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Old 03-13-2005, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default Are 90-91 Legacy air struts different from 92-94?

I picked up a used front air strut for my 91 Legacy wagon from a local wrecking yard that specilizes in Subarus. The trouble is it isn't the same as the one on my car. The rigid portion below the half shield is 2 to 3 inches longer then the one on my 91. Also the air line on my car enters through the top of the strut mount while the replacement one is bundled with the electical connectors and enters through the side. The "motor" on the top also appears different , mine being larger in diameter and completely round while the replacement has a smaller diameter and a protusion on the side.The reciept says it's from a 93 and the guy at the yard says he has never heard of a difference between them. He says I should just go ahead and install it but I don't see how.

Anyone know anything about the differences and what years are compatible with a 91?

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Old 03-13-2005, 01:01 PM   #2
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.....if you aren't a member at legacygt.com yet.....they may be more able to help than we can....
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Old 03-13-2005, 01:34 PM   #3
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many of the 1st generation legacy owners who are looking for better performance decide to pull the whole air suspension out and put in struts/springs.
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Old 03-13-2005, 02:09 PM   #4
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many of the 1st generation legacy owners who are looking for better performance decide to pull the whole air suspension out and put in struts/springs.

I thought of that until I found out the cost for all the parts and I just can't afford it right now.

The local Subaru wrecking yard wants $995 CDN for a "kit" of all the parts you need to make the conversion (plus all your old air suspension parts in exchange).

When I put togeather a list at the dealer with all new parts it came to just under $2000 before tax.

You can find the parts on US sites cheaper but I would have to convert to Cdn dollars, add in shipping, duty and I'm sure something I haven't though of yet.

I picked up a used strut for a couple hundred. Basically it's the cheapest way to get my car back on the road right now. I just need to find out why I have the wrong strut and what the right one would be before I go back out there on Monday.
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Old 03-13-2005, 03:44 PM   #6
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I picked up a used front air strut for my 91 Legacy wagon from a local wrecking yard that specilizes in Subarus. The trouble is it isn't the same as the one on my car. The rigid portion below the half shield is 2 to 3 inches longer then the one on my 91. Also the air line on my car enters through the top of the strut mount while the replacement one is bundled with the electical connectors and enters through the side. The "motor" on the top also appears different , mine being larger in diameter and completely round while the replacement has a smaller diameter and a protusion on the side.The reciept says it's from a 93 and the guy at the yard says he has never heard of a difference between them. He says I should just go ahead and install it but I don't see how.

Anyone know anything about the differences and what years are compatible with a 91?

Thanks
never mind...figured it out

It's a rear strut they gave me. I just went out and took off my rear tire on a hunch and sure enough. What's really annoying is the guy at the yard even went out to check my front strut againest his to make sure he had the right side and he didn't notice even was selling me a rear to replace my front.

Oh well, learn something new everyday.
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