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#1 pamike

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 09:19 PM

thinking of putting them on my 90 legacy. just wanted to make sure i could use stock springs and tops. will their be any problems with brake hose length or any problems with allignment

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 12:56 AM

i did that conversion to my long gone 95 legacy wagon and i did not have any problem with the brake lines. as long as you put the struts on the same place where the old ones where you should not need an alignment right away. dont forget to use a marker to mark where the old strus bolts are. however i am not sure the rear top hats will fit, you may need to swap and use the ones you have now, the front ones should be a str8 bolt in.

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 08:41 AM

i was going to use my springs and tops from my old struts. any problems with the sway bar?

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 08:25 PM

nope no problems at all, i even went out to the Barrens and had no problems with it

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 09:26 PM

last question ( i think). i looked up struts for a 97 outback and they have abs and non abs, does it matter which ones i get. my 90 is non abs

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:48 PM

all the 97 outbacks came with abs, you'll just have an extra support for the abs wires but it should not matter, there is no difference in struts fitting between non abs and abs equiped. I'm doing a lift myself next month. getting forester struts on a impreza wagon :lol:

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 07:27 PM

Hey PAMIKE di you get the struts? keep me posted, if ya need help on the swap i could give oyu a hand if you are not too far from Jersey, nothing more pricelss than seeing and helping a lift job :lol:

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:06 PM

i didn't get them yet. i will probably let this guy i know that owns a garage do it. after i seen how hard the struts came off my other subie i don't think i wanna mess with it. he gives me great prices.

your a little far from me i'm in pa.

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 10:41 PM

I shouldnt be that hard to do it, why pay 150 or 200 if oyu can save that to get big tires!

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:59 AM

where does the lift come from. i got them today and measured from bottom to the the spring pertch and got the same measuement on both old and new

EDIT: went back to the parts store and found out they accedently gave me non outback struts. i'm getting the other ones tomorrow.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 11:06 PM

oh boy that wasnt good

well the outback struts are definetely longer, if you line up the top end the bootms will be differnt, i'm glad you caught it before you stared installing it

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 08:30 PM

whats a good size tire to run. i have 185/70/14's now. i'll probably stay with 14" wheels. i don't want to cut into the body. would a 27x8.5-14 be to big

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 08:47 PM

you should definetely upgrade to 15's i was running 205 75 15's on my legacy

right now i am running 205 70 15 on my impreza!!!! thats pretty fat for and unlifted impreza

take pick take pics plllleeeeeeeaaassseee :lol:

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 09:04 PM

i have a set of 15's on my other subaru, so i could switch the wheels.
i was thinking of a 205/70/15. i won't have any problems with rubbing the struts will i. i think the 205's will be about a 26"

i just found these

http://www.tirerack....&speed_rating=Y

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 10:15 PM

you wont have any problems, thats what i had on my leggo with outback struts

now once you are all done with this, why dont you come out to jersey and join us in march at the pine barrens meet?

remember if i am running that size on my impreza nonlifted you should be fine

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 10:19 PM

check these out

its my previous car :(

http://www.flickr.co...baru/216391734/

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 04:30 PM

i found somthing i like better 205/75/15 would fit right

http://www.tirerack....e1=yes&place=27

got any pics of your impreza

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 06:46 PM

HEy mike

that tire should fit fine with no problems

look at our pine barrens thread
http://www.ultimates...?t=71176&page=3

pics of my impreza is in there and also videos

also here are some other pics

http://www.ultimates...500&ppuser=9830

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:09 PM

got them on today. it is higher than i thought it would be. now i need an allignment and some tires

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:26 PM

see.... i told u so... its higher than a regular outback when u put the 15's on :lol: :lol:

so are u coming down to jersey on the 24th? with that lifted one?

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 05:30 PM

probably not. i've been working alot of hours lately and saturdays 3rd shift. (cv axle rebuilder). however i will try to get pix. i have them on a cell phone, how do i get them on to the computer

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 07:45 PM

if you have verizon you can text message it to your email address

cool , i got my forester struts and i am installing them tomorrow if i can

i'll post pics when i'm done

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 08:49 AM

got it all done. general grabbers 205/75-15 and gold 15" subaru wheels. it is a very tight fit. i had to remove the plastic rocker panel protector on the rear of the panels. their is like an 1/8 clearance in the front of the rear tires. no rubbing though.

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 09:11 AM

i'm done too i got a few things to address though, rear struts knocking and front CV axle, other than that all is good

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 08:11 PM

mine is done too,

http://www.ultimates...at=975&ppuser=0

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give us some pics!!!




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