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  1. Hi All! We just got our second Soobie. The first is a gorgeously rusted '93 Loyale that we've had for almost 2 years despite its ... "condition." (Someone told me it's like a nice pair of worn jeans). This 2001 Forester is awesome! Engine is strong and the clutch is brand spankin new. It has some mods because we got it some a city boy who lowered it, put on a different bumper (from an outback?), heavily tinted the windows, larger wheels (17s), and added a beefy resonator. You can hear this thing 4 blocks away. We're looking to use it in the FOREST (and desert). First item on the agenda is to raise it back up. I'm a Youtube and Ultimate Subaru mechanic, so I took it to the shop to see what they would suggest (and to get a quote). The shop said the previous owner just swapped out strut assemblies, so the job is easy enough: get some quick struts and swap em back. Instead of paying them $1500 to do the job, I figured I can do it myself with inexpensive parts. My questions are these: 1.) If I get some quick struts from ebay or elsewhere (www.tiny.cc/quickstruts), is it easy to swap out without using a spring compressor? 2.) Instead of stock-size quick struts, if I wanted to raise it up just an inch higher, are there quick struts that will do that for me (I read on another thread that raising up to 2" higher doesn't need extra work)? 3.) Should I find stock 15" wheels to replace these 17"s? Thanks for any help and advice!
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