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Lowering SH Forester options

Preface: I am compiling information based on questions I have had in my own search. If I am missing anything, please add it or have me add/correct in the top posts. A lot of this information will be pulled directly from other member's posts. If you are updating this thread and have aftermarket wheels, please update the wheel fit thread.

There are a few main options for lowering: Peddlers springs on OEM struts, Swift springs on OEM struts, 09-13 Impreza/WRX struts and springs, and 08-12 STI struts and springs. Most Impreza/WRX coilovers should bolt on directly.

Obviously you can put lowering springs on either the Impreza/STI options, but I'm going with the simple options. If you want the stiffer springs from the WRX and STI but not the drop, Subtle Solutions has multiple width spacers to get you to just about any height. If you are looking at STI or WRX take-off's, read Nollie's WRX strut install. There are potential issues around the rear upper control arms.

If you are unclear on how to install, ask for help or find a professional. Nollie's install writeup is a great reference tool, but if you aren't sure what you are doing, don't do it!

Peddlers Springs on OEM struts
Drop: 40mm / 1.6"
See Galager's install thread for more details on these. They need to be imported from the UK distributor.



Swift Springs on OEM struts
Drop: .8" / 20mm
This is going to keep you closest to stock height. New springs are around $300.

Hat tip to jesusv for his pics.


jkoppe has a few good comparison pics below.
Stock

Swifts


Impreza strut assembly
Drop: ~2"
These are bolt-in. No fabrication or spring removal necessary. This is going to be the easiest install.

Mattesonb - hatch struts:


Nollie:


2010subaruforesterXS - 2011 wrx take offs:


STI strut assembly
Drop: ~3"
Fabrication on the front struts is necessary. The rears bolt on directly.

Raptr's install thread: 08 STi Struts on 09 FXT

SH on STI struts and springs





SH on STI struts and springs w/ Subtle 1" spacers (Thanks Subtle for the pics)




WRX After-Market options
GTWORX WRX Bilstein struts with RCE yellows by Nollie

2010+ Legacy takeoffs
Drop: ~2", but the rear sags
Details: 2013+ has a better/higher dampening rate. The rear sags so recommended a 1" spacer. Needs WRX/Forester tophats.

Shown w/ 1" spacer


After-Market Coilover's
This will obviously have different ride height's based on user preference. The ones noted here will be confirmed fit only.

BC Coilovers - Shansen's setup

Cusco Coil options

Other aftermarket spring options
See STIdarkside's post 20 below for his very detailed list of other options.

As I run out of space, post 6 will be updated.

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It would be nice to gather some qualitative data on these setups. I am on 08 STI struts/spring (with 22mm RSB and 25MM FSB) and I need to change it as I hate how rough the ride is. I loved my KYB AGX w/ STi Pink springs on my WRX.


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It would be nice to gather some qualitative data on these setups. I am on 08 STI struts/spring (with 22mm RSB and 25MM FSB) and I need to change it as I hate how rough the ride is. I loved my KYB AGX w/ STi Pink springs on my WRX.
"rough" as in jarring or as in soft/bouncing down the road?


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Please add Galager's set up with the Pedders Springs in the same format in the first post. That is a 40mm drop.
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Any SH's on coils?

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I wish I could but a little steep for prices. How about you "lend" me some money and you just keep your RSR setup... haha

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Good thread, I'll add my setup:

GTWORX WRX Bilstein struts with RCE yellows
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SH specific Pedders lowering springs

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I think I have everything updated.


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Any SH's on coils?
A couple for sure. First to jump in my head are Shansen, lourok, dmv-ck, excipient and some Aussie members...not to leave anybody out, haha. At least some different brand coils in that group iirc.


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2010+ legacy takeoffs fit too with forester/wrx tophats. 2013+ has a better/higher dampening rate. The rear sags so this is with a 1" spacer. I have since changed the front springs to 10+ lgt swift springs. Other pics are in my journal.



With lgt swifts


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A couple for sure. First to jump in my head are Shansen, lourok, dmv-ck, excipient and some Aussie members...not to leave anybody out, haha. At least some different brand coils in that group iirc.
I forgot Shansen was.

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Yup im on bc coils


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