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Old 11-20-2004, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Getting "Outback" ride height on "L" Legacy?

Ok, so for my winter car I've got a 1996 Subaru Legacy L wagon. Its got the stock 13 or 14 inch steel wheels which are rather on the small side. The car also seems quite low to the ground when compared to a similar model Outback.

I know this is an Impreza forum, but do you guys know if the ride height difference on these cars is achieved by the Outback's larger wheels and tires? If so, could I just install the Outback wheels and tires on my L model wagon? Or are there suspension differences and clearance issues?

Basically, I want my L wagon to ride a little higher in the winter, because I have to driver over a lot of snowbacnks where I am.

Thanks in advance for the help guys, and if I posted on the wrong site about legacy's, let me know, these seemed to be the best Subaru forum that I could find.

I actaully found this place because of that thread on Panache, the kid who driver through the house on www.j-body.org!
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Old 11-21-2004, 10:08 AM   #2
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Hey there,
I've got the same issue on a 98' "L" that I just bought. The guy I bought it from is a buddy of mine. He has offered to hook me up with some 15" wheels off a wrecked or broken car (He's a wholesaler who has over 950 cars on his lot.) I was thinking about going up to 205/70-15, since that would bring it up just over an inch. It appears the biggest issue would be that it would come awfully close to or will rub the rear spring mount and it will throw off your speed by 5 mph. I also don't want to lose any gas mileage, with gas being so high .
I too am looking for some suggestions.

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Old 11-21-2004, 01:44 PM   #3
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Well, I think the outback wheels would be OK if there is no difference in suspension between the two cars. Being that I have not worked on either, or had the chance to compare them side by side, I wouldn't know.

I did find these websites however...........


They make Subaru Lift kits!!

That would be cool and all, but all I am looking for is to see if the Outback wheels will fit, I am sure someone around here has done that before......
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Old 11-21-2004, 01:44 PM   #4
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Now that I think of it, would 16" Wheels fit? Like on the Legacy GT? I know those cars had 205 55 16's...........
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Old 11-22-2004, 03:12 PM   #5
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Try to measure a set of early outback struts to see if they are taller. I'd just call junkyards to see if they have a 97 or 98 outback w suspension still on it. Then go and measure the length of the spring perch to the top bolt on the hubs. The length above the perch to the tophat is also important, so get that too. The Forester XT is raised above a normal impreza by both making the hub to perch section longer, and increasing the length of the spring. So look for the same things in the Legacy => outback relm
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