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Old 05-02-2004, 06:05 PM   #1
JerZBajaT
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Question Air Suspension kits?

OK Kids - I am very happy with my BajaT, but started scheming...
What if I could lower it 2-3 inches for my HWY cruising, and raise it another 1-2 inches for my beach fishing trips?
I've looked at the Truck sites and Import sites for Air Suspension kits, but haven't seen anything for the Baja. Looking for thoughts and suggestions here...
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Old 05-02-2004, 11:41 PM   #2
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I wonder if the Subaru Air Suspension from the 80's would work? hmmmmm. That would be interesting, but from what I have heard, all of them had a flaw, once they got old enough they would start to fail and cause the suspension to go up all the way and have the toughest ride of your life and you wouldn't be able to reverse it w/out servising it.
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Old 05-03-2004, 03:31 PM   #3
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Outbacks outside NA have load levelling rear suspensions which I'm sure could be adapted to modify the ride height. Trouble is the setup is quite expensive to purchase as just parts. Plus that doesn't take care of the front end. The front could probably be converted from an older Legacy or XT, as all are just MacPherson Struts. However the old bits are also expensive, and may not handle the increased weight long term.

But the biggest problem will be the suspension geometry. Your Baja is set at it's current ride height to keep the tires flat to the ground under normal conditions. If you lower the suspension without modifying the geometry, you will get increased tire wear on the inside edge. We currently have this problem with our Legacy when we go on long camping/road trips with the car loaded to capacity. It is just one of the downfalls with single pivot suspension designs.

If you were to set the geometry to a lower ride setting normally (just use regular Legacy bits), and only raise the suspension when needed, it would work much better.
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Old 05-04-2004, 01:09 AM   #4
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Rear suspension from pre '00 cars are completely different fron the current style Legacy/Baja platrom. There is simple no way to make the older stuff fit the new car. We have looked at many options, and are working with TrailMaster Suspension on Baja Kits. No Air suspension though. Sorry to burst the pneumatic bubble as it were.

Air struts may be feasable though. The rear links are very straight forward.

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Old 05-04-2004, 08:45 AM   #5
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Rear suspension from pre '00 cars are completely different fron the current style Legacy/Baja platrom.
I was speaking about current (ok, last year's) Legacy/Outbacks which come with the load levelling rear. It would be a direct "bolt up".

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There is simple no way to make the older stuff fit the new car.
Shouldn't be too difficult for the front, suspension parts swap between 1st gen Legacy's and current without much trouble.

I don't think this would be difficult to do, just time consuming and potentially expensive.
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