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2013 Outback Suspension refresh/upgrade

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The suspension on our 2013 Outback has 67k on it. The wife has begun describing the handling as "squishy". I would have to agree, it definitely shows some age. While the car is mainly a daily driver, we do pull a trailer occasionally (about 900lbs), use a hitch bike rack and haul some heavy loads (mulch, dog food etc). I'm looking to upgrade the ability to handle this weight without affecting unloaded handling terribly. I've been looking at RalliTek and King springs. I've also seen those spring inserts that can help manage to haul and tow. I figured I would use KYB replacement shocks. Anyone in my situation that can offer some advice on what they bought and how it's worked out?

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It looks like Cusco is making dampers now, adjustable. I would pair those with the stock springs and replace or upgrade your sway bar bushings all the way around.

I can't comment on the Rallitek with personal experience, they may be a better solution for hauling the trailer with the car weighted down. However, there are comments about the Rallitek being to harsh when empty.

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I am having a little trouble finding complete coil over struts for my 2013 OB? I've found a ton of replacement struts (OEM,KYB,Bilstien) Not one of those company's sells the complete strut package. I don't have a spring compressor, and it seems pretty straight forward to replace everything as a complete unit.
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ScottyI,
Most local auto part stores do free tool rentals. I have done dozens of struts using their spring compressor tool. hope that helps.

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Good post btw. I have a '13 also and considering an upgrade as well.

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the king should help with an increased spring rate and slight height increase,



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Fredy,

Thanks for the advice! I'm thinking of doing a 2" lift all the way around, and I've sourced a spring compressor for the KYB's I'm thinking about using. Once I have collected everything, I'll do all the work in one shot, everything will be off the vehicle anyway. My 13 has 95K on it, should I also be shopping for bushings, tie rod end(s) Links etc?

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Fredy,

Thanks for the advice! I'm thinking of doing a 2" lift all the way around, and I've sourced a spring compressor for the KYB's I'm thinking about using. Once I have collected everything, I'll do all the work in one shot, everything will be off the vehicle anyway. My 13 has 95K on it, should I also be shopping for bushings, tie rod end(s) Links etc?

Thanks again,

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Scott,

No problem. Yeah it would not be a bad idea to replace items that wear. You are going to need an alignment after the lift, so if your tie rod ends are worn/torn now is a good time to do it.

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Very pleased with my Rallitek/KYB replacements (new Subie "group N" tophats as well). Rears are the lift/load and absolutely not too harsh. Didn't go King as Primitive wouldn't sell me bare springs and wouldn't reveal which ones they use (King does not list an application for the 4th gen).
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Ok guys, school me.

I was getting cupping on my right rear at ~53K miles. Took it to a local Subi-specific shop who said oh yeah, out of alignment, shocks and struts are still ok. Ok cool. Had alignment done, swapped the right rear and front.

8K miles later, I noticed I could see the uneven wear on the right rear again. Ran to the local Big O tires (only place open on Sunday) because they said they do free alignment checks. Guy took one look and ran his hand over the tire to feel the up-down-up wear and said yep, shocks and struts need to be replaced. I'm just under 62K miles.

Given that this has happened to two tires pretty quickly, I'm inclined to believe him. About 30K miles ago, I put on some 235/65R17 Atturo Trailblade XT's. I live in CO, camp with the Outback, drive to ski frequently, all that awesome outdoorsy stuff. I have considered putting in a lift a few times, but never pulled the trigger.

Now that I think the shocks and struts are going to be replaced, I'd love some info on what I should consider and what I need. I plan to have a shop (any Boulder, CO recommendations welcome) do all the install, and the Big O guy is going to call and give me a quote tomorrow, but I'm assuming that's for OEM equipment, though he did bring up my beefier tires and asked if they are on there full-time, so we'll see.

I'd like a little bit of an upgrade from OEM equipment. The back gets heavy with camping gear, cooler, wood, etc etc, plus I wouldn't mind a slight lift from stiffer springs for forest service roads and light off-roading. What brands should I consider? Do I need all new strut assemblies (Fully Assembled Front Struts 2015+ Outback - Primitive Racing) or do I just need new springs and shocks and the shop can reuse the existing stuff like the toppers and dust boots?

Second, if I'm going to have a shop do all this, does it make sense to have the shop put in a lift kit at the same time? Would this make it any cheaper vs doing the lift as a stand alone? If I'm doing stiffer springs, is the lift even necessary?

Thank you all for bearing with me.

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