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Old 12-14-2016, 03:32 PM   #1
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Question Planning to buy a WRX but skeptical of ground clearance

Hi guys! So I'm considering buying a WRX just because of it having a manual and the performance vs price paid is very good but I'm a bit skeptical about it because of its ground clearance. I always hate scratching or having a dent on my car especially when going through speed bumps or even weird sloped driveways. I'm always careful but no matter how careful I am, something happens unexpectedly. With this I also had a backup choice of buying an MT forester but I really want a WRX

I usually do city driving when going to work and roads here are okay. Do you think I should go with the WRX?
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:36 PM   #2
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You could buy a WRX and raise it.
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:39 PM   #3
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You could buy a WRX and raise it.
That's what I was thinking! I couldn't find one though as I wanna visualize it. It would look weird raising it, don't you think? 'Cause everybody is lowering their wrx/sti's
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:51 PM   #4
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The WRX has more clearance than you probably think.

Here's an old photo of my Impreza and another WRX. Both stock suspension. The Impreza has front spoilers which were maybe ~1/8 inch thick.

The WRX is no lower.

20150906-IMG_0088 by Tyler McGowan, on Flickr
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:58 PM   #5
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The WRX has more clearance than you probably think.

Here's an old photo of my Impreza and another WRX. Both stock suspension. The Impreza has front spoilers which were maybe ~1/8 inch thick.

The WRX is no lower.

20150906-IMG_0088 by Tyler McGowan, on Flickr

Thanks for the visual comparison!
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:58 PM   #6
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it's fine, same clearance as every other econocar on the road, buy it.
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Old 12-14-2016, 04:02 PM   #7
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Train yourself to enter/exit a driveway on an angle so you don't mash the front bumper-cover.
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Old 12-14-2016, 04:07 PM   #8
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just inflate your tires more
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Old 12-14-2016, 04:08 PM   #9
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it's fine, same clearance as every other econocar on the road, buy it.
Yep. In a world where Camrys successfully exist, the WRX is not in any danger. It's not slung sports car low, at least not until owners get their modding hands on it.
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Old 12-14-2016, 04:09 PM   #10
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The ground clearance is 5" which is plenty.

If it was near 4" then I'd start thinking.

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Old 12-14-2016, 04:12 PM   #11
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The extra clearance is pretty handy! (you can see the kind of road I drive on in the background)

Plus I can drive over curbs now.

Check out the details in my thread:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t=king+springs

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Old 12-14-2016, 04:19 PM   #12
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Glad to hear your inputs guys. I'm sold!
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Old 12-14-2016, 07:21 PM   #13
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I'm lowered to a functional, non stance nation ride height and have never had an issue with speed bumps or steep driveways. Come to think of it I can't recall a time where I've ever even scratched a bumper or exhaust. A stock WRX would be able to clear pretty much anything you'd encounter on a daily driven car.
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Old 12-14-2016, 08:23 PM   #14
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I had a 2011 Honda fit that used to bottom out the front Bumper a lot. I have not bottomed out in my 2017 WRX yet on those same roads.
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:10 PM   #15
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Glad to hear your inputs guys. I'm sold!
Didn't take much to sell you!

Enjoy the car.
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:21 AM   #16
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That's what I was thinking! I couldn't find one though as I wanna visualize it. It would look weird raising it, don't you think? 'Cause everybody is lowering their wrx/sti's
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You could buy a WRX and raise it.
King lift springs...

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Old 12-15-2016, 08:40 AM   #17
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I used to have a lowered 335i. Car was much lower than my current STI. Once I scraped the bottom due to some ridiculous parking entrance. Other than that, speed bumps didnt cause issues, and neither did snow.
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Old 12-15-2016, 12:38 PM   #18
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King lift springs...

That is some winter driving machine! Do you have a winch in there also?

I went with the King springs myself, the "stock height" giving me a good lift all around.
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Old 12-15-2016, 04:28 PM   #19
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That is some winter driving machine! Do you have a winch in there also?

I went with the King springs myself, the "stock height" giving me a good lift all around.
No winch, no room, there's actually a front mount hiding in there.

I need to get a pic of the skid plate next time I change my oil. Youd be amazed at the dents hitting chunks of ice that fall off cars/trucks can make. (That and the occasional rock slide debris I can't avoid)

Hands down the favorite snow mod is a MAPDCCD controller. It can hold 4 user built "programs" & you just hit a button to change in the fly. I have my snow one on there that's basically 100% lock as soon as I'm on any gas, and a little lock during braking-but I have a button by my armrest I can hold down & it unlocks the center diff.

(2004 6mt so I have the 35/65 split & plated rear diff).

Really helps initiate a slide depending on what your wanting to do vs something like a Scandi turn, or lift steering, etc.

I absolutely love winter driving

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Old 12-15-2016, 05:29 PM   #20
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Hi guys! So I'm considering buying a WRX just because of it having a manual and the performance vs price paid is very good but I'm a bit skeptical about it because of its ground clearance. I always hate scratching or having a dent on my car especially when going through speed bumps or even weird sloped driveways. I'm always careful but no matter how careful I am, something happens unexpectedly. With this I also had a backup choice of buying an MT forester but I really want a WRX

I usually do city driving when going to work and roads here are okay. Do you think I should go with the WRX?
A stock wrx is in no way too low for regular driving. My 02 wagon is sitting on stock 04 STI suspension and has yet to scrape and that's bombing it through rough backroads and surviving I35.

Stock, you'd be fine. Hell even slightly lowered I imagine you'd be fine. If you raise it, either with spacers or King Springs, I doubt you'd ever scrape or bottom out unless you were offroading and/or getting airborne. And to scrape it stock you'd need one hell of a speed bump.
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:57 PM   #21
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My stock (except for winter tires in winter) 2016 WRX has scraped a few times entering my driveway (steep slope) from a steeply sloped (the other way) street (for water drainage in Iowa but that's usual). I learned to come in from a different angle and all is fine. We had six inches of snow at one time last February and I was pushing snow with the bottom of the front bumper cover, but the car was fine. Speed bumps are unknown here because we are polite.
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Old 12-15-2016, 09:23 PM   #22
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I have a little dip in the road next to my house, when I'm outside I hear cars scrape all the time going over it, my STi does not, even with the STi front lip which sticks down a good bit.
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Old 12-16-2016, 09:02 PM   #23
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My front lip is above the curb, when i park i can pull my tires up to the edge of the concrete if I need. To me thats high enough for 99% of daily driving, and I live in ****-road Denver!
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:49 AM   #24
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No issues with mine and I am on pink wagon springs, so I am lower by 0.75 in to 1 in. I don't have a problem with the BRZ which is lower. Pick my daughter up at school every day with 3 speed bumps going in and 3 out, no issues.
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Old 12-18-2016, 12:37 PM   #25
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you'll be fine... here's my stock height 2017 about to go up on ramps for an oil change.. no scraping, no issues



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