I have a 2004 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5 5MT wagon. I'm looking to lower it a bit from the current height for the summer time as I plan on tracking it every now and then. I'm not going to bother with junk coilovers and don't have the $1500+ to spend on quality coilovers, so I'm sticking with a quality spring/shock setup.
Right now, I'm stuck between two options:
1) JDM Bilstein struts/shocks and either leaving the stock springs or throwing STI/H&R springs on
2) Stock struts with Koni inserts and H&R springs
I live in an area with heavy saltings and bad roads, but I don't mind a harsher ride since I'm used to cars with blown out struts. I prioritize handling over harshness here.
The JDM struts are going to be a bit cheaper, but they're also used and offer no adjustability like the Konis do.
Any opinions between the two?