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Old 01-09-2002, 05:54 PM   #1
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Question Has anyone ACTUALLY put sport springs on an Outback?

I am getting ready to replace my struts with GR2s, and still wondering if I should do springs at the same time. I don't know how Outback springs compare to those from a regular Legacy wagon. I know that the strut change alone will lower my car about 1.5", and I am not sure how much lower it could go without running into alignment problems. The only spring I have heard of that apparently is available specifically for Outbacks is the one that Jack at iON was trying to drum up a GB for. I would REALLY like to hear from anybody with first hand experience...

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Old 01-11-2002, 11:17 PM   #2
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Old 01-12-2002, 01:17 AM   #3
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I have not done this, or known anyone that has tried it. But. I was talking with my parts manger about this. You should be able to change your Outback spring and struts out for Legacy Wagon springs and struts, with out having any major problems. The problem that I can see will be the alignment. I don't know what the spec would be or if they be almost the same as the legacy wagon.

Also, I think that the Outback also uses a lift block on the control arms to help get the extra ground clearance vs. the regular wagon.

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The only struts that clear the larger outback tires are the stock outback struts. So if you go with aftermarket or another subaru model then you will need 16" rims and lower profile tires (to maintain proper speedo readings) or simply put a smaller tire on the stock rims and deal with a slightly incorrect speedometer.

And I thought the "spacer blocks" are there to adjust camber because of the tires and suspension.

I wish subaru would simply state what they did to the outback to make it ride higher so we can end this debate once and for all.
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Old 01-13-2002, 10:28 PM   #5
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And I thought the "spacer blocks" are there to adjust camber because of the tires and suspension.

I wish subaru would simply state what they did to the outback to make it ride higher so we can end this debate once and for all.
Marc,

I didn't intend to open any debate. I know at least one Outback has been lowered by running normal Legacy struts and GT spec wheels and tires. My understanding is that the spacers are for alignment and do not affect the height. I am just hoping to hear from somebody who has tried some kind of sport springs (lowering or otherwise) on an Outback.

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