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All The Best Options For Lifting Your Outback Wilderness
(Plus where to buy them)
Whether you’re trying to turn your Subaru into an off-road machine, or just want a couple extra inches to give you peace of mind on the trails, there’s some really good options for you.
There are three ways to lift a Subaru: Lift Springs, Strut Spacers, and Upgraded Suspension Assemblies.
Lift springs are stiffer and taller than the stock springs that came on your vehicle. You’ll have to swap out the factory springs with the new kit. They are really good for anyone who plans to load extra gear into the car. They also help stabilize the car’s handling ability even with a higher center of gravity after lifting. The main complaint with a stiffer spring is that they can be a little more bumpy on harsh roads.
Strut spacer kits are usually less expensive and easier to install than a spring lift. You bolt them to the top of the strut towers and they push your entire shock absorber down to add lift. The main issue with using only a strut spacer is that they don’t create additional suspension travel or offer a performance spring rate. So you may experience “butt sag” when loaded up with camping gear or off-road recovery gear. Here are some of the most important things to look for when selecting a good strut spacer kit: camber correction, multi-link/subframe spacers, customer service (reputation) and quality workmanship.
Some kits actually offer both springs and spacers. For example, Ironman 4×4 kits incorporate both forms of lift to provide correct suspension geometry and proper off-road capability.
Longer suspension assemblies (longer struts, or long travel coilovers) are the ideal way to lift a vehicle. However, they are extremely expensive. Long travel coilovers usually start at $1600 and will require special order if they ever need to be replaced. This will cause at least a week of downtime in most cases. We typically only recommend this option to people who truly plan to abuse the vehicle. Rally style driving will require a long travel coilover setup. If you are planning to just casually drive your Subaru through the forest, this might be overkill. We also suggest this option to anyone who already has worn out shocks and is planning to replace them anyway. In this case, you may actually save money. If your current struts are in good condition though, this might not be the best choice.
Here’s our 5 top picks for the best Outback Wilderness lift kits:
- LP Aventure (Best Out of The Box Spacer Lift)
- Anderson Design & Fabrication (Good Quality Mild Size Lift Made in The USA)
- Flatout Suspension Lift Coilovers (Best Long Travel Suspension Lift)
- Ironman 4×4 Suspension Lift (Affordable Strut/Spring Lift Option)
- RalliTek Spacer Kit (Great American Made Lift Kit)
Photo: Property of LP Aventure
LP Aventure is a company based in Canada that has years of authority in the off-road and over-landing industry. They pride themselves on NHTSA and FMVSS126 motor vehicle safety standards, meaning that their kits allow your Outback to retain full factory safety features while providing extra all terrain capabilities.
- Kits arrive with everything needed to lift your Outback Wilderness 2″ inches without changing ride quality
- Spacers are designed with 304 stainless steel and are TIG welded. They are tough, durable and resistant to corrosion. (Make sure to spend a little extra on the powder coated kit unless you want to paint them yourself)
- Maintains original camber specs
- Includes multi link spacers for rear tire alignment
- Lengthened brake lines spacers
- Longer exhaust spacers included
- Hand brake spacers
- Installation instructions conveniently located on their site for DIY’ers.
The LP Aventure Outback lift kits are a little more expensive than some spacer options, but they have a great reputation, are well designed, and contain a comprehensive parts list to make sure you have everything you need! If you want to order a kit and have it installed with no headaches, this is the right kit for you.
TIP: we found that tirerack.com occasionally has sale prices on LP Aventure kits. They also offer free shipping which can save between $40-60 depending on where you live.
Located in Tigard Oregon, Primitive Racing has a long history of supplying parts for rally-inspired Subaru’s. Primitive fields two rally cars that participate in various rally events. Primitive also hosts rally schools for those who want to improve their skills.
The owner of Primitive is 100% committed to bringing high quality products to the Subaru and rally community. We’ve been using their parts for almost a decade and couldn’t be happier to recommend their lift kits.
- Primitive lift kits include everything you will need
- King lift springs and HDPE spacers are included for well balanced performance
- Made in America
- Primitive Racing’s Rear Subframe Spacer kit is included to center the rear wheels
- Rear Shock Extensions
- Brake line bracket extensions
- No drilling, welding, or cutting involved in the install
We really appreciate the research and development that ADF puts into their products. They’re always one of the first companies to offer a lift kit when a new model comes out. In fact, the owner Patrick Anderson actually purchased a 2022 Outback Wilderness personally in order to begin doing hands-on research with it.
