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BoostBum 12-21-2012 07:55 AM

Creaky struts?
I was just wondering if it is a bad sign if my struts creak when I go over a rise of a bump that makes my cars height fluctuate quicky? Anyone have any advice? Thanks!

pzr2874 12-21-2012 08:22 AM

Might be the tophats/bearings

How many miles?

BoostBum 12-21-2012 08:28 AM


pzr2874 12-21-2012 09:06 AM

Yeah..... replace everything

BoostBum 12-21-2012 09:09 AM

Haha! Well I don't know if i have the cash to replace everything but do you have a suggestion on where I should start?

pzr2874 12-21-2012 09:11 AM

IIRC... you should be able to use a stock setup from a 02-07 WRX.... With probably WAY less miles on nasioc or

Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Maybe even a newer model suspension will work ??

BoostBum 12-21-2012 09:22 AM

So springs and sturts and all that?
And if I don't replace ritght away will it damage anything?

pzr2874 12-21-2012 01:49 PM

Springs should still be good unless you are actually resting the car on the springs.

It won't hurt anything other than the way the car handles (which CAN be dangerous).

BLAZE2099 12-21-2012 02:58 PM

Correct. 02-07, and you can even do an sti strut/ top hat and spring combo. For under 500. Snag the stuff from an 07 and your golden.

BoostBum 12-27-2012 11:08 AM

Alright cool. Thanks for the info guys.

brfatal 12-27-2012 12:58 PM

Are you still on factory struts? If so, those things are essentially dead around 90k-100k miles, as stated. Your tophats are beyond replacement interval as well.

That being said, the noise can be something else. It could be your end links, it could be the spring insulation, etc.

psinuse 12-28-2012 05:51 AM

02 and 03 have a different set up then 04 and up. The top hats are different on the STi and the end links are connected differently.

BoostBum 12-31-2012 12:39 PM

I'm not sure if anything has been replaced but the tophats don't look bad at all and I was thinking about getting coilovers in the future so I'm not sure what I'm doing yet.

brfatal 12-31-2012 01:02 PM

What's your budget and what do you do with the car?

BoostBum 01-02-2013 08:49 AM

It won't be any time soon that I'll be able to aford them but I was thinking maybe Tein coilovers. And its my everyday driver so I don't do nothing major.

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