Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: cheap way to lower BE sedan?

  1. #1

    cheap way to lower BE sedan?

    hi all, i have a 2004 35th anniversary legacy coupe and i want to lower it to reduce some of the body roll that occurs at faster cornering speeds, but i cant seem to find any cheap coilovers, can anyone recommend anything?

  2. #2
    SLi nOOb Somac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    117
    Points
    525
    Level
    10
    Points: 525, Level: 10
    Level completed: 50%, Points required for next Level: 25
    Achievements:
    Tagger Second Class3 months registered500 Experience Points
    You can pick up JDM Bilstein struts pretty cheap.

    If you're concerned about body roll, you should go for some sway bars like what Whiteline offers, too.

    I would absolutely avoid any cheap coilovers. Racelands, Godspeeds, Megans, and even BC BRs are pretty bad, especially for a daily driver. Bilsteins paired with a good spring like H&Rs will outhandle pretty much every coilover under $1500.

  3. #3
    Th3 EviL OvErLORd Reason's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Rhode Island U.S. of A(wesome)!
    Posts
    10,422
    Points
    57,313
    Level
    100
    Points: 57,313, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Achievements:
    O.G.SocialOverdrive50000 Experience Points
    Cut springs, or totally remove them. The ride wouldn't be ideal though... but if you want it proper, springs and struts are the way to go.
    4Zero1 Motorsports

    2010 BM GT
    1998 BD L EJ25/EJ22 High Compression
    1993 GSX-R 750 (version 2.0)
    1993 Suzuki GSX-R 750
    1998 BK L PARTED
    1991 Legacy SS SOLD
    1997 BD GT R.I.P. 12/24/06 Running Mean with 117 whp!
    1989 Honda CR-X A.K.A. "The Beast"
    1991 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R.I.P. 11/10/06

    SLi Facebook
    4Zero1Motorsports Facebook

    "No matter how much you've done, or how successful you've been, there's always more to do, always more to learn, and always more to achieve." - Barack Obama

  4. #4
    Administrator Huffer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eastlake, OH / Wellington, NZ
    Posts
    13,346
    Points
    44,297
    Level
    100
    Points: 44,297, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Achievements:
    25000 Experience PointsO.G.SocialOverdrive
    Quote Originally Posted by Somac View Post
    You can pick up JDM Bilstein struts pretty cheap.

    If you're concerned about body roll, you should go for some sway bars like what Whiteline offers, too.

    I would absolutely avoid any cheap coilovers. Racelands, Godspeeds, Megans, and even BC BRs are pretty bad, especially for a daily driver. Bilsteins paired with a good spring like H&Rs will outhandle pretty much every coilover under $1500.
    Bilstein struts won't lower the car any - the strut length/body is relatively the same as a stock strut. The lowering comes from the shorter spring.

    Also to OP - if you want to control body roll, consider stiffer/thicker swaybars if you can't compromise ride height.
    - Roger - Site Admin
    My signature is now a shout-out to the SLi veterans who keep this site flowing with good knowledge and informative opinion. You KNOW who you are, so keep it up!
    USDM 98 GT Wagon - Pandgrish - RIP; USDM 98 GT Sedan - 216k RIP; NZDM 99 GF8 - retired
    USDM 03 Honda Accord Sedan LX, 210k; USDM 03 Honda Odyssey LX, 190k - Mrs Huffer;
    Live Like No One Else - Debt Free

  5. #5
    thank you guys for the recommendations. i think body roll may have been the wrong term for what im meaning, im more so talking about how the car seems to lean when cornering and im attributing that to the spring stiffness, i may be wrong though as im still quite new to all of this. would lowering springs be my best bet if i wanted to spend the least amount of money for getting the car lower?

  6. #6
    Administrator rkrenicki's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Northeastern CT
    Posts
    2,573
    Points
    23,967
    Level
    94
    Points: 23,967, Level: 94
    Level completed: 62%, Points required for next Level: 383
    Achievements:
    10000 Experience PointsO.G.SocialOverdrive
    The lean would probably be better fixed by beefier swaybars than springs like @Somac and @Huffer said. Lowering springs tend to be softer, which ends up lowering the car, but will not help that lean at all before the car is sitting on the bump stops.

    If you want lower, I would do either the H&R springs or JDM STI Pink springs for the BE chassis. But I would highly recommend throwing on a sway bar.

    Since you have an 04 Legacy, you already have a 21mm front bar. The only OEM upgrade for you would be the 25mm bar from a Tribeca. It is no more than $82 at your Subaru dealer, plus the cost of bushings and possibly endlinks if yours are shot or cannot be removed without cutting them.

    For rears, you have to go aftermarket. The Whiteline BSR12XZ (19-21mm adjustable) is a nice upgrade, but a little pricey. You might find some JDM BE/BH bars for cheaper on eBay.

  7. #7
    Th3 EviL OvErLORd Reason's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Rhode Island U.S. of A(wesome)!
    Posts
    10,422
    Points
    57,313
    Level
    100
    Points: 57,313, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Achievements:
    O.G.SocialOverdrive50000 Experience Points
    Lowering at the very minimum would be springs, if you are going for looks. If you are looking for performance you will need good struts as well. I beefed up my rear sway bar, added a front strut brace and did solid aluminum front sway bar end links and I reduced more body roll than springs and strut combo.
    4Zero1 Motorsports

    2010 BM GT
    1998 BD L EJ25/EJ22 High Compression
    1993 GSX-R 750 (version 2.0)
    1993 Suzuki GSX-R 750
    1998 BK L PARTED
    1991 Legacy SS SOLD
    1997 BD GT R.I.P. 12/24/06 Running Mean with 117 whp!
    1989 Honda CR-X A.K.A. "The Beast"
    1991 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R.I.P. 11/10/06

    SLi Facebook
    4Zero1Motorsports Facebook

    "No matter how much you've done, or how successful you've been, there's always more to do, always more to learn, and always more to achieve." - Barack Obama

  8. #8
    thank you guys for the recommendations, im a broke college student so i think ill go with looks for the time being until i have some more disposable income

  9. #9
    Administrator Huffer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eastlake, OH / Wellington, NZ
    Posts
    13,346
    Points
    44,297
    Level
    100
    Points: 44,297, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Achievements:
    25000 Experience PointsO.G.SocialOverdrive
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatHoldini View Post
    thank you guys for the recommendations, im a broke college student so i think ill go with looks for the time being until i have some more disposable income
    Broke college student? Get a swaybar. Cheap and will improve your handling without any other changes. "looking" the part instead of being the part? Hell no.
    - Roger - Site Admin
    My signature is now a shout-out to the SLi veterans who keep this site flowing with good knowledge and informative opinion. You KNOW who you are, so keep it up!
    USDM 98 GT Wagon - Pandgrish - RIP; USDM 98 GT Sedan - 216k RIP; NZDM 99 GF8 - retired
    USDM 03 Honda Accord Sedan LX, 210k; USDM 03 Honda Odyssey LX, 190k - Mrs Huffer;
    Live Like No One Else - Debt Free

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •