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Old 02-17-2018, 02:46 AM   #1
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Default why so many different strut lengths?

replaced the totally dead rear struts on my girlfriend's 2005 outback XT

not sure what the factory dimensions are...

o'reilly sold KYB "factory"/OE replacement that are:

18-1/32" (extended)
12-3/4" compressed
(5-1/4" travel)

but there are other options for the same model car:

16-1/4" (extended)
10-1/2" (compressed)
(5-3/4" travel)


i was assuming the KYB would be as close to factory as possible, and they also happened to be the cheapest...

the rear of the car is a good 3/4" higher now, but I attributed that to the dead shocks being basically flat, and the springs supporting the entire weight of the vehicle.

tl;dr why are there so many different sized "OE" struts for an outback? don't all outbacks (at least of the same model year) sit at the same height?

apologies if this is answered elsewhere, couldn't find it.
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