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Unread 30th March 2018, 01:03 PM
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Hello,

Came across this forum while doing some searching on my new Subaru project. Don't have one currently but in process of getting "educated" to buy my first one.

My goal is to lift it and also gain some good Hp out of it.

Questions:

Are there any specific models/years that are easier than others to lift into the 3-4" range and still handle good? Most of the searching that I have done seem to indicate that mac struts all the way around is easier and that the multilink is a bit less forgiving. Not 100% sure though...

I'd LOVE to do a JDM engine swap on this as well for the higher Hp. With the above lift setup that I'd like to do, can the swap also be done on said car?

With these two mods, how would that affect that car as far as durability? How would it hold up if I take it out into the desert and open it up?

I'm still a soob, errr, I mean noob but learning new things about the Subaru world every day. Was initially wanting to go the Baja route but a little thrown off by the multilink rear.

Thanks for the great forum!
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Unread 30th March 2018, 04:23 PM
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Hello Dan !

Here's some food for thought...

http://offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=5574
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Wow! Very nice work done here!

Definitely gives some food for thought and helps tremendously.

Really appreciate the help!

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So after quite a bit of research, here's what I plan to do going forward, mostly for reference in case anyone else is interested.

Planing to go with the HotBits DT1 suspension (+100mm per recommendation from ADF)

For the car, going to try and look for a Forester XT that already has a good 5-speed tranny to handle the ej207 swap.

Will hopefully send some updates and photos once the project has started.

Can't wait!
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Here is a write-up of the HotBits too :

http://offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=6839
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Nice read! Thanks for the info!

None of the spacer lifts did anything for me until I saw the HotBits, then my eyes got big

I'll be referring back to the HB writeup for sure when I get those in my hands!
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If you want to do any rock crawling and/or soft sand driving you'll be better off with an auto.
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I'm a little concerned though about a high HP engine and an auto. Any suggestions on an auto that would handle the motor?
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You want to go from a torque rich 2.5 to a 2 litre and go off road without a dual range gearbox? Are you sure you are heading down the right development path?
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Interesting.... Well, I'm still learning here

The higher torque 2.5 sounds like the better path so there is a bit more research that I need to do. Thanks for the bit of info!

What does the dual range gear box do?
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