Hey! thought id make my first post here after some browsing of the site!
Just picked up my first Subaru ever. 2001 outback, 2.5. Got what i think is a reasonable deal. The car was in an accident and wrote off the passenger side.
- New fender
- fix bumper
- Inner & outer tie-rod
- Control arm
- Strut and strut mount
- sway bar and end link.
Luckily a good friend of mine has an entire subaru junkyard in his unfinished basement. Scored an entire engine cradle/subframe with everything on it, rack, axles, knucles, dual piston calipers, sway bar etc.
cost - $0
Bought the car to originally re-sell for profit after fixing but fell in love with it!
Paid $500, the guy originally wanted $1300.
Has Trailer hitch, heavy duty rear cargo bed, and always undercoated/rust proofed, and just had alot of work done ( bushings, brakes) and came with a full tank of gas!!
I plan on starting a build thread tomorrow or day after once i go to the shop and get some pics. right away ill be fixing all regular care and maitenence problems, also tinting the tail lights, buffing the headlights, possible hid coversion for headlights, buffing and polishing car, fix leaky rear window thats currently caulked with cracked wood filler? or something similar. Later ill be Painting body panels, rims, calipers and maybe more. I will be making custom skid plates, and a pre runner style bumper armor and some off road lighting. Bigger sway bars, Custom intake and some small engine upgrades.
We have alot of dirt roads here in New Brunswick Canada that are calling a Subaru's name, and lets face it my 94 Chev on 38" military tires doesn't quite have the fuel mileage for long trips that my wagon will! so i want it to be reliable, capable and cheap! <--- main focus of build. Ill be in school for next 2 months completing a carpentry block so money will be tight. Also this will be loaded with 200 - 300 lbs of tools 5 days a week.
Which brings me to my questions! I have been looking around forums and asking local Subaru guru's and there seems to be alot of confusion about some things i wanna do.
#1- Lifting a 2001 outback.
2-3" optimal with better ride quality.
I cant seem to find an easy solution specific to this car. Right now im thinking gr2 struts to fit 2001 OB and 04 - 06 Baja springs. now should i also go with strut spacers or ive been told by the local import auto shop to use custom lift blocks on the subframes? is there anything i need other then struts and springs? opinions? I was told to use forester struts but there is a lot of confusion on whether or not i need the control arms and mounts as well as struts.or if theres even a size difference on this year outback.
#2 - How compatible are legacy outback parts?
I can get almost any stock legacy part i need. Along with alot of wrx and STI parts. May get a limited slip rear diff.
Any help appreciated! Stoked to start my subaru build.
* Haters need not comment as you will be verbally beat over internet forums and made to physically eat your words one letter at a time through a straw attched to your usb port. seriously though i like to keep things fun and positive!