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Old 12-11-2011, 04:13 PM   #101
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Could use a Forester bracket, that's what I did.
are you talking about trailing arm brackets? The posts below yours are talking about sway bar brackets so i want to help clarify what brackets you and others are talking about here.

when OB or FOR strut-lifting, the trailing arm bracket is recommended for re-centering the rear wheel in the wheel space, sway bar brackets are unnecessary.
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:23 PM   #102
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I have a 05 wrx.

I want to lift my car about 4 inches so I can put 15x6.5 inch rims and some 205/75/15 tires on. What would I need to do to get there? Should i use both Forester struts and shocks or use Forester struts with outback shocks. What would i need to get to keep my car reliable, and have correct alignment?

I recommend 03-08 Forester strut assemblies and 1" spacers (http://www.subtle-solutions.com/prod...products_id=98

But you won't need the spacers to fit those tires. Those struts will push you up a couple inches I suspect and the tire size another inch and a half or so which is PLENTY good.
gen 2 forester (03-08) is a taller lift than for or OB struts, and even OB struts with gen 1 (98-02) FOR springs, AND a LOOOT easier!

You'll need a camber kit for the front, possibly rear too to get your alignment back in spec, but it's pretty straight forward.

If you want to go higher than 4" then gen 2 forester struts AND an SJR lift (http://www.sjrlift.com/index.php?pag...&Itemid=100053


^ this pic is a 6" lift... THAT high of a lift includes drive line component lowering (mandatory going taller than 2" over stock)


BUT, gen 2 fozzie stuff and a 1" spacer plus taller tires should get you in the 4" range.
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:28 PM   #103
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I'm strongly considering buying a 2012 Impreza 5-door (likely the sport premium). They have not arrived in my part of the country yet so I have no way of checking them out. However, looking at photos the Impreza seems to sit fairly low and I was curious as to what a good option would be for a bit of a lift. Im primarily looking to get more clearance from the body, not so much interested in large tires. Just hoping to lessen the odds of ripping off my lower front bumper when driving on forest service roads, entering/exiting steep driveways ( I live in the mountains), or hitting a large chuck of ice that has dislodged from someone's wheel well on the highway (which is possible 9 months out of the year here).

Id guess that 2 inches would suffice. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Also, Im looking for a way to do this that doesn't involve using springs from a 1998 Forester with 2004 Outback struts with 2007 WRX arm brackets, etc. Im not too worried about performance losses as I am a fairly conservative driver and not a high speed cornering addict. Basically, Im looking for a fairly simple solution for my desires. Thanks again!


I think 2012 rear susension is different and the fozzie lifts wouldn't work. i'd suggest looking into the 1" spacers and a bit taller tires.

Or looking into the new XV, I think they're coming stateside in 2013, overseas next year, and they've been in Europe this year. I think the 2012 is the redesign and is a bit taller than the Europe's 2011 version.

http://offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=3015

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Old 12-11-2011, 06:43 PM   #104
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I'm strongly considering buying a 2012 Impreza 5-door (likely the sport premium). They have not arrived in my part of the country yet so I have no way of checking them out. However, looking at photos the Impreza seems to sit fairly low and I was curious as to what a good option would be for a bit of a lift. Im primarily looking to get more clearance from the body, not so much interested in large tires. Just hoping to lessen the odds of ripping off my lower front bumper when driving on forest service roads, entering/exiting steep driveways ( I live in the mountains), or hitting a large chuck of ice that has dislodged from someone's wheel well on the highway (which is possible 9 months out of the year here).

Id guess that 2 inches would suffice. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Also, Im looking for a way to do this that doesn't involve using springs from a 1998 Forester with 2004 Outback struts with 2007 WRX arm brackets, etc. Im not too worried about performance losses as I am a fairly conservative driver and not a high speed cornering addict. Basically, Im looking for a fairly simple solution for my desires. Thanks again!
SH (09+) forester struts and springs, you might need the upper arms from the foz too. Done.

