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Old 05-01-2002, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Change the struts or springs or both?

I 'm trying to decide on a good setup for a 2002 2.5TS wagon. There's so much information I'm getting lost.

Do I NEED to change the struts if I get lowering springs? (eg. Whiteline springs/stock struts....or do I need Whiteline/AGX struts?) I'm thinking Whitelines because they lower the LEAST, and because I drive on rough roads quite a bit, plus rallycross.

I have no actual experience here... can somebody lay it down nice and simple the relationship between struts and springs?

Does the suspension have much to do with body roll is that soley the job sway bars?

All of the above considerations will ride on 17" wheels/tires.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 05-01-2002, 04:54 PM   #2
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you dont NEED struts with lowering springs, but recommended. the wrx shocks are pretty firm so if you go with 1.5" or less drop springs you'll be okay for the most part. (expressway dips and humps, becareful) TS wagon? probably need struts.

the roll can be tuned with the springs and struts, but on this car sway bars are probably the easiest way to fix this.

i have TEIN HA's on my sedan. going straigt it is pretty stiff ride, but it still rolls a little bit on fast corners...im considering a sway bar down the road. my prelude on the otherhand using TEIN HA's became nicely firm on the corners, so no need for sway bars on that car.

it all depends on how you drive, driving purpose. if its your daily commuter, no need for swaybars.
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Old 05-02-2002, 12:58 AM   #3
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I have a WRX. My mother has a 2002 TS. The TS has a pretty soft suspension system wwhen compared to the WRX. My WRX is lowered with MRT soft springs. The struts are stock. The ride is more firm than rough. I don't find it bouncey at all. That happens when the spring rate is too hight for the set dampening of the strut. In my case, I don't feel I have this problem. On the TS, I would have to believe the ride will be bouncy. With the narrower track of the TS, you may be able to adapt AGX struts made for a Legacy or RS. In either case, I would change the struts.
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Old 05-02-2002, 11:13 AM   #4
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With the TS, you can use stuff designed for the WRX wagon just fine. There is not an AGX that will work with the WRX/TS yet. Your rear camber will be hinky.

You should always change struts and springs, to a combo that is designed to work together. Find a WRX wagon owner who has upgraded their suspension, and buy their stock stuff (post in the "Wanted" classfieds). Ideally, you want to buy the stock struts, then get some of the Prodrive springs from Tire Rack. Those springs are designed to work with the stock WRX struts, so you're fine.

Another thing to keep in mind is that body roll isn't necessarily a bad thing. A street car needs compliance to work well, and not beat the crap out of you around town.

Other spring options are the STi pink springs, which lower the car about an inch. They work well with the stock struts as well. There's something to be said for synergy, I have discovered.

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Old 05-30-2002, 04:49 PM   #5
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I'm planning on getting a set of springs for my TS. I've been offered a set of sedan springs at onyl the cost of shipping. Given they're different than the wagon springs. how much different tho? will it kill my ride? I've also always heard that the MY02 RS/TS struts are identical to their WRX counterparts, and that the swaybars and springs are the only differences. is there any truth to this?

I did a search and nobody came striaght out with these questions.

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