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#1 sifu

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 03:30 AM

Would like to get started on one...Or find something more affordable. Anyone ever try this? It seems hard to justify 500+ being charged.

What parts are used for a body lift on 97 outback sports, and anyone have the specs?

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 02:28 PM

the easyest thing to do would be to go to the pick and pull and get the struts and body lift off a outback legacy and maybe make some simple one inch spacers to add to the struts, that should get you around a 3 inch lift.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 06:00 PM

Forester struts and springs would be the better choice.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 06:27 PM

forester struts and springs would be the better choice.


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If you can't find Forester strut assys, get Outback '96-'99 struts and use '98-'01 Forester springs. Works very well.

#5 sifu

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 01:20 AM

Yeah, Already got the forester struts and springs...Got my 3 inch lift. Any more lift (from what I read) will probably damage the axls and CV joints. I understand a body lift will keep the angles the same, so will alleviate joint stress. Would like to get another 2" inches. A body lift like the one offered by SJR would be cool, but it costs hundreds for a couple pounds of metal. I think I can do better.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 09:22 PM

bump?

Want to lift more without destroying geometry!

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 03:14 AM

Then your going to have to drop your crossmembers, if you don't what to buy a lift then get some metal and build one.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 09:49 AM

cool. thanks. Thats a start! Will look up details about those. Have any links by chance?

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 12:15 PM

Don't forget, besides dropping front and rear cross members, you also need to drop the control arm mounting surface.

1x2 or 2x2 Square stock is a good start.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 12:22 PM

All soobs more or less get the same type of lift.You could read the FAQ to get a better idea on how it is done.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 04:28 PM

bump?

Want to lift more without destroying geometry!

Use all the spacer blocks and bolts from a 96-99 legacy Outback. You'll also need the lower control arm mounts, the steering coupler between the rack and the column, and some other parts, but that should do most of that.

Then make lift blocks the same height as the factory ones for the top of the struts.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 10:25 PM

This is great. Thanks.And I really have done a lot of reading, I guess just in the wrong places. the FAQ is good.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:49 PM

The wheels are set in motion for me to construct this lift. Will detail costs etc as I go!

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:50 PM

progress report? Thinking of a similar process myself.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:42 AM

Still a work in progress. Right now I'm working on the paint, but I'll be tackling the remainder shortly.

I have the plastic and some fresh struts. I've even secured a place to do the required metal work. Still need some metal tubing.




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