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I would like to have more ground clearance in my SH Forester as some of the tracks I have been on have deep wheel ruts that you can't get out of. I researched lift kits, looked at a few SHs with 50mm kits fitted and I couldn't help nut notice there was no increase in ground clearance under the rear diff. As this is the piece of mechanical equipment I want to get up in the air a bit more I began to expand my research to see if there was any way of lifting the rear of my Foz in a way that includes the diff. I am thinking lifted springs, even 25mm higher would be better than strut spacers but I can't find them available in Oz. Does anyone know if I am headed up a dead end track with this or is there a better way? (don't worry about bigger tyres as I've already got the biggest that are practical and legal in Qld)
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You should get an increase in clearance for the diff with a lift kit. As the diff is bolted to the body, if you lift the body you lift the diff. Another option is to fit taller tyres, although this has drawbacks as well. Do you have a sump guard fitted?
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What Rally said. A strut top lift will definitely lift your Diff. I've got a SubieLiftOz one. Does the job well and doesn't affect handling noticeably on my SG, not that I throw it arond the corners anyway..

And get a sump guard if you don't have one.


Edit: Ahh, you've got one.
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Whether you use 1" strut top spacers or raised springs, you are still lifting the body and diff. Trouble with both of these is there's no camber or caster offset so the handling isn't as good.

I don’t recommend raised springs, they give a harsh ride & reduce articulation offroad, meaning less grip & more wheel spin. Stock suspension or Kings standard height springs & KYB struts give a nice ride & are the best for offroad

A 2" lift has camber & caster offsets so you keep the good Subaru handling.

With a 2" lift, normally you have a 2" rear subframe spacer kit to maintain the stock suspension geometry & droop. Yes, this will mean the diff is still at stock height but that shouldn't matter, it's the engine sump that's the lowest point in a Subaru & is easily damaged, that's the really important bit to lift up.

Clearance under the diff isn't so important as it's tucked up high out of the way & is a solid chunk of iron. You're extremely unlikely to damage it even doing crazy hardcore 4wd tracks.

If you want, I can do a 2" lift kit with camber & caster offsets & 1" subframe spacer kit. Feel free to PM me for details





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Lift kit as top spacers increases ground clearance as much as spacer is thats all point of lift kit. But if your shocks are shot you should change them first . dont do lift kit on bad tired shocks ad they will get worse.
Lift kit plus little taller tires gives even more ground clearance. But not too high or too wide tires as that would come with power loss which will come to increased mpg as well .
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It’s an SH. Even brand new shocks feel like they’ve done a million kilometres.
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ohhh , why so ?
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For more comfort, the SH Forester has a double wishbone design at the rear, just like your BH Outback while the SF and SG Foresters have a McPherson type with multiple arms/links.
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ohhh , why so ?
Because the SH is from the factory a sloppy bowl of jelly with poor body control. Both the shock rates and bushes are far too soft. For me, it was so stark when I hopped from my daily driver SH into my SG. The SG was just so much better to drive, it didnít lurch and rock on itís suspension. Putting new KYB struts into the SH made it marginally better, but a long way from the SG even with struts that had 140,000kms on them.
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For more comfort, the SH Forester has a double wishbone design at the rear, just like your BH Outback while the SF and SG Foresters have a McPherson type with multiple arms/links.
I found the SH to be softer, yes. But not more comfortable. It wallowed like a cork in the sea during a storm. The Gen 4 Liberty had a similar suspension to the SH, and was in a different league altogether for ride and handling. It was a beautifully balanced car that was enjoyable to drive and more comfortable at the same time.
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