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Old 04-05-2009, 01:12 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Best Way To Achieve Higher Ride Height

Hey Guys, I have an '07 Impreza 2.5i and was wondering the best way to get "lifted". LOL

I figured that by swapping to a Forester suspension, I would get some gains in ride height. But nothing seems to be quite as high as the Legacy Outbacks. That would be more toward the size I would be going for. I already put 55 series tires on it and got obvious height gains, but would like to go bigger if possible.

I know this may seem a little odd to most, but I am a little odd too, and for what ever reason, i'd rather go up than down! I have no specific reasons for doing this, no special race or other obligations, it's just something I want to do for me.

Thanks for the help everyone, I look forward to hearing everyones expert (and not so expert) opinions!

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Old 04-05-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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Forester is taller then the Outback.

It depends on how tall you want. The first step is to probably get Forester spec KYB GR2 struts and then get a hold of King Springs of Australia. They have slightly firmer and about 1" taller springs then stock for the Forester. You'll be near the top of the strut range, tons of bump travel, not so much extension travel. Anything beyond this is lift blocks for the struts. There are options up to 4" for that.

Um, how high you planning?

For a mild bump, I'd swap in Forester spec struts and then a Forester sport spring like Swift's FXT springs. This will give you a round a similar stance to the Outbacks. If you want a little more, grab a 1" or 2" lift block set.

A secondary option is Ground Control. You can pick any spring rate and length package you want and get the balance and height you're looking for.
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Old 04-05-2009, 03:49 PM   #3
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I think I might go with the first option, for what ever reason it always looks like the outbacks are higher than the foresters, probably because of the body style and illusions. I'm not looking to go high enough to need blocks, but the King Springs to give it that extra lift seem like a more than decent idea. Also, will the Struts bolt right up?

My dad has connect to get KYB Struts for cheap so this should work out to be affordable beyond reason, as long as King doesn't charge toooooo much. My friends Pre-Runner has King Springs on it and he likes them, so this sounds golden.

Then i'll put 24's on my Impreza...

I'm just kidding, thats not anywhere near my intent at all! LOL

Now to go price things out...
Thanks!

Any other opinions out there?
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:38 PM   #4
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Yeah, I have no clue what you're attempting to do. There will be many ways to approach it and some will yield better (more appropriate for your goals) results then others.
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Old 04-07-2009, 06:51 PM   #5
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what Back Road Runner recommended is a great setup that will let you enjoy a taller ride hight before you go in to the more expensive routes . and no this is not that very odd, we love lifted imprezas !!! W00t!
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:51 PM   #6
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Here's Westy old ride: KYB AGX struts, and Forester XT springs









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Old 04-08-2009, 02:13 AM   #7
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That red car is fecking sexy.
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:26 PM   #8
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How did the guy in the blue wagon like those tires. I assume they're the General Grabber AT 2 as they're the only aggressive truck tire that comes in something smaller then 29"-30". I'm looking at getting a set for off-road/rally-x applications. What size are they? I'm guessing 27"?
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:33 PM   #9
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man you can stuff some serious wheel in there!
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:37 PM   #10
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those are BFG tires on that blue car.

also, you can check out jackson rally for some alu front and rear top hat spacers to get some lift,

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Old 04-08-2009, 06:12 PM   #11
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How did the guy in the blue wagon like those tires. I assume they're the General Grabber AT 2 as they're the only aggressive truck tire that comes in something smaller then 29"-30". I'm looking at getting a set for off-road/rally-x applications. What size are they? I'm guessing 27"?
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Sizes....TR+Sport+A%2FT
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I was looking for something more aggressive, although that does look like a good mixed road tire.

These would end up as dedicated rally-x and off-road tires. I have winter/ice race tires. I have summer/auto-x tires. For now, the winters serve rally-x too. I have a spare set of rims, and I'm looking for something as aggressive and functional as possible for that task. There is always the Winterforce tire that's heavily used for rally-x. I do question the durabilty/longevity of them versus a true truck tire.

Did he really fit those BFGs with zero rubbing? You can't get them under 28". I know 27" and a little over fits. My bro runs a 235/50/R18 summer and he rubs just a little bit on some trim when turning. I'm sure 28" is pushing it big time. I'm not quite sure where you just run into trouble but I bet that's close. It's good to see a 28" fit though. Most truck tires are 29"-30" minimum, and I'm kind of doubting those fitting.
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:51 PM   #13
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Jackson's Impreza isn't an Impreza. It's a cage wearing Impreza sheet metal.

He'd find a way to fit monster truck tires under there if he wanted to.
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Jackson's Impreza isn't an Impreza. It's a cage wearing Impreza sheet metal.

He'd find a way to fit monster truck tires under there if he wanted to.
That pic was before he started cutting out bodywork though from the look of things. I believe he was successfully running those tires on nothing but 1" tophat spacers and otherwise stock suspension.

I'm currently running 1/2" spacers front and rear and will probably step up to 1" in the rear to level things out. It gets much more of the "outback" profile this way; not quite as tall as the red car above.
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