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Old 09-20-2020, 01:55 AM   #1
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Default Looking for a subtle drop

I think I have a blown rear left strut, so of course it's time for an upgrade. After reading thru THIS THREAD I am ready to try some Legacy struts for a little drop. But looking around, there aren't a lot of options for the Legacy either. I see the KYB GR-2s but I also stumbled on the Tein EnduraPro Plus. The Teins seem a bit more interesting because they are adjustable (16 options - really?). I searched the Baja forum for Endura with no results, so just wondering if anyone has tried them on the Baja yet.

Little background - converted Civic driver to the Baja. Did 1" drop on the Civic with KYB AGX shocks/struts and loved it. The KYBs are only 4 way adjustable but at least there is some adjustability. Not trying to recreate the handling of the Civic but trying to make the Baja even more fun on all of these twisty roads.

Not sure if its related, but while changing the oil I noticed my rear right endlink dangling. So I already have a Whiteline BSR12XZ swaybar and KLC144 Endlinks in the garage ready to go in. Any other suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 09-20-2020, 11:45 AM   #2
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Well, looks like late night searching proves ineffective with fresh morning eyes once again. Apparently the EnduraPro Plus are only for the BL/BP (2005-2009 Legacy) and it seems that I am looking for the BH. Yep, back to the limited options.
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Old 09-27-2020, 01:25 AM   #3
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Still poking around trying to find something that fits. According to THIS POST the 2005 and 2009 STi struts fit. Looking at KYB data the 2003 Baja strut lengths are 20.96" front and 17.75" rear and the 2005 STi strut lengths are 19.84" and 16.25". That looks like 1" drop in front and 1.5" drop in rear. So this would be in addition to the 1" drop considering I have a 2006. Am I looking at this right or is there a flaw somewhere?

I can't find lengths for a 2009 STi so if anyone has info I'd appreciate it. Also can't find any stock height springs to avoid even more drop. Or should I actually be looking for lifting springs to counteract the excessive drop? I think the 1" to 2" drop is where I want to be to save axles and avoid rubbing.

I'm starting to think that I'm overcomplicating this. I know the '00-'04 Legacy wagon struts will give the 1" drop with stock springs but its hard for me to consider it a suspension upgrade if using stock springs. There has to be some magic combination to drop and get stiffer springs, and I would love adjustable struts too.
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Old 12-19-2020, 03:25 PM   #4
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After much deliberation and delay, I think I am ready to get the following:
2004 Legacy KYB Excel-G struts
2004 Legacy King +1/4" springs

I am thinking this should give the 2" drop less the 1/4" lift and provide stiffer springs. If others have installed 04 stock springs without issue then the stiffer lift springs should definitely avoid any butt sag and hold the added weight of the Baja.

Planning on new getting new KYB top hats.

It looks like waiting has paid off since the struts are cheaper on Rock Auto now than they were a couple of months ago.

I am days away from purchasing, is there something that I am missing?
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:49 PM   #5
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Since you have a 2004, why not just put on 2003 suspension? They are slightly lower. You might even get lucky and find someone with a 2003 that wants to trade to get a slight lift.
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Did you do the install for this? I have a rear strut that's going and I'm trying to find out what struts/springs I can combo for my 06.

Do you know if the JDM BP Bilsteins from an 04 legacy will fit?
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