sway bars on my 2005 LGT - drastically improves ride and handling.

I would recommend this route over ANY coilover below the $1500 - $1800 point (and probably even slightly higher) - despite any reviews the cheap coilovers do not perform - they are really more for the lowering crowd vs a true performance suspension....
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