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#1 2019-05-04 23:13:00

2005saab92x
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Best option to get lower?

I’ve got a 2005 Saab 92x Linear with just under 109k. I have 18inch bbs wheels on it and I just want to know the best option to get it a little lower, I’d really like to get rid of the wheel gap. I’ve heard mixed things about race land coil overs, I need some suggestions!
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#2 2019-05-11 03:04:56

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Re: Best option to get lower?

if you ONLY care about being lower, then by all means but the cheapest coilovers you can find.

If you actually want the car to drive well and not feel like shit, there's lots of options.
Cobb, Prodrive, H&R, Eibach, and Racecomp all make lowering springs that are quite decent, probably in the $200 range - and you can swap those onto your stock struts (or some KYB GR2/ExcelG struts, basically same as OEM)
Or you can go for a halfway decent entry level coilover like Tein Flex, BC BR, maybe others. Or a midrange coilover like KW

anything designed for 04-07 WRX will be compatible

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#3 2019-05-11 10:28:23

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Re: Best option to get lower?

For "a little lower" I went with Subaru wagon-specific Pink springs.  Once mated to Tokico D-Specs I was really happy.  Both handling and ride quality were better than stock.


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#4 2019-05-11 14:09:40

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Re: Best option to get lower?

If you really start to get low don't forget to roll your fenders.  You have an internal lip that will need to be smushed to give you that extra little bit of tire clearance before shit starts to rub.


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#5 2019-05-13 07:12:05

2005saab92x
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Re: Best option to get lower?

The way the car rides is definitely important to me, I’d like a smooth ride, which is why I didn’t want to go with raceland because I heard they ride like shit. Has anyone lowered their saabaru on 18inch wheels!? Someone told me if I lower it anymore I’ll be rubbing I am a little nervous to roll my fenders in the unfortunate case that I do have some rust  sadbanana

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#6 2019-05-13 07:12:46

2005saab92x
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Re: Best option to get lower?

lizzardo wrote:

For "a little lower" I went with Subaru wagon-specific Pink springs.  Once mated to Tokico D-Specs I was really happy.  Both handling and ride quality were better than stock.

I’m sorry, which brand??

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#7 2019-05-13 09:16:11

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Re: Best option to get lower?

Tein H-Techs.


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#8 2019-05-13 10:12:15

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Re: Best option to get lower?

2005saab92x wrote:

lizzardo wrote:

For "a little lower" I went with Subaru wagon-specific Pink springs.  Once mated to Tokico D-Specs I was really happy.  Both handling and ride quality were better than stock.

I’m sorry, which brand??

Subaru.  They had "Pink" springs that were wagon-specific in the accessory catalog.  Not sure if they're still available though.  I just did a quick check at the online store I used to use and the oldest accessory catalog on their website only goes back to 2008.


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#9 2019-05-13 10:31:16

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Re: Best option to get lower?

I have a linear...im not running 18s...running 17s...a modest drop is about 1.5" ...pink sti springs that are wagon specific...these wont trash kyb excel g shocks...


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#10 2019-05-14 00:45:51

Rodman
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Re: Best option to get lower?

https://i.imgur.com/Xl73LBc.jpg
18x8.5�  wheels, 48+ offset, 245/40/18 tires, 3mm wheel spacers front and rear, usdm pink springs wagon specific/Koni insert struts, rolled rear, -1.5 camber front, 0 toe, stock alignment rear. Saggy but spacer on top of rear struts, heavy as sin 6 speed transmission. Your results will vary slightly based on struts and Transmissions weight. I like pink springs, I’ve used them on all my wagons. At one point I experimented with Tein H Tech Springs, they ride softer and lower than pinks. I liked the ride but the lower ride meant very short strut travel, that didn’t work for our crappy NY roads.

https://i.imgur.com/JoXmubh.jpg
17x8 48+
235/45/17
KYB Excel G struts
USDM pink, wagon specific
Saggy butt rear spacers
-1.5 front camber 0 toe
Stock rear alignment
Rolled rear

Last edited by Rodman (2019-05-14 00:58:50)


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#11 2019-05-15 07:20:52

2005saab92x
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Re: Best option to get lower?

Rodman wrote:

https://i.imgur.com/Xl73LBc.jpg
18x8.5�  wheels, 48+ offset, 245/40/18 tires, 3mm wheel spacers front and rear, usdm pink springs wagon specific/Koni insert struts, rolled rear, -1.5 camber front, 0 toe, stock alignment rear. Saggy but spacer on top of rear struts, heavy as sin 6 speed transmission. Your results will vary slightly based on struts and Transmissions weight. I like pink springs, I’ve used them on all my wagons. At one point I experimented with Tein H Tech Springs, they ride softer and lower than pinks. I liked the ride but the lower ride meant very short strut travel, that didn’t work for our crappy NY roads.

https://i.imgur.com/JoXmubh.jpg
17x8 48+
235/45/17
KYB Excel G struts
USDM pink, wagon specific
Saggy butt rear spacers
-1.5 front camber 0 toe
Stock rear alignment
Rolled rear

NY saabaru brother!!!  roxor I never see any other ones up here. Are those sti seats?!? She’s a 5spd manual, I had no clue the weight made a difference. How much can I lower before I start rubbing? I’m running 215/45/18 tires

Last edited by 2005saab92x (2019-05-15 07:24:54)

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#12 2019-05-16 01:56:36

Rodman
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Re: Best option to get lower?

Where in NY do you roam ?
Black car has 05 STi front seats and fake STi rear seats I had a local upholster do.
Transmission weight is a factor, the heavier 6 speed transmission drops the front lower than the 5 speed.
215 tires are narrow, tire width, wheel width an offset will also play a roll between proper clearance or rubbing.
What are your wheel specs ?


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm STi ver 7 drivetrain.
2005 desert silver aero, work horse JDM EJ205 AVCS
2002 bugeye, sedan :-( new project

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#13 2019-05-21 22:42:28

2005saab92x
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Re: Best option to get lower?

Saratoga/Albany area, you?
18x7.5 I think +35 offset
Trying to get the ride a bit smoother, need new tires asap but can’t pick a set  roll

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#14 2019-05-22 08:47:47

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Re: Best option to get lower?

2005saab92x wrote:

Saratoga/Albany area, you?
18x7.5 I think +35 offset
Trying to get the ride a bit smoother, need new tires asap but can’t pick a set  roll

I bought two sets during the last Costco deal, they have another good Michelin deal going on now. I did Pilot Sport AS3+ and Pilot Sport 4s, pretty impressed with both so far. Depending on how much grip vs wear either one is a reasonable choice, both ride significantly better than my last set of old Contis.

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#15 2019-06-30 01:21:58

Rodman
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Re: Best option to get lower?

Long Island.
Your wheel width is no issue, +35 offset will probably push the wheels too far out and force you to have to roll and pull the fenders front and rear.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm STi ver 7 drivetrain.
2005 desert silver aero, work horse JDM EJ205 AVCS
2002 bugeye, sedan :-( new project

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#16 2019-07-01 09:32:51

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Re: Best option to get lower?

I have 17 by 7.5 w/ +38 offset. With 245s it rubs like crazy in the rear (granted, that's a lot of meat). I had to roll.
I probably could have gotten away with 225s + only rolling the inner fender lip (but not pushing the fender out).

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