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Not the standard strut lift question for a Legacy

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I just bought a 1996 Legacy L Wagon. I've done nothing to it yet(I'm mechanically retarded). I measured the clearance and it said 8 inches. My question, how do I tell if its already had the Outback struts installed? I work at a Chevy Dealership installing and repairing windshields, so I can put it on a lift to check underneath.

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Clearance where?  There should be an unusually large gap at the wheels/wheel wells that would tell you it's taller than stock.  Got a pic?

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Sorry, like I said mechanically retarded. Ground clearance measured about 8 inches. I can get pics tonight. Thanks in advance for your help man.

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outback struts spring perch would all ready alow you to mount bigger tires . i have a 1995 leggy l . i installed 04 forester springs and struts then put 15 rims and taller tires im sitting at about 12 inches of ground clearence now .

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Check the part #'s on the struts themselves.  Fronts will be 235633 and rears will be 335021 if they have been changed to to OB struts.

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from where the strut bolts to the steering knuckle (for the front), if it's an OB or forester strut it'll be a few inches from that bracket to the bottom of the "champaign glass" cup (lower spring perch).  if it's legacy it'll only be like an 1-1.5" between there.

see pic, mounting bracket at bottom, and spring perch (in profile it kind of has that inverted funnel shape)

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BTW, where are you measuring to (rear differential, bottom of the body, front bumper, etc.) from the ground?  and are you on flat/level ground?

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8" from this measurement seems reasonable for a legacy.

 

When they measure "minimum ground clearance" I think it's from a catalytic converter or maybe a CV joint going into a hub. . .

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here's to add to my previous post.  This is a front (legacy style) strut and a taller (OB style) front strut side-by-side

 

shorter legacy on left, taller OB on right

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See how the lower spring perch site down lower/closer to where the strut mounts in the steering knuckle?

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