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Old 08-31-2018, 09:47 AM   #1
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FRS vs BRZ shocks question

This is really an "after the fact" question since I already bought my new shocks, but here goes:


Back when I bought my 2013 FRS new, I read a lot of reviews comparing the FRS to the BRZ. One difference I found interesting was the suspension. Even the YouTube videos mentioned it. The claim was that the FRS had softer springs and stiffer shocks while the BRZ had stiffer springs but softer shocks.


But when I look up shocks nowadays, the part numbers for both cars are identical, at least in all the aftermarket brands I've checked (I just purchased the KYB excel G's from Amazon).


Is this just a "hey, it's close enough" sort of thing?
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Old 08-31-2018, 10:15 AM   #2
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Depends on what you are looking for. The differences between the two models (and even different years of the same models) really were not huge to start with. For most street applications they are indeed "close enough" to be considered the same. If looking for a particular set up to match your track driving style then the differences are magnified.
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I remember they used to have different suspensions in the first 2-3 years, but now they share suspension.


Long story short, they're more comfortable for daily driving now.


Also, the aftermarkets always made 1 type (of each product line) for the twins .. as they were identical/compatible products.
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Long story short, they're more comfortable for daily driving now.
Big time.. 2018 86 springs/sachs dampers on my 2013 frs made it so compliant on nasty pavement. added the slightly fatter rear sway bar too.
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Big time.. 2018 86 springs/sachs dampers on my 2013 frs made it so compliant on nasty pavement. added the slightly fatter rear sway bar too.

Honestly I was debating swapping out the rear suspension for the newer set up for daily driving hahaha


That gen1 suspension so hard and rough that my gf complains of her boobs jiggling because of it

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That gen1 suspension so hard and rough that my gf complains of her boobs jiggling because of it

Funny you say that because when I switched to RCE yellows my wife said her boobs jiggled less. Got the thumbs up
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Funny you say that because when I switched to RCE yellows my wife said her boobs jiggled less. Got the thumbs up
That's interesting. The soon-to-be-wifey noticed the RCEs right away. They were pretty bad on broken/uneven pavement. Fantastic on smooth winding roads though.. sigh

Tried sneaking them on but no go. Ended up going to 2018 suspension.
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Honestly I was debating swapping out the rear suspension for the newer set up for daily driving hahaha


That gen1 suspension so hard and rough that my gf complains of her boobs jiggling because of it

definitely worth it, check the classifieds here. otherwise you can get OEM springs for like $200 from toyota. not sure about subaru but afaik same springs.
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Honestly I was debating swapping out the rear suspension for the newer set up for daily driving hahaha


That gen1 suspension so hard and rough that my gf complains of her boobs jiggling because of it

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That's interesting. The soon-to-be-wifey noticed the RCEs right away. They were pretty bad on broken/uneven pavement. Fantastic on smooth winding roads though.. sigh

Tried sneaking them on but no go. Ended up going to 2018 suspension.
I'm not sure they're any worse and on pavement, could be. The stock shocks were jarring too on crappy roads.

I have access to country roads that are in really good shape withing 5-10 minutes, depending on which direction I go. That's where we drive most of the time and that's where the RCE's shine, like you said.
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I can tell no difference in ride, between my 13 and 16.
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Funny you say that because when I switched to RCE yellows my wife said her boobs jiggled less. Got the thumbs up
I'd be takin' those Yellows back off
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That gen1 suspension so hard and rough that my gf complains of her boobs jiggling because of it

I kinda like watching my wifes boobs jiggle on rough roads
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We've all heard of butt dyno for engine changes, now we have boob dyno for for suspension changes? AND VIDEO or I ain't buyin' it!
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