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    2013 sti 5 door, which adjustable struts for optional soft ride

    I just bought my first subaru and i love it. 2013 STI five door. Unfortunately my wife hates it. Says the ride is too stiff. I sold my BMW 540i to buy the STI and she misses the ride. I know it will never ride like a five series but I am looking for some adjustable struts and considering WRX springs. I would like the option to crank it up for a possible track day or autocross. Does anyone know of a strut that would yield a nice soft ride and when fully cranked up give stock STI performance? I know the springs may need to be softer but i am ok with that considering it is a street car 99.9% of the time.

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    I think your only option is Koni (someone correct me if I'm wrong).

    I've got them on my 11 wrx with RCE yellows and I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rupert14 View Post
    I just bought my first subaru and i love it. 2013 STI five door. Unfortunately my wife hates it. Says the ride is too stiff. I sold my BMW 540i to buy the STI and she misses the ride. I know it will never ride like a five series but I am looking for some adjustable struts and considering WRX springs. I would like the option to crank it up for a possible track day or autocross. Does anyone know of a strut that would yield a nice soft ride and when fully cranked up give stock STI performance? I know the springs may need to be softer but i am ok with that considering it is a street car 99.9% of the time.
    Just keep telling her that you are looking into it for the next year and she will forget about it eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi View Post
    Just keep telling her that you are looking into it for the next year and she will forget about it eventually.
    tell her that making the ride softer will cost $1000 and that money could be better spent to buy her shoes, or a michael kors bag, or a tiffany necklace. (if shes in to that kinda stuff) lol

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    Honestly dude, sell it and get a WRX. Or get a new wife.

    One of the reasons the STI is built is to have stiffer more precise handling. You will kill its soul if you swap springs with WRX springs...and probably kill the handling since the spring rates are much different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    tell her that making the ride softer will cost $1000 and that money could be better spent to buy her shoes, or a michael kors bag, or a tiffany necklace. (if shes in to that kinda stuff) lol
    This is pretty accurate, konis + rce springs will put you around 900ish.

    Cant remember the STI spring rates, but Im pretty sure the RCE blacks are softer and the RCE yellows are stiffer. So yeah, might be a lose-lose for ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatt
    This is pretty accurate, konis + rce springs will put you around 900ish.

    Cant remember the STI spring rates, but Im pretty sure the RCE blacks are softer and the RCE yellows are stiffer. So yeah, might be a lose-lose for ya.
    Except that Koni doesn't make a strut for the STI, last I knew
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    Sorry, must have been mistaken. Thought they made inserts for the front and shocks for the rear.

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    Well, looks like i need to keep the spring rate. I am no street racer but i am a three time desert racing points champ and i know that on my race car we can change a lot by adjusting the bypass shocks and keeping the same spring rate. I know we are dealing with a couple inches if travel instead of 18 inches. If there are some adjustable struts or coilovers i can get with the same spring rate and adjustable shock valving i am willing to pay around $1500 for them. I just don't want to spend the $$ if all the settings are stiffer than stock. I would be ok if the firmest setting is like stock and if i want better handling i will just upgrade the swaybars.

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    That's also the thing...most coilovers will be the same, or significantly stiffer than stock as well. Dampening might be lower, but that usually defeats the purpose of coils completely.
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    Will WRX springs/struts fit? If so, what years?

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