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I've been considering suspension mods for my 2017 wrx. I intentionally avoiding springs to spare my stock struts and airbags are not for me. I've had coilovers on my 02 RSX and they were stiff as hell (Function and Form Type 1).

What coilovers is everyone running or does everyone recommend? Ideally one with stiffness adjustment and one where I can retain the majority of the cars stock handling.

I looked into Tein Flex A with the hydraulic bump stop but have been hearing bad reviews about the bump stop system failing.

Would love your guys opinions on what is the best bang for your buck with coilovers. Thanks in advance!
 

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There are zero options in the $1k range regardless of brand. At about 1400 you have feal 441. They are at minimum acceptable but far from great. I would own them after some recommendations. Then you have the likes of the kw variant 3. This suspension and other comparable ones will cost you thousands however will actually greatly improved your vehicles handling for the track or the road. The caveat with it is you need to find a shop who knows that suspension and your car to set it up for your use. Then leave it.

Coilovers for a daily driver are almost always a poor decision. The ones worth buying cost a fortune, they will need rebuilt far more often than your stock suspension at a not so cheap premium, and setting them up is a pain. It's not uncommon for the jamnuts to come loose, or to damage the threads on the body.

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I don't recommend coilovers on street vehicles.

GTWORX Bilstein Cup Sport struts
RCE Black/Yellow or Swift Spec-R springs
Whiteline Com-C (F) / OE (R) tophats
Custom alignment
 

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Thanks for the input guys.

So what I understand is the coilovers are a nice option but are not highly recommended for daily driving for the most part which is understandable.

I was considering springs at one point but was concerned about wearing out the stock struts so I'll look into aftermarket struts.

On a side note if I did do springs on stock struts how much risk will there be that I blow the stock struts? Does it depend on how much of a drop I get?
 

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It may accelerate their wear process , if you have RCE / GT Worx Billstein cup kits available for your car those have been proven to be excellent.

Like these guys are saying good coilovers will cost you over $2000 usually new from companies like KW , Ohlins , AST and Billstein
 

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So what I understand is the coilovers are a nice option but are not highly recommended for daily driving for the most part which is understandable.
Coilovers are a good option for competition IF you spend the money to purchase high-quality variants. Most of the Subaru community buys ****ty god-awful coilovers (like BC_BR or the like) that underperform compared to the OEM suspension.

Just yesterday I saw a 2015 STI that was bucking like a bronco over a normal (read: somewhat worn) street surface. The car could barely maintain contact patch and you could tell the rebound on that setup was ****. Really made the car worse...
 

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I don't recommend coilovers on street vehicles.

GTWORX Bilstein Cup Sport struts
RCE Black/Yellow or Swift Spec-R springs
Whiteline Com-C (F) / OE (R) tophats
Custom alignment
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Thanks for the input guys.

So what I understand is the coilovers are a nice option but are not highly recommended for daily driving for the most part which is understandable.

I was considering springs at one point but was concerned about wearing out the stock struts so I'll look into aftermarket struts.

On a side note if I did do springs on stock struts how much risk will there be that I blow the stock struts? Does it depend on how much of a drop I get?
You will blow the stock struts in short order on all but the most conservative of springs IME. I would just budget for some good struts to go with your new springs, and enjoy the comfort of your stock setup until then.
 

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You will blow the stock struts in short order on all but the most conservative of springs IME. I would just budget for some good struts to go with your new springs, and enjoy the comfort of your stock setup until then.
I disagree. RCE has done numerous tests to show significantly improved OEM damping on the VAB car compared to all previous years.
 

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I disagree. RCE has done numerous tests to show significantly improved OEM damping on the VAB car compared to all previous years.
I stand corrected then sir, on past models springs were always a death sentence for the oem struts!
 

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I stand corrected then sir, on past models springs were always a death sentence for the oem struts!
You are correct! Previous MY were notorious for early strut demise when paired with stiff springs. I also cannot speak to MY2018 cars...

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