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Ground Clearance

I read the 2009/10 Forester X ground clearance is 8.7" and the XT is 8.9" (I assume due to exhaust differences). But I see this picture and it doesn't seem like there is that much below the 2" or so tall strip below the bumper (I've marked with red horizontal lines):



Has anyone measured theirs at these points?

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from my scaling off that particular picture and using the 66.9" vehicle height value with roof rails, I estimate approximately 9.2" of ground clearance to the lines you've indicated.
I suspect the differences in height have to do with exhaust routing as well... since the turbos would give more clearance directly behind the engine since the piping is routed up before coming back down while the non-turbo just has exhaust manifolds going directly into the mid-pipe.

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For my X, from the tow loop to the ground is just over 12". Mine does not have that lip but it appears that the loop shows in the picture and I would guess that the lip takes off about an inch maybe?

I have had no issues with approach or departure angles or ground clearance on my X, even with its lesser clearance than the XT.

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The pic used as a model was taken from an angle higher than level, so it displays a slight difference than actual ground clearance.

Just to add, how about tire/wheel size differences between the X & XT, are they difference enough to account or contribute to the different ground clearances?

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Thank you all for the input! I can see the angle mentioned. As far as tires making the difference, I believe the X Premium and Limited have the same size tires as the XTs, don't they?
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215/65R16 and 225/55R17 have the same approx diameter.
I am not sure what point they measure the ground clearance. I willo measure mine tomorrow. Too cold tonight.
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Thank you all for the input! I can see the angle mentioned. As far as tires making the difference, I believe the X Premium and Limited have the same size tires as the XTs, don't they?
Yes they do. The 215/65x16" on the basic X is actually .2" larger in diameter from what I recall, but being narrower, probably flexes more than .1" when the weight is on it.

In a dark and cold garage (taking out the garbage), looks like my spoiler is a bit over 9" off the ground, but I have 215/70x16" tires on my '09. which should give me an extra .4" or so of clearance.

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Somewhere I have seen a Subaru published diagram of a comparison between the ground clearance of an SG and an SH and the SH is better everywhere except the lower rear wishbones/trailing arms area. And they stated the N/A and turbo difference is in the exhaust.

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