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This is a discussion on Suspension under 00 within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Hello everyone thank you for reading and posting your thoughts in this thread. I own a 2003 WRX, and I ...

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    Suspension under $1000

    Hello everyone thank you for reading and posting your thoughts in this thread.

    I own a 2003 WRX, and I think my suspension needs attention, It might not be long until my car rides like a boat. So here I am looking to seek an advice from all parts of the world.

    I don't have much to spend on suspension work, Might do it myself, I only have $1000 budget for a set of 4. I'm gearing toward adjustable coilovers but (Obviously my price range would land me in a bad quality) it looks like an impossible thought for the price I want.

    Do you have anything to suggest on whats a good name out there, should I go for coilovers, or should I go for struts and springs for my Budget PRICE?

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    Do you track your car? If not, go struts/springs. Koni is a good name.

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    Struts/springs

    With a car that age, you're going to want to replace the entire assembly. With a $1000 budget, I'd say do the following:
    KYB GR-2 struts
    Swift Sport springs
    New OE mounts (F/R)
    Camber bolts (rear)
    Alignment (custom spec, not OE) - max out the front bolts as much negative as you can without cross-camber (-1.2-1.5°), dial back the rear to -.8-1.0° (I like ~.5° less in the rear vs the front), and zero toe all around

    That will freshen up the struts (which are likely pretty worn on a 10+ year old car), give you a little better stance, a bit of a handling upgrade, while staying within your budget.

    Ride quality, looks, handling...all improved. Where the $1000 coilovers you were considering, wouldn't do all that.
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    Here's my $1000 suspension recommendation.

    • Cheap softish set of springs (STI take offs will work) $50-$300
    • kyb gr2 struts $350ish
    • rear camber bolts $50ish
    • whiteline ALK $260
    • custom alignment $100?? Or DIY
    • New front top hats $60

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    • whiteline com c front top hats $200
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    no, I don't track anymore. I just daily drive my car now. I will look into koni brand. thank you

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    $1000 isnt really enough for a good set of adjustable coilovers. unless your planning to track the car just replace the worn out stuff. get a decent set of shocks and springs and throw in some poly bushings while your down there. other than that not really a point unless your going to try to race around some corners on a public road at double the speed limit and kill someone
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSubielove View Post
    no, I don't track anymore. I just daily drive my car now. I will look into koni brand. thank you
    Also look into what EJ257 and 06wrx4me suggested. They know more about this stuff than I do. I am still on stock suspension on my STi (although I do have way better tires and a customer alignment, which was a dramatic improvement in handling).

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    Thank you, I will look into this one.

    You mentioned about the struts being freshen up, are you talking about the alignment will cause it, or everything? I'm looking into KYB GR-2 struts. thanks, it will land me under my budget which is a good thing.

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    I would like to be able to tackle corner. do the KYB GR2 and Swift Sports Springs that EJ257 and 06wrx4me suggested and may be add a sway bar? will that do the trick?

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    will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Struts/springs

    With a car that age, you're going to want to replace the entire assembly. With a $1000 budget, I'd say do the following:
    KYB GR-2 struts
    Swift Sport springs
    New OE mounts (F/R)
    Camber bolts (rear)
    Alignment (custom spec, not OE) - max out the front bolts as much negative as you can without cross-camber (-1.2-1.5°), dial back the rear to -.8-1.0° (I like ~.5° less in the rear vs the front), and zero toe all around

    That will freshen up the struts (which are likely pretty worn on a 10+ year old car), give you a little better stance, a bit of a handling upgrade, while staying within your budget.

    Ride quality, looks, handling...all improved. Where the $1000 coilovers you were considering, wouldn't do all that.
    BTW, Negative camber, wont that cause my wheels to be angled a little? Should I be concern of uneven ware on the inside of my tires? mmmmmmm

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    The tops of the wheels will angle inwards. I've never been concerned. See alignment info in sticky threads; other angles do matter for wear (e.g. toe).
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    FWIW on the sway bars....

    Your car came with 2 sway bars, they are pretty small but work. If you upgraded both bars, end links, and mounts, you could come close to $1000 alone on just that stuff. Since your struts are blown, I say save them for later.

    The Whiteline Anti Lift kit I mentioned for $260 is a definite feelable upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSubielove View Post
    BTW, Negative camber, wont that cause my wheels to be angled a little? Should I be concern of uneven ware on the inside of my tires? mmmmmmm
    For good handling, negative camber is necessary to create the most contact possible when within the turn. A -1 or -1.5 degree of camber shouldn't wear your tires out too much more than normally, especially if you're good at keeping them rotated properly. Many others here are running -1.5 to -2 degrees just fine.
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