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    Question Coilovers vs spring/ strut combo

    I just bought my 05 wrx yesterday (my first one!) but it sits pretty high.
    I was just wondering what is better for performance (street and track), coilovers or springs and struts. I was browsing the other threads but couldn't find what I was looking for. I think from what I found I will get springs and struts but I'm not sure what is a good brand. (I can live with not being able to adjust the height in exchange for a lower price and not having to re align it every time I adjusted the height.) Please let me know what brands you trust or what setup is best to lower an 05 wrx with about 2 or more inches for a good price and good performance.
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    (trying to keep up with my brothers e46 m3 and his best friends audi s4 which he just put coilovers on)

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    Unless you're willing to spend $2K+ on coilovers, you'll get better street/track characteristics with strut/spring combination for comparable money spent.

    Before throwing any parts at the car, you should make sure that:
    1) You're running good tires. This is the only part of the vehicle that touches the tarmac, and if the tires can't grip, $$$ in aftermarket parts won't necessarily help
    2) Alignment. The OE alignment sucks in terms of performance. For $100-150, you can dramatically change the way your car handles.
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    I'm in the same boat as you right now. Trying to figure out which route to take in the suspension department. From what I have been researching lately; unless you are willing to spend the big $$$ on premium coils, it seems like we are better off with a spring/strut combo. Getting a nice set of koni's or even KYB's paired up with some Mach V blues (fastwrx.com) or RCE's seems to be the way to go. I've researched BC and Tein basic coils (both in the $1000 margin). With a spring/strut combo you would be getting a better ride than the coils and performance be just as good if not better than those coils. The drop may not be as dramatic than with coils, but it's the function>form question you'd have to ask yourself. I still have yet to commit to purchasing anything, but if I do in the very near future I will let you know how my set up is. Good luck with everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cab1129 View Post
    (trying to keep up with my brothers e46 m3 and his best friends audi s4 which he just put coilovers on)
    WRX is not in the same class as the M3, unless maybe its on wet roads...

    Search a while here, there's plenty of same-flavored threads.

    You can't go wrong with Koni strut inserts (not just bolt-on, though) and a spring like RCE.
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    Agreed. Springs and struts would be better than coilovers unless you're looking to spend a couple grand or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmiller2002 View Post
    You can't go wrong with Koni strut inserts (not just bolt-on, though) and a spring like RCE.
    We just installed Koni Yellows on my wife's MazdaSpeed3. The performance and ride improvement is indescribable. Cornering is just tremendous and the quality of ride is sublime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    We just installed Koni Yellows on my wife's MazdaSpeed3. The performance and ride improvement is indescribable. Cornering is just tremendous and the quality of ride is sublime.
    Nice. We may have talked a bit about this at CF, but my brother's got a speed3 as well and is looking to upgrade his suspension setup. Care to share anymore about the ordeal? Springs you paired the Konis with, etc...
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    She has Eibach pro kit installed. The springs were on the car when she purchased it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    She has Eibach pro kit installed. The springs were on the car when she purchased it.
    Awesome. Thanks. I'll pass that info along for him to look into.
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    Thanks for the help! looks like I'll be goin with some springs and struts whenever I save up the money.

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    I went from Tokico dspec and RSR ti-2000 springs to H&R coilovers..

    H&R ride way smoother than the other setup and its still firm.. Performance wise on a track I wouldn't know I don't race it.

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