Hey guys. I was referred here from someone at subaruoutback.org for specific advice on lifting my Outback. I want to install some new springs, spacers (I'm going to have some 2" custom-machined by a friend of mine), and maybe struts.
My struts are in good enough shape, not sure when they were last replaced (3rd owner). The car itself has 114k miles. Are there any longer struts I could install that would give me some lift? Maybe Forester struts? I know there are KYB GR-2's on the market, but those don't add any height. I might throw those in anyway, if they're better than stock ones. What do you think?
Also, what do you know about King Springs? If I can find them, I would considering getting them for a lift over a pair of Baja springs, which I hear will also give me a slight lift.
Other than these and fatter tires, is there anything else I can do to the suspension to give me "real" lift? Spacers will give me some ground clearance, but don't actually lengthen the space the wheels have to move up and down.
Also, do you guys think that in general it's better to make/have spacers above the strut between the top of the strut casing and the chassis, or within the strut casing above the spring? The former is much easier to machine, but if the latter provides some benefit let me know.
I'm looking for about 3.5-4" before fat tires.
TLDR: What can I do to give my suspension some real, non-spacer lift?