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mikeWRX 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

OK I will start this one off:

Best Bang for the Buck Suspension Mods (IMHO)

1 - New Tires (NOT RE-92's)

2 - 17" wheels (lightweight) and tires

3 - Fatter rear - swaybar (mostly for you wagon guys) / Endlinks

4 - springs and shocks (struts)

5 - coil overs

6 - Tower braces (front and rear)

<font size=1>[ This message was edited by: mikeWRX on 2001-12-02 20:31 ]</font>

HRTATAK 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

When you lower a WRX, do you need a kit to adjust camber?

mikeWRX 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

In most cases yes. Most companies offering lowering springs or kits also have the camber adjustment plates as well.

Gerlando 12-31-1969 07:00 PM


I agree with your list except, being a wagon owner, I'd move the fatter rear swaybar up to 2 on the list. It was actually the first mod I did and it made a noticable difference in body roll.

HRTATAK 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

Thanx Mike. I would need to save tires since I drive 120 mile round trip to work 5 days a week.

BugEyed 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

Just to add my $0.02 as a limey,

[list]<LI>We suffer from Bridgestone RE-011s which are supposed to be better than your RE-092s. If its true, I feel sorry for you as ours are awful.<LI>We have 17" wheels as standard, but people seem to add 18" wheels for Dress Up..<LI>A full geometry set up - mine was delivered a long way from the correct settings, and it is beneficial to increase the front camber.<LI>Whiteline Anti-Lift Kit which dramaticly improves turn in at a minor increase in NVH.<LI>A fatter rear sway bar is a good idea evan on the Sedan[/list]

So far I have not changed the springs or struts, but no doubt the mod bug will continue to bite until I do <IMG SRC="images/smilies/icon_wink.gif"> <IMG SRC="images/smilies/icon_biggrin.gif"> .

Duncan <IMG SRC="images/smilies/icon_smile.gif">

HRTATAK 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

One other you need the plates for the rear as well?

mikeWRX 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

Only if your going to lower it as well...

HRTATAK 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

yea...I was thinking about the H & R springs...about 1.5 front and 1.4 rear...

mikeWRX 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

I have heard that using the H&R springs will cause your struts (shocks, dampners, wahtever you want to call them) to wear out faster if not just blow out. I think the Eibach springs are supposed to be a little nicer to the stock struts. Just something you may want to keep in mind... <IMG SRC="images/smilies/icon_smile.gif">

HRTATAK 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

What kind of drop do those springs give you?

mikeWRX 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

Product Front Rear Comments Part Number

PRO-KIT 1.3 in 1.0 in 7710.140

ALIGNMENT KIT Rear +/- 1.0 degrees of adjustment. 5.83460K

ALIGNMENT KIT Front +/- 1.0 degrees of adjustment. 5.83460K

<!-- BBCode Start --><A HREF="" TARGET="_blank">Eibach Website</A><!-- BBCode End -->

elgorey 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

I would move the 17" wheels to the bottom of the list. A decent lightweight wheel is very expensive, with the only benefit coming from them is a little less sidewall flex. (which would be neglegible with good tires anyway)

Not to say 17s or 18s are stupid to buy, its just mainly cosmetic

KChung54 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

Just my 2 cents worth -- I just got the P1 suspension installed on my 00RS, and what a world of difference! I changed the top mounts too, as per Mike Shields suggestion, and swapped out the rear sway bar for a 20mm one. I can't wait to change the tires too! I think I'd move the 17' rims to the bottom of the list too -- they'd look great, but I personally don't think the stock rims are THAT bad -- they're not bad in the weight department, I don't think...


Gerlando 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

I wouldn't think the H&Rs will blow your struts. I've gotten advice from some pretty reputable people that have run H&Rs on stock struts for 35,000 mi. with no problems.

I'd still prefer the Eibachs though, and now that they're out, they'd be my only choice!

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