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Unread 22nd December 2017, 02:19 AM
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2" or 2.5" are perfect lifts for foz. Most important enjoy working on your cars and driving them.
howdy , you don't think 2.5 inch is too close to doing damage to the sf?

sorry for the noob question

but is the only difference between a 2" lift and 2.5" lift being the rear .5 inch spacer ?
or is both front and back supposed to be 2.5" ?
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People do combine lifts as springs, strut spacers and bigger tires in all those you could get even more lift. Or just do spacers, or just springs with bigger tires you will get even more clearance. Depends how much you wanna spend. Springs are good for load but not so good offroad .
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Im open to another set of rims and bigger MT tires for off-roading once i get the front shocks/springs + lift kit in.
Not sure what would comfortably fit under there once thats all done

i didn't get raised springs cause i don't want the harsh ride that comes with it

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The most popular lift is 2" front & either 2" rear or 2.5" rear. The 2.5" rear is good if you have bum sag or if you load the rear up with camping gear, or some people just prefer the rear to be a little higher (called forward rake).

A 2.5" fr 3" rr lift kit is also available for the SF & SG Forester, this is the most you can lift without running into issues
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I think that's a pretty poor example, considering the forum is dedicated to offroad. Except if you only drive on saltpans I guess.

Now, if you used tyres for your example...!
Different people have different expectations and abilities. Lifting a car comes with drawbacks. If the terrain they wish to go over can be achieved with a standard car, why introduce a compromise that is not needed? I see people put lift kits in cars all the time, but they still have standard diffs. Using your argument, I should be suggesting e lockers and dccd if he is fair dinkum about going off road.

I believe the standard car is pretty good from the factory . Those new to off roading I think are better off getting a sump guard and going off road with experienced, competent people and learning how to drive off road properly. Then they can judge if a lift is warranted based on what they have learned and where they expect they will drive in future
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Different people have different expectations and abilities. Lifting a car comes with drawbacks. If the terrain they wish to go over can be achieved with a standard car, why introduce a compromise that is not needed?
Well yes, terrain is everything.

Sorry for hijacking your thread 1WD Foz, Looks like you got yourself a bargain, enjoy!
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I see people put lift kits in cars all the time, but they still have standard diffs.
A lift & diff have different purpose. The lift is to gain more clearance so that you don't bottom out. It helps protect the underbody & exhaust.

Diffs give you more grip esp when you lift a wheel

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Using your argument, I should be suggesting e lockers and dccd if he is fair dinkum about going off road.
An e-locker is still not a viable prospect yet. I congratulate you on what you've done, but a full R180 conversion & R180 locker is simply not within the budget of most people, nor do most people want to do it. Most people want a simple swap...R160 diff centre out, locker in, done.

The DCCD, while not a locker, is very good but is also more than what most people want.

Most people want to do the basics first...lift tyres & sump guard. That will get you a long way with a Subaru. Then they can look at the more exotic stuff. IMO a good clutch rear LSD is an excellent upgrade
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I think you missed the point. Lift kits for him may be just as unnecessary for him as better diffs. Just as better diffs may be unnecessary for those with lift kits. None of us know. Which is why I suggest he should start out with just the sump guard and if he feels like a lift kit is needed, he can get one. If he doesn’t need one, he has not only saved money he doesn’t need to spend, he gets to retain the better handling and ride of the standard car.
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@1WD Foz with the older SF there used to be "body lift" kits available. I'm not sure if anyone still makes them but they were great as the kit actually lifts the whole body and leaves the suspension intact. The kits came with extension brake hoses etc. Of course it also depends on how much you want to spend on it! ;-)

I'm not sure of the clearance of the SF ex factory but to me they've always looked too low at OEM height for any reasonable offroad and / or sand driving use. So, yes, sump guard first before anything gets damaged and then a moderate lift of some sort would be good.
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