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gunk007 08-05-2009 11:59 AM

Time to get some Lowering Springs
I am looking at purchasing some Tein H Tech lowering springs for my 04 WRX. I am not looking for performance; just want to change the stance. Do I need to get a camber kit also? Is there anything else I need?
Also, are springs difficult to install and are there any draw backs to changing between the stock spring and lowering springs multiple times (change in the summer and winter)? I would like to have the extra clearance for the 1 foot high snow drifts I need to go through in the winter.

VisiX 08-05-2009 12:07 PM

It is not fun or easy to install springs. You'll have to borrow or buy some Coil Spring Compressors from a shop or auto parts store to do the install, I think AutoZone will loan them out with a credit card on file or a $75 deposit. Harbor Freight has cheepies for sale. [URL=""]Here is a guide[/URL] you can check out to see what you're getting yourself into.

When you're finished with the install you'll need to get an alignment pretty quickly or you'll destroy your tires and possibly damage other parts of your suspension. This is something you'll end up having to pay for everytime you do this process so if you really plan on changing the springs a couple times a year you might want to look into one of those lifetime alignment deals.

gunk007 08-05-2009 12:20 PM

Thanks for the link VisiX! That helps alot. I guess I am just going to have to have a pro put them in. Look like it would take alot of time... which I do not have.

mosc 08-05-2009 12:24 PM

Eh, it takes a decent socket wrench, two hours, and a few beers. Springs aren't that bad. The worst part is that you need an alignment afterward.

gunk007 08-05-2009 12:34 PM

Socket wrench... Check
2 hours... Check
Few Beers... Check
Looks like I might actually be able to do this myself.
Thanks Mosc

VisiX 08-05-2009 12:46 PM

[quote=gunk007;228007]Socket wrench... Check
2 hours... Check
Few Beers... Check
Looks like I might actually be able to do this myself.
Thanks Mosc[/quote]

I didn't mean to discourage you from doing this yourself. It is not impossibly difficult, just a bunch of bolts. The reason I linked the instructions was so that you could make sure you have everything you need before you get started.

newtothegame 08-05-2009 02:07 PM

They will also where out the stock struts much quicker, might want to upgrade them also.

gunk007 08-05-2009 02:13 PM

Would I just be better off getting some coilovers? I just dont have the funds for those right now.

newtothegame 08-05-2009 02:19 PM

Coilovers are better if you are going to use them, AutoX, TT, or something like that. They can be adjusted and all that, but takes either time and/or money. A good spring/strut combo is just as capable if the driver is also. Im by no means a suspension know-it-all, just giving you a heads up and a little of what I know.

Heres some small talk about certain springs in this thread and some other info about popular springs :[url][/url]

As far as highly recommended struts people usually look at either the KYB AGX or KYB GR2

gunk007 08-05-2009 02:31 PM

Thanks, I will.

gunk007 08-05-2009 03:14 PM

SO, if I upgrade my struts, they will last longer. Will it improve the ride? My 04 had Tien H techs with stock struts and it was rough. But that is to be expected. Also, if I am going to get new struts, why not wait until my stock ones crap out on me?

mosc 08-05-2009 04:13 PM

My favorite upgrade option is 04 STi struts and springs. They're very well balanced and a great compromise between firmness and drivability. The struts are quite a bit stronger than the WRX struts (which I believe are actually the same as on the stock impreza).

gunk007 08-06-2009 10:18 AM

Did this combo lower your car at all?

mosc 08-06-2009 11:22 AM

Yeah, it's probably 3/4 inch in the front and 1/2 inch in the rear or so. Not 100% sure. It's not as severe as H-techs but it also has a much stiffer spring rate. Ideally, any time you lower ride height, you aught to raise springrate.

blk05WRX 08-07-2009 11:46 AM

I've had the Tein H Techs for a little over a year now, and about 10k miles. My struts aren't worn out yet, but I plan on replacing them with KYB's when they die.

I did get Camber Bolts for the rear. My car lines up within the stock specs, so my tire wear should be pretty good. I just got new tires b/c they were worn on the inside a bit, but my friend with a stock suspension had the same problem. I figured the extra $17 for the bolts was worth it just in case.

It did ride pretty rough in the winter when the temperature dropped below 15 degrees. I think the factory tires had a lot to do with this b/c those temps were rough with the stock suspension too.

As far as clearance, I plowed through 7 or 8 inches of snow without a problem.

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