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Old 02-10-2005, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default Cheapest way to gain clearance on an OBS

Took the outback on some nasty dirt roads over the weekend (Gorman OHV in CA), had a blast but the car could use a little lift for some more clearance. Any chance of fitting some legacy outback springs or some sort of spacer to do it cheaply? If I could raise the heigh w/ out changing the spring rate much, I should be able to keep my stock shocks right?
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Old 02-10-2005, 03:31 PM   #2
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I know scorpion makes some lift kits for subarus, but i don't think they make any for new models like yours.

You can always buy some threaded collars like ground control makes, and get some 2.5" ID springs. You will have to do a little work to make sure you get the right length springs, because too long of a spring, or to much of a lift for that matter, will top out your struts and make for really lame handling.

I would suggest keeping the car at about stock height, and upping the spring rates about 20%. Of course, upgraded struts would be nice in order to handle the increase.

This probably isn't helping much, but it's hard to find a cheap and effective solution without having drawbacks. I was actually very surprised how well my stock L suspension did rally-xing and driving at places like Gorman.
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Old 02-10-2005, 04:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, I'll look into the GC option. I think I've seen the scorpion kit b4, as I remember, that thing was pretty $$$. BTW, anyone know the stock spring rates for the OBS? tks!
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Old 02-10-2005, 04:47 PM   #4
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Have you thought about skid plates also? Doesn't raise the car any but would make it less vulnerable to the things you're trying to avoid by raising it. Of course you could do both. Just a thought.

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Old 02-11-2005, 12:44 PM   #5
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Yeah, I'm looking into the plates. The primitive 3/16 looks about right.
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yeah you beat me to it.
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