As far as strut top spacers go, ADF offers multiple options. However, their 1.5 inch lift is basic enough for the average DIY’er to do at home, but offers enough room to accommodate a 225/65/17 tire easily.
This kit also offers camber correction with its offset design and is properly constructed using high-quality materials. Their kits are build right here in the USA in the beautiful state of Oregon.
If you’re not 100% sure where to start or what lift will best meet your needs, we recommend calling ADF. They’ve always been really helpful any time we’ve had a technical question. We’ve used their kits and have had great results.
- 1.5 inches of lift up front and 1 inch in the rear
- Usually available for under $300
- 3/16″ steel plates used for construction
- Professionally powdercoated steel
- HDPE rear spacers
- Requires no extensive modification or expensive parts
- Works on all new model Outback trim levels including the Wilderness
Photo: Property of Flatout Suspension
If you have a taste for the finer things in life and prefer to install only the most premium equipment on your off-road builds, going with a long-travel coilover lift is the right choice for you.
Rather than just spacing your current suspension down, this kit extends the actual length of your shocks. This means less wheel lift on the trails and more traction.
If you have the funds and plan to really test your Outback on the trails, the Flatout Suspension GR Lite is a great option. It’s the first long-travel coilover system that has been offered to the Subaru community at an affordable price with good post-sale support.
These coilovers can be rebuilt after they’ve been used and abused on the trails. This means you’re not going to be stuck having to buy an entirely new setup once you finally wear them out.
We’ve heard nothing but good things about the support from the team over at Flatout. We definitely recommend checking them out if you want to lift your Outback.
- Fully adjustable up to 3″ over stock height (remember to purchase multi link/subframe spacers to keep your rear wheels aligned properly)
- Provides 8 full inches of travel in the front and rear
- Hand Assembled
- Fully Serviceable
- Highly Polished Electro-Plated Nickel Cartridge
- CNC Machined High-flow Aluminum Piston
- Stainless Steel Shims
- Light Weight Synthetic Shock Oil
Photo: Property of Ironman 4×4
If you want a true suspension lift but don’t quite have the funds to justify a fully adjustable coilover system, Ironman 4×4 has a fantastic option that’s ready to go out of the box. At about $1400 you can’t beat a fully assembled 2 inch lift strut/spring combo.
In the past, some companies have offered aftermarket struts that were straight up junk. So we’ve always been hesitant to recommend anything new that doesn’t have a long history of durability. At first we weren’t sure if this was going to be the case with this lift kit. However, it’s been on the market for awhile now and we’ve heard a good deal of feedback from a wide range of people who’ve had great luck with them. We’re confident that they are a great full suspension lift for the price.
We really like that Ironman offers an overload option for those who are planning to carry extra camping gear, recovery equipment, kids, or even a full size spare tire on a heavy rear bumper kit. Their Spec-C option will help combat saggy butt and give you the ability to carry gear and tow without clobbering your suspension. Best of all, this is available at no extra charge.
RalliTek is an Oregon Based rally/performance shop that’s been on the forefront of creating cutting edge parts for all Subaru models for over two decades. As partners with one of the most well-known Subaru tuning shops, PRE, they have a heavy presence and knowledge base in all areas of Subaru culture.
This authority and knowledge base has carried over into their off-road presence. They provide solid parts that they have tested extensively. If you live in Oregon, you may run into them at Brown’s camp doing big boy trails in their test vehicles.
“This kit features built-in front alignment correction are ideal for lifting your vehicle without disturbing the factory ride quality. That’s right! The front spacers in this kit are offset to maintain the factory range of adjustment that the OEM camber bolt can achieve. The 2.5” rear spacers included in this kit are intended to correct low rear ride height on vehicles with a constant heavy load when overload springs are not enough.
NOTE: NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE WITH 0.75″ OR 1” REAR LIFT SPRINGS UNLESS RUNNING A CONSTANT HEAVY OVERLOAD OF 500+LBS (MAY PROVIDE MORE LIFT THAN SUBFRAME SPACERS CAN CORRECT FOR)“
- 2 inches of lift in the front, 2.5 in the rear (eliminates saggy butt)
- 3/16” MIG Welded Steel Construction
- Alignment Corrections Designed Into the Front Spacers
- Hammered Blue Powdercoat
- Multi-Link (Rear Subframe) Spacers Included
- All Hardware Included
- Includes 1.5″ rear subframe spacers to maintain rear ground clearance and an OEM alignment
- Extended Exhaust Hangers Included
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