All those parts listed in the second paragraph will not fit the rear of your car.
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:24 AM   #105
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Just to add tire size/fitting, I have an 06 STI with 1" spacer. 225/55/17 Blizzaks without rubbing. Without spacers they rubbed. Not sure how much bigger I'd go. ALK actually limits a little towards front of wheel well. Just info on "lesser" lift.
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:00 PM   #106
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This is what I was talking about.. Were you guys talking about the other bracket? My bad then.
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:41 PM   #107
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Would 99 forester struts and springs fit on a 98-01 2.5rs?
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:18 AM   #108
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Would 99 forester struts and springs fit on a 98-01 2.5rs?
pretty sure it'd be a straight swap
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:32 PM   #109
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I an a super noob when it comes to swaps... I am looking to put together a nice rallyx/ winter beater car... I currently have a '98 Impreze L WGN... I am looking to swap in a EZ30 (I think that the code but not the issue I want addressed) and I would like to do a lift and a rear brake swap on it as well... I will be searching for 04+ forester struts to swap... sounds like with them I should get about 2-3 inches... as I read I may need this or that... but I am not sure what this or that is??? new top hats or not, will the tires fit or not, will it handle or won't it.

Can someone help with a list of what I will need for the swap with again '98 Impreza L WGN... also I don't need monster truck tires YET but I shall after I do the 3.0 swap which I understand will include work on the fenders... should I just wait until then or how much more $$$ would it cost to do coilovers and more of a real rally setup?
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:38 PM   #110
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I am not sure I need all of this...
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:00 PM   #111
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Never mind I read some stuff here... But I got educated over at DI

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:02 PM   #112
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Loving these lifted scoobies. can't wait to do it to mine.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:10 AM   #113
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Alright. So I have a 97 GF With '99 Forester struts and Im to the point where I'm ready to get the 215/65R16 General grabbers with rims. My biggest hang up is the wheel offset. From what I have noticed of aftermarket rims is that the offset is such that the tire is basically flush with the fender thus widening the stance. I love that look, but I'm concerned that with the taller tires, the tire will hit the fender and I'd hate to drop a butt load of money on tires and rims and have them get slashed by the fenders.

What i would like to know is:
Is a guy able to have the tire-flush-to-fender look with the 215/65R16 General Grabbers on a ~97 GF?
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:06 PM   #114
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So I've been reading through all of this and I must say, I'm a bit overwhelmed at what all I'm looking at and is involved in this. I will ask this question out of pure naive-ness (as most of my auto knowledge in with engines and not suspension) so please bare with me. Both of my rear struts are blown on my 03 WRX, and I'm looking for a cheap set of struts/springs. That's when I get the bright idea of swapping in some Forester struts/springs for a decent lift while repairing my car. Here's where the simplicity/complexity question comes in.

Can I do a straight swap of 03 Forester XT struts/springs onto my 03 WRX? What all would I need (for daily driving and maybe some light offroad travel) to keep the car in alignment and correct geometry? Could I just throw the struts/springs on and be fine? If not, what would the estimated cost be to keep it in proper alignment? Would it just be easier if I replaced the struts with stock WRX struts and just leave well enough alone?

Thanks guys. Just a naive kid trying to get some answers. Just trying for a different look on the car, and I'm not quite sure what all I'm getting into. PM me on answers as I don't check through the threads often.

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Old 02-19-2012, 11:12 PM   #115
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So I've been reading through all of this and I must say, I'm a bit overwhelmed at what all I'm looking at and is involved in this. I will ask this question out of pure naive-ness (as most of my auto knowledge in with engines and not suspension) so please bare with me. Both of my rear struts are blown on my 03 WRX, and I'm looking for a cheap set of struts/springs. That's when I get the bright idea of swapping in some Forester struts/springs for a decent lift while repairing my car. Here's where the simplicity/complexity question comes in.

Can I do a straight swap of 03 Forester XT struts/springs onto my 03 WRX? What all would I need (for daily driving and maybe some light offroad travel) to keep the car in alignment and correct geometry? Could I just throw the struts/springs on and be fine? If not, what would the estimated cost be to keep it in proper alignment? Would it just be easier if I replaced the struts with stock WRX struts and just leave well enough alone?

Thanks guys. Just a naive kid trying to get some answers. Just trying for a different look on the car, and I'm not quite sure what all I'm getting into.
No, not without modification, the Forester take offs will not work (trailing arms, camber bolts, etc.)

The only take offs that will work for you without modification would be springs from an 02 or 03 Impreza Outback Sport.

They'll go on, one to one, but the difference in weight between the OBS and WRX will make the front end a little "under"suspended due to the softer spring rate.
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2260714

2" lift I did on my 03 with OBS springs I got from brys and 1" aluminum spacers. (skip to the last page)
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:39 AM   #117
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Can I do a straight swap of 03 Forester XT struts/springs onto my 03 WRX? What all would I need (for daily driving and maybe some light offroad travel) to keep the car in alignment and correct geometry? Could I just throw the struts/springs on and be fine? If not, what would the estimated cost be to keep it in proper alignment? Would it just be easier if I replaced the struts with stock WRX struts and just leave well enough alone?
Yup, 03 FXt suspension is a straight swap into a bugeye WRX. You'll gain about 2" ground clearance. You might need a camber kit in your front struts for alignment, but otherwise you'll be fine! You'll be able to fit up to nearly 28" tires after the lift. Go with general grabber AT2 215x65x16"

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Yup, 03 FXt suspension is a straight swap into a bugeye WRX. You'll gain about 2" ground clearance. You might need a camber kit in your front struts for alignment, but otherwise you'll be fine! You'll be able to fit up to nearly 28" tires after the lift. Go with general grabber AT2 215x65x16"

and look here
http://www.dirtyimpreza.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=20924
There was no FXT in 03, just the X and XS. The top hats are different in the rear from your 03 WRX and the 03 Forester. So your rear will sag.

I'm still not convinced the trailing arms fit correctly. When I fitted up 04 STi take offs on my 04 FXT the rear was AFU, the swaybar was at an angle that it was pushing on the muffler.

Don't use the X or XS suspension on your WRX, the weight difference up front is not minor, they were not engineered for the extra weight of the Turbo components, so the front will be under suspended and will adversely affect handling.

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FWIW on lifting the 03 rex on 04 FOZ bits, I did some finding, or more like running across these pix. . .





from here: 03 wrx sedan w/04 forester springs/struts/tophats

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Finally! Been setup for a few months now, no problems, slight rub fully turned to one side. 2002 wrx with 04 fxt struts, complete takeoffs in front, 01 forester rear springs, 02 wrx rear top hats, no sways installed at the moment (hotchkis set under the deck, we'll see if they fit), 225/55/17 M&S tires on rota subzeros. I love it, at first it felt so weird getting into my car that high up. But I can drive up and over that curb now. Thanks to everyone that helped me get this setup frankensteined together. some exterior work is on the way + possibly a RI light bar and a custom tranny pan skidplate.

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I've got a 2007 2.5i, and I was going to order some KYB GR-2's for the same year Forester XT. I don't want the complete lift with forester springs, so I was just going to transfer mine. I shouldn't need trailing arms for this, should I? I mean, eventually I'd like some fozzy lowering springs with higher rates, but I'm not going crazy. I guess when the General Grabbers go on, I'll need the trailing arms. But for, now, I should be able to swap my springs, throw on the GR-2's, align it, and go drive, right? No sway bar problems etc...?
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That 6 inch lift is soo CRAZY!
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I've got a 2007 2.5i, and I was going to order some KYB GR-2's for the same year Forester XT. I don't want the complete lift with forester springs, so I was just going to transfer mine. I shouldn't need trailing arms for this, should I? I mean, eventually I'd like some fozzy lowering springs with higher rates, but I'm not going crazy. I guess when the General Grabbers go on, I'll need the trailing arms. But for, now, I should be able to swap my springs, throw on the GR-2's, align it, and go drive, right? No sway bar problems etc...?
If you are going to run forester struts then run forester springs. If you run the impreza springs on the foz suspension, don't expect to have a comfortable ride or for those new struts to last more than a few weeks or months
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does anyone have the part number i need for the trailing arm bracket? i have an 05wrx with 04 fxt struts on it.
i purchased the - 1998 - Subaru - LEGACY
rear suspension, suspension components, trailing arm mount bracket AWD, w/Outback, SUS Right
from subaru parts warehouse and this is the same exact one thats on my car to start with
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That didn't help answer my question
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