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Old 06-20-2019, 05:24 PM   #1
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Are there any decent bolt on or spring swap kits for my 2011 WRX 5-door? I dont want to be any lower and would consider higher 1/2". I also do not want a harsher ride.

All I can find seem to be junk.
FCS
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KYB doesn't even show anything on their website which seems weird because I thought they were OE supplier. Maybe they have a non-compete.

Does anybody have experience with the Koni "cut a strut insert" ?
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:44 AM   #2
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there are TONS of threads about the Koni inserts. they work great and are easy to do. using your stock strut housings will retain your stock ride height with stock springs. running 08-10 strut housings on your widebody will lower the front about .25", essentially evening out the supposedly dreaded "saggy butt".

here's a great Koni install thread:
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2344784

this post within the thread also illustrates the differences between the strut geometries of the narrow and wide bodies:
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...7&postcount=56

KYB Excel G's would work too, if they're still available. a bit stiffer than stock, but not adjustable. I think they are modeled after the narrow body strut geometry.

I would look into King springs. their "standard" height springs raised my 08 wrx about .25" on Koni inserts. they're about 25% stiffer than stock, but are progressive. the raised height gave me better articulation and much better handling. they gave me a 15" hub to wheel arch ride height, front and rear. I ran a stock 20mm 08 wrx front sway, and a stock 2015+ sti rear sway. it was the perfect dirt-friendly daily driver setup for me.

here's a good discussion thread about Kings:
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2661183

I got my King's from here:
www.get-primitive.com

they are also currently selling the full body Koni's as well, which are modeled after the narrow body strut. I would reach out to them for suspension advice.
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:46 PM   #3
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there are TONS of threads about the Koni inserts. they work great and are easy to do. using your stock strut housings will retain your stock ride height with stock springs. running 08-10 strut housings on your widebody will lower the front about .25", essentially evening out the supposedly dreaded "saggy butt".

here's a great Koni install thread:
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2344784

this post within the thread also illustrates the differences between the strut geometries of the narrow and wide bodies:
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...7&postcount=56

KYB Excel G's would work too, if they're still available. a bit stiffer than stock, but not adjustable. I think they are modeled after the narrow body strut geometry.

I would look into King springs. their "standard" height springs raised my 08 wrx about .25" on Koni inserts. they're about 25% stiffer than stock, but are progressive. the raised height gave me better articulation and much better handling. they gave me a 15" hub to wheel arch ride height, front and rear. I ran a stock 20mm 08 wrx front sway, and a stock 2015+ sti rear sway. it was the perfect dirt-friendly daily driver setup for me.

here's a good discussion thread about Kings:
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2661183

I got my King's from here:
www.get-primitive.com

they are also currently selling the full body Koni's as well, which are modeled after the narrow body strut. I would reach out to them for suspension advice.
I appreciate your through reply!

I an leaning towards the Koni's at this point. How do the Koni's do for longevity?

I go about 110K from my stock before they went to **** on Michigan roads.

Should I go with KYB Strut mount/bearings?
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:29 PM   #4
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I put about 60k on mine, before I sold it. They all were holding up well, but did hit a pothole pretty hard in the winter and blew a front one. I was gonna replace it... but bought a FXT instead!

I also had a set of Koni yellows on an old Civic maaaaany moons ago. They're a great damper for the money. The adjustability is nice to better pair them to different springs.

I'd replace the mounts, just because it's probably time? Group N's are stiffer and would be good up front. I'd just do regular oem for the rear. Primitive can sell you all that stuff. They have the full body Koni's as well, not sure about the inserts these days.

I have a spare set of 08-10 strut housings if want to go that route, but you may run into that ride height discrepancy on your wide body... which could be evened out with a strut spacer.
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