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I have a 2003 forester 2.5xs and i want to drop it 1" and i want to know the cheapest way to safely do so.
 

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yeah, do springs. Search around, they can be found used too depending on how cheap you want to go.
 

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New springs are the best solution.
 

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Either Swifts (my call) or Whiteline Control springs (just on the off chance that you can find them cheap).
 

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just answered this question in the tire forum. the swifts are great, *hint* im about to make a forsale thread, and will be selling mine :icon_wink:
 

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For total noobs, where would one purchase these, is there a particular model Swift which needs to be purchased?

For a one inch drop how much will the camber be messed up?
 

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Borrow your neighbors sawzall. Then just cut out one inch off the bottom of each spring. I do it by eye...while springs are still on the car. Spring compressors are for sissies. Then sell the sawzall on ebay.

Or get some used Swifts.

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Justin Wade
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Borrow your neighbors sawzall. Then just cut out one inch off the bottom of each spring. I do it by eye...while springs are still on the car. Spring compressors are for sissies. Then sell the sawzall on ebay.

Or get some used Swifts.

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Justin Wade
2004 FXTi
Technically speaking, why couldn't you do this?

A buddy mentioned this to me and advised that as long as they're not a progressive rate spring, this would be fine and maintain the spring rate.

Ive never actually done this, but curious for someone to explain why you shouldn't.
 

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Most springs have a flat wind at the bottom to seat properly and also a taper shape to them, so you can't necessarily get away with it.

As for my [email protected]$$ answer, either the supersized bucket of chicken at KFC and gain 100 lbs, or buy 2 bags of sand and distribute in the vehicle.
 

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Most springs have a flat wind at the bottom to seat properly and also a taper shape to them, so you can't necessarily get away with it.

As for my [email protected]$$ answer, either the supersized bucket of chicken at KFC and gain 100 lbs, or buy 2 bags of sand and distribute in the vehicle.
Good point, but are the stock Forester springs tapered? 2010?

And FWIW, I prefer Popeyes chicken and/or large bags or rice my lil asian mini me likes to carry around all the time.
(but no..I am not asian myself) for the record ;)
 

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You could just let some air of the tires, that would do it, right?
 
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