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Default Experiences with King Springs KSRS-56 for MY17 Outback?

I'm thinking about upgrading the rear suspension on my outback, with KSRS-56 King springs. When it's fully loaded for camping, with kids and bikes on the back, the standard suspension seems too low, especially then driving on dirt roads.

Any opinions on this upgrade? Will it help and how with the normal handling be?
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I note that the KSRS-56 are standard height springs so unless they are progressive or stiffer there is no real advantage. You may be better off with a lift and leave the springs as is; I'm sure @NachaLuva can advise.
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Ahh, I assumed they were stiffer.

Also, it says "raised coil" in the catalogue, for the OB?
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On my Kings Springs catalogue, it says KSRS56 is raised springs for a BS OB. These will add about 1" so if the rear is regularly sagging with a full boot will help to keep it level.

Keep in mind that unloaded, the rear will sit higher, most likely 1/2-1" and will make the rear of the car very loose & bouncy

If you are thinking of lifting it to keep it clear of gravel damage & potholes, rough roads, etc, you can have an extra 1/2" built into the rear spacers. This has the advantage of keeping the factory handling. Subarus have a very low centre of gravity, so a lift kit has little effect on handling
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The Kings Springs site kingsprings.com.au says it's a "raised coil" for your model (but is a standard height coil for a SH Foz). It would be good if they published the spring rate, if they are progressive and how much longer it is for comparison - maybe contact them and find out.
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Thanks for the info, I've emailed them with some questions.
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Does your Outback come with self leveling rear suspension - I thought all outback come with it? I'm thinking doing the same to my MY14 outback but with standard (outback) height but stiffer as it sags so obvious when towing.
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I don't know -- how can you tell?

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Checking the specifications from the manual or on the website?
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Pretty sure it's not self-leveling, can't see it in the specs or when in use with loads.

Kings responded with this: "Our KSRS-56 will be an approx 15-20mm lift and 20% stiffer in rate when fitted to the 5th gen Outback."

What does 20% stiffer in rate buy someone in terms of preventing sag under load?


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