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This is a discussion on 03 WRX Wagon Spring and/or Strut Install within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the Tutorials & DIY category; Bart, what corner of the car is that 3rd pic (the one that is sideways)? I installed one strut and ...

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    Bart,

    what corner of the car is that 3rd pic (the one that is sideways)? I installed one strut and the spring is not sitting correctly on the bottom of the strut.

    Another thing, why GC front struts?

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    That 3d pic is the front right strut. I don't know what's wrong with your spring but you can rotate the spring with your hands after installation if the wheels are off the ground. Also realize the narrow end of the spring goes up and if you have it upside down then the spring won't fit well onto the spring perch. Note that this resulted in the Prodrive text on my front springs being upside down .

    I got the GC front struts because I have a wagon. Because KYB does not make an AGX strut for the wagons, I had seen where most wagon guys were getting GC front GC rear. The GD struts are too long for the wagon and result in a positive camber increase relative to stock (a bad thing in the front).

    BUT, I didn't know, and apparently neither did the guys I bought the struts from, that KYB makes wagon-specific GR-2 struts. That would be better than what I did, at least in the front, if only for the brake and speed line attachments. The GD rears are kind of nice because they increased my rear positive camber to only -0.7 deg even with the lowering springs.

    So, if I were doing it over, I would try to get GG front, GD rear GR-2 struts.

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    Last edited by Bart; 04-03-2005 at 07:17 AM.

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    Wow, thats a good write up, thanks for all that!

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    totaly unreleated, Bart did you paint your hat on your rotor black, did you car come with black hat rotors, or are they aftermarket? I hate the OEM rotors because the rust there and look horible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheveyboy
    Bart did you paint your hat on your rotor black, did you car come with black hat rotors, or are they aftermarket?
    They're stock on my '03 WRX wagon.

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    is it possible to put rear springs on the front and front springs on the front?
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    Will these instruction work on 04/05 models?

    thanks.

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    Yes they will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blahblah
    is it possible to put rear springs on the front and front springs on the front?
    No... they are completely different in terms of diameter and height.

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    I have had my h-techs since the beginning of december and still hanen't put them in...
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    rear strut lower bolt question

    just wondering...it's been awhile since I done this...

    the rear suspension- the lower 19mm strut bolt. how do you get this out since you can't place the socket on the nut since it's too close to the cv boot. Do you un-torque from the bolt side or the nut side? and a special tool recommended?

    I did mine last year and can't remember how i did this....
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    i jammed a wrench in one side and turned the other, the wrench finds its way onto something so that side wont turn and the other will. I dont remember if the nut is on the front or back but it worked for me
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    im having trouble taking off one of the 17mm bolts...i tried the other one in the front and it comes off w ease...but i cant have one stock spring on one side and the performance on the other...the 17mm bolt wont come off and wen i try taking it out...the spring moves in the strut in that direction...i tried holding the spring and breaking the nut free...but it wudnt budge...wut wud u guys recommend to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexinfx
    im having trouble taking off one of the 17mm bolts...i tried the other one in the front and it comes off w ease...but i cant have one stock spring on one side and the performance on the other...the 17mm bolt wont come off and wen i try taking it out...the spring moves in the strut in that direction...i tried holding the spring and breaking the nut free...but it wudnt budge...wut wud u guys recommend to do
    I had the same problem. I had to use a impact wrench..
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    i ended up taking mine to a shop, they wouldnt charge you more than 20 bux i would guess u could also get an open ended ratchet and stick an allen wrench through it. twist opposite ways.
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