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Old 12-01-2009, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Better performance suspension on 2010 Forester?

Okay, having "whined" about the new sloshier Forester, I'm now considering buying a 2010 Forester but putting in some suspension modifications to stiffen it up a bit and perhaps lower it slightly (an inch?) to get back some of the performance lost in the 2009 redesign. Knowing nothing about such upgrades I read over some of the forum topics discussing this and I have to admit I cannot really follow what is being discussed.

Can I swap in WRX parts? Do I need to swap the springs, struts AND the shocks? What would be the best bang for the buck? Who does this sort of upgrade, do I need to contact a specialized shop?

I'd love to be able to do this for under $1000 if possible... I don't mind lowering it by an inch or so.
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From what I have seen here there are several options but before you go and change springs, shocks, complete coilovers (Megan Racing offers 1), you should try to do the sway bars first. Several here have done it and it makes a hugh improvement to the handling of the FOZ, will eliminate much of the body roll. It is an easy MOD and far less expensive than changing the coilovers. Make sure you change the endlinks (kartboy, others too) as they will eventually bend/twist under the added strain. Hope this helps.......I'm sure others will chime in...
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like Hot09XT says, start with sway bars and links, then you can pick how much more you need. If it only needs a little tightening to satisfy your needs I would highly recommend the Swifts, only an inch drop and maintains a very comfy daily ride. If a little more is required then look into some coil overs.

I know you can do my setup (swifts, sways, and links) for under $1000... the coilovers might break the bank though.
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Okay, it sounds like the "Swifts" plus the sway bars and links would be more than adequate. I gather the Swifts are springs --- which specific model do you have? Can I ask any old shop to install these? What happens to my warranty?
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bettsyboy do you have a list with part numbers on the suspension mods that you have on your Forester? And would they all be compatible with the N/A models.
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Don't know the part #'s but the suspension parts are the same XT, NA.
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Swaybar rear and front are what I would say the best change you can do after you can do coil change.

I am going with the king spring, order already put just waiting for delivery thanks Primitive!

King spring Front (std) part # KSFS-55
King spring Rear (std) part # KSRS-56

Or Swifts all depend what you need.

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I was quoted Swift Spring # 4F908 from MAPerformance for a 2010 Forester.

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Can someone tell me exactly which year STI swaybar fits the 2010 Forester?

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Can I ask any old shop to install these? What happens to my warranty?
If your motor blows you'd still be covered but anything pertaining to the steering,suspension,linkage, bushings, shocks,wheel bearings, wont be covered I'd think.
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Can someone tell me exactly which year STI swaybar fits the 2010 Forester?

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I believe its the 2008 STI sways you want.

As for warranty, if something other than the suspension breaks, the onus would be on the dealer to prove the springs caused it. I wouldn't be too worried about the Swifts breaking the car. I would be more worried about driving into big pot holes.
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I was quoted Swift Spring # 4F908 from MAPerformance for a 2010 Forester.

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Can someone tell me exactly which year STI swaybar fits the 2010 Forester?

Thanks....
I hope someone can prove me wrong but they are not made yet. The STi sways only go up to MY07 for the WRX.

There is a new Front Strut Tower brace for the MY09,10 Forester but it is flexible with a rubber bushing or something like that in the center of the bar. Seems like it kind of defeats the purpose.
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2008 STI sways is what you need..again waranty has it's not made for the forester..

Whiteline/Cobb and other aftermarket do have them for the forester..but will the Subaru shop accept them.. I would contact them and speak with them and explain your need.
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2008 STI sways is what you need..again waranty has it's not made for the forester..

Whiteline/Cobb and other aftermarket do have them for the forester..but will the Subaru shop accept them.. I would contact them and speak with them and explain your need.
As I said earlier.........Subaru STi sway bars are not made for the MY08+ WRX or RS, as yet. The only option is aftermarket.......WhiteLine, Perrin, Cobb, Cusco or Eibach. My dealer said to stay away from the Perrin as they have seen several snap but quality is getting better. This is just what I am being told about Perrin and I can't personally confirm it.
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well i put my perrin sways thru absolute torture and have been auto-x'n on them for coming up on 3 years with no problems whatsoever. my buddy however just DDs his 08 sti, and his rear cobb sway snapped @ the ends. they did stand by their product and im sure perrin would too, despite the manufacturer warranty being expired.

what does this mean? anything can break, and people can have good and bad experiences w/ any product. i wouldnt hesitate to purchase either, and they will make a great improvement on your car.
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My dealer said to stay away from the Perrin as they have seen several snap but quality is getting better. This is just what I am being told about Perrin and I can't personally confirm it.
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well i put my perrin sways thru absolute torture and have been auto-x'n on them for coming up on 3 years with no problems whatsoever. they will make a great improvement on your car.
Good to know. Thanks for your real world experience fourortwowheels!
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