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    Best suspension

    so im in the market for a new suspension, now i want something that looks realy sporty, not too expensive, but my wife who rides with me a lot complains about ride smoothness, so in order to fix the suspension to my appearance liking i have to have something that is very smooth ove the bumps and pot holes.

    guys got any ideas, and furthermore, what determines the ride smoothness, the spring rate? i dont know anything about it

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    by the way i drive an 03 WRX Wagon and i have small children so i dont want to vibrate or jar them into a coma lol

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    1200 or less

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    Budget is big. Coilovers are easy...but many of them are more stiff than it sounds like what you want.

    You're gonna be best off looking into replacement strut options (Koni, KYB, Tokico) and a set of performance springs such as RCEs, Epics, or Swifts.
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    Echoing what Mikie said, definitely look into the replacement struts and springs rather than coilovers. If you want any kind of comfort out of coilovers you're going to be spending quite a bit more than 1200.
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    so what determines the smoothest ride spring rate?, compression rate, the material?

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    Dampening, mostly, so a shock that's valved for street use more than track use will be much smoother on the roads. Also, suspension travel is a major factor in comfort as well. Most replacement struts offer increased performance with minimal decrease in comfrot.

    Quality of the springs will play a factor in this as well. RCE's come highly recommended.
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    would i need anything else other than that, i keep hearing about this saggy wagon butt so i need to know what i need to get

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    Saggy Butt Spacers - Suspension

    A quality alignment will be a must after spring/strut install, so make sure you have the appropriate hardware (camber bolts). Also, if budget allows, I would recommend some group n or better tophats.
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    Re: Best suspension

    $1200 budget...

    KYB GR2s
    Swift Sport springs (wagon)
    Whiteline Com-C mounts (F)
    New OE mounts (R)
    Camber bolts (R)

    Pair that with a quality alignment from a shop that will dial the car to your specs. Figure -1.5-2.0* F / -1.0-1.5* R (I like about .5* less rear camber). Max out the caster with the Com-Cs. You'll love your car again...

    Upping your budget a bit can get you a better setup, but for strictly street duty, you're fine with what I mentioned. If you want to consider upgrading it, Koni Yellows (rather than the GR2s), RCE or Swift Spec-Rs (instead of the Swift Sports), and Group-N rear tophats (instead of OE). Group-Ns would be the part to sacrifice on, if you couldn't do all three.
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    I am extremely happy with my setup around town (and on the track). It's stiffer, but not too much so. Only if your passengers ride with you a lot, and they are picky, or looking to complain, would I see it as a problem.

    '02 WRX Wagon
    RCE wagon springs
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    Kartboy Endlinks
    Sedan rear swaybar
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