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#1 SuBrat84

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 08:47 PM

I was just wondering if anyone would know if strut brace / sway bar / springs from an '02 Impreza 2.5 would fit on my 98 Legacy 2.5 ?? :grin:

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 09:15 PM

They should. When they redesigned the Impreza, they didn't change the shocks or springs and since the legacy and impreza share the same suspension, they should interchange.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 12:30 AM

The bolt pattern on the strut tops is the same on the front of the WRX, but it's rotated a bit. The rear strut tops are different on the 02+ Imprezas. You'd need strut tower braces from a 93-01 Impreza, I think. That's what I did on my 93 Legacy. I'm not sure how Legacies changed from 94-95, though. I hear the suspension stayed the same. Rear swaybars for sure don't fit because of the bump in the spare tire well. Many places make Legacy-specific swaybars. You can use any spring or strut as long as you use the right upper perches and tops (except 05 STi).

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 08:57 AM

*Bump*

Gonna try it today. Did a rough line up.. looks like everything should fit. Haven't done much suspension modding before.. so I'm looking forward to the experiance. Gonna do springs, Rear sway + strut brace.. Juicy!
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Posted 13 May 2005 - 06:22 PM

Well. I did it. It took a little convincing. But I put a 22mm Rear Sway from an '02 Impreza 2.5 RS on my 98 Legacy 2.5 GT. I also Managed to fit the White Line Rear Strut Brace on there too. Didn't have time to do the springs today.. but they're goin on this weekend. WooHoo Better Handling!

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 08:29 PM

more like woohoo no more understeer!!!!!!!!

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 06:41 PM

What did it take to fit them? Did you have to pound the bump in the tire well out of the way for the rear sway, and did the holes line up for the strut tower brace?

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 07:28 PM

Good for you!

Be careful on a hot mid-corner lift.


Remember : Understeer scares the driver. Oversteer scares the passenger.:)



Enjoy and stay a gear down to pull out.


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Posted 15 May 2005 - 04:29 PM

Hey, I didn't "pound" the tire well... I used a jack and a socket to form a "canal" for the bar to fit through. The strut brace bracket fit... but I had to widen the access holes about .5 inch on the "front" side and .5 inch on the bottom. It all fits good though and I love the respone I get out of it. Going to do the springs ASAP. I wanted to ask for anyones advise about the springs.. Im being told that I have to actually remove the strut? I was kinda hoping it was like a take everything off the bottom.. drop the spring out.. stick the new one on... replace all the stuff.. good to go... So, if anyone could give me a run through of how to do a spring job (98 leg 2.5) I would appreciate it. I do have spring compressors and all the tools I need. Thanks.



What did it take to fit them? Did you have to pound the bump in the tire well out of the way for the rear sway, and did the holes line up for the strut tower brace?



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Posted 17 May 2005 - 10:53 PM

... I wanted to ask for anyones advise about the springs.. Im being told that I have to actually remove the strut? I was kinda hoping it was like a take everything off the bottom.. drop the spring out.. stick the new one on... replace all the stuff.. good to go... So, if anyone could give me a run through of how to do a spring job (98 leg 2.5) I would appreciate it. I do have spring compressors and all the tools I need. Thanks.


*Bump* Or a link maybe? Thanks.

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Posted 19 May 2005 - 02:48 AM

Update: The front springs don't fit. And I'm not going to try the back springs because of this. They might fit with the proper "hat" on them. It seems to me like they are too short though... but maybe the proper hat would take care of that.. no $$ to look into it right now though. and boy was it a P.I.T.A. to get that old spring back on. If anyone knows if the springs would fit with the proper hat please let me know? I would love to have these springs on my legacy.. but I dont want to break anything in the process. Stock springs are too mushy with the sway and strut on the back. -Eli-

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Posted 19 May 2005 - 05:48 PM

All you need is the right upper spring perches, I believe. And, as far as I know, the best way to get springs off and on is to remove the entire assembly and rent or buy a spring compressor. It usually works best to loosen the top nut before you uncompress the spring (but not remove it), unless you have an impact wrench or a pass-through socket.




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