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I have a friend that has 02-03 WRX Wagon springs that is willing to give to me :) Will these springs fit the stock Forester struts? Does anyone have any pics of a Forester with such combo?

I know that alot of people will say that it will kill the strust, but I really don't care since I'll just replace them if that happens. My Forester is an 05 XT.
 

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I could be wrong but if you replace the stock springs with 02-03 style you will need new tophats because the springs are set up different. The stock shock bodies will work, but as you already know they will wear down prematurely. IMO just wait for a full wrx/04 sti takeoff setup. I went with wrx struts with '05 sti springs on my XT and love them!

Oh and remember that you want the wrx struts over the wagon struts, the sedan struts fit properly, as for springs either go with wagon springs or a wrx/sti spring setup with the paranoid 3/8" saggy butt spacers. Hope this helps! :biggrin:
 

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I've seen a pic of a guy with stock struts and 05 STI springs and it looked perfect. Does anyone know for sure if I would need top hats to use these springs?
 

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Just looked around and saw that springs and tophats need to be same year/style to work. So, 02/03 springs need a 02/03 tophat setup. :Banane35:
 

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Damm, ok, so I can run 04-07 WRX/STI springs on the stock 05 Forester suspension without needing tophats replaced. Thanks guys.
 

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Why match springs and struts that weren't designed for each other? Certainly not for any improvement in handling, as the shorter springs will force the Forester struts to work outside of their useable stroke.
 

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Why match springs and struts that weren't designed for each other? Certainly not for any improvement in handling, as the shorter springs will force the Forester struts to work outside of their useable stroke.
A very good point, but I've seen a few members that didn't bother swapping to at least WRX struts with their WRX/STi springs. I've stopped caring since it's really up to the other members, and all the info I give out is for reference only.

I'm running WRX replacement struts with my '05 STi springs. They're a perfect match. I personally would agree with Pleiad7 and not run the WRX springs on the Forester struts because they wear them out prematurely... and the '07 STi springs would pretty much kill the Forester struts if they are in fact shorter.
 

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..not to mention the struts wouldn't be doing their job properly and would make the car's handling less safe and ride quality worse. It would lower the car though. I'm not hatin', just making sure you are aware of the potential consequences.

Oh, you'd also have to cut your stock bumpstops, that's pretty standard practice when using shorter springs.

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Ok, hmmm...

I guess I'll have to find a better solution. I have a friend who has the WRX sedan suspension and is looking for the OEM suspension for trade. I could find the wagon springs and use the sedan struts.
 

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Or just use some tophat spacers on the rear. That would be a much better setup than Impreza springs over Forester struts.

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<- still has wagon springs. i deleted a bunch of PMs and i can't remember.. was i supposed to get a quote for you? if so, i needed you zip.
 

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Ok, hmmm...

I guess I'll have to find a better solution. I have a friend who has the WRX sedan suspension and is looking for the OEM suspension for trade. I could find the wagon springs and use the sedan struts.
Not to mention your stock struts won't last 10K miles with WRX springs, and probably won't last a whole oil change with STI springs. You would roll down the road wallowing/bouncing like a hooker in a.....:evilatyou:

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Justin Wade
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