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Old 04-25-2013, 01:18 AM   #151
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That's about it. I took a bit of a MPG hit. And my speedo is about 5 miles slow at 60mph. I'm running a 215/65-16 general grabber at2 for summer and hankook ipikes in the winter.
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:04 PM   #152
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I just finished the lift a couple of weeks ago on my 2005 Impreza Outback Sport and had new tires installed today (grabbers). Here is a list of all things I used:

2008 Forester XT struts and springs
Subaru Outback rear trailing arm brackets
New trailing arm bracket bushings (pain to install)
2 sets of camber bolts (1 for front and 1 for rear)
sti rear endlinks on front to retain front sway bar

Upon the install of the tires this morning, unfortunately my oem wheels (+55 offset) were causing the wheels to rub the rear struts. I haven't had the alignment done yet and think if I had, the wheels would have worked alright. I had to buy new wheels too so that I wouldn't rub the tire and cause a flat. Not sure I like the wheels all that much, but it was the best looking set for sale, in my opinion but I always prefer oem wheels. Anyways, here is a pic of the final install (note: I have an alignment appointment today).

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After w/wheels and tires:

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Old 06-01-2013, 05:53 PM   #153
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The lift looks great, lots of clearance, but those wheels you picked are god awful imo.

What size tire are you going to end up running, and how much backspacing on the wheels.

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Old 06-01-2013, 08:14 PM   #154
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The tires are general grabber 215/65/16. The wheel spacing is good with the different trailing arm brackets.

These wheels were about the best they had. Like I said before the tires rubbed the struts with the oem wheels so I had to buy new wheels in order to leave. The wheels aren't my favorite either but the wife likes them and this is her daily driver. If she is happy, I am happy! ;-)
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:24 PM   #155
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I am a field biologist and recently my wagon has been getting a beating on some of the army base roads and poorly maintained trail roads I have had to get down for work. As my current suspension and tires need replacing, and I don't have enough money to buy a new vehicle to go off road I though lifting would be the happy medium.

I have a parts list of the following items for my 2006 impreza 2.5i wagon after reading through

2007 Forester XT OEM Strut/Spring combo (purchased these already)
Taller rear trailing arm brackets
STi rear endlinks for front swaybar (i do a fair amount of highway driving)
new front/rear camber bolts
bigger tires (hopefully on stock wheels)

I do want to make sure that with this I will not need any of the subframe spacers, as that is getting beyond what I really want to get into and I want to retain my highway driveability for the most part as I do drive quite a bit to get to my sites.

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Old 06-30-2013, 06:37 PM   #156
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As a[n unemployed] wildlife biologist AND Suby enthusiast, I'll jump in here

Your parts list looks pretty comprehensive and shouldn't put you too high over stuck requiring sub-frame spacing to lower the drive train. While I have a legacy, my experiences may be slightly different but overall lifting seems to translate across models and years pretty well, thus I think you will be very psyched with that set-up. I'd suggest a thicker rear sway bar (look for WRX/STi or even a Tribeca) also. That'll maintain if not pep-up your off road driving experience(s) given the added ground clearance, plus a little more oversteer than stock is good with AWD!

I'm on general grabber AT2s now and highly recommend them, BUT for more highway driving I might suggest the Yokahoma Geolander ATS. That may be my next tire if I get to 'improve' our 03 OBS (as my legacy is getting old and may slowly be giving up the ghost).

What kind of field work do you do?
Private sector (like consulting work? I assume since you're in your own wheels), or Government?

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I am a field biologist and recently my wagon has been getting a beating on some of the army base roads and poorly maintained trail roads I have had to get down for work. As my current suspension and tires need replacing, and I don't have enough money to buy a new vehicle to go off road I though lifting would be the happy medium.

I have a parts list of the following items for my 2006 impreza 2.5i wagon after reading through

2007 Forester XT OEM Strut/Spring combo (purchased these already)
Taller rear trailing arm brackets
STi rear endlinks for front swaybar (i do a fair amount of highway driving)
new front/rear camber bolts
bigger tires (hopefully on stock wheels)

I do want to make sure that with this I will not need any of the subframe spacers, as that is getting beyond what I really want to get into and I want to retain my highway driveability for the most part as I do drive quite a bit to get to my sites.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:11 PM   #157
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As a[n unemployed] wildlife biologist AND Suby enthusiast, I'll jump in here

Your parts list looks pretty comprehensive and shouldn't put you too high over stuck requiring sub-frame spacing to lower the drive train. While I have a legacy, my experiences may be slightly different but overall lifting seems to translate across models and years pretty well, thus I think you will be very psyched with that set-up. I'd suggest a thicker rear sway bar (look for WRX/STi or even a Tribeca) also. That'll maintain if not pep-up your off road driving experience(s) given the added ground clearance, plus a little more oversteer than stock is good with AWD!

I'm on general grabber AT2s now and highly recommend them, BUT for more highway driving I might suggest the Yokahoma Geolander ATS. That may be my next tire if I get to 'improve' our 03 OBS (as my legacy is getting old and may slowly be giving up the ghost).

What kind of field work do you do?
Private sector (like consulting work? I assume since you're in your own wheels), or Government?

cheers!
Sounds like a plan, I pm'd you with another question I had, Thanks for the input! just praying I don't end up with axle trouble. On another note, the work is private sector, environmental consulting work. Eastern box turtles and blandings turtles are the name of the game lately.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:42 PM   #158
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Sounds like a plan, I pm'd you with another question I had, Thanks for the input! just praying I don't end up with axle trouble. On another note, the work is private sector, environmental consulting work. Eastern box turtles and blandings turtles are the name of the game lately.
word!

