Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Francisco, CA
Car Year: 1967
Car Model: VW Beetle on E85
What is your goal and budget?
If you want to get low and don't mind the harsher ride, you could get a set of d-specs and use RCE black springs. JDM STi pinks (the real ones, not the wagon Pinks) would also be very nice, I ran those. Swift R specs would be another choice in this category. RCE wagons are about as stiff, but lower, so I wouldn't go that route personally, but with 1/2" spacers it may work okay too. You would want a Roll Center Adjustment kit with these options, camber bolts aren't necessary. AGXs would probably work okay with these springs too, so will OEM STi struts but you'd want them rebuilt by Feal as they are very old by now.
If you didn't want to get as aggressive/expensive, you could get GR2s and try them with OEM STi springs, or the wagon pinks (same rates). It's a bit too much springs for GR2s, but some do it. Honestly, if I were to consider GR2s, I'd get them in Forester fitment and stick with Forester Swift springs -- it will be a bit higher, but will work a lot better for the platform.
Once you start getting close to $1,000 in budget, you have to re-evaluate your situation as the BC Racing coilovers are not a bad option for this price, though I never ran them on a Forester.
Shocks > struts.