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    Hey guys, I figured I would start this forum off right. I have a 2002 WRX wagon that I have just rebuilt, and purchases rally wheels and tires in anticipation for the first race I will participate in on the 13th at Hollytree. My question is about suspension. The course looks somewhat mild so how hard has it been on your cars? I am currently daily driving my WRX and it has KYB shocks that the previous owner installed. They are definitely not made for rally but I was wondering if they will suffice for this season. What is your experience?

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    KYB shocks are great for RX. I've had the KYB GR-2/Excel on my 2.5RS since 2011 and have put many many RX events on them. I bought Tim's MA car and he had put KYB AGX's on it.

    See you on the 13th!
    Charles
    RXB
    MA 1995 Subaru Impreza
    SA 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS

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    • #3
      You will be fine! I rallycross on my stock suspension and have never hurt anything on the car.

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      • #4
        Most Rallycross events don't see a lot of terrain level changes that are super aggressive (No worse than running over a lot of potholes on the street). As long as your suspension is in good shape, it should hold up fine. When I ran in Prepared AWD last season in my Forester, I had stock shocks a few events and changed them out to a brand called Sensen (Cheapest things I could find) and those held up just as well (Actually helped reduce body roll a ton ).

        As mentioned, the KYB does really good at holding up long term, so if you can get a decent price on the Excel-G they are a great starting strut. If the AGX is made your car (They don't make them for the Neon), then those are definitely nice too due to the adjustments that can be made.
        • Note: The KYB GR-2 are being re-branded to Excel-G now to bring together US and European product lines, but they are both identical products to what was sold in the US as GR-2 previously.

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        • #5
          I have Feal Suspension and King Springs right now. I know in some locations around the country if you have stock shocks and springs you may bottom out on some of the harder bumps. I have heard the stock springs settings in the WRX and STI are very good for RallyCross. If you keep the car well maintained and replace parts as they wear out instead when they fail you should be in good shape.

          Mark M.
          Mark Macoubrie
          RXB
          Kansas City Region
          2005 STI 41 PA

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SL1 View Post
            Hey guys, I figured I would start this forum off right. I have a 2002 WRX wagon that I have just rebuilt, and purchases rally wheels and tires in anticipation for the first race I will participate in on the 13th at Hollytree. My question is about suspension. The course looks somewhat mild so how hard has it been on your cars? I am currently daily driving my WRX and it has KYB shocks that the previous owner installed. They are definitely not made for rally but I was wondering if they will suffice for this season. What is your experience?

            I'm running V7 JDM STi struts with King lift springs on my 02 Wagon and love them. The lift and stiffness they provide are excellent. They're also for sale if you're interested!
            All Surface Racing
            Website | Facebook Group | YouTube |
            2002 WRX Wagon | ORLYWGN

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            • #7
              Hollytree is becoming a popular place.

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              • #8
                I've run GR-2's and AGX's on my car, and still have AGX's in the rear. For a stock or prepared car on a budget, KYB is great stuff.

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                • #9
                  allsurfaceracing Thanks for all the great tips guys. I will see what the current KYB shocks can do for now. I have heard that they hold up well, but I do have intentions of racing NASA Rally Sport next year or the year after. For this reason, I was going to upgrade the suspension. I will see what happens on the 13th. I am from Knoxville and I just saw that there is now a course in Tazewell. Finally something close to home! allsurfaceracing I will let you know if I am interested in some new suspension after the race. See some of you there!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SL1 View Post
                    allsurfaceracing Thanks for all the great tips guys. I will see what the current KYB shocks can do for now. I have heard that they hold up well, but I do have intentions of racing NASA Rally Sport next year or the year after. For this reason, I was going to upgrade the suspension. I will see what happens on the 13th. I am from Knoxville and I just saw that there is now a course in Tazewell. Finally something close to home! allsurfaceracing I will let you know if I am interested in some new suspension after the race. See some of you there!

                    Good luck on the race! And I'm sorry but my setup has been sold locally.
                    All Surface Racing
                    Website | Facebook Group | YouTube |
                    2002 WRX Wagon | ORLYWGN

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                    • #11
                      Hello everyone, I'm a bit new here as I'm just getting started on my rally build as of recent. However, as for the WRX, I have heard of many people throwing suspension from the forested underneath because it should bolt right up (and traditionally wagons/suvs have a higher GVWR so it should give a slight lift and stiffer spring). That's why I plan on putting the alltrack corolla springs under my celica. Not sure if this helps you I thought it would be a start.

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                      • #12
                        Familiar car. I ran my sisters 91 Celica a lot last year. The suspension setup from the factory is really good for RX. I ran all stock with some good KYB shocks and no other changes other than disconnecting the rear sway bar.. It performed extremely well IMO considering it has the tiny 1.6 low HP motor.

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                        • #13
                          Second the KYB GR2 / Excel-G, used them on boat loads on cars, most recently a rallycross miata, and they hold up to the abuse very well.

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