So I got a reply from Paul at Team Illuminata
. Sounds like a good guy, and he was happy to provide info on how they did the lift. Since he helped us out with info, keep him in mind when you are buying parts
, as I remember he had one of the best deals going on Primitive skid plates
Here is an excerpt from his e-mail that deals with the lift:
I must say I am no expert when it comes to this lift project and was a bit skeptical going in but my research seemed to indicate that any post 04 Forester struts would bolt right up and achieve a reasonable lift. Even when I had both struts next to each other on the ground I was still skeptical that they would lift the car any significant amount but was pleasantly surprised by the results. Of course, the oversized tires contribute quite a bit too, about 3/4" actually.
I am not sure if earlier struts would work so stayed away from those plus, we wanted the benefit of fairly new struts too. It would be best to use complete strut assemblies for convenience and, indeed, it is necessary in the rear as the Forester spring tops and springs are significantly smaller. In the front I think we used the original OB tops but having complete units would make it very simple. One incompatibility was with the brake line mount on the struts which is slightly different. We just zip tied them on rally-style though. Oh, and tires rub a bit on the inner, lower mud flap mount in the front. A bit concerting the first time but doesn't seem to be a problem. Otherwise, yes, it all just bolts up. Aren't Subarus great?
So it looks like this may be a nice cheap option. I did a quick run down on the cost of complete strut/shock/spring assemblies for a Forester, and it looks like you can get the complete assembly for all four corners for about 430 bucks. That is everything, shocks, struts, springs, mounts, everything need to bolt it right up.