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Old 05-09-2003, 10:10 AM   #1
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Default This is the setup I'm going to phase in - opinions?

My suspension is stock and I've been searching for a value-minded upgrade, so here goes my goals for the next few months:

- 17" Rota Attack or Action in Steel Grey, with 215/45/17 Sumitomo HTR+
- Tein S-Tech springs (I'll keep my stock struts/mounts for now but I realize I'll probably have to upgrade, maybe next spring)
- FHI 20mm rear sway bar
- rear endlinks (probably Whiteline, again "value", but I may go to Kartboy/Perrin depending on funds)

I figure this is a good bundle. I will most likely never autox/rally but I want a good firm street ride. Couple questions: is it a worthwhile addition to get, say, an adjustable 20-24mm sway bar? It's about double the cost of just the sedan-sized bar. How about strut bars? I know that on a stock suspension they're far from a good starting mod, but with all of the above on the car, are they a worthy addition?

FYI, I'm also going to paint my sideskirts and get 35% tint all around. Anyone able to photochop this pic will those two exterior mods as well as the drop from the springs?
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Old 05-10-2003, 12:13 AM   #2
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Default love your wagon... nice color!

Hey Sonicblue:

Nice to see someone looking at upgrading wheels and tires first - that's the way to do it. I'm not sure where you're getting the Sumitomos from, but if you can afford the Kumho Ecsta MX - $115 each in the same size at Tire Rack - it would be an even nicer combo. Then again, they won't like that snow I see in your picture at all.

As far as the springs go - you might want to also check out the Prodrives - everyone raves about them - and Eibach is going to release their wagon specific springs in a few weeks according to another post today. Finally, Whiteline has a new "euro spring" on the way that you can use without having to upgrade the struts.

There seem to be two schools of thought on swaybars - going with the FHI 20mm and sticking with the stock front bar is what GTGuy and many other wagon suspension gurus recommend. Search his name and you'll hear all about the advantages of that approach.

The other approach is exemplified by Whiteline with a 20-24mm adustable rear and a wagon specific 22mm up front. "Soft springs and big bars" is a classic solution to improving handling - but perhaps it works best if you buy from one vendor who has a system, i.e. Whiteline. Search Whiteline or visit their website for their philosophy on handling.

I think either approach can work as long as you realize it is a suspension system - not just a collection of parts.

I'm in the same boat you are - nice blue wagon, but stock. I'm going to upgrade the tires only at first - stay on the stock rims - and then upgrade the rest of the suspension until I decide whether I want 17's or not. I'm going to go with the WRB sideskirts as well - looks really cool.

So start buying and modifying so I can add your experiences to my database of information.
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