Fresh Out of Outbacks!
There's a trick to it, jack the ends of the suspension links downward to create enough room for the spring assembly to go in and line up.I'm 1/2 way through replacing my rear struts on my '05 H6.
Seeing I've done this before on other cars, I ordered the KYB's per this website's suggestions, new mounts, and rented the MacPherson Strut Compression Tool.
I've got two concerns, and I'm stumped.
1) Aligning the bolt patterns for the top and bottom of the strut: any suggestions?
2) Now I can't get the struts back on. I can't get enough compression on the springs. I need to jack the control arm?
Yes, the car is halfway in the garage on jacks. (did I jinx, myself? ) Neighbors should appreciate I leave it like that overnight.
The stock emergency jack, turned upside-down, works beautifully for this.
More ideas on this link for a 2000 car, but should still give you the right idea.