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Old 10-03-2018, 07:54 PM   #1
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08 Wrx sedan, will be replacing springs and struts. Not looking for coilovers, just swapping out my current setup for something a bit more aggressive/impractical. I have a great performance suspension setup currently and this purchase will be non performance oriented strictly aesthetic. Would like to go as low as i can, i don't want to harm the car in any way though. Anyone come across any springs that drop the car a little too much?
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:37 AM   #2
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Eibach springs drop the car too much for the oem struts, FYI. Mine blew the struts in about 15k
I own a 2011 STI and was able to upgrade to the 2015+ struts (don't believe that's an option for you since they are all 5x114.3) which are a half inch shorter than 08-11 struts. I then paired that setup with RCE black springs and its phenomenal.
Moral of the story here, if a spring is going to drop the ride height a decent amount (i would say anything over a half inch) it is going to be too much stress on the oem struts.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:00 AM   #3
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08 Wrx sedan, will be replacing springs and struts. Not looking for coilovers, just swapping out my current setup for something a bit more aggressive/impractical. I have a great performance suspension setup currently and this purchase will be non performance oriented strictly aesthetic. Would like to go as low as i can, i don't want to harm the car in any way though. Anyone come across any springs that drop the car a little too much?
But changing the springs and struts will affect suspension performance.
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:16 PM   #4
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08 Wrx sedan, will be replacing springs and struts. Not looking for coilovers, just swapping out my current setup for something a bit more aggressive/impractical. I have a great performance suspension setup currently and this purchase will be non performance oriented strictly aesthetic. Would like to go as low as i can, i don't want to harm the car in any way though. Anyone come across any springs that drop the car a little too much?
Cut a couple coils off springs, car looks great, get an alignment.

Reality.......

Ride will suck, most of us here are looking at performance, so yes, I am being a PITA.
I don't do "looks", I do performance, so maybe block/ignore me.
That's fine.

BTW, how is your current setup a "great performance setup"?
What do you like?
What do you dislike?
What is the car mission statement?
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:37 PM   #5
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Not looking for coilovers... aggressive/impractical... non performance oriented strictly aesthetic... i don't want to harm the car in any way though... drop the car a little too much?
My head hurts. This is so contradicting.

Takes Charlie's advice and cut the springs.

Or go bags.

Your answer is coilovers.
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:13 PM   #6
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Cut a couple coils off springs, car looks great, get an alignment.

Reality.......

Ride will suck, most of us here are looking at performance, so yes, I am being a PITA.
I don't do "looks", I do performance, so maybe block/ignore me.
That's fine.

BTW, how is your current setup a "great performance setup"?
What do you like?
What do you dislike?
What is the car mission statement?
I like performance without losing all comfort. The mission statement would be to have a clean looking, reliable, modified car that has decent power and decent handling that would be considered impressive, to be used for years as a daily driver with the ability to track or autocross if the situation presents itself.

I have sti springs on stock struts, perrin adjustable f & r sway bars with end links, spt engine brace, spt lower strut tower brace. I am satisfied with my current setup just feeling the itch to make the car lower to the ground. The reason for this post is to find low springs.
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:20 PM   #7
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Honestly, best spring I have had over the years relating to what your after is Epic Engineering. Best for decent drop, comfort and performance. Plus they wont blow your struts as fast as the more aggressive springs.
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:44 PM   #8
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I vote for coilovers.

I recently had GTWorx Bilstein Trophy Cup Coilovers installed on my daily driven STI. "Comfort" and "improved appearance" are subjective, but I can honestly say the ride quality before and after is almost identical. I was expecting the coilovers to be much stiffer than stock. I'm only lowered about 10-15 millimeters at the moment, with the ability to lower my car another 20 millimeters if I choose to. It appears you want adjustability. Bags or coilovers are the solution. Both are more expensive than springs, of course, but coilovers will give you the adjustability you want.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:12 PM   #9
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What's the cheapest i could get some coilovers worth having?
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:38 PM   #10
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What's the cheapest i could get some coilovers worth having?
Cheap and worth having are mutually exclusive. Go Raceland cheap and hate your car for as long as you have it. Buy quality coilovers and end up with the experience I'm enjoying now. A lot of people swear by BC Racing coilovers. I found them to be overly rough even on decent roads. They go for around $1000 bucks and up. If you want a compliant ride with increased cornering ability, move up from BC Racing. IMHO.
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:21 PM   #11
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You can get your cheap coilovers on ebay. You can write ebay customer service and probably score an Ebay sticker for your ride too!
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:14 PM   #12
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I understand you wanna go lower, but...
If you go lower than you are now on crappy under-damped stock shocks (using springs like Epic Engineering or RCE Blacks) you're going to bash your front bumper cover off, and the ride will become very harsh as your suspension bottoms out on moderate bumps. Been there, done that on the horrible roads we have here in OK.

You definitely need decent shocks - first and foremost - before worrying about springs. I'm currently running '11 STI springs with konis, and it's a very nice balance between comfort and firmness.
Before this setup, I tried Epic Engineering springs with stock shocks, and the ride sucked! Not enough damping, and the springs are very weak (scraped my bumper cover off a couple times). Then I had RCE Blacks with konis, but it was just too low and harsh for me. If you wanna go lower, and can accept a harsh ride, konis w/ RCE Blacks may work for you.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:40 PM   #13
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I understand you wanna go lower, but...
If you go lower than you are now on crappy under-damped stock shocks (using springs like Epic Engineering or RCE Blacks) you're going to bash your front bumper cover off, and the ride will become very harsh as your suspension bottoms out on moderate bumps. Been there, done that on the horrible roads we have here in OK.

You definitely need decent shocks - first and foremost - before worrying about springs. I'm currently running '11 STI springs with konis, and it's a very nice balance between comfort and firmness.
Before this setup, I tried Epic Engineering springs with stock shocks, and the ride sucked! Not enough damping, and the springs are very weak (scraped my bumper cover off a couple times). Then I had RCE Blacks with konis, but it was just too low and harsh for me. If you wanna go lower, and can accept a harsh ride, konis w/ RCE Blacks may work for you.
Cool, thanks for the information.
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Old 10-15-2018, 08:14 PM   #14
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I understand you wanna go lower, but...
If you go lower than you are now on crappy under-damped stock shocks (using springs like Epic Engineering or RCE Blacks) you're going to bash your front bumper cover off, and the ride will become very harsh as your suspension bottoms out on moderate bumps. Been there, done that on the horrible roads we have here in OK.

You definitely need decent shocks - first and foremost - before worrying about springs. I'm currently running '11 STI springs with konis, and it's a very nice balance between comfort and firmness.
Before this setup, I tried Epic Engineering springs with stock shocks, and the ride sucked! Not enough damping, and the springs are very weak (scraped my bumper cover off a couple times). Then I had RCE Blacks with konis, but it was just too low and harsh for me. If you wanna go lower, and can accept a harsh ride, konis w/ RCE Blacks may work for you.
Strange, I have Epic springs on my bugeye with KYB AGX's and it rides great, no bottoming out, no scraping. It rides much better than my Blobeye with V8 JDM pink struts with Tein springs, that thing rides bouncy.
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