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Old 07-11-2002, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Outback, aftermarket struts, there is hope!

I thought I should share this with everyone (since I got permission and all)

It looks like us Outback owners will finally have a choice besides OEM (and DMS gold, for those who have the gold in the first place). This excerpted (to remove irrelivant info) from several emails.

Note, I have no connection to KYB, I just sent an inquiry about struts for my '99 Outback and got a responce from a "higher up" at KYB. I am sure he only wants his name and email masked so that he does not get flooded with questions.

I am sending him the url for this thread, so he may see it. He may even respond to questions.

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On Monday, April 15, 2002 2:56 PM, ###### ###### <######@kyb.com> wrote:
Scott,

KYB will have Outback coverage in the upcoming 2002 catalog. The struts will be available late Summer 2002.

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Hi ######,

Thanks for the prompt reply. I am testing some some new (heavy duty) springs from whiteline and will probably need to replace my struts due to the increased spring rate (77,000 miles on OEM struts) on worn struts.

If I could ask you a few questions before I go buy some more OEM struts:

are we talking adjustable/more sporty struts? (I would like better dampning than OEM, preferably adjustable)

Approximate retail cost?

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On Tuesday, April 16, 2002 2:02 PM, ###### ###### <######@kyb.com> wrote:
Scott,

The Outback parts will be approx 15% firmer than the stock OEM damping forces. I am afraid that Late Summer will be the earliest these will be available. I really cannot be more specific. The selling coost still has to be determined and announced.

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Greetings,

Any more word on the Outback Struts? Still "late summer"?

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On Thursday, July 11, 2002 9:19 AM, ###### ###### <######@kyb.com> wrote:
Scott,

Late Summer is still our target.

######

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Great!

may I post this email online (with or without your email address)?

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Without my name and email will be fine.

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Old 07-11-2002, 01:17 PM   #2
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That sounds quite promising. If this pans out, the most popular suspension strut will most definitely be the KYB. This is mainly due to the lack of any other manufacturer stepping up. OB owners may pre-emptively rejoice!

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Old 07-11-2002, 07:20 PM   #3
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Old 07-12-2002, 04:14 PM   #4
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Ah, yes, but the question is, for which Outback? 97-99, or 2000+???
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Old 07-12-2002, 04:28 PM   #5
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Ah, yes, but the question is, for which Outback? 97-99, or 2000+???
Since dscottf's original inquiry was for his 99, we can assume that the upcoming KYB units should be suited for the BD/BG/BKs. But we all know what assumptions can lead to...

It would be more practical for the 95-99s since I think there's a greater owner base. I could be wrong. BE/BH has only been around for three years. Of course, I'm not sure how many more sales SOA has had with the new body style.

I just hope they have sedan struts, too! :eeK:

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Old 07-12-2002, 06:56 PM   #6
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I just hope they have sedan struts, too!
He did say "Outback coverage", I wonder how much difference there is? (I bet the springs are different, but the struts are the same)

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Ah, yes, but the question is, for which Outback? 97-99, or 2000+???
Also, the 2K cars don't even have rear struts... and I doubt enough of them (from a marketing standpoint) will have "worn out" struts (why most people replace 'em) to warrent covering that market.

Those are of course, guesses (that I will turn into questions and send off afther this thread runs a few days)
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Old 07-12-2002, 07:10 PM   #7
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KYB has said that they will be producing an aftermarket Strut/Shock for 2000+ Legacy's this Fall. Unfortunately they will be of "OEM" type not AGX Adjustable. I do not know if this includes the Outback models as the question I asked was specific to Legacy's.

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