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Old 05-01-2019, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default Lifting a 2014 impreza

09-13 forester struts fit a 10-14 subaru impreza. The dealerships head technician confirmed it with me today. So just in case if anybody is like me going nuts trying to figure all this out... here it is. Lol I will update with pics whenever I get done buying and installing the new struts. I'll also be trying some slightly larger AT tires on a different set of rims.
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:14 PM   #2
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this isn't any different than lifting any of the other years in this gen, 12-16.

to do it right you really need subframes/spacers/control arms i believe. for sure your rear camber will be off, and possibly the front.
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:09 PM   #3
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Sounds like a headache waiting to happen trying to get your tires to wear evenly.

Why donít you just get a crosstrek?
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:53 PM   #4
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As far as getting a crosstrek the car I have is what I like, and I don't feel like having another car payment one is enough for my budget lol but I think from what I've researched if I get the trailing arms for the rear it will correct the rear suspension from causing rubbing, and getting the subframe spacers from the forester will help keep most of the geometry inline. But like I said I'll post pics and keep this thread updated, I guess ill also be the guinea pig for these models too.
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Old 05-06-2019, 03:03 PM   #5
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As far as getting a crosstrek the car I have is what I like, and I don't feel like having another car payment one is enough for my budget lol but I think from what I've researched if I get the trailing arms for the rear it will correct the rear suspension from causing rubbing, and getting the subframe spacers from the forester will help keep most of the geometry inline. But like I said I'll post pics and keep this thread updated, I guess ill also be the guinea pig for these models too.


The point is if you are going to pretty much end up with an XV, why not get the XV?

1. Stronger body/ structural stiffness
2. Better gearing for larger tires
3. Already lifted to the level you are going to end at with all the correct pieces already installed.

I mean I support the intent and modification of vehicles 110%, but when you are going to end up with something substandard to a production car that pretty costs the same..........
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Old 05-06-2019, 05:25 PM   #6
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I am interested to see how it will look without all the grey plastic cladding tho...
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Old 05-07-2019, 09:52 AM   #7
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I am interested to see how it will look without all the grey plastic cladding tho...
paint for the gray cladding would be cheaper....

like i said i fully support just about all mods, but this one makes ZERO sense when there is actually a better factory option to accomplish the same thing

now if someone were to drop an FA20 or FA20DIT and 6speed into an Impreza that would be something...

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Old 05-07-2019, 02:30 PM   #8
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Ima keep updated on this
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Old 05-12-2019, 02:34 AM   #9
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Crawled up under my car today and was looking around. I'm gonna have to either source some drop brackets and swaybar end links from a forester (09-13) or buy a kit from subtle solutions $$$$$ or Anderson design fab $$$. As far as some measurements go I'll need between 1.5"- 2" to keep suspension and CV geometry inline. Hopefully I'll be buying the forester struts between this coming Friday and next friday. I'll keep y'all updated too. Also if anybody has some 09-13 forester struts or know of somebody who has some to sell let me know cause I'll jump on them to save a few bucks
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:25 AM   #10
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I bet you can get them cheap at a junkyard
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:23 PM   #11
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I bet you can get them cheap at a junkyard
That's my problem is subarus aren't that popular around me so new is probably a better option. But I will keep searching.
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:45 PM   #12
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paint for the gray cladding would be cheaper....

like i said i fully support just about all mods, but this one makes ZERO sense when there is actually a better factory option to accomplish the same thing

now if someone were to drop an FA20 or FA20DIT and 6speed into an Impreza that would be something...

That FA20DIT and 6 speed swap would be a great combo for this lift.
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Old 10-26-2019, 10:45 PM   #13
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Crawled up under my car today and was looking around. I'm gonna have to either source some drop brackets and swaybar end links from a forester (09-13) or buy a kit from subtle solutions $$$$$ or Anderson design fab $$$. As far as some measurements go I'll need between 1.5"- 2" to keep suspension and CV geometry inline. Hopefully I'll be buying the forester struts between this coming Friday and next friday. I'll keep y'all updated too. Also if anybody has some 09-13 forester struts or know of somebody who has some to sell let me know cause I'll jump on them to save a few bucks
Have you found any struts to put on yet? What other parts are you pulling to swap? I have a 2013 Impreza that I want to lift.
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Old 01-18-2022, 04:05 PM   #14
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I actually super appreciate the leg work you did here. I have a 2014 Impreza that I lifted with 2" spacers. My shocks and struts have 100k on them and I need new ones and it's hard to find equal replacements. Forester struts are 2" taller then Impreza struts and now I know what year I need to be looking for so it should be an even swap. What some may not be considering is that the Impreza is $4k less than a Crosstrek. So by making modifications like this, you get the same type of fit but you pay less for it.
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Old 02-22-2022, 09:48 AM   #15
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I did mine with a set of 2012 forester struts front and back and a set of 2" subframe spacer for the rear only to fix alignment problems. I went with subtle solution spacers but there are other makers as well.
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Old 03-11-2022, 12:19 AM   #16
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Can't to see this, been thinking of doing this myself for going on some logging trails with the rig.
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Can't to see this, been thinking of doing this myself for going on some logging trails with the rig.
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Old 04-08-2022, 11:28 PM   #18
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I did mine with a set of 2012 forester struts front and back and a set of 2" subframe spacer for the rear only to fix alignment problems. I went with subtle solution spacers but there are other makers as well.
Did you do this awhile ago? How has this worked out for you? Decent ride? No big issues? I'm looking into doing the same. The original struts on my 2014 have 100k on them and need to be replaced anyway, been wanting a little more height so figure I might as well
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Old Yesterday, 08:38 AM   #19
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I dislike the seats in our 2013 crosstrek and feel the body style of the impreza hatch is much nicer. The ride quality is also way too harsh so swapping struts might not suit me. Wonder if some type of coilovers might fit?
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