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Old 02-13-2020, 11:43 PM   #1
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Default 03 WRX Wagon Coilovers.....?

I’m interested in upgrading my suspension with a well taken care of coil over set up but have fitment questions regarding my 03 WRX. Wagon. If any have upgraded this model please let me know you went about it. Thank you.
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:52 AM   #2
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i have had 3 sets of coilovers, ohlins, bilstein and the feals max travels. my car feels more stable the ohlins and bilsteins were similar but the ohlins were much lighter. the Feals ahve more travel so it keeps your wheels on the road when you go up drive ways. in my opinion, the bilstiens were the best road handling out of the bunch. my feals are a little bouncy but its what i have now and I got used of it. ther is not fitment to any of the coilovers as far as i know, just dont use the whiteline cmax they seem to put alot of pressure on the upper stud and I had my bilstien snap off after about a year and a half pf daily driving
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I had RCE T2 coilovers on my 06 sedan, and I sold the set to a wagon owner (didn't have the car anymore) and afaik, things worked out fine so I feel like any sedan fitment should be fine for the wagon? Anyone correct me if i'm wrong.

Of course, you'll also need to make adjustments to the rear to get the ride heights (sag/lift) right. I suppose spring rates at the rear is something to consider since the weight of a wagon rear is different than the sedan, but I figure rebound/compression adjustment to get the ride quality right is possible.
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See there’s the issue! I was wondering the same thing about the spring rates or any mechanical modifications required to fit them. If any ahas any experience with this what year window do I have so I can start looking.
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:46 AM   #5
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See there’s the issue! I was wondering the same thing about the spring rates or any mechanical modifications required to fit them. If any ahas any experience with this what year window do I have so I can start looking.
dpnt mess witht he spring rates unless you do alot of testing. it will throw the ballance of the car off very badly on my wagon righ now i have 6k 5k and that was enough to mess with the balance, I had to compenate with stiffening the front struts
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See there’s the issue! I was wondering the same thing about the spring rates or any mechanical modifications required to fit them. If any ahas any experience with this what year window do I have so I can start looking.
Bolting/connecting it up, I don’t think there are mechanical mods required. Just adjusting spring perches for ride height differences at the rear. This is where wagons got saggy rears on sedan springs, but with ride height adjustability coilovers have, it can be avoided. Rebound/compression adjustability will help dial in spring rate characteristics, but like subaru_gc8 said, some f/r combinations can make it twitchy.

I say give RCE a call/email and ask about their GD fitment coilovers on a wagon to make sure. They’re really helpful and it would give you an idea about doing that regardless of brand. I do have to say I loved the T2 and they have different spring rate options if you talk to them... they have other more cost-conscious sets available too. At least you’ll get some good info if you’re not into their offerings.

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