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Old 02-12-2004, 05:29 PM   #1
Backroadoutback
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I own a 2000 Outback Wagon. I have used it for traveling the back roads in the mountains of Virginia, but the underside is getting torn up. Has anybody installed the Scorpion lift kit for this car with good success? Is handling affected? Does the lift affect tire wear and driveline durability?

Maybe I should get a jeep? Maybe the Outback isn't really for the outback?

Concering the Scorpion lift kit. $1200 plus seems a little on the steep side for 4 springs and a few 50mm lift blocks with bolts????

Any input is welcome.


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Old 02-12-2004, 06:09 PM   #2
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while I'm not using the scorpion kit, nor am I in a 2000 wagon, but with my 2" lift, I haven't had any reason to complain about any degradation of handling. Granted, I'm not taking the car to any trackdays, but for normal around town driving, and on longer road trips, it handles as well as my last legacy (95 wagon) at stock height.
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Old 02-12-2004, 07:17 PM   #3
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I own a 2000 Outback Wagon. I have used it for traveling the back roads in the mountains of Virginia, but the underside is getting torn up. Has anybody installed the Scorpion lift kit for this car with good success? Is handling affected? Does the lift affect tire wear and driveline durability?

Maybe I should get a jeep? Maybe the Outback isn't really for the outback?

Concering the Scorpion lift kit. $1200 plus seems a little on the steep side for 4 springs and a few 50mm lift blocks with bolts????

Any input is welcome.


All torn up.
I know a few guys over at my site that do a lot of offroading with their OB's and I'm sure they could help you out or point you in the right direction. One thing you might want to consider is getting a new 2005 OB when they come out seeing as how they will have just less than 9 inches of ground clearance as compared to your OB with only 7.3 inches. I'll ask them and see if they'll come here and try to help you out or you can come to my site and check it out for yourself.
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Old 02-14-2004, 09:03 PM   #4
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BusHonk, how did you do your 2 in lift? Just curious.
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Old 02-16-2004, 12:56 AM   #5
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Backroad:

Search is your friend
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ghlight=lifted

Bushonk:

Yeah, what kind of lift do you have? I'm wondering myself, thanks.

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Old 02-16-2004, 11:33 AM   #6
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OK, I can see how the 2" body lift will not affect the steering geometry or the axle shaft angles, but what about the replacement springs or struts? It seems to me they would increase camber and thus increase tire wear. Anybody here done a lift and can answer this question?????
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Old 02-16-2004, 01:11 PM   #7
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Backroad:

Maybe contact the guy in the above posted link that has done it, see what he has to say? You're looking for people that have actually performed this mod, there you go, you've got one. Send him a PM. Or don't, it's entirely up to you.

Also see here for a couple of reviews:
http://www.subarureview.com/showreview.php?id=27

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Old 02-16-2004, 05:58 PM   #8
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so I'm not using the full kit (springs/blocks), though the springs are the scorpion 2"ers... I haven't noticed any uneven treadwear on my tires, and can't report any noticeable problems having them on. I did have a good friend install them, and he's got plenty experience and time to tinker, so I'll check to see if there were any out of the box problems that he resolved for me.

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