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Old 12-06-2017, 02:37 AM   #576
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How are your front axles doing?
I was told anything above 2 really strains the CV boots..

My rig is a 2002 WRX Wagon
Everything's all good, I'd say great but I want mooore height lol

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Old 12-06-2017, 02:38 AM   #577
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:02 AM   #578
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Good info here
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:10 AM   #579
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Everything's all good, I'd say great but I want mooore height lol

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Same here!
I have 2 aluminum spacers, but I was curious if I could go with the forester struts WITH my spacers.

So I can go larger tires.
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Old 12-28-2017, 12:20 PM   #580
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If Im reading all the info correctly. I should be able to go with Forrester struts, Forester end links, can I use my OBS springs or do I need Forester springs also? If Im not going beyond the 2 the Forester struts give me, do I need to be overly concerned about correcting CV angles? Also when you speak of lowering drivetrain components are you actually lowering the entire engine/tranny combo?
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:10 PM   #581
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If Im reading all the info correctly. I should be able to go with Forrester struts, Forester end links, can I use my OBS springs or do I need Forester springs also? If Im not going beyond the 2 the Forester struts give me, do I need to be overly concerned about correcting CV angles? Also when you speak of lowering drivetrain components are you actually lowering the entire engine/tranny combo?
Thanks.
I did STI endlinks, not sure Forester will do it. I would go with Forester springs as well, because it would put a lot of wear on the struts if you dont. You'll need 97-99? Outback trailing arm brackets or some bracket spacers to center your rear wheels. I wouldn't worry about the CV angles
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Old 12-29-2017, 12:09 AM   #582
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Is it possible to swap out the transmission crossmember without removing the transmission?
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:27 PM   #583
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Having a hard time finding the OBS trailing arm brackets since they are now discontinued. Do the trailing arm spacers do the same thing? I wasn't sure if the OBS brackets had a mounting point farther back to move the wheel or if just by lower the arm and correcting the angle they moved the wheel back. Getting ready to lift my 04 wagon with forester struts
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:13 AM   #584
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Trailing arm spacers do about the same thing. The only thing I wonder about is replacing the bolts with longer ones. I stripped one of mine and went to Fastenal to replace it and the guy looked at me funny. He seemed to think the best idea was to go to the junk yard and pull off a bolt from another Subie. I wonder how hard it would be to find bolts long enough.. I've got a couple LOBs at the junkyard back in my hometown but won't be up to taking them off until summer time.. I guess if you are able to wait that long I could some to you?
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:09 PM   #585
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OK I love this thread but have way more meager lifting goals for my 2007 STi. I simply want to be able to run a slightly taller tire (225/50/17 or 235/50/17) in an attempt to get a better ride quality. I've had my car in OEM configuration for just over 2 years but would really like to make it more DD friendly as I continue to get older and my lower back continues to give me issues. But, I do love my STi.

Do you think it would be conceivable to run some Paranoid Fabrications 3/4" or 1" spacers OR perhaps KING lifting springs to create enough room for my goal? Most of this desire has been brought on as I need to buy new tires, and would like to run a larger sidewall intentionally. As most STi owners are hell bent on lowering their cars I know I need help from a special group, so hoping I found it here. What would you recommend as my best lower cost alternative to creating a bit of room to run the slightly larger tires I seek?

Here are how a few sizes compare:

225/45/17 - 24.97" tall
235/45/17 - 25.33" tall
225/50/17 - 25.86" tall
235/50/17 - 26.25" tall

Thanks all.
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:51 AM   #586
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Here are how a few sizes compare:

225/45/17 - 24.97" tall
235/45/17 - 25.33" tall
225/50/17 - 25.86" tall
235/50/17 - 26.25" tall

Thanks all.


Question for ya, what brand and model of tire are you lookin for? Those sizes seem perfect, but as a street tire?
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:57 PM   #587
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Question for ya, what brand and model of tire are you lookin for? Those sizes seem perfect, but as a street tire?
Yes, I'm simply looking for street tires and haven't chosen any size or brand as of yet. I'm mostly interested in increasing ride comfort and just 'toning' down the car from it's hyper-active and bouncy self. Do you have any recommendations?
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Old 02-26-2018, 09:51 PM   #588
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Yes, I'm simply looking for street tires and haven't chosen any size or brand as of yet. I'm mostly interested in increasing ride comfort and just 'toning' down the car from it's hyper-active and bouncy self. Do you have any recommendations?


I was going to suggest an off road tire like the general grabber AT2!!
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Old 02-26-2018, 10:24 PM   #589
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Hahaha, I bet that would be entertaining if nothing else!
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:56 PM   #590
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Hey everyone, new to the form. I have a fully OEM 2015 Impreza Sport Premium. When I bought it, I was okay with the ride height, but now I'm falling into it every time I go for a drive. I've read enough that I can either use 2" spacers or use Forester struts of a comparable year (I'm assuming '15 Forester for '15 Impreza). Every place I've looked doesn't seem to confirm this for my specific model year. I'm a DIY guy so I'm fairly familiar with most maintenance and since the car was a "gift" from my Grandmother at her passing, trading it in is a no go. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-04-2018, 09:34 PM   #591
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Alright, so Ive been through a lot of forums and cant seem to get a straight simple answer, although this one was the closest. Hoping I can get a simple answer here: I can buy strut spacers for my 08 2.5i wagon that come with bolt extensions.
Will a 1 strut spacer lift provide me with the lift I want without having to add any other parts? Im looking for ground clearance. And possibly a little bigger tires.
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Old 03-06-2018, 12:41 AM   #592
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OK I love this thread but have way more meager lifting goals for my 2007 STi. I simply want to be able to run a slightly taller tire (225/50/17 or 235/50/17) in an attempt to get a better ride quality. I've had my car in OEM configuration for just over 2 years but would really like to make it more DD friendly as I continue to get older and my lower back continues to give me issues. But, I do love my STi.

