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I have 80K plus miles on my 2006 Impreza TR. Daily driver, no extremes. Does original struts due for replacement? I don't remember how exactly new car felt, it's been awhile, but I have suspicion that struts is softer now than it should be. If replace what brand recommend and what else should be replace while I am there?
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Stock struts tend to fail right around 80k miles so now is the great time to replace them. KYB GR2s are a good OEM style replacement. They come in both sedan and wagon versions. Also, at 80K miles other suspension bits start going as well whcih includes:

Strut Mounts/Top Hats
Ball joints
Bumpstops
Tie Rods
Various other Bushings

Thus, now would be a good time to refresh or even upgrade if you are so inclined. I did this with my '05 about 15K miles ago. I have a thread about it (read the whole thing as I made a few updates and changes):

http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/suspension-wheels/134316916-kyb-gr2s-review-some-info.html
 

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If you have to ask they are likely at least passable. Check your boots. If they are seeping or cracked or dry enough to be suspect, consider doing everything "while it's all apart." Stock Subaru boots and bands, any aftermarket grease, and for suspension there is Kayaba and Tokico priced lower than Koni and less of a science project than Koni.
 

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mine failed at 60k-ish, go for something new?
 

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Thanks for reply all!
Seems, I need to get ready for some suspension work soon. Going to start collecting necessary parts when decide which way I am going.
What I already read and gather in last couple days is that KYB GR2 is preferred choice for many who is not incline to drop the car height and use with stock springs or similar lengths, in another words not to use with shorter springs. Am I correct? If I'll go this pass and use GR2's should I also replace stock spring at this mileage? If yes what nice brand for spirited daily driving and affordable price?
Also if one decide to drop the car height slightly, what is the intervals available, how many inch?
And what drawbacks?
I do not want to kill my main purpose for buying this car and use without hesitation in deep snow, etc... basically get to my job in reasonably bad snowstorm..stuff like that.
But may be small drop won't hurt and I can combine good drivability, better cornering (less understeer) and much better look (with less wheel gap).
What set ups is recommended?
And SD_GR, buddy, I didn't completely got what you saying, sorry
"If you have to ask they are likely at least passable. Check your boots. If they are seeping or cracked or dry enough to be suspect, consider doing everything "while it's all apart." Stock Subaru boots and bands, any aftermarket grease, and for suspension there is Kayaba and Tokico priced lower than Koni and less of a science project than Koni" <<< Do you mean take struts apart and fix with OEM parts? Can you please elaborate?
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If you want Subaru reliability go with Subaru struts. If you want to lower your car you're going to want something like Konis. I'd stay stock if it's a DD.
 

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And SD_GR, buddy, I didn't completely got what you saying, sorry
"If you have to ask they are likely at least passable. Check your boots. If they are seeping or cracked or dry enough to be suspect, consider doing everything "while it's all apart." Stock Subaru boots and bands, any aftermarket grease, and for suspension there is Kayaba and Tokico priced lower than Koni and less of a science project than Koni" <<< Do you mean take struts apart and fix with OEM parts? Can you please elaborate?
Alex
Aha, yes, sorry, I was definitely not clear.

If you are wondering whether the dampers are OK, my suspicion is that they are at least useable for now -- you didn't, after all, post "my car is bouncing all around, I definitely need new dampers" so I'm thinking you may be OK. They are probably worn but passable for now.

The axle boots tend to wear out and crack or even leak. I was wondering whether you could put off the dampers until you remove the axles, then do everything all at once.

As to dampers: Konis are great but they require modding (slightly) your struts. Tokico and KYB do not, they are direct fits. The OEM damper is a KYB; the equivalent would be the KYB GR2 but the GR2 is said to be a bit firmer too. The AGX and Tokico equivalents are firmer still, and adjustable.

It sounds like you do not want to lose height and I don't blame you. However I don't know what spring choices minimize drop while adding stiffness.

To reduce understeer you may have to look at bars in addition to or even instead of springs.

Have a look at the TIC website I'd say.
 

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Back to the drawing board

Hi everyone! I resurrecting my old thread since I never had chance to work on my car and completed the struts.. & more project. Its been awhile and I am interested if anything relevant change in 4 years (regarding the parts, like KYB GR2/Excel dumpers being preferred choice , springs brand, etc). My goal is to keep the car as a DD using quality parts.
I am on much bigger project right now (replacing rear bearings, what a "nice job":) I'll may have more questions on it later )) and since everything in the back apart I want to replace the dumpers and may be springs as well.

Here what I so far prepared to order, but wanted to ask you guys first, if it's what you suggest and if I miss anything else. Really appreciate in advance.

KYB 334358 GR-2 / Excel-G < Rear Right
KYB 334359 GR-2 / Excel-G < Rear Left

KYB SB102 Strut Boots; Universal < Rear
KYB SM5422 Mount Components < Rear


Front dumpers and stuff would be next..

Thanks,
Alex

Here she is waiting:)
https://www.anony.ws/image/Nfde
 
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