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Old 06-20-2012, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've had my '06 OBXT for a little over a month now, really enjoying having a new (to me) car with a manual tranny to play with! Problem is when I'm not out having fun zipping it around, I'm here browsing the forum, researching and seeing what parts to swap out on it. It's become an addiction... I'm not ashamed to admit it

This is my purchased part list to date:

- Cobb Short throw Shifter with bushings
- Cobb Uppipe to replace the potential faulty stock one
- WRX pedal set & shift knob

I'm installing these parts this weekend and then moving onto the suspension.

Yes... I've spent a ridiculous amount of time searching posts about what people have done to fix the floaty, wobbly ride of the Outback. But there more I read about it, the more confused I get (and probably overthink the whole thing).

However, I believe that I know what route I would like to go to fix mine. I live in Anchorage, Alaska and have 5 months of ice and snowy winters to drive through. Also there is a lot of dirt roads and roads that shouldn't be called roads at all that I drive on. I also have a small trailer that I use in the summer to haul light loads of wood, camping gear and toys.

I don't want to make it too stiff in the rear and lose the off-road handing, but I do want to minimize the slop. So my best guess is to get the following:

- Rallitek Overload Springs in the rear
- KYB struts for the '05-'09, all four corners.

My thoughts on getting the KYB for '05-'09 instead of the older '04 is to keep my Outback from getting too harsh on the winter/dirt roads.

Any ideas on this?
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It will still be bouncy. IMO get the 00-04 in back.
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Has anyone installed the rallitek overload springs with new '05-'09 KYB struts all around and then decided that it was still too loose in the rear?
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I would not recommend the 50-09 KYB. Get the 00-04.
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AftCG has the ralliteks with 05-09 struts. He has mentioned it still being bouncy. Maybe pm him for his opinion.
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Let us know how the up pipe install goes. I'm curious about that one for the same resons.
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The up pipe is a good idea. Take it from me, replace ALL gaskets that you mess with for the up pipe install. So pass side exhaust manifold, crosspipe, both sides of up pipe, and turbo to downpipe. Get the 2x thickness gasket for the bottom of the up pipe. You don't want to have to tear it apart again to replace a leaky gasket. It's not a difficult job at all, just a bit time consuming. Might as well check the turbo for shaft play (sideways and in and out) while you have the downpipe disconnected.
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I guess I will not be installing the Cobb Uppipe this weekend after all, I only bought the 2 gaskets for the uppipe from grimmspeed. I will have to obtain the rest of them before starting this project. Thanks for the info Seabass!
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Anchorage? That's near Alaska, right? Just kidding, and I can only make that joke because I used to live in Fairbanks.

I ride my '06 with stock springs and '00-'04 KYBs on poorly maintained dirt roads frequently enough, and it only felt truly harsh for the first week after I put them in. After that they settled down and it's been great since. It gets smoother as load increases, so factor that in. If you've lightened the car and ride alone with an empty tank, that will make it harsher. If you roll with friends/cargo, it's more forgiving.
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The up pipe is a good idea. Take it from me, replace ALL gaskets that you mess with for the up pipe install. So pass side exhaust manifold, crosspipe, both sides of up pipe, and turbo to downpipe. Get the 2x thickness gasket for the bottom of the up pipe. You don't want to have to tear it apart again to replace a leaky gasket. It's not a difficult job at all, just a bit time consuming. Might as well check the turbo for shaft play (sideways and in and out) while you have the downpipe disconnected.
Hold the phone there captain... You saying the exhaust has to dismantled to change the up pipe? Or you suggesting prep to be ready just in case?
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