Do you think it would be conceivable to run some Paranoid Fabrications 3/4" or 1" spacers OR perhaps KING lifting springs to create enough room for my goal? Most of this desire has been brought on as I need to buy new tires, and would like to run a larger sidewall intentionally. As most STi owners are hell bent on lowering their cars I know I need help from a special group, so hoping I found it here. What would you recommend as my best lower cost alternative to creating a bit of room to run the slightly larger tires I seek?

Here are how a few sizes compare:

225/45/17 - 24.97" tall
235/45/17 - 25.33" tall
225/50/17 - 25.86" tall
235/50/17 - 26.25" tall

Thanks all.
Howd you make out with this?! Did you go spacers??
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:13 PM   #593
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Has anyone compared struts and springs between the standard impreza, crosstrek, and forester on the current/09+ cars?

Forester and crosstrek have the same listed ground clearance of 8.7" so I assume they are very similar. I notice the crosstrek does come with slightly shorter tires though.
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:58 PM   #594
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Alright, so Ive been through a lot of forums and cant seem to get a straight simple answer, although this one was the closest. Hoping I can get a simple answer here: I can buy strut spacers for my 08 2.5i wagon that come with bolt extensions.
Will a 1 strut spacer lift provide me with the lift I want without having to add any other parts? Im looking for ground clearance. And possibly a little bigger tires.
1 inch shouldn't hurt anything. once you get to about 3" things start to get stressed.
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Old 04-03-2018, 01:53 PM   #595
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I lifted my 2012 Impreza sedan with struts, springs and a set of 225/55R17s and wheels off of an 09 Forester. Still need to fix the front camber.
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Old 04-04-2018, 03:30 PM   #596
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You might want to get some trailing arm spacers in there too the front of that rear wheel looks crazy close to the your fender. Does it touch at full extension?

Otherwise, braap on!
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:08 PM   #597
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Well I found maybe the last OB trailing arm brackets in the northeast USA area. I also found a set of JDM forester struts and springs. Put these on my 04 wagon. It my fair weather toy or should I say no salt toy. I've only had it out twice since I did the lift. It rides much smoother than the old lowered stiff suspension. I did a quick alignment while on my lift. Still need to fine tune it and get bigger tires.

I'm looking at changing from my 225/45r17 to 215/65R16 or 215/60R16 don't want rubbing. This is my kayak hauler and backpacking ride. Plus I do like the power.

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Old 05-16-2018, 01:05 PM   #598
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Sorry to revive an old thread here, but I just wanted to clarify something after skimming through all 24 pages: If using JUST the 03-08 Forester Struts with my stock '02 WRX springs and top hats, I will get ~2" lift correct? With this much/little lift, is it still recommended to get the OBS trailing arm brackets to adjust the rear wheels back? What about the extended sway bar links in the front?
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Old 05-21-2018, 11:53 AM   #599
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Sorry to revive an old thread here, but I just wanted to clarify something after skimming through all 24 pages: If using JUST the 03-08 Forester Struts with my stock '02 WRX springs and top hats, I will get ~2" lift correct? With this much/little lift, is it still recommended to get the OBS trailing arm brackets to adjust the rear wheels back? What about the extended sway bar links in the front?
Running WRX springs with Forester struts isn't a great idea.. it's really easy to bottom out the strut and wreck it. The springs themselves sit much lower than the Foz springs, and also the strut itself will always be sitting in compression, unlike what they were intended for. Plus, I highly doubt that the strut alone would get you 2 inches. For the struts way, you need to go struts+springs+supporting things to make it work correctly. I think if you want to keep it simple, it's probably easier to go with strut spacers+trailing arm spacers. Either way, you're either gonna need bigger brackets or spacers for the trailing arms. You might be able to go without, but aesthetically it doesn't look great. Also, its possible to get buildup of snow/ice in the winter or mud in the summer(especially in off-roading applications)
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Running WRX springs with Forester struts isn't a great idea.. it's really easy to bottom out the strut and wreck it. The springs themselves sit much lower than the Foz springs, and also the strut itself will always be sitting in compression, unlike what they were intended for. Plus, I highly doubt that the strut alone would get you 2 inches. For the struts way, you need to go struts+springs+supporting things to make it work correctly. I think if you want to keep it simple, it's probably easier to go with strut spacers+trailing arm spacers. Either way, you're either gonna need bigger brackets or spacers for the trailing arms. You might be able to go without, but aesthetically it doesn't look great. Also, its possible to get buildup of snow/ice in the winter or mud in the summer(especially in off-roading applications)
bottom out the struts? correct me if I'm wrong, but when buying a new set they come fully compressed, held by a nylon tie and have maybe 3-4" of shaft showing. I highly doubt it'd be possible to bottom them out unless I were to cut the springs. Now on the other hand, shock valving could be an issue if the springs were too stiff/soft for the shocks to handle and could blow them out, but again, considering the vehicles in question I see that as unlikely. Worse comes to worse, I'll just slap the WRX top hats on some forester bits and get the extended dohickeys, but I seem to recall there being 3-4" lift involved with using the Foz springs as well...not sure I wanna go quite that high.
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