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    Advice on strut and spring combo for a daily driver '03 WRX sedan

    Hello Club WRX,

    I seek the wisdom of the WRX community regarding replacement struts and spring for my '03 WRX sedan.

    Facts

    • The car currently has stock struts and springs that are in rough shape (especially the rear) - they made it 85,000 miles
    • I live in the Minneapolis area - so Grand Father Winter is a factor
    • I have 225/45 tires (all-season Potenza's - I'm lazy) on 17x7 wheels (Motegi MR121's)
    • The car is used as a spirited daily driver


    Goal

    I am looking to get the best quality strut and spring combo that balances comfort and performance, with a modest aesthetic ride height drop for $1600 or so. Additionally, should I use this opportunity to replace stock sway bars? I would spend $400 or so if it would be beneficial for my purposes. Are there any other stock suspension components I should consider replacing at this time?

    Thanks for any and all advice!

    Lex
    Last edited by L3X3CU710N3R; 09-19-2013 at 07:35 PM.

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    For a daily, I would go stock replacement struts or just a little bit "stiffer." It depends on your tolerance really. Maybe ride in some local owner's cars and see what is too stiff for you.

    KYB Excel-G, STi take-offs, or Koni inserts. Anything else and you're approaching more expensive/adjustable/racing focused struts.

    Epic Springs, SPT lowering springs, STi pinks, Cobb springs, Mach V springs, Swift springs are all good modest springs that retain some comfort and only a moderate drop.

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    Have you considered coilovers?
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    Thanks, Wreckingball!

    If I went with KYB struts should I go with GR-2's or the AGX's? What is an ideal spring pairing for that strut, with balanced performance and comfort (and modest drop) being the objective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam@kronosperformance View Post
    Have you considered coilovers?
    Hey Adam!

    My understanding gleaned from researching the forums here is that good coilovers would be more than I would prefer spending. Additionally, coilovers would require a decent amount of care in Minnesota Winters. I think high-quality install and forget components are best for me - I am not intimately familiar with the process of properly tuning a suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L3X3CU710N3R View Post
    Thanks, Wreckingball!

    If I went with KYB struts should I go with GR-2's or the AGX's? What is an ideal spring pairing for that strut, with balanced performance and comfort (and modest drop) being the objective.
    AGX are the adjustable option, Gr-2 are the OE replacements (non-adjustable). All the lowering springs I mentioned are compatible with the OE struts (I think). Just take your pic. Do some research and read reviews, see which set gives you what you want as far as ride height, stance, spring rates etc.

    Maybe someone else will chime in with some suggestions as well.

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    KYB GR2 struts
    Swift Sport springs
    Whiteline Com-C mounts (F) / New OE tophats (R)
    Camber bolts (R)
    Custom alignment

    Sways/endlinks are a great upgrade, and would be worth upgrading. You don't have to do it now, as it won't have any affect on the alignment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L3X3CU710N3R View Post
    Hey Adam!

    My understanding gleaned from researching the forums here is that good coilovers would be more than I would prefer spending. Additionally, coilovers would require a decent amount of care in Minnesota Winters. I think high-quality install and forget components are best for me - I am not intimately familiar with the process of properly tuning a suspension.
    Only reason I even thought of coilovers is because you said you're looking to spend upwards of $1600. Most people set it to one particular height and never touch them, so you should be fine after that. I've never heard of peoples concern with coilovers and winter areas only for the height being too low for snow driving.
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    Koni inserts + STi Springs + new tophats + good alignment. This will get you there.
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