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    Please Help - Eibach ProKit w/Wagon

    Okay, I just got off the phone with Eibach technical support. Here's the situation:

    I can get a fantastic deal on an Eibach Pro Kit spring set for the WRX Wagon (part # 7711.140). The manual for the kit says it's made for the 2002-2004 models. I have a 2004. But Eibach is planning on releasing a kit specifically for the 2004 wagon later this year.

    Eibach tech support says the manual was a misprint - it should have read 2002-2003. In order to make this kit work with my 04 wagon, I would need to replace my stock "top hats" with those from a 2003 WRX wagon.

    So the questions are...

    1.) Where would I get 2003 WRX wagon "top hats"?
    2.) What the hell are top hats? (Newbie here, remember...)
    3.) Do they cost a lot?
    4.) Am I better waiting for the new Eibach kits to come out, or does this sound like a viable worthwhile fix?

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    -MacGomez-
    '04 Java Black Impreza WRX Wagon
    Minor mods, nothing spectacular (yet!)

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    Hey Mac,
    Top Hats are the "Strut Tops".. you need the ones for the rear since the OE springs taper to the top. So, your '04 rear strut tops are smaller than the 02-03. Since the Eibach kit does NOT taper, you need the OE strut tops for an 02-03.

    The Strut Top is what keeps the spring nice and tight between that "bowl" on the strut and your car. Diagram and part numbers from subaruparts.com

    20370A $49.78 Strut mount-rear,right
    20370B $49.78 Strut mount-rear,left

    Someone, please correct me if he needs more parts than the ones I listed.
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    Consider getting STi Group N tops from Rallispec for around $150 for the pair.
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    Where are you getting a good deal? I have an '03 wagon
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    I bet you could find used ones as many have upgraded to STi Group N or camber plates that come w/ many of the coliovers. Check out the private classifieds.

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    Originally posted by KCREXwagon
    Where are you getting a good deal? I have an '03 wagon
    Sorry, it's a one-off deal. A friend of mine at work just traded in his WRX for a Lancer EVO! [spit] Traitor!!! [/spit]

    He had an Eibach kit that he never got around to installing, still boxed and everything. He's selling it to me for $140, brand new. But if I have to buy the strut tops, that's going to put it closer to the price of the new 04 wagon kit when it comes out in December. Still not sure what I'm going to do.

    I went to the performance shop at Thousand Oaks Subaru and they said they'd do the install for me, but (surprise surprise!) it would voice the warranty on the suspension.

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