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    Hey everyone, long time no talk. Anyways! So, my front end is about 2" higher than my rear end. I would like to get the two ends even, would it be possible to get some rear springs from a junk yard and switch them out with my fronts? Or any other suggestions? (Cheaper the better, without cutting my original springs)
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    Quote Originally Posted by morgan46 View Post
    Hey everyone, long time no talk. Anyways! So, my front end is about 2" higher than my rear end.
    Are you certain? Two things may be going on (perhaps more, but these two come to mind):

    1. The front appears "higher" because of the requirement for the front wheels to turn left/right.
    2. On some models the rear can sag a bit.

    I would like to get the two ends even, would it be possible to get some rear springs from a junk yard and switch them out with my fronts?
    The springs are not interchangeable end to end. The fitment and rates are different.

    Or any other suggestions?
    Find out which case above you are seeing. If you want to "close" the front gap the conventional way of doing this is to get lowering springs for all four corners. This is because the springs typically account for your goal -- a common one -- and by getting a set the rates will be sensible and safe, keeping the car balanced. On a bugeye, also change the struts (dampes) since time isn't kind and the springs will be lower plus stiffer anyway.

    If you have sagging rear there are fixes available, spacers you can buy.

    (Cheaper the better, without cutting my original springs)
    Find out the problem, set a budget, and contact the site vendors to see what prices they can offer. IDing the problem is first though.
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    Lowering front end?

    The wrx is confusing. Unlike most tuner cars, the front arches sit a little higher stock so looking at the wheel well gap it may appear to be higher.

    When you lower a wrx, the rear wheel gap gets very small while the fronts still have a gap. Just the way it is.
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    Interesting.. Good info, thank you!
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    But do you see what I mean? From fender to tire in the front it's 4", in the back it's 2"... :/
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    Lowering front end?

    Yep that's normal. In that picture you can see how the arch of the front fender actually sits higher.

    If you follow the straight line made by the window moldings down with a straight edge, you contact the top of the front arch a lot sooner.
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    Lowering front end?

    Gotcha! Optical allusion I suppose!
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    Lowering front end?

    Well the Wrx is "rally inspired" and on rally cars having a higher front arch is rather common. They need it for clearance when high speed turning on gravel, jumping, as well as clearance for suspension travel.
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