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Official Subaru spec calls for 34" at 10 feet.
Based on the factory service manual it is about 32.25". See height D. Measure what the height is right in front of the bumper. It should be that same height at 10' if you want them level as the FSM indicates.

Edit: In an email from my dealer they measured the height as "On a 2020 Subaru Outback Limited they measured at 32.6” from the ground".

 

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Based on the factory service manual it is about 32.25". See height D. Measure what the height is right in front of the bumper. It should be that same height at 10' if you want them level as the FSM indicates.

Well, here's my work order from when I got my lights adjusted at the dealer:

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It's very possible that the headlights weren't aimed correctly from the factory.
Same thing happened with my last work truck, 16 Silverado.
I was getting flashed a lot, mentioned it to the dealership while in for an oil change and they sisters for free.
No more flashes.
That being said, I need to check our 18 OB, I think they are actually too low.

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Thanks for the aggregate info in the thread. I've had car for month and getting flashed by oncoming traffic was a regular occurrence. Got my long #2 phillips out and did some adjustments. Started w/ 3 full turns down, test dive was uncomfortable. finally settled on 1 turn down (from delivery settings). Good so far...
 

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I measured our'18 last night and found they were under 32". I brought them up to 32.5" , asked my wife to let me know if anyone flashes during her dark morning commute.

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Just did mine !!!
Took 5 minutes in front of my garage door. Eyeballed the height just a tinny bit lower.
No more flashing
Make shure you have a long Philips screwdriver.

Thanks to Magicbear !!!

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Just to double check, did you have any issues with the steering responsive headlights when doing this?

I also have a 2020 Touring XT (Jan 20 build date), and my lows are definitely too high. Following another car on any road with even the slightest bumps, the top of my beam flashes in and out of their rear view mirror. I've been flashed by many oncoming cars and flipped off by those I'm following!
 

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Wonder if that spec needs to catch up... (...and could an outdated spec be the initial problem)?
I think it needs to. Mine is set to 32” now & the drive tonight to Mammoth on the 14 from Mojave to Olancha - not one single flash. Not one. Yes (y)

Even tried Auto high beem, luv’em
 

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2020 onyx edition comes with full size spare and the rear end sits lower than any of the other outbacks... I was getting flashed every 5 or 6th car. Took the spare out and rear end of car raised 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch and headlights were aimed perfectly, didn’t get flashed one time. My solution was getting the coil sumo springs. Let you keep the full size spare but let’s the rear end of the car ride where it’s suppose to and no need to adjust the headlights ??
 

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2020 onyx edition comes with full size spare and the rear end sits lower than any of the other outbacks... I was getting flashed every 5 or 6th car. Took the spare out and rear end of car raised 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch and headlights were aimed perfectly, didn’t get flashed one time. My solution was getting the coil sumo springs. Let you keep the full size spare but let’s the rear end of the car ride where it’s suppose to and no need to adjust the headlights ??
That would explain it, if the factory aligned the headlights before putting the spare in the back. Thanks for providing that insight!

I did a google search for Sumo springs, expecting it to be something like King springs, but it's an air bag spring helper? Can you comment on how it's changed handling?
 

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They’re a rubberish material that goes in between the springs to help with rear end sag and works really well for towing as well. I love them, couldn’t stand the look of the rear end being lower than the front and these fix that. The part number for them is CSS-1125. I know in the pic it says it doesn’t fit but I called sumo springs and gave them all the dimensions they needed for the spring to confirm that these would work, they just didn’t put the 2020 outback in they’re system yet.
 

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Prevents sagging and lets the rear end ride at the correct height even with the full size spare in the back. It doesn’t lift. When I took the spare out, the rear end raised 1/2 to 3/4inch and now the car rides at that same exact height but with the full size spare. I think the car handles better to be honest. Think the rear end feels more solid and rides even better than stock. Definitely an upgrade in my opinion.
 

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Prevents sagging and lets the rear end ride at the correct height even with the full size spare in the back. It doesn’t lift. When I took the spare out, the rear end raised 1/2 to 3/4inch and now the car rides at that same exact height but with the full size spare. I think the car handles better to be honest. Think the rear end feels more solid and rides even better than stock. Definitely an upgrade in my opinion.
Also helps with the extra weight of the hitch mount. The mount is quite heavy itself.
 

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Hmmmh, I am not convinced the full spare wheel is the root cause. The Onyx is the only trim with this full spare & we know the other trims have this issue, not limited to Onyx. As well there is an auto leveler for the headlights (see pg 249 of the manual) when towing or carrying heavy loads to compensate
 

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Hmmmh, I am not convinced the full spare wheel is the root cause. The Onyx is the only trim with this full spare & we know the other trims have this issue, not limited to Onyx. As well there is an auto leveler for the headlights (see pg 249 of the manual) when towing or carrying heavy loads to compensate
It says headlight beam leveler (if equipped) - do the Onyx have the beam leveler or is it only in the steering responsive ones?
 

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Hmmmh, I am not convinced the full spare wheel is the root cause. The Onyx is the only trim with this full spare & we know the other trims have this issue, not limited to Onyx. As well there is an auto leveler for the headlights (see pg 249 of the manual) when towing or carrying heavy loads to compensate
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We've been getting flashed for 2 months. I'm not suprised since the low beams in our 2020 Outback are aimed higher (worse with 2 people and a dog in the back) than the F350 we have. We never get flashed in the truck.
 
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