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    The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    This thread has been taken over and maintained / updated by "chuckthefuk" .

    Here is a list of the Impreza coilovers/struts & spring combo that will swap to your Legacy!
    - Currently only 89-09 Legacy is listed.
    - No 2008+ impreza info. Sorry

    ---> NOTE <-----
    USDM MY04 STI Applies to all GD model listings below

    JDM MY01~MY04 STI Applies to all GD models listings below

    USDM MY05~07 STi "FRONT" are a no go for all models.. unless you want to modify the lower bolt holes

    USDM MY05~07 STI Rears will fit all GD model listings below

    USDM GD Wagon struts are compatible with the GD models below but are more narrow then Sedan/STi models. Requires some aid/modification to meet alignment specs.


    1989-94 (BC = Sedan (Includes SS) | BJ = Wagon (low roof) | BF = (Wagon (raised roof)
    /////////Front/////Rear
    GC 93-01 yes///////yes <-- direct bolt in
    GD 02-07 yes///////no <-- Rotate front top hat
    BE 00-04 yes///////no <-- Rotate front top hat

    1995-99 (Includes BD = Sedan (Includes SUS) | BK = Wagon (low roof) | BG = Wagon Outback (raised roof)
    /////////Front/////Rear
    GC 93-01 yes///////no <-- Requires BD/K/G or GD rear top hat and matching perch
    GD 02-07 yes///////yes <-- Rotate front top hat
    BE 00-04 yes///////no <-- front = direct bolt in


    2000-04 (Includes BE = Sedan (Includes Outback) | BH = Wagon (includes Outback) | BT = Baja (Truck / UTE)

    NOTE: -Rear Suspension is Multi-Link not MacPherson struts

    ////////Front///////Rear
    GC 93-01 yes///////no <-- front = direct bolt in
    GD 02-07 yes////////no <-- Rotate front top hat
    BL 05-09 yes////////no <-- Requires BD/K/G/E/H or GC/D front rotated top hat.


    2005-2009 (Includes BL = Sedan | BP = Wagon )
    BL/////Front///////Rear
    GC 93-01 no///////no
    GD 02-07 no////////no

    BP/////Front///////Rear
    GC 93-01 no///////no
    GD 02-07 no////////no


    Other info.
    This is a direct bolt on list. No modifications besides turning the top hat or replacing the top hat.

    I will update the list for rear top hat replacements.. but for now this is good

    please feel free to post what else you know fits what and il add it to the list!!
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    BC5 and BE5 info would be awsome.
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    BC///////Front/////Rear
    GC 93-01 yes///////yes
    GD 02-07 ??///////no


    im confused how does the GC suspension fit on the rear of the BD?
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    no idea but i installed the rear coilovers on liz's car today and to my suprise they were the same.. so on wagons its a no go on sedans fully unmodified swap capable.
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    yeah but the rear tops are the same for all style 95-99 legacy. BD, BK, BG
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    yeah that's not right. 1st gen legacy and impreza rear tops are the same bolt pattern, 2nd gen rear tops are the same. They do not interchange between generations. Up front everything is the same until the 05 legacy and 08 impreza.

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    in correct.. sorry ive put GC coilovers on both a legacy wagon and a sedan. they bolted up on a sedan. they needed to be swapped on the wagon.. BD's and BG/BK's are different in the rear. ive got a tein wagonmaster setup on liz's 95 legacy lsi sedan. and i have a NPG Prova race coilover setup off a ver 3 STi on my legacy wagon..


    wait a sec.. those wagon masters ...oh shit. im sorry i retract my previous statment.the coilovers i put on liz's car came off of a 2.5rs but they say GD on the coilover itself.. thats why it bolted up.. im sorry. il change the information asap...


    GC COILOVERS/STRUT TOPHATS MUST BE SWAPPED FROM YOUR ORIGINAL SUSPENSION IN THE REAR TO FIT LEGACY'S IN THE YEARS 1995-99
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    1995 WRX Type RA STi $1000 OBO
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    2007 wrx tr 300/300 club r.i.p.

