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Subaru Outback Lift Kits We Recommend To Our Friends

By Ben Boxer

Last updated on January 29th, 2024

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. In 2024 there’s more lift kit options available for Subarus than ever before. In this article, let’s take a look at the best brands and help you decide which is best for you.

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Types Of Subaru Lift Kits

There are three common ways to lift an Outback: lift springs, strut spacer kits, and longer 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, Primitive Racing kits incorporate both forms of lift to provide correct suspension geometry and proper off-road capability. These kits allow for a taller lift that still has the benefits of a stiffer spring.

There’s also a growing selection of advanced suspension lift options to choose from. These include things like longer strut and spring assemblies, and long-travel coilovers. Sure, they might cost a bit more, but they bring a whole lot to the table. They enhance off-road capability and improve the driving experience on pavement. If you’re interested in boosting your Subaru’s off-road skills and on-road fun factor, these options are worth a closer look.

Now that we’ve got a handle on the different lift kit possibilities for Outbacks, let’s dive right in and check out seven fantastic lift kit manufacturers.

Here’s our top 7 picks for the best Outback lift kits:

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.

Who better to turn to for hardware than a company who’s been doing it with the rest of us for so many years?

2020-outback-outback-xt-lift-kit primitive racing with off road tires

Photo: Primitive Racing


  • Primitive lift kits include everything you will need
  • Lift springs and spacers are included for the ultimate performance
  • Made in America
  • Primitive Racing’s Rear Subframe Spacer kit
  • Rear Shock Extensions
  • Brake line bracket extensions
  • No drilling, welding, or cutting involved in the install

(We run Primitive skid plates from front to back on our trail cars. This should be one of your very first mods if you plan to off-road your Subaru. This is a sponsored banner, but we personally use their products and want to represent them on our site. Please check them out and show your support!)

LP Aventure is a company out of 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.
lifted 2020 subaru outback xt with off road tires


  • Kits arrive with everything needed to lift your Outback 2″ inches without changing ride quality
  • Kits available for Outbacks from 2010-2020
  • 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)
  • Maintains original camber and caster specs
  • Lengthened brake lines spacers
  • 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 options, but they have a great reputation, are well designed, and contain a comprehensive parts list to make sure you have everything you need!

TIP: we found that occasionally has sale prices on LP Aventure kits. The shipping is also fast and free with Tire Rack. It saves between $40-60 depending on where you live.

ADF has been a pioneer in the off-road Subaru industry for years now. They have a reputation for designing and building some of the best lift kits in the market. When a new model is introduced, or a new need develops among off-road drivers, Anderson Design is usually the first to produce a solution. Their kits are known for being built with the best materials and excellent workmanship. Clean welds, great finish work, and helpful customer service really sets ADF apart.

4 inch lifted Subaru Outback Wilderness Edition at the ADF warehouse


  • Kits available for Outbacks from 1995 to current years
  • Options ranging from basic 1″ inch kits, up to massive 4″ inch lift kits are available
  • Superior craftsmanship
  • Made in the USA
  • Years of tried and true experience in the off-road Subaru industry
  • Great customer support

Located in the beautiful State of Oregon, Anderson Design is at the center of a growing community of Subaru drivers who want more out of their car. ADF is always pushing the limits and listening to the needs of the community. If you’re not 100% sure what you need or want, the crew of guys over there can answer any questions you may have about parts and fitment. I’ve called them on multiple occasions and been very impressed with their desire to help.

Reika VS Subaru Outback Lift Kit

Reika VS is probably the newest company in this article. But the brand is comprised of industry veterans that take quality, affordability, and customer service seriously. In our opinion, this is the best quality lift kit available for under $300. At the time that this article was published, their 2 inch lift kit came in at $249 including brake line spacers and the cradle drop spacers.

These kits come e-coated and powder coated to help ensure that they stay rust-free. They also have camber correction built in to the top hat spacers.

Hands down, if we wanted to lift an Outback on a conservative budget, this is the kit we would buy today.

