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Old 09-10-2003, 04:21 AM   #1
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2004 WRX Wagon

Default Tein Wagon Coilovers or just springs for 04 Wagon?

It's been a heck of a time trying to find good 04 Wagon specific information to aid me in my decision (I've searched quite a bit)... what I was wondering is with the newly revalved and slightly stiffer 2004 suspension on my wagon, would it be more worth my time (and money!) to get the Tein Wagon coilovers or stay with the stock struts and just get new springs?

My goal is 50/50 split between performance and comfort... I like the stock ride, but wouldn't mind it being a little stiffer since I normally drive on well paved roads (often times icey/slushy/snowy in the winter), but I *really* want to get rid of that body roll. I have a Whiteline 20-24mm RSB on the way with Whiteline solid endlinks, but I understand that struts/springs is where I will make most of my money in regards to body roll. I don't plan on Auto-X, just fun daily driving and occasional twisties.

I've been heavily leaning towards the Teins, but I'd also have to mess with my tophats apparently since they changed the design from MY 02-03 to MY 04, and if I'd end up jury rigging the thing, I'd probably just spend the extra $160 or so for new STi tophats so they will fit right.

Putting new springs on the stock struts will save me about $5-700 (depends on tophat purchase), but I don't know too much about the ride quality compared to the Teins or the performance enhancement.

Lowering is secondary, but I like the look.

Long post, I know, but I'm not know for my brevity =). Please help me make my decision! Thanks.
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Old 09-10-2003, 10:38 AM   #2
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big_adventure did this upgrade and he seems to love it:
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Old 09-14-2003, 04:39 PM   #3
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I would like to know the answer to this question to?
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Old 09-14-2003, 05:42 PM   #4
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I use to have Tein Wagon lowering springs ... with stock struts ... and it was a BAD combination. Soft with little travel. My 225's rubbed in back and I had to get 215's ...

Now with Tein Wagon Coil overs ... I have slightly stiffer springs ... fine amount of travel ... even though I have the car lowered on the struts ... I could probably go back to 225's ... AND the handling is just great! For my mainly urban and fwy driving the ride is not harsh ... but when you want to go on a canyon run ... the handling is better then stock and very secure.

Optimaly you want to get your car corner balanced ... have the strut heights adjusted so that each corner supports an equal amount of weight ... plus set the heights you want.

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