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Hello all. I have a 2001 Legacy GT. In the near future I'd like to do a suspension kit on my car. Unfortunetly I cant find many companys that make an application for it. Most i find are for MY99 and older. My question is what companys make them for the BE, and what would be the best setup for this car (suspension, swaybar,etc...). I dont have much money as of right now so Id like something thats at a resonable price but not cheap or poorly made. You guys here are my only hope considering I know NOONE with a modded Legacy. And I heard someone named JoeT, and others knows a alot about the BE so hopefully they will read this and point me in the right direction. Thanks.
There's some stuff available for the BE's but not alot (I know how you feel, since I'm a former Legacy owner, hence my screename & now I have an RS). For springs there are: Eibach, H&R, Prodrive and maybe a few others. Bilstein makes a killer setup for the BE but its only available through Japan, thats what I would have bought for my Legacy. Also there are KYB struts, in addition there are Cusco coilovers and JIC coilovers. I personally rode in this other guys '01 GT who had the JIC coilovers and it felt great. If you don't want to spend alot of money you could just go with Eibach springs and KYB struts.
The best way to find BE parts is to find an importer that could get parts directly from distributors/shops/manufactures in Japan.
During year 2000, I decided to buy a set of Tein NA kit, Fujitsubo exhaust from Japan from this store www.checkerflag.co.jp (not related) I did have to wire transfer the funds to them 1st and then then they ship out the parts via BAX Global (one week transit).
Depend on your gutts and your local resource, you don't have to go through my route. But from what I heard, many factory authorized importors had been cracking down on this "gray market products", so you have slight more difficult time finding an importer.
Note: Tein NA kit will require front WRX or 2.5RS top spring hat. US Legacy came with larger diameter spring for some reason.
Also, Fujitsubo LEGALIS R exhaust is not a direct bolt on. You will need a muffler shop to chop off the front flange and reposition it to match the CAT's flange. Also bumper will require some trimming. ( I didnt' trim the bumper and exhaust tip melted a small section of bumper which "created" a template for me to make the necessary bumper cutting.)
I guess I am a little more picky than you Hiroki. The spring rates did not work well on my wagon, ride height was too low for optimum handling. They are a "looks" spring, not a performance spring for the Legacy. I've now ridden on H&R's and Prodrives and they are much better on the car than whiteline both with stock shocks and with KYB. I shouldn't say whitelines are crap because there are springs that are worse out there, like cut stock springs.
Are you talking about BE specific Whiteline springs or the entire range of their springs? I know quite a few BC/BF Legacy owners that are quite happy with their Whitelines.
I know a lot of people who think cut springs are the cat's meow. A lot of people have never tried anything better so they don't know any better. They think their car feels way better than stock because it is lower and stiffer....but beyond that they have nothing to compare it to. They're fine for someone who wants a lower car, end of story but they are on the LOW end of the performance spring market.
Whiteline's build quality is not great. They make a decent, cheap product...no complaints there. I use their ALK and sway bar but I think their springs are not up to par. I also have issues with other build quality items, some have improved, some I don't know about but it left me rather skeptical of their concern for performance.
Thanks for following up on that Tora. I've only heard good things about the Whiteline springs for the BC/BF Legacy's, so I'll let you know how my new springs work out. They should be going on this week, so I'll be sure to write up a little on how they're handling.