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Old 08-22-2021, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default Suspension parts for lifted impreza? (sway bar links, control arms)

I have a 2011 impreza obs that I lifted 1.5" using the anderson design strut spacers w/ multi link kit. The rear looks fine, but in the front the control arm might be pretty far out of position.



When I had it aligned post-install the guys at the shop recommended replacing the front lower control arms, and pointed to fairly deteriorating bushings on them.


For people who have lifted imprezas, do you also put on longer sway bar links and stuff to put the control arm in a more-normal angle? Or are there control arms made differently than OEM to handle the new angle of the wheels and stuff?


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Old 08-23-2021, 01:37 PM   #2
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Curious - does the kit have subframe spacers? Does your OBS come with subframe spacers? If not, may that would help with some of the taller angles.

The 2011+ STI control arms have a larger diameter sealed pillowball bushing. That should help. What parts needed to make them fit is something that needs to be researched.
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Curious - does the kit have subframe spacers? Does your OBS come with subframe spacers? If not, may that would help with some of the taller angles.

The 2011+ STI control arms have a larger diameter sealed pillowball bushing. That should help. What parts needed to make them fit is something that needs to be researched.
Yea the kit did come with rear subframe spacers that I installed. I've just know the angles of everything changes pretty dramatically so didn't know if there are any other recommended parts to reduce wear.

Definitely seen a bunch of different control arm bushings! But most are on control arms made for the wider WRX/STI that don't fit N/A imprezas
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Old 08-25-2021, 04:18 PM   #4
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Are you sure the control arm bushings don't fit? There has to be an offering for your model. I know for the STIs, their aluminum control arm rear bushings changed to a bigger spherical sealed one during MY11. Prior to that, it was a smaller rubber version. In either case, there's aftermarket options for both so some of these options should work with yours. As for the front bushing, it's the same for all aftermarket offerings.
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