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Old 10-06-2005, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default 1st step to make my ride more comfortable?

I have an 03WRX w/Whiteline flatout springs, Whiteline thick Front and Rear Swaybars (rear w/endlinks) STi Struts and Group N tops and engine/tranny bushings and Whiteline ALK. Oh also I have f+R strut tower bars as well.
The ride around the rough bumps and uneven concrete in the city is getting to be too jarring for me. I live in the city with lots of really uneven/cracked roads...I really feel the paint on the road at crosswalks (now that it's colder)! I'm looking to get a little more comfortable ride...not stock but not bone jarring.
Would the first step to be: swap back to a stock front swaybar maybe then softer springs?
Looking for any suggestions from anyone who switches from a track to street setup or has ridden in different WRXs.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 10-06-2005, 03:18 PM   #2
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I would get Koni inserts and get rid of the STI struts for a better ride.
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Old 10-06-2005, 04:06 PM   #3
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Different springs may help. What is the drop and springrate on those Whiteline springs? If those are the super low version that could be a problem.

The swaybars won't contribute too much to any ride quality problems.

Koni Inserts and different springs would be a good solution, but you could probably work with your STi struts. are they V7 or V8?

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Old 10-06-2005, 04:36 PM   #4
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A couple of things, springs are Whiteline's aesthetic tuner springs, they made those as a concession to the folks who demand that super low look. However, they are too low and too soft. The Sti struts work much better with stiffer springs. However, if you have V7's you are kind out of luck. No real spring options there unless you are willing to do the washer trick and move up to 04+ springs like STi JDM Pinks or STi Prodrives and Group N tophats. Or as the others have suggested, go to Koni inserts and a higher spring like the Prodrives. you will be amazed at the difference.

Here's a good thread for you: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=826926
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Old 10-06-2005, 04:57 PM   #5
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Hi Arnie,
Thanks...these are the Flatout springs. I've heard they are very soft in their springrate but they sure "feel" stiff.
My struts are the V8 of a USDM sti. My car is an 03..so my springs are 03 but I can't remember if my groupN tophats are for an 03 or 04?!
Anyways, thanks for the info.
I've been debating the prodrives vs. Sti springs with my setup. I still want to have a lower ride height than stock, but not prepared to switch out struts.

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Old 10-06-2005, 08:56 PM   #6
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Tires with really soft sidewalls...
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Old 10-06-2005, 10:16 PM   #7
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A conventional strut would be much more compliant over small surface irregularities, even if the overall damping rates were similar. Even on the same springs the car will feel so much more compliant with the Konis or AGX struts on it. I know you probably don't want to hear this, but you'll be hard pressed to get a better low speed ride quality out of those struts even if you change springs. Arnie is right on the money about the Flatout springs, they're too low for the Impreza and not hard enough for that height. The sport springs are much better.

Option 1: Get new struts.
Option 2: Drive faster.
Option 3: Softer tires (aka undamped suspension)

BTW... soon your interior will start making noise and once it does, even going back to stock suspension won't cure it.
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