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Old 15th July 2016, 06:21 PM
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After few people asking me about the HotBits coilovers, here is a short write up.

I was looking for maximum wheel travel and always thought that lift kits (strut spacers or/and spring lifts) are not optimal. Let me explain…!

With strut spacers, you keep the oem flex but you move it downwards by the thickness of the spacers (often 2" / 5cm)

With the spring lifts, you loose some flex because the spring rates are higher but you can load more stuff. Well, if you're always loaded, then you keep the oem flex !

2 years ago, I sent an email to HotBits in Malaysia and talked with Toh, the boss (didn't know at that time !) and asked him if it was possible to build some custom coilovers…and he said yes ! The goal was to have oem dampening (for comfort) with the longest stroke possible (for rock crawling…sort of !) so I measured the suspension components and if everything clears off (brake lines, steering etc..).

I found that it is not possible to have more than 24 cm stroke front, even with Heri HD axles unless you have a body lift what I didn't want.

For the rear, 26 cm stroke is not the maximum you can get but the rear axle inner cv's aren't too happy if you go any further…

Next step was to calculate the spring rates, as long and soft as possible to allow full compression without the coils blocking. If interested, I'll explain this too !

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Few pics…









60 cm flex !
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Old 17th July 2016, 05:57 PM
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Cool!

Questions:

1. What's it like to drive (onroad and off)? Any major changes?

2. Any detail on the install? (pics of the installed coilovers would be cool)

3. How much lift did you get?

4. How much did it cost?
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Thanks for starting this, much appreciated. Yours is the best Subaru lift I remember seeing.

I wonder if this kind of lift is possible on multi-link suspension models.
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Cool!

Questions:

1. What's it like to drive (onroad and off)? Any major changes?

Its very oem like on road, maybe a little firmer and a bit more roll on tight corners.

2. Any detail on the install? (pics of the installed coilovers would be cool)

Had to pull the front sway bar off completely, was always on the way because of the canisters. Few pics in my members journal of the installed coilovers, will add some more.

3. How much lift did you get?

I have about 2" lift. Good road handling (98%) and enough for off road (2%), but if I really go for more off road, like a trip to Morocco, Corsica…I can lift it up more 1-3cm.

4. How much did it cost?

I paid 2'250.- USD all included 2 years ago.
Hope it answers your questions !
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Old 18th July 2016, 10:03 AM
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Thanks for starting this, much appreciated. Yours is the best Subaru lift I remember seeing.

I wonder if this kind of lift is possible on multi-link suspension models.
Thank you !

The SG9 Forester (-'08) has the same chassis so it should fit, don't know for the later SH as the chassis is very different at the rear.
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Old 19th July 2016, 11:08 AM
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Hope it answers your questions !
Yup! Thanks!
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Very nice setup, very jealous!
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I sent an email to HotBits in Malaysia, but haven't got any reply yet. I tried to contact a distributor in Europe, but their distributor list isn't up to date anymore.
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Old 21st August 2016, 10:17 AM
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Did you try this email :

info@hotbits.com.my

or :

tsh@speedworks.com.my

I used the first one and always had an answer within 24 hours.
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