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Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: wrbwrx2016 on February 09, 2017, 10:21 PM
Hi guys,

Was just looking to get some opinions from those who have lowered cars and drive theirs year round as I'm looking at either getting the RCE black springs (10mm front and rear drop) or the RCE yellow springs (22mm front and rear drop) for my 2016 wrx.  I've already extensively searched other forums for pictures of both but there's fairly limited ones for the RCE blacks so I keep going back and forth between the 2 in my mind.  In case it affects your answer I'll be pairing the springs with 18x9.5 +38 offset rims and either use up my stock 245/40 tires first since they're essentially brand new or buy new 255/35 tires.  Don't really want to go the coilover route either since I don't plan on tracking my car, they're more expensive and I don't see myself wanting to adjust them.  Any opinions will be appreciated!

Thanks, guys
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: wrbwrx2016 on February 09, 2017, 10:28 PM
I should also add that I'm looking at these options to just minimize the wheel gap and to improve the handling a little bit while not being too hard on the OEM shocks.
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: jordisonjr on February 10, 2017, 08:24 AM
Just a heads up, your OEM shocks will blow from lowering.
Lowering springs should be paired with a proper shock, so something to keep in mind for the future. You can run Lowering springs on OEM shocks, but the ride won't be as comfortable, and it will significantly decrease the lifespan of your shocks.
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: Shaun on February 10, 2017, 09:30 AM
Both the RCE Blacks and Yellows are designed to work with stock struts, so you shouldn't have issues with your struts blowing.

I would go for the Yellows to reduce wheel gap as much as possible.
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: jordisonjr on February 10, 2017, 11:18 AM
Originally posted by Shaun
Both the RCE Blacks and Yellows are designed to work with stock struts, so you shouldn't have issues with your struts blowing.

I would go for the Yellows to reduce wheel gap as much as possible.
Whoops.
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: Igor on February 10, 2017, 02:14 PM
Go with the yellows. I had installed these on a friend's 2015 wrx and it was the perfect drop. 255s on those wheel specs will fit perfectly on the car.
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: wrbwrx2016 on February 13, 2017, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the input everyone ended up ordering the rce yellows!
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: wrbwrx2016 on February 13, 2017, 10:57 PM
Originally posted by Igor
Go with the yellows. I had installed these on a friend's 2015 wrx and it was the perfect drop. 255s on those wheel specs will fit perfectly on the car.

Do you think you'd be able/willing to help me with the install in the spring if you have the time? Don't really know anyone that would know how to do it and this is the first car that I've modded but I want to learn and to be able to work on be car myself instead of bringing to a shop for everything.
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: Igor on February 13, 2017, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by wrbwrx2016
Do you think you'd be able/willing to help me with the install in the spring if you have the time? Don't really know anyone that would know how to do it and this is the first car that I've modded but I want to learn and to be able to work on be car myself instead of bringing to a shop for everything.

Depends on when you're looking to get it done. If it's in the summer sometime then we can work something out otherwise you can get the guys at Speedfactor to help you out.
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: wrbwrx2016 on February 13, 2017, 11:18 PM
Originally posted by Igor
Depends on when you're looking to get it done. If it's in the summer sometime then we can work something out otherwise you can get the guys at Speedfactor to help you out.

Yeah it wouldn't be until it's warmer outside so either later in spring or early summer. Just not wanting to spend hundreds on the install and not gain any experience either.
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: jordisonjr on February 14, 2017, 08:27 AM
Its really straight forward to install.
There should be how-to's on any of the subaru forums. I installed lowering spring on my vehicle with not a whole lot of knowledge, aside from a how to thread. You've got the time now to do the research before you start the install.

Generally the worst part about suspension work is the risk of breaking bolts, but since your car is  new, rusty nuts and bolts shouldn't be an issue.
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: Shaun on February 14, 2017, 09:00 AM
Yeah, it's not that difficult

http://racecompengineering.com/instructions/2015_Spring_Instructions.pdf
Title: 2016 Wrx Lowering spring opinions
Post by: John on February 14, 2017, 10:17 AM
can confirm, spring install is pretty easy...