Originally Posted by Kostamojen
How do forester coils compare?
Unfortuately, I didn't add the FOR coil for these front spring comparison... lazyness, sorry
At any rate, here are rear springs from OB and FOR
gen 1 outback (1997) left (sorry, it's actually upside-down) and gen 1 forester (1999) right (painted)
the front is also a little taller than OB coil, but a mm smaller thickness....
so a gen 1 FOR coil will lift a gen 2 legacy/gen 1 OB a little... BUT the FOR front coil has a decreasing diameter, like the SVX shown here, and the OB does not get smaller, so you need the forester upper spring perch to mate to the tophat in front...
upper spring diameter comparison of 97 OB, 03 OB and 94 SVX
gen 1 OB (1997)
gen 2 OB (2003), has 1/4 more spring rotation and I suspect a stiffer spring rate, but is hardly taller than gen 1 OB spring...
SVX (and forester is similarly smaller on top, although not flattened)