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    How do I make this car into a truck?

    Yeah it's a bit of a clickbait title :P

    I use my 96 legacy wagon LS 2.2 as my daily/work car, and I carry a fair amount of tools and stuff around (not more than maybe 300lbs), which makes the rear sag a lot, more than the typical saggy rear. My shocks are all bad, and I've been deliberating about what to do for a couple weeks. I thought I'd make a thread and ask.

    So if my car sags because I've got too much weight in it, the cure for that would be stiffer springs in the rear, right? Along with replacing the shocks of course.

    The shocks I'm planning on going with are KYB GR-2's, and I can get all four of them for $250 shipped from Rockauto.

    Where might I get some springs that preserve stock suspension geometry, but are stiffer?

    Instead of buying springs and shocks, I could go for a budget set of coilovers, namely Raceland WRX GD Ultimo, which advertise a spring rate of 505/315, which should be about twice as stiff as stock. If I get those coilovers, can I keep stock ride height? I do not want to lower my car at all. If I was going to change that, I'd raise it, but that's more trouble than I want. And before you recommend a better set of coilovers - this is not my project vehicle, it's my work truck, and I'm only interested in coilovers at all because they might fix my issues effectively and semi-affordably.

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    Re: How do I make this car into a truck?

    Ok, a little more looking and it seems like the Raceland coilovers are definitely not going to be able to preserve stock ride height.

    So am I'm thinking of getting the KYB GR-2 shocks ($250), and I found some springs that look like what I'm looking for - King raised springs ($439), and I'll get some 1/2" spacers for the rear struts as well.

    Well, I'll probably DIY the spacers actually.

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    Re: How do I make this car into a truck?

    Quote Originally Posted by travis View Post
    Ok, a little more looking and it seems like the Raceland coilovers are definitely not going to be able to preserve stock ride height.

    So am I'm thinking of getting the KYB GR-2 shocks ($250), and I found some springs that look like what I'm looking for - King raised springs ($439), and I'll get some 1/2" spacers for the rear struts as well.

    Well, I'll probably DIY the spacers actually.
    In general, the idea is not bad, but it seems to me that it is necessary to modify the shock absorbers and calipers so that they withstand.

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    Re: How do I make this car into a truck?

    I have a small idea to solve your problem, I had a similar situation and I just distributed the weight in my trunk correctly, it helped me to keep my shock absorbers in good condition. Especially for this, I spent several days on the Internet looking for special bags in which I could put all my tools and opted for the CLC Custom Leathercraft-1165 Large Bigmouth Bag on the recommendation of the service at https://afterpaints.com/best-welding-bag- reviews /. These bags are very spacious and very comfortable. Try it, maybe it will also solve your problem.

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