Reikavs lift kit for subaru outback 2015-2024 offroad


  • Kits available for Outbacks from 2015 to current year
  • Easily allows for a 245/65R17 tire to be installed
  • Good craftsmanship at a competitive price
  • Made in the USA
  • Years of tried and true experience in the off-road Subaru industry
  • Great customer support from a company of like-minded enthusiasts

If you are on a budget and are considering a “cheap” lift kit, please reach out to Reika VS before you buy something from a no name brand on Ebay. The price of this kit can’t be beat. The guys that run the company are a great group of people and they’ve done a great job bringing not only affordable lift kits, but a great line of wheels and accessories for AWD off-roaders like us.

ReadyLift has been making lift kits for a very long time. Until recently, they focused mainly on trucks and Jeeps. However, they’re now providing lift kits for a great price to the Subaru community.

Photo: ReadyLift


  • 2″ Inches of additional lift
  • Allows for a 245/65-17 tire on a 17×8 wheel with +38 offset (Almost 30″ inches!)
  • Easy Installation that can be done at home in most situations
  • Made in the USA
  • No permanent modification needed (Perfect for leased vehicles)
  • Maintains original camber
  • Comes with sway bar brackets to relocate endlinks

For the time being, ReadyLift doesn’t offer a kit for anything made before 2015. We hope to see additions to their catalogue for other years soon.

**Please note: If you select this kit, we do recommend purchasing a multi link spacer kit to help correct the rear tire geometry. Without these parts, your tires will be pushed forward in the rear wheel well.

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TIP: at the time of writing this guide, we found that Tire Rack had the best prices on this kit. We find that you can typically get the best deals with them or on Amazon. Check both stores before making your final decision. Tire Rack has on-staff customer service that can help guide you and answer specific questions. We can’t say enough good things about their level of service.

Ironman 4×4 Strut Lift

If you’re looking for a fully adjustable suspension lift, but don’t have the money to spend on a new coilover system, the Ironman ATS may be just what you need. This is a great option that comes with upgraded springs and fully assembled lift struts for around $1400.

We like how the Ironman kit offers an option for those who want to carry additional equipment. Things like a spare tire on a heavy rear bumper, or a trunk load of camping gear can really weigh down your Outback. The company’s optional Spec-C feature will allow you to carry all of your necessities without getting bogged down in the rear. The Spec-C springs also help offset the extra body roll brought on by the altered center of gravity that comes with lifting a car.

Some companies have previously offered aftermarket lift struts that weren’t  very durable. This has led us to be hesitant to recommend products that don’t have a good history of durability. However, we’ve started to see a lot of positive feedback about the Ironman kits. We’re confident that this lift kit is a good option for the price.

ironman subaru outback lift kit springs


  • 2 inches of lift
  • Extended travel twin-tube struts improve control and comfort
  • Subframe spacers are INCLUDED with this kit!
  • 3 year warranty from Ironman
  • Estimated ground clearance after install: 10.7″
  • Available for 2015+ Subaru Outbacks
  • Works on all new model Outback trim levels including the Wilderness Edition

Raceworks Long Travel Coilovers

If you’re looking to replace your Outback’s suspension with a long travel coilover, you should consider the Raceworks Overland kit. This lift is the most reliable and cost-effective long travel coilover available in our opinion. Until recently, we didn’t consider this type of lift for Subarus as viable. But with the recent addition of Subaru options added to the Raceworks catalogue, we think this is the best way to get an LTC for your Outback.

subaru outback with raceworks long travel coilovers

In the past, long-travel coilovers available for Subarus were built for rally cars. These coilovers were expensive and weren’t built with longevity in mind. They were built for a few days of extremely harsh abuse on the track before being rebuilt. Due to the increasing popularity of Subarus, the company’s engineers have delivered a more consumer-friendly long-travel coilover option for us.

The Raceworks’ entry-level Overland coilovers for the Outback are designed to give your vehicle a 2 inch suspension lift. According to a representative at Raceworks: “The Overland is very consumer-friendly because it lifts up to 2” so there’s not many complexities with the install. The C2 spec takes performance up a notch with inverted struts and long travel springs.” I think it’s important to realize that even though it is considered their “entry level” coilover, it’s still far and above other options out there.  With the additional lift and suspension travel of their Overland kit, you’ll be able to navigate uneven terrain and absorb harsh bumps much more easily. 

