So as all of you know, I picked up a sweet 2000 OBS last summer.
This car has been amazing. I bought it with 228xxx miles on it and the only maintenance I've put into it is the ripped CV boot, ball joints and the clutch cable the snapped on my way home a few weeks ago. Other than that, this thing runs like a top! I love this car. Being the enthusiast that I am, I had to mod it. I piled a group of parts together that I had laying around and started turning wrenches. I installed some KB front shifter bushings, front strut tower brace, rear strut tower brace and some no-name brand exhaust that I had sitting around. Obviously this wasn't enough, so I had to put the RS goldies on the bad boy.
Looks good right?
Then I found threads on the internet about lifting the Impreza line. I was intrigued. I started digging deeper. I found that I could just grab some FXT (Forester XT) suspension and swap it directly into my car and get 2.5-3" of lift!!! Yes please! Moar low? Not for me. Raise it up. So I located some FXT suspension and went to work! I spent a lot of time reading and researching. I ended up modifying the rear Forester top hats to get as close to the rear Impreza top hats as I could. Then I just stretched the rear top hat holes instead of drilling one extra hole in the body of the car. It still doesn't line up perfect, but it I feel more confident than if I had drilled an extra hole. The results are awesome!
Amazing, right? Here is the final result of my project:
That can is just under 10" tall. I figure I have a little over 12" of ground clearance on this beast. Next thing to come up is some wheels and tires, more lights, light bar and skid plate. That's just for starters! There are some things I need to do for basic day to day operation like the Legacy Outback trailing arm mounts and some rear camber bolts. I also need to get subframe spacers to mount my sway bars properly, but this is all in due time. At least she's lifted and the ride quality is better than anticipated. Stay tuned as I tweak and build this car.