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Old 22nd August 2016, 09:09 AM
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Thanks. I have send them another message. Hopefully they will reply.

My '99 forester needs new springs and soon new struts as well. I figured I would just get the real deal
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Old 22nd August 2016, 12:02 PM
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Good idea !

If you have any questions, I'll be happy to help.
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Old 23rd August 2016, 02:21 AM
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Here is a pic:



I have asked for the DT1 version $1500
$2100 for steel pivot top mounts (I want rubber for more comfort)
$365 shipping
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Old 23rd August 2016, 02:52 AM
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ooh they look nice!
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Old 24th August 2016, 04:09 PM
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I asked how much a 'naked' version would be. They replied with:

Price for the raised height (how much higher than std?) with canister DT1 kit without springs is USD1300.00 a set.
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Old 24th August 2016, 05:14 PM
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The above picture is my exact set !

Ask for longer canisters (2cm) because of the longer stroke.

I used front oem top mounts (SF or SG are identical) and rear oem SG top mounts I modified for the 60mm ID springs to fit nicely. Due to 25mm "loss" of stroke at full compression because of the oem rear SG top mounts design, I lengthened the shaft by 25mm. You can directly ask for 285 mm stroke for the rear ! Housing is 440mm.

Front housing is 370mm and 240mm stroke. If you want to keep the oem CV axles, you shouldn't go that much, 220/230mm stroke is the maximum unless you add some body lift spacers or go for Heri CV axles.

You will need 1" trailing arm spacers and maybe some rear Impreza GT lateral links (410mm vs 400mm) or rear SG lateral links (415mm) to get a nice alignment. The CV axles are the same.

And maybe is it easier to tell Toh you want the same set as mine but DT1 !
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Old 31st August 2016, 02:44 AM
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Good info on here. I just want to add a few things:

Reliability:
I've put a couple thousand miles on my set of DT1's, starting in January when the temperature was down near 0*F. I noticed that the seals allowed the shock fluid to weep whenever I rallied at temperatures colder than 40*F.
It's been warm ever since, and I have had no issues with them bending or failing for any odd reason. I have noticed recently that a few of them are leaking shock oil again, so it's probably time for a reseal. I suspect that the seals were damaged due to very small rock and fine mud build up on the rods because they were exposed.

Adjustability:
Not much to say here, but I mainly wanted to say that the dampening adjustment knobs are NOT useless! I know some cheap coilovers have borderline useless adjustment, but these definitely make solid changes to dampening. Also, I asked for their rear camber bolts which have been a huge help! I definitely recommend getting those because they do not cost extra.

Suggestions:
Find some way to protect the rods! My rods are longer than Hotbits' longest available boots, so I bought these (and highly recommend them):



Springs:
You may have noticed that jf1sf5 runs dual springs on his struts. Well, with his math help, I tried to do the same, but because I went ~3 longer overall than his struts, the mid-point of the springs was above the threaded portion of the housing. So I bought 14" Swift Barrel springs, one for each strut. The 14" length had barely enough travel to be able to put on the rear as long as I don't add any preload. They did require me to clearance (bash) the inner fender where the springs rubbed at full droop. "Rubbed" is an understatement there..

Ride Quality:
*Disclaimer* I don't run sway bars.
They ride about like factory struts and springs on road, although I get ALOT of body roll and weight transfer under braking/accel. I'm totally okay with it because I have done alot of rallying on logging roads and found that it would actually be hard to roll this thing haha.
Over large bumps they are so smooth and the dampening is killer! No bounce if set up right, just soaks stuff up.

My Setup:
Hotbits DT1's extended 5" (128mm according to Hotbits) overall.
3" subframe spacers made by ADF
Extended length trailing arms and custom mounts made by me!









At full compression, the ball joints and tie rod ends are about maxed out:



At full droop EVERYTHING is maxed out haha.

20160226_180544 by jeremiah stewart, on Flickr

20160227_162507 by jeremiah stewart, on Flickr

Conclusion:
Well worth the money, the additional travel is not only very useful, it's also very FUN!
I also paid 1300USD shipped for the bare struts.

Side note: Jf1sf5 is who made this all possible-for me at least. He's who I learned about Hotbits' customizability from, and who taught me how to do the math for calculating spring rates, he's the man!
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Old 31st August 2016, 03:56 AM
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Nicely done!
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Flex in action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=Bzsyf6UQdiI
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Old 14th September 2016, 08:52 AM
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Wow! Just, wow! These setups look great. And i am loving the video!

Also great fan of Jeremiahs22's work. If i am correct you have a thread on sf.org, the great Alaskan tundra humper. The pictures are incredible!

HotBits has a little selection of stuff for the Fozzy.
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