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Old 11-09-2009, 02:59 AM   #1
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Default Outback Sport vs. WRX suspension...is there a difference?

Hey guys, is there any difference between the springs/struts from an Outback Sport and a WRX (2008)? I know the Outback sport is supposed to have more ground clearance, but is that due to something else? Is the suspension softer or less responsive?
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:50 PM   #2
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Taller springs. Not sure about spring rates or struts. Somebody else will chime in that knows.

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Old 11-18-2009, 02:19 PM   #3
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2008 OBS


Also no rear sway bar on '08 OBS.
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:01 PM   #4
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'09 Outback Sport
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Different part numbers for the struts and springs, front and rear, on the '08 OBS and WRX. Not the same at all.

The similarity goes the other way, I'm afraid. There is no difference between the OBS struts and springs and the 2.5i struts and springs.

The reason that the OBS has a "raised" suspension (only .2 inches btw) over the 2.5i is most likely because it has 17' wheels vs. the 16' on the 2.5i.

I should add that this, in no way, has made me unhappy with my '09 Outback sport. Love the car. I just need some '09 WRX struts and pinks or Rallitek Springs. And by need...I mean want. I added an '09 WRX rear sway with Rallitek endlinks, and the suspension setup is great for about 80% of the driving I do every day.

I won a lower chassis brace at a meet in August and haven't put that on the car yet. That's my next suspension mod. Not expecting a huge difference with the brace but only the factory suspension, but it was free, so why not use it?

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