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    New struts... what about new springs?

    So I'm finally getting new struts, because I can't take the bumps anymore. I'm getting these sweet KYB AGXs from Import Image Racing.

    Here's my question: when i got my tires changed last month and the mechanic told me my struts were shot, he said I'd better get new springs too, or I'd wear out the new struts too. I have had SOOO much trouble finding WRX springs that don't lower the car!! (Just so you know me better, i'm working on a diy skid plate so I can go offroading!) Then I found these springs on IIRs site that don't really lower but would improve handling, especially over my worn 02 springs.

    So here's my question for real: would it really be worth it to get the springs too?

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    Your "mechanic" had it backwards. If you get lowering springs you need to upgrade struts, not the other way around. Springs don't really wear out, so unless you're looking to lower the car or stiffen up the suspension there is no reason to change springs.

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    Agree with above.
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    If you put stiffer shocks in with the original springs on the result may be a way rough ride, since the spring is "overpowered" by the shock. The shocks normally give little resistance to compression and slows the extension (coming back from compression). If the shock slows it too much your car ends up "dropping" after it hit a bump, resulting in harsh ride. A harder spring (higher spring rate) would make it behave better, but also make the whole car stiffer. The struts you're referring to are adjustable, so if left in the softer position it would probably work just fine. Then if you decide to want it stiffer, you can still go for the harder springs. Springs are not a wear item, as MainFrame pointed out, but rust for example will lead to eventual breaking...
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