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Old 06-24-2019, 03:00 PM   #1
Getsmurfed
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I've got a 2012 Impreza Sport that I've had for a few years, and it has become quite apparent that the rear is lower than the front, which just gets worse when I load the car for a trip.

Is there any resource to finding the stock height at the wheelwell?

The posts I've come across, while searching, usually say to fix it by replacing the shocks/struts, but that seems counter intuitive, since the height is based on the springs.

I'm not sure if I should be looking to replace springs, struts, and add spacers. Also there doesn't seem to be much suspension info/options available for my car, that I have been able to find
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Old 06-26-2019, 03:09 PM   #2
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Find a near by shop that will give a free estimate. Then you'll know and can do it yourself for cheaper. that's what i usually do unless it ends up being something i cant handle.
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Old 06-26-2019, 05:30 PM   #3
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^^ what he said.

My STI can scrape going into my driveway. I briefly looked at raising it a little bit. Then I found I just need to enter the driveway at a sharp angle.

Searching I found a lot of references to saggy butt syndrome with impreza's and wrx's. Search for a subie specialist in your area and see what they have to say. You have a common problem. One of the solutions was a 1/2 inch spacer that cost about $50 IIRC.
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Old 06-26-2019, 06:00 PM   #4
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The factory service manual specs the 2012 Impreza Sport hub to wheel arch dimensions as 15.43" Front and 14.61" Rear.
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Old 06-26-2019, 06:47 PM   #5
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It sits rear down stock as listed above , I corrected this with 1/4 front spacer and 3/4 rear spacer from Subtle solutions, when loaded with people and stuff it now sits at stock unloaded height. But sits perfectly level static unloaded. The 1/4 front spacer definitely helped with steeper driveways and not dragging the nose as much. Parking garage steep inclines with 3 or so in the car were the worst.

Front: https://www.subtle-solutions.com/pro...d06f019e393b5e

Rear: https://www.subtle-solutions.com/pro...d06f019e393b5e


Also set the alignment toe 0 front and rear to keep the back from chopping the inside edge of the tires , the stock +.24 total toe is too much and as you load down, toe increases.

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Old 06-27-2019, 09:27 AM   #6
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+1 for Subtle Solutions... they've been the kings of saggy butts for years.
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:11 AM   #7
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I finally remembered to pack a tape measure, so I could measure at work (I park on uneven grass at home) Hub to arch, I sit around 15.25 in the the front, and 14 in the rear.

Which is a .2" front sag and .6" rear sag from what is listed as stock height...

I'm thinking of going with the Anderson 1" front and 1 3/8" rear lift (and when I need tires, upgrade my 205/50 17 to Crosstrek sized 225/55 17)
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