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#1 Old 12-31-1969, 07:00 PM
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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)



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When you lower a WRX, do you need a kit to adjust camber?
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In most cases yes. Most companies offering lowering springs or kits also have the camber adjustment plates as well.
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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.
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Thanx Mike. I would need to save tires since I drive 120 mile round trip to work 5 days a week.
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Just to add my $0.02 as a limey,


  • 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.
  • We have 17" wheels as standard, but people seem to add 18" wheels for Dress Up..
  • A full geometry set up - mine was delivered a long way from the correct settings, and it is beneficial to increase the front camber.
  • Whiteline Anti-Lift Kit which dramaticly improves turn in at a minor increase in NVH.
  • A fatter rear sway bar is a good idea evan on the Sedan



So far I have not changed the springs or struts, but no doubt the mod bug will continue to bite until I do .



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One other thing.....do you need the plates for the rear as well?
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Only if your going to lower it as well...
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yea...I was thinking about the H & R springs...about 1.5 front and 1.4 rear...
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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...
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What kind of drop do those springs give you?
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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



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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
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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...



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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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