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I finally got my springs. I gotta say its a big difference from stock. The ride quality I think is better than stock but the handling is much improved. Pics will b coming once the weather clears up.
 

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congrats on the new springs. You'll probably find that they handle best with some extra weight in the car because of their progressive spring-rates.
If you want things even better, you should get an STi swaybar for the rear if you don't already have one.
 

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congrats!

I installed my swifts today, and only got to ride around a bit on the fwy to get home. Ill be getting my alignment redone next week after i swap out my tie rod ends... then the fun will really begin.

again, congrats :)

ps. did you have them installed? or did you do the work yourself?
 

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As much as I wanted to do it myself I had to have them installed. I have the ability to do it just not the capabalities to do it at home. Im getting an alignment this week. RSB is next. along with a short throw. It will still be a while before I can really feel them out cause I still have stock wheels and tire size.
 

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Swifts are cool. I am riding on them now and thoroughly enjoy them.
 

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Hoping to get the swifts too but there's one thing I worry, would it be possible
that the springs get unseated from their retainers if I use the OEM shocks?

The wobbly stock suspension is getting more & more unbearable by the day.:yell:
 

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It is unlikely springs even shorter than Swifts will get unseated, I've never heard of that happening. I'd worry alot more about tires exploding or someone running into you before the spring getting unseated.

Stan
 

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My dad would drive the forester once in a while and he's quite aggressive with it, not slowing down enough
when hitting speed bumps or off roading that'll cause it to lift off the ground for a short duration that's why I worry.:crazy:
Under such condition, would it be fine to install the swifts?
 

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I see your concern, it's understandable. Driving like that the struts will most likely get blown out quicker than otherwise, but I still doubt the spring would get unseated. Even if you extend the strut all the way, like if the car was in the air for a while, the Swifts will still be compressed and should stay put.

Stan
 

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My dad would drive the forester once in a while and he's quite aggressive with it, not slowing down enough
when hitting speed bumps or off roading that'll cause it to lift off the ground for a short duration that's why I worry.:crazy:
Under such condition, would it be fine to install the swifts?
I've seen STOCK springs unseated from the spring perch... our '98 came with this problem when we bought it a few years ago. Given enough abuse or improper installation, anything could happen. Is it very likely? I think it's more likely to bend a strut or control arm, in my experience. :shrug:
 

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I see your concern, it's understandable. Driving like that the struts will most likely get blown out quicker than otherwise, but I still doubt the spring would get unseated. Even if you extend the strut all the way, like if the car was in the air for a while, the Swifts will still be compressed and should stay put.

Stan
I've seen STOCK springs unseated from the spring perch... our '98 came with this problem when we bought it a few years ago. Given enough abuse or improper installation, anything could happen. Is it very likely? I think it's more likely to bend a strut or control arm, in my experience. :shrug:
Thanks for the swift response!:rock:
Think I'll go ahead and get the springs. :Banane08:
My dad did have a 98 forester too before he sold if off last year, thankfully he never did that to his forester because of the 18" rims.
 

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congrats on the new springs. You'll probably find that they handle best with some extra weight in the car because of their progressive spring-rates.
If you want things even better, you should get an STi swaybar for the rear if you don't already have one.
I agree, I have them with the sti rsb and its a nice combo. It also towed out bike no problem with no extra rear sag.
 
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