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Outbacktification Process STATUS: In progress, now with pics

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Hey guys,

 

ok i have started my outback conversion of my 95 legacy wagon LS

 

just this past weekend i got a complete set of struts installed, and... heheheh it looks good, it rides better, its a firmer ride and now i can see over some cars.

 

PICS PICS PICS

 

 

here is a list of the process

Struts and Springs - COMPLETED

OB bumpers

Grille

Tires

Cold Weather package

Gate bar

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Very cool.

 

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Cold Weather package

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How tricky/expensive is this? I'd love to have heated side-view mirrors on my '02OB.

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Nice pics! Looks good! I think I'm going to go ahead with the OB struts/springs on me '96 Legacy after seeing this. Are them brake flex hoses still long enough? Did you have to make any accountance for speedo being off or anything with the OB tires?

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Man that car looks brand new. Did those wider tires fit on your original wheels? And were the brake flex hoses still long enough? Any issues getting this thing aligned afterward (if you had it aligned?). Thanks! :banana:

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thanks

 

no problems with the tires on the wheels they fit perfectly, i've had those with the original suspension, the brake hoses were fine too, enough for suspension travel but i was worried too when i changed it last weekend, as far as the alignment goes i havent noticed that it is off, but i am gonna get an alignment done anyways just to make sure everything is ok :brow:

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Good job! I have a few questions:

1. How much lift did you get after this swap?

2. Did you use exact same year Outback struts/springs or any year of 2nd gen body style will work?

3. Did you have to remove front/rear stabilizer bar(s)?

4. When doing alignment, which specs mechanics will have to use - Legacy's or Outback's (assuming they are different)?

 

Alex K

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Good job! I have a few questions:

1. How much lift did you get after this swap?

2. Did you use exact same year Outback struts/springs or any year of 2nd gen body style will work?

3. Did you have to remove front/rear stabilizer bar(s)?

4. When doing alignment, which specs mechanics will have to use - Legacy's or Outback's (assuming they are different)?

 

Alex K

 

 

I gained about 3" lift

i used a 96 outback struts nd springs and i believe up to 99 is all the same

no stabilizer bars were touched

and i have checked with 3 mechanics and they all said that they have to use the outback specs for the alignment

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Im very interested in this since I also have a 95 Legacy LS wagon

 

What exactly is this cold weather package?

 

 

Very easy swap, it took me 3 hours total, as far as the cold weather packge, it includes heated mirrors, heated seats, heated windshield (were the wipers are).

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a lot of work but I bet you are happy. Nothing like a job well done!

 

 

thanks cookie! it is a very cool thing to do to your legacy, and inexpensive too :-p

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Hey guys,

 

ok i have started my outback conversion of my 95 legacy wagon LS

 

just this past weekend i got a complete set of struts installed, and... heheheh it looks good, it rides better, its a firmer ride and now i can see over some cars.

 

PICS PICS PICS

 

http://flickr.com/photos/njdrsubaru/sets/72057594094366502/

 

here is a list of the process

Struts and Springs - COMPLETED

OB bumpers

Grille

Tires

Cold Weather package

Gate bar

 

you forgot:

 

Engine

Exhaust

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yeah, i like my 22 too. but its sure as hell not for the mpg. 24hwy 20cty. i like the solidness of it.

 

Our 2.5L 2000 Legaback (Outacy?) gets 24-26 around town and 28-29 on the highway at 70. It should do better (and gain a little more lift) when the tires need to be replaced and I go with the tallest I can fit. We're running on the fourth summer with the small tires that came with the Impreza alloys I fitted in '02.

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Our 2.5L 2000 Legaback (Outacy?) gets 24-26 around town and 28-29 on the highway at 70. It should do better (and gain a little more lift) when the tires need to be replaced and I go with the tallest I can fit. We're running on the fourth summer with the small tires that came with the Impreza alloys I fitted in '02.

 

from what i can tell (and have tried) a 215/75r15 cheap tire (trail mark) will fit with acceptible rubbing, and 205/75r15 will fit with acceptible rubbing with a name brand tire (goodyear/BFG)

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yeah, i like my 22 too. but its sure as hell not for the mpg. 24hwy 20cty. i like the solidness of it.

 

yeah the reliability is aplus, but actually i've been getting 26mpg to even 28mpg on mine.

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from what i can tell (and have tried) a 215/75r15 cheap tire (trail mark) will fit with acceptible rubbing, and 205/75r15 will fit with acceptible rubbing with a name brand tire (goodyear/BFG)

 

I'll see, I plan on Coopers. The tech that did the strut/spring swap moved to the local indie Cooper dealer when Big Mountain Tire closed. I like Coopers anyhow. But the way the existing tires are wearing, that won't be 'til 2010 or so! :-p

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