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    Quote Originally Posted by jamal
    yeah that's not right. 1st gen legacy and impreza rear tops are the same bolt pattern, 2nd gen rear tops are the same. They do not interchange between generations. Up front everything is the same until the 05 legacy and 08 impreza.
    thats incorrect. 2nd Gen legacy's and first gen impreza's DO NOT have the same tophat bolt pattern in the rear..

    i do have pictures and measurements if you choose to give me a hard time.. and it has been confirmed over on nasioc that they are not the same.
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    2007 wrx tr 300/300 club r.i.p.

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    Quote Originally Posted by xXGTBspecXx
    Quote Originally Posted by jamal
    yeah that's not right. 1st gen legacy and impreza rear tops are the same bolt pattern, 2nd gen rear tops are the same. They do not interchange between generations. Up front everything is the same until the 05 legacy and 08 impreza.
    thats incorrect. 2nd Gen legacy's and first gen impreza's DO NOT have the same tophat bolt pattern in the rear..

    i do have pictures and measurements if you choose to give me a hard time.. and it has been confirmed over on nasioc that they are not the same.
    yeah, that's exactly what I said.

    1st gen = same
    2nd gen = same
    not interchangeable.

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    1995-99
    BD///////Front/////Rear
    GC 93-01 yes///////no
    GD 02-07 no///////yes
    '05 WRX struts bolted right into my BD (and soon my BK) with no swapping of tophats, front or rear. IN FACT, Napa lists the front tophats as the same part number between a BD and a GD.
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    thanks il make note of that when i get home.
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    IIRC any front top hat will fit any subaru.

    So it should be.
    BD///////Front/////Rear
    GC 93-01 yes///////no
    GD 02-07 yes///////yes
    GD 04 STi yes///////yes

    This should be useful.. From Nabisco --> http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=974624

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    my front strut bar is off a 2002 wrx and it didnt ft the bolt pattern on my car.
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    the bolt pattern up front is the same, but rotated. Top hats will interchange but strut tower bars won't. On the other hand, rear WRX strut tower bars work on our cars.

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    OH duh! lol sorry. i read it last night after driving 7 hours..making changes now!
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    ok im confused....

    WTF would fit my 1998 bk GT wagon?????
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    Can anyone confirm that 05+ STi sturts have a different bolt design at the bottom.

    -Chuck

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    i can ill take picture sometime, since i have 05 and 5x100 struts floating around
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckthefuk
    Can anyone confirm that 05+ STi sturts have a different bolt design at the bottom.

    -Chuck
    yes. Spacing between the flanges and bolts is different. I have newer inserts in 04 housings.

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    this list is very incomplete... anyone have info on newer leggy's?
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    BE/BH have the same front suspension but multi-link rear.
    BL/BP have a different front top hat bolt pattern (which is the same as 08+ impreza), and a different multi-link rear.

    I am not sure on the exact differences between the three multi-link rear suspension, but I have seen 08 impreza coilovers on an 05+ legacy with some modification of the rear lower mount.

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    just for confusion purposes we should make a what can we make fit what mah HAHAHA!

    fyi to those interested I've done 07 sti struts on my Bd with stock knuckles. I got my struts from ten80 who modded the holes and included the washers to make it possible.
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    Alright I have a question im getting ready to put together my parts fora swap to 02-03 WRX struts wit 04 Sti springs. I ordered 04 WRX upper strut mounts for the rear and 03 upper strut mounts for the front. neither of these fit just measured. Anyone got any ideas? Acording to this it should fit.
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    GD 02-07 yes////////yes

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    Yeah, looks like it would fit to me. Definitely need those wrx top mounts tho. Where did you get those btw?
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    so i can use 02-07 wrx struts on my 96 bg correct? if so anyone have any for sale?

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    Quote Originally Posted by daddywagon
    so i can use 02-07 wrx struts on my 96 bg correct? if so anyone have any for sale?
    Yes, you must rotate the front top hat and all will be well. Check the Classified section for parts or your local impreza forum.
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    thanks i know what im doing this weekend.

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    So if I have this right .... 04 STi struts will bolt directly onto my BD?
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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    just to be sure i undestand so the GC 2001 impreza and under coilover suspension will fit up front. and for the rear i just have to swap with the stock top hats to make it fit to go on 1998 legacy wagon.

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    Re: The Official Coilover/Strut swap fitment guide!

    Quote Originally Posted by RedEvilWgn
    ok im confused....
    Haha, i think this to myself after EVERY suspension "guide" i read on here. the same convo goes on for pages...
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