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Old 31st October 2015, 10:07 AM
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I think it's Lovells who make raised springs for the SH. You have a few options.
*Get raised springs with a 1" rear subframe spacer kit (keeps the suspension geometry right).
*Raised springs plus 1" strut top spacers and 2" rear subframe spacer kit
*2" lift kit incl 2" rear subframe spacer kit. This option gives better steering with the added camber & caster offset but each option has advantages & disadvantages.

Feel free to PM me for a more detailed explanation or if you have any questions.
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Old 31st October 2015, 11:11 PM
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Thanks NachaLuva (sorry for spelling it wrong before :P)

That's given me something to think about, but I'll PM you when I'm closer to doing the deed. We'll be forking out for new tyres soon, so that's going to make a dent in the back pocket :\
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Old 31st October 2015, 11:14 PM
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Haha, don't worry about it lol. Yeah tyres are a big investment but so critical both for onroad and offroad!
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Old 1st November 2015, 12:09 AM
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So true! I checked Lovell's catalogue and you're right, they do offer raised springs for the SH. Aussie made is always a bonus!
No shocks though
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Old 1st November 2015, 12:12 AM
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Check the KYB catalogue, plus do a search on eBay, I'm sure other manufacturers do too
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Old 2nd November 2015, 07:06 PM
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Hey Nacha, just a quick follow up.

Before we started talking, I'd sent King Springs an enquiry. I got a reply from a chap called Steve Dorman yesterday. He said that the reason they don't offer a raised spring for the SH is due to the suspension droop being too limited. In light of this, it's strange that Lovells makes one. Regardless of this information, I'd already decided against it.

Even before Steve's reply, I was beginning to doubt raised suspension as realistically we don't need it just yet for what we intend to do; i.e. camping off the beaten track mainly. Later on, if we want to get more into serious offroading, I'll think about it, but for now I think I'll go with a strut top lift only. We've got a few expenses on the horizon so I won't be ordering them just yet, but I'll be in touch.

Thanks again for the advice, NachaLuva :D

PS KYB only have stock strut and shock replacements and Ebay turned up nothing of use
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It's taken 4 long months of development, but the Forester SH/SJ, Liberty/Outback Gen 4>, Impreza GE/GH and XV Crosstrek kits are finally here!!

It uses OEM style solid subframe spacers and custom ordered grade 10.9 bolts.

There have been a lot of obstacles to overcome: the main subframe spacer bolts which needed to be custom ordered, not a cheap exercise! The variations in the different model subframes, some of which are subtle. The design & manufacture of the subframe spacers themselves.

Then there's the strut top spacers. Using CAD designed & laser cut 6mm plate steel welded in a jig for accuracy, the fronts have both camber & caster offset to not only get the alignment within spec, but actually improve steering.

All kits come with everything that is needed, including new high tensile, zinc plated bolts & nuts, and detailed, easy to follow fitting instructions. Dope stickers included!!

I am absolutely rapt with the outcome, I am sure you will be too!

Many thanks to all those who have been so patient, I really appreciate everyone's support! :mrgreen:

OEM Forester spacer on the right, mine on the left:


1" SH subframe spacer kit:


Complete SJ XT 2" kit:
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Congrats, NL
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Nice work......
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Old 9th November 2015, 07:55 PM
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Thanks guys

Just updated the post to include Outback Gen 4> & XV, but it also includes others like Liberty Gen 4> and Impreza GE/GH>
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