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Default New front struts/shock absorbers?

As one of my front shocks is starting to fail, does anyone have any recommendations on replacements?

MY05 model, 2.5" strut lift on the front, if that makes any difference. Not looking for anything crazy, before anyone suggests Hotbits - If I'd known about them before I put the lift in I might have been tempted..

Better ride than OEM would be good,

Not sure that iincreasing the travel would be possible due to the lift Unless that wouldn't be a problem..? I don't want to risk axles falling out (if that's possible at full droop - my mechanic thought it might happen.

The other thing I've wondered about is if there's a slightly shorter strut than OEM but with longer travel (is that even physically possible), Ludicrous huh.

The ones in the rear are Ok, so I'd rather not do them yet..
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KYB have a good reputation - I used them before I went with custom struts.
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custom struts? care to share any more information??
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OEM struts & springs have the best ride, aftermarket struts & springs are firmer.

KYB struts are good or see if Gabriel do them, I have them for the rear & am very impressed.

SG XT struts have 1/2" more travel than SG NA struts. You won't have to worry about the axles falling out lol
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custom struts? care to share any more information??

Here: https://offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=953
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OEM struts & springs have the best ride, aftermarket struts & springs are firmer.

KYB struts are good or see if Gabriel do them, I have them for the rear & am very impressed.

SG XT struts have 1/2" more travel than SG NA struts. You won't have to worry about the axles falling out lol
All good information cheers!

Interestingly, the Gabriel Front struts have only one type for the SG9, regardless of turbo or not.
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Having read through this, I have questions! - not just specific to you, but anyone that can contribute

Is it possible to put Koni inserts into the OEM front struts? If so, any idea of pricing?

If anything, I'd prefer a softer ride than OEM rather than harder.

Lastly, should I, or do I have to, replace the springs at the same time?
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Mine were in OEM struts, just not OEM specific to my model ;-)

The Konis have adjustable dampening so you can change depending on conditions.

Keep your springs if they are in good condition.

Search for "koni" here and also search for "koni inserts" at subaruforester.org as these may give you some ideas.

Also watch this
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Mine were in OEM struts, just not OEM specific to my model ;-)
...Also watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXSnNZt3NiI
What model were they for out of interest?

That video makes it look easy!
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A '99 Liberty I think - chosen because of a thicker strut body wall.
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