Raceworks suspensions are hand-built and can be customized however you like. We suggest the Swift Long Travel spring upgrade and a custom recommendation from Raceworks on spring rate. They are fully serviceable and have a 3 year warranty from the manufacturer.

Starting at under $1600 for the Overland, this is THE best option for anyone wanting to attack technical trails in their Outback without spending a ton of money. It’s also the best option if your suspension already needs to be replaced. If you upgrade to a set of these, you’ll be fixing your worn out struts and getting more ground clearance.

If you want to take your build to the next level with an even more aggressive and capable coilover lift kit, consider the upgraded Raceworks GZ coilover system. Taking your Outback to its limits is exactly what this kit is for. Raceworks told me that “The GZ adjusts from a 2” lift all the way to a 6” lift for those who want to get more advanced with their lift. It’s a much larger and more advanced build.” If turning your Outback into a true trail monster is your goal, this is the right coilover kit for that. Keep in mind that additional modifications will be needed if you plan to lift above 2 inches. Things like subframe spacers and steering extensions will be necessary. We recommend contact Raceworks directly if you choose to go this route. It’s a rewarding process, but lifting your Subaru this much is a bit more involved than the other options on this list.

subaru outback overland raceworks long travel coilovers


Overland Coilovers:

  • Monotube shock design
  • Custom tuned per order
  • 52mm nickel-plated shocks
  • 44mm high flow piston
  • Stainless steel shims
  • Synthetic shock oil
  • Height adjustment independent of spring preload
  • Damping adjustable (20-32 clicks depending on application)
  • 3-year no hassle warranty against defects
  • Fully serviceable
  • Includes 4 assemblies to replace your entire stock suspension

GZ Coilovers:

  • Suspension travel: up to 10 inches.
  • Fully adjustable lift up to 6 inches.
  • Long travel SWIFT SPRINGS.
  • Barrel design allows for a much longer spring length without experiencing spring deflection. The long travel of these springs pairs perfectly with our long travel shocks. Swift springs are widely regarded as one of the best springs on the market due to their proven quality and performance at the professional level.
  • High quality helper springs to fine tune droop travel.
  • Specially designed mounting points are made with strength in mind.
  • Camber plate is made with steel and designed to be beefier and quieter compared to common camber plates used by many other brands.
  • MacPherson lower mounting bracket is made with steel and utilizes a rally-inspired design.
  • Reinforcement bracings are welded on for increased strength.
  • Wishbone lower mounts utilizes a unibody design which is lighter but also stronger than steel pieces welded together.
  • Chrome plated shock body prevents rust and corrosion. The shock body on the GZ is both thicker and longer than many other lift suspensions. This results in increased operating efficiency by holding a larger amount of shock oil.
  • Larger piston for a more compliant ride and more responsive dampening.
  • Seals are proven to last millions of cycles with no leaks.
  • Custom tuned for each user.
  • Every set will include a personal dyno sheet for that specific suspension.
  • Dampening adjustable from soft to stiff (20 to 40 clicks, depending on application).
  • Independent height adjustment without altering spring preload.
  • Camber adjustable.
  • Fully rebuildable.

Cost To Lift A Subaru Outback

Most people report spending anywhere between $500-800 for professional lift kit installation. There are a few factors that can ultimately determine how much your lift kit will cost to install.

  • Lift kit type – lifts that involve removing the old springs will cost more.
  • Geographical location – installation in Southern California might be substantially more expensive than in the state of Alabama.
  • Type of shop you use – certain shops may cost more. For example, the Subaru dealership will charge far more than an independent mechanic.

We have installed all of our own lift kits without the help of a shop. But that’s not practical for everyone. If you don’t feel confident in performing the work or if you don’t have the space to do it, it’s recommended to have it done professionally. If you do plan to have it done at a shop, calling around to get a few estimates is a good idea. Make sure the shop has a good reputation and understands Subarus.

Talk With A Professional Before Choosing A Lift Kit

If you aren’t sure what you should purchase, speak with a professional who can help guide you in the best direction for your needs. Also remember to always use correct safety procedures and follow instructions with doing a self-install.

Some of us don’t have the space, tools, or time to install a lift kit ourselves. If you need assistance, check out our growing list of recommended installers.

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