Turns out once you start down the modifying road, YOU NEVER RETURN, so there's that caveat!

But all-in-all axles are pretty simple and not a deal breaker (which I've come to learn in all my fiddling.), spoken from a guy who doesn't make much and works part time, has 2 kids and not much time or "play money" for car projects. used are cheap, plentiful and fine and you'll learn rockauto and partsgeek are good places to get parts by saving $$



Around here its desert tortoise, then bird work here and there.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:43 PM   #159
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What would be the easiest way to lift my 2006 impreza 2.5i wagon? I don't have the best mechanic skills but I really want to get a subtle lift on my wagon.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:49 PM   #160
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What would be the easiest way to lift my 2006 impreza 2.5i wagon? I don't have the best mechanic skills but I really want to get a subtle lift on my wagon.
Reading this thread thoroughly, the answers are all there
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:54 PM   #161
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^ copy that^

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What would be the easiest way to lift my 2006 impreza 2.5i wagon? I don't have the best mechanic skills but I really want to get a subtle lift on my wagon.
or in a direct answer . . .
strut top spacers (see subtle solutions) of swap struts (1st gen OB or 2nd gen FOR).
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:51 AM   #162
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Soooo, I'm finally lifting my OBS, and have run into a small snag.

I got a set of 08 fxt struts, now im teying to wrap my head around how to make the 99 OBS rear top hats work on the foz struts.

The spring on the fxt strut is much smaller at the top the the OBS spring, sonis the top hat.

The 99 OBS tophat is a two piece design wile the 08 forester tophats are a single piece design.

Has anyone managed to get their rear 99 tophats on a set of 08 foz struts?

I would prefer not to drill/slot my original tophat mounting point, but I will if need be.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:14 PM   #163
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Soooo, I'm finally lifting my OBS, and have run into a small snag.

I got a set of 08 fxt struts, now im teying to wrap my head around how to make the 99 OBS rear top hats work on the foz struts.

The spring on the fxt strut is much smaller at the top the the OBS spring, sonis the top hat.

The 99 OBS tophat is a two piece design wile the 08 forester tophats are a single piece design.

Has anyone managed to get their rear 99 tophats on a set of 08 foz struts?

I would prefer not to drill/slot my original tophat mounting point, but I will if need be.

Thanks in advance,
~Evil
ya doin that backwards...it is FAR easier to slot the holes in the body a lil to match the 08 fozz rear strut top mount holes

ya need the old style springs for the rear

OR

or find a set of 01- fozz struts/tops/springs
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:23 PM   #164
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ya doin that backwards...it is FAR easier to slot the holes in the body a lil to match the 08 fozz rear strut top mount holes

ya need the old style springs for the rear

OR

or find a set of 01- fozz struts/tops/springs
Yup. I just ended up slotting the holes.

I think trying to find another set would be way harder, considering I already have the 08 struts
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:04 PM   #165
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Just mostly finished my lift tonight



Still need to address the rear camber, and probably add some adjustable rear trailing arms.

Having an odd issue where the swaybar is contacting the exhaust manifold.

Probably gonna have to double up on exhaust gaskets and rtv copper, and extend the endlinks to change the angle of the swaybar.

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Old 08-31-2013, 11:22 PM   #166
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Did you buy longer endlinks (sti)? If not, that could be your problem.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:42 PM   #167
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Made my own endlinks from heims joints.

I measured some sti rear endlinks I have, they were the same length, and waaay too short, I have already extended my endlinks a little bit.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:06 AM   #168
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Made my own endlinks from heims joints.

I measured some sti rear endlinks I have, they were the same length, and waaay too short, I have already extended my endlinks a little bit.
Where's you source your helm joints? I need some front wagon ones. So one makes ball joint endlinks for the wagon.
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I used 3/8-24 heims joints from Grainger, and I ordered cone washers from ebay
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I'm about to lift my 02 impreza with 04 forester xt struts/springs. I know there will be rear tire alignment issues. Could I get away with using ebay adjustable trailing arms on stock impreza mounting brackets? Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
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I'm about to lift my 02 impreza with 04 forester xt struts/springs. I know there will be rear tire alignment issues. Could I get away with using ebay adjustable trailing arms on stock impreza mounting brackets? Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
The trailing arms arent going to help with camber, but they will help you re-center the wheel.

You will need a camber bolt set to fix your rear alignment.
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Thanks, could someone link me to the camber-bolts they used? Also, from what I've read using outback trailing arm brackets has the same effect as using adjustable aftermarket trailing arms? Im trying to do this the most cost effective way.
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Thanks, could someone link me to the camber-bolts they used? Also, from what I've read using outback trailing arm brackets has the same effect as using adjustable aftermarket trailing arms? Im trying to do this the most cost effective way.
The bracket helps to correct suspension geometry. My OBS is lifted on 08 fozzyXT struts and the wheel is pretty close to the fender even with the trailing arm brackets.

As far as camber bolts go, just search ebay for some 14mm camber bolts
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:55 PM   #174
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I've really been debating on lifting my 2012 WRX sedan. What all do I need besides a set of King springs? I haven't been able to find much info on what I need for my year.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:15 AM   #175
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I've really been debating on lifting my 2012 WRX sedan. What all do I need besides a set of King springs? I haven't been able to find much info on what I need for my year.
Bumping this since I have the same platform.

Found this: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2482971

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