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2005 Forester X & XT VF39
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I rode in a locals 04 XT and he had WRX GR2s and STi pink springs. It didn't seem super low like I always though it would be and the ride was SWEET! No bobblehead action like stock STi struts/springs, and no harsh kidney bruising ride either. Just a nice smooth ride and great handling. It looked great with his 225/45/18 wheels/tires too.

My impression though was from a short ride. I was hoping some others have a similar setup and can give me a long term opinion of the setup. I'm thinking of going with something like this for the summer, and then back to swifts during the winter.
 

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2004 Forester XT '06 STi 6MT
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if you want a ride on sti ohlins with pinks then let me know. they will be for sale soon ;)
 

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Ah crap.. I'm back with my 05 XS
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im running something very similar, but with progressive springs of the same rate BUT i think my drop is slightly lower in the front than pinks.

the ride quality also heavily depends on the tires and the road quality. i've hit some BAD patches on the i-405 here and MAN did it rock me out like a massage chair on full blast. otherwise, it's pretty good IMO because the ride is definitely stiffer such that i can take turns with much confidence and predictability. you can definitely feel the bumps in the road, so pot holes and such can be a bit rough, especially the big ones. i'm switching to d-specs soon because i think it would be a better damping rate match to these rates (257/217 right?)

p.s. i'm on BFG KDW 225/45/17 so the ride is definitely expected to be a bit more rough. slap on some other tires, i would expect the ride to be better.
 

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2017 VW Golf SportWagen 5MT
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If should work well, but won't be ideal as you know due to the struts being a bit weak for the springs. OEM STi springs are virtually the same if you want to save some money. I'd invest in some decent struts if the money allows, Fraktal's Ohlin fixed perch struts would be awesome. Impreza guys get away with running STi springs over their stock struts, but our cars are heavier.

Stan
 

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I just scored some 05 STI shocks/springs. I'm planning on doing a 5x114 conversion, and I was wondering if it would work to run 05 STI Shocks with Forester pinks. Similar but slightly different scenario.
 

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04's 2 FXT's.
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I had STi pink wagon springs, KYB AGX & group n top hats. I miss them. The ride super nice. Now I am on Eibach Coilovers. Not bad but I miss my other suspension.


joe r
 
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