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DO NOT do springs and shocks first!!! its what i did and i regret it BIG TIME.
I wish i had done them last because as i started to get more and more involved in messing with the suspension, my springs and shocks did not fit well with the suspension path i ended up taking.
Do all the Braces/bushings first. Then sway bars/control arms/lateral links/etc...
THen do springs and shocks/coilovers. Once you have done all the other stuff and got comfortable with your suspensions you will have a better idea as to how stiff u are going to want your springs and shocks to be. Not to mention all other mods are going to be that much harder with your car being lower, assuming you work on your car oin jackstands like i do. if u got a lift that doesnt matter then
I for example got eibach pro-kit springs with kyb gr-2 shocks. i only wanted a mild upgrade, with nice lookks to boot. It felt like stock but looked cooler and i was happy. Now that i have upgraded all my other suspensions bushings/braces/sways/control arms i now realize i basically have a stock quality spring/strut combo. Its WAY too soft, and i wish i had gone with a stiffer LINEAR spring, with an adjustable strut. Now im stuck with a lower version of stock suspension till these struts fail. Im not touching it anymore unless something breaks. im done with it 4 a while
What are going to do with the car?
What don't you like about the way the car handles?
You need to get a game plan before your start throwing money at the car. You can do spring and struts first, if you know what rates you need and you get struts that can work with them. Bushings and braces can make the care feel better, but can also make the ride rough.
If you look at my setup, I did the coilover and rubber first, then added the braces and bushings, followed the swaybars and endlinks, I did the bars last because I need to see how the coilover where working before I got bars. This setup was done in one summer along with getting the car corner balanced and aligned with some neg camber.
My setup is not great for a DD, it is stiff. So, make sure you have a game plan before you spend money.
So when you say Braces and Bushings first you mean Strut tops, streering rack bushings, sway bar bushings and so on.
On FastWRX.com I found a kit from Energy Suspension would that be the bushings you are saying to upgrade first?
just want to make sure I want to do this some what right the first time
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