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Lifted 2016 Fozzy

Just purchased a 2016 2.5i Forester and starting to look into lift kit + offroad tires. Would love to know if anyone out there has already lifted their 2016, and if so what kit/parts did you go with and why.

I've been leaning towards the Primitive Racing 1.6" lift kit...

If you HAVE lifted your 2016 my next question is what wheel/tire upgrade did you go with? And more importantly what SIZE wheels/tires? I'm in love with the Method Rally wheels but not sure if the R15's will work.

I know there's tons of info on here about lift kits but I'm just looking for info specific to 2016 2.5i Foresters. Thanks!

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I just ordered the 2" kit with multi-link spacers from Patrick at Anderson - Anderson Deisgn-FabSJ 14-16 Subaru Forester Lift Kits - Anderson Design & fabrication

I'm running Blizzak WS80's in the stock 225/55-18 as my '16 Forester XT Touring is my daily driver/snowmobile. I have a Jeep LJ Rubicon with 35" tires and .488 gears for the serious stuff so I don't plan on cramming bigger meats on the Forester (maybe). I'm just merely trying to gain an extra 2" so as not to drag the under and fascia on heavy snow.

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Welcome glad to have you here.

Get familiar with Offroad Fozzies and specifically our Offroad Suspension Section you'll gain a lot of insight into what members have tried and found to work. Some great members offer up some seasoned advice, for free!
Both the Anderson and Primitive kits are designed by experts who test their products where they should, off-road. Can't go wrong either way. Not a '16 but close 2" Lifted 2015 XT! further into the thread he has his new wheels and tire pics.

Enjoy the forum and your Forester.

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I have the Primitive 1.1" lift in my 2015 2.5i, and so far so good.

There's a lot going on with it, and they do a terrible job explaining what their lift kit actually entails on their website, so I'd suggest giving Primitive a call. Paul and co are gruff and busy, but very helpful.
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@Anderson Design & Fab are vendors here on the forum and can help you out with any lifting questions.

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This is one of my 2" kits with re alignment spacers installed in the rear, from Japan. And your in Portland!!?? Im in Sandy!

Hes not running much larger than stock but, ive a good comfortable tire is within the 28-29" over all diameter range.





What you wanna watch out for with the king springs is the limited travel and compression. Due to the raise and the stiffness of the spring it will limit you off-road
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Let me know if you have any questions! I can pull up tire sizes too for you.

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I want a setup that's good off-road but my Forester is also my daily commuter so the ride can't be unbearable on pavement.

That being said, what're the pros and cons of the Primitive Racing lift vs. the Anderson Design spacer lift? Would it make sense to get the standard height King Springs and then add the Anderson spacers as well to get the best of both worlds? I don't know sh*t about cars so please bare with me.

And the size of the lift (i.e. 1" or 2") is going to determine what size tires/wheels I can run post-lift, right?
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Can I fit 15" Method Rally's on the '16 Forester?
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Can I fit 15" Method Rally's on the '16 Forester?
Yeah theyll fit
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Whether I go with Anderson or Primitive, are there any additional parts I need for the lift or is everything included in the lift kits? I see people talking about rear sway bars and trailing arm spacers and I don't have any clue what they're talking about.

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I can only speak about the Primitive lift seeing that is the one Ive installed my self. I ordered the 1.5 to 2 inch lift along with the rear wheel alignment kit. It came with rear shock extenders, rear brake line extenders, rear aluminum spacers to lower the back suspension, four king springs two front and two back, front strut tower spacers with hardware, the rear came with all required hardware as well. I installed it myself with no issues. I also installed the larger rear sway bar from the Subaru warehouse site. I am running Yokohama Geolander AT/S 235-65R17 on (Stock factory Rims). 29.2 inches overall diameter. No rubbing and rides awesome. This is just my opinion on how the lift i installed feels to me. Hope this helps and good luck with your Subaru.

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This is one of my 2" kits with re alignment spacers installed in the rear, from Japan. And your in Portland!!?? Im in Sandy!

Hes not running much larger than stock but, ive a good comfortable tire is within the 28-29" over all diameter range.





What you wanna watch out for with the king springs is the limited travel and compression. Due to the raise and the stiffness of the spring it will limit you off-road
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Let me know if you have any questions! I can pull up tire sizes too for you.
That looks nice
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Can I fit 15" Method Rally's on the '16 Forester?
No they will not fit. The 14-16 have a much much larger caliper so fitting the 15" wheels on there wont work. Now it is possible 1 or 2 ways, either grind the caliper down till they fit (not advised) or swap out for a lower profile caliper like the WRX's.


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Whether I go with Anderson or Primitive, are there any additional parts I need for the lift or is everything included in the lift kits? I see people talking about rear sway bars and trailing arm spacers and I don't have any clue what they're talking about.
Our kit for the SJ forester is bolt and go! Comes with everything needed get you back out on the trails. It being a much newer vehicle you will be fine with stock springs. If your looking for a stiffer ride, better cornering (more of a rally pace) and dont mind losing travle then with stock height or raised kings will work just fine. Which i can build a custom set up for the spacer size to make it so its as close to 2" as possible to maintain a good CV joint angle.

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Damn! I really loved the Methods...oh well. From what I understand about off-road wheels, the bigger the sidewall the better...so I should still try to drop down to a 16" wheel, right??
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Looks like the Method 501 Titanium comes in a 17".