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Old 26 Jan 2010, 10:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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classic springs - too low

Hi,

Got myself a 1996 WRX STi 2 wagon a couple of months ago. Problem is it's sitting very low and I'm not sure what springs it has. I'm pretty sure the dampers are original though.

Can anyone recomend a good spring set for this car that will give a ride height similar to a standad heightor perhaps slightly lowered that works well on the road? Subaru, prodrive or aftermarket? suppliers? Pics would be good too!

Any advice welcome as the exhaust is getting damaged and I drive it pretty spirited on bumpy roads!

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Old 26 Jan 2010, 10:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: classic springs - too low

Hi. Got Eibach on my V2 & personaly think they are great. Will try & get some pics up for you
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Old 26 Jan 2010, 10:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: classic springs - too low

When I fitted the eibachs on the classic it jacked it up, It originally came with a Jap lowering kit which was way too harse for British roads,
H&R are the way to go imo as they actually lower a standard car and they have 2 different sets dependent on how low you want to go.
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Old 26 Jan 2010, 12:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: classic springs - too low

They took a few months to settle down but are fine on mine. I think he wants to raise the car anyway by the sound of it.
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Old 26 Jan 2010, 01:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: classic springs - too low

Yeah, just to clarify, I think it has a lowering kit on that is a bit extreme for my liking. I know how a UK turbo 2000 sits and it looks a little too high to me but may be worth trying if a set was cheap enough.

Ideally, something a little lower than a standard UK set up (no idea what the STi ride height should be) that is a bit stiffer - to match the STi dampers - but still good on bumpy moorland roads. Prices?

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Old 26 Jan 2010, 01:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Like the sound of the eibachs but at £200 you get what you pay for i guess. Are the H+R progressive winding like the eibachs?
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Old 26 Jan 2010, 01:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 26 Jan 2010, 01:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: classic springs - too low

The first picture is on the Eibachs as you can see you can get 3 or 4 fingers between the tyre and arch(esp the rear)
Its a bit of a crap pic but you can just get 2 fingers in the gap and it sits flat, thats on Jap springs,
The H&R seem a good option on KYB AGX shocks as you can adjust them,
Its what I would put on my classic and I wouldnt go down the coilover route for a road car.
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Old 26 Jan 2010, 04:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: classic springs - too low

Thanks for all your help.

The eibachs seem perfect as its the rear that is definately too low for me at the moment, I can only get one finger in (steady!). I take camping trips to Scotland with a boot full of gear and don't want a saggy rear to ruin the driving!

I've heard good things about them too - ride well with the pregressive rate making them not too harsh.

I wouldn't go coilover either... leave that for the track

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Old 26 Jan 2010, 10:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Re: classic springs - too low

One last question, searching for the eibach pro kit for my car many suppliers lists say "Subarus GC, GF........ inc turbo, '92-'00 but specifically says WITHOUT STI". Why do they say not STi?

Pretty much decided these will give a standard-ish height and a bit stiffer than a UK car - good! But I'm not that familiar with these cars and just want to be sure I'll get a spring that will give good ride/handling with the (I presume) version 2 STi dampers on the 1996 Wagon.
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Old 26 Jan 2010, 10:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It doesnt say anything about not STi on the link i put up for you. Ive got them on my v2 sti ra & they are spot on
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Old 27 Jan 2010, 09:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: classic springs - too low

Mate of mine had -35mm spax on his(think he got em from motorsportworld)and with std dampers were sound.

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Old 27 Jan 2010, 05:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It doesnt say anything about not STi on the link i put up for you. Ive got them on my v2 sti ra & they are spot on
Yeah, I've used Camskill a few times and they are a spot-on supplier (local to me too) but was just checking the product out by looking around at others. Stating that the kit for a WRX was not suitable for STi is confusing, implying that the STi was different in someway

Thanks for the recomendation though - Gonna call Camskill!
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only thing to bear in mind with camskill is alot of there stock has been sat on a shelf for a few years.
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Old 27 Jan 2010, 06:01 PM   #15 (permalink)
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only thing to bear in mind with camskill is alot of there stock has been sat on a shelf for a few years.
...and it seems I can get them direct from Eibach for less than Camskill.
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