[QUOTE]Originally posted by cdlong
[B]there we go. i bet if you logged out of the other site, you'd see the same thing i do. anyway...
do you have these springs, or just the pic? the forester springs look smaller in diameter. and i'm guessing since the forester is lighter, the springs probably aren't as stiff. i may have some measurements for you in a few weeks if it comes to that.
I took this pic a few years ago when strut-lifting my wife's IMP on FOR struts and springs.
The rear was too raked for me, so i took the rear struts apart and installed my old legacy springs in the rear to level it off a bit.
From cars.com, her 93 IMP wagon weighs 2750 lbs, my 95 LEG sedan weighs 3115, and the 98 FOR (those struts came from) weighs 3058. I have a chart with some spring data (mostly IMPs, LEG and older wagons) but it does not have OB or FOR data.
Her IMP rides a bit stiff on the FOR front gear and rear FOR struts and LEG sedan springs, but when hauling 4 people, its fine... I guess the difference of 300+ pounds makes a difference in ride, as does the difference in spring rating of the FOR to the IMP springs.
I agree that from the pic, the FOR spring looks
a touch smaller in diameter than the IMP spring, but I've also read people elsewhere (who lifting IMP and OBS on OB or FOR struts) who kept the IMP springs on FOR struts with no problems. Others have also dealt with the raked look (keeping the FOR springs) by trimming fenders or switching trailing arms etc. to realign the rear wheel backwards.
I have the thought that, since FOR weigh around 3100 lbs and early OBs weigh around 3200 (03 is 3415lbs), foresters ride a bit stiffer than OBs, FOR springs may have a touch stiffer rate as well as being a touch taller (like from the pic, assuming OB and LEG springs are the same...as i've also been told elsewhere).
If you have the opportunity to get an OB spring and FOR spring side-by-side, That would be AWESOME! I'd love to get validated info on their comparative heights and spring rates (if possible)..
I'm also interested in the H6 front springs (since my front end/bumper is pretty heavy. . . but that's another thought to bring up later/elsewhere
Thanks again cdlong.