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I own a 2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport AWD 2.5L SFI SOHC 4cyl

I would like to raise the car as much as possible, (4 inches would be awesome). I am not sure how to do this and when I called around town, the after market dealers only lower suspensions not raise it. They did not have a clue on what to do, so we are both lost here.

If I change tires out for a thicker tire and smaller rim, for a smoother ride, is there a way to put a larger tire / rim combo and be able to obtain the correct speedo gear correction? Are there any books available on this topic that anyone knows of?

The newer models are raised up with bigger tires. Have they changed the frames on these as well?

Sorry if some of these questions are not detailed enough.

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i dont know how much research youve done, so if you already read this ignore it, but you can obtain a 1-2 inch lift with minimal side effects with homemade spacers. Just search "HOmemade spacers" in this forum
It will mess up your alignment but hopefully not enough that a realignment cant help.
Then with that extra room, you should be able to get a bigger tire which will also offer more clearence,
on the spedo thing, i cant help you but most cars can be adjusted.
 

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i dont know how much research youve done, so if you already read this ignore it, but you can obtain a 1-2 inch lift with minimal side effects with homemade spacers. Just search "HOmemade spacers" in this forum
It will mess up your alignment but hopefully not enough that a realignment cant help.
Then with that extra room, you should be able to get a bigger tire which will also offer more clearence,
on the spedo thing, i cant help you but most cars can be adjusted.
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I have seen the 1 to 2 inch lift. I may resort to that, but when I make the changes to the lift, I also want to change tires and rims for possibly another inch or two. You would think this information would be easier to find. Maybe it is a lack of Subaru knowledge that makes these conversions so difficult.
 

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What reasons.....

Realize that, in raising it 4" or so, you will most likely end up wearing out suspension or drive train parts much sooner than if you left it alone. I'm thinking of the four CV axle assemblies that are going to work a lot harder the more bend you put to them.

With that height, you may also run into problems with transmission linkage, parking brake components, wheel sensor wire lengths, to name a few things.

Like they say "you can build a dam on the river in any location for the right price!" You can do anything as for raising your car, for the right price. At least you are wise to consult people before just going ahead and ordering parts. You may find that, by the time you are done, you end up spending much more on raising the thing than you thought! If that would be the case, then the question would be, is there any other route you could go that would be less expensive, like purchasing another kind of vehicle, or purchasing one that is already the height you want.

If you don't mind my asking, what would be the advantages of, say, a 4" height difference over what you now have? I would think, if the car is primarily used for off-road use, that answers my question. However, if you use the car on the highway much at all, you run the risk of having the thing handle terribly to the point of potentially being dangerous!
 

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Realize that, in raising it 4" or so, you will most likely end up wearing out suspension or drive train parts much sooner than if you left it alone. I'm thinking of the four CV axle assemblies that are going to work a lot harder the more bend you put to them.

With that height, you may also run into problems with transmission linkage, parking brake components, wheel sensor wire lengths, to name a few things.

Like they say "you can build a dam on the river in any location for the right price!" You can do anything as for raising your car, for the right price. At least you are wise to consult people before just going ahead and ordering parts. You may find that, by the time you are done, you end up spending much more on raising the thing than you thought! If that would be the case, then the question would be, is there any other route you could go that would be less expensive, like purchasing another kind of vehicle, or purchasing one that is already the height you want.

If you don't mind my asking, what would be the advantages of, say, a 4" height difference over what you now have? I would think, if the car is primarily used for off-road use, that answers my question. However, if you use the car on the highway much at all, you run the risk of having the thing handle terribly to the point of potentially being dangerous!
I don't care to get in a hissing match, I have a preference for this that is all. Why do some people like oranges and others like apples? Why do some people like to lower their cars so they barely clear the ramp of a driveway?

Some of the info you provided is good, so on that note thanks.

What is the difference between the Newer Impreza Outback Sports versus the 2008? Now that would be useful information and respectable. When I bought this car, I was told that the drive train was the same in all of the subarus and the only difference was the body. So, what has changed to the newer vehicles so they sit higher and have light truck tires?
 

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The drive-train components are generally the same, but the frames and suspensions are different. 4" of lift is doable, but difficult and your reasons for doing so play an important role in how much you will spend and how your vehicle will perform on and off road. If you are looking to do it the right way, and maintain performance and reliability you will need a big bank account.
Because of the the OB independent suspension, you will have to lower and/or lengthen the lower control arms at all 4 corners and relocate the engine/transaxle and rear differential within the frame. You will have find or fabricate longer struts and rework the suspension geometry. beefing up the brakes and drive-train components to withstand the abuse of oversize tires will be required to keep it reliable. There will be tons of custom fabrication and you won't be able to drive it for several months as you work out all the kinks and things you didn't think of when yo did all your planning. Looking at the way that modern IFS pickups are done may help you understand a little but the front axle is separate from the rest of the drive-train unlike the Subaru.
If money is no issue, have some one build you portal box hubs and reverse the drive train rotation. that would be awesome!
 

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Russ pretty much said what needs to be said. There are options but you need to keep in mind that you're not working with a truck. If you're looking for a professional to do it for you I'd see if there are any customization specialists in your area that do Donk setups. Stereo shops could point you in their direction. If ride comfort is on your wish list you'll want to let them know. These are not inexpensive of course. Cost would be somewhere along the lines of a new Crosstrek.

Best of luck.
 

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The spacers are not for a chassis lift, so you probably won't have issues with, the park brake issues or transmission linkage issues, you may though have, wheel sensor issues, and drive shaft issues as raised by saint j vt. By going bigger in tyre you will have to recalibrate the speedo.

That said ill give you a rundown on how to read tyre sizes, so given 205 75 16, the 205 stands for the tyre width, the 75 is the aspect ratio in this example it's 75% of the tyres width high, and the 16 is the rim diameter, so a 205 50 16 will be lower in height then the previous example and there for smaller in circumference.

So as you can see if you want a taller tyre you will have a tyre with a larger circumference and there for will need to adjust your speedo to compensate. It's just how you get there using the rim diameter/tyre width/aspect ratio to achieve what you want.
 
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