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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-06-2018, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Im about to move from a 2006 3.0 to a 2016 3.6R . I had put the KYB struts on my 2006 that were originally meant for the previous gen outback (2003 ish) that was slightly heavier. In addition to the KYB already being a bit stiffer than stock this really improved the handling and body roll of the outback.

Are there any similar things that can be done do the 2016? What about other suspension upgrades like control arm bushings?

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May want to consider rallitek springs and an ADF lift kit. I'd go that route. Maybe a rsb upgrade as well..

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Dont really need a lift - Im looking more at stiffening the suspension versus raising or lowering.
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You could get overload springs (stiffer) that are stock height.
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Car is fine as it comes.

If you want it to wallow less on the highway a stiffer rear sway bar is all you need.

It's cheap and easy as far as suspension changes go.

I wouldn't mess with it much until you drive it and know exactly what you're trying to change.
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Se this here, this is a cheap and easy improvement.

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unless the parts failing/at the end of its life- id leave all suspension components alone. like mentioned above id upgrade swaybar and swaybar bushings to improve handling, but aside from that the vehicle itself rides fine the way it comes from the factory IMO.
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Is the Gen 5 as soft as the 2005-2009 by default?

Highway performance Im not too concerned about - what Im trying to improve is body roll. I drive a lot of backcountry fire roads and excessive roll can be a hazard while cornering harder
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The rallitek springs just lift it by 0.75" (https://www.rallitek.com/990-lift-springs-lift-kits) and should stiffen it up but not as much as King Springs (https://www.rallitek.com/1151-oe-height-springs). As others have suggested though, familiarize yourself with the vehicle and then see what you want to do. The RSB may be the only upgrade you want.
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Is the Gen 5 as soft as the 2005-2009 by default?

Highway performance Im not too concerned about - what Im trying to improve is body roll. I drive a lot of backcountry fire roads and excessive roll can be a hazard while cornering harder
It's pretty soft IMO. I didn't care for the body roll or squishy feeling of the soft springs. Handling wasn't as predictable or controllable as I desired. I installed Rallitek OEM height springs (20% stiffer that OEM), 19mm rear sway bar, and traildogck's swaybar bushings front and rear. Huge difference. Pretty happy with the handling and overall ride quality now. Handles well in the city, twisty country roads, and on gravel roads in the hills.

However, as others recommended, drive it for a bit first. You may be happy with it the way it is or happy with just sway bar and bushing upgrades. It's not THAT bad, I'm just used to sportier suspensions and enjoy a little more "spirited" driving the OEM suspension just wasn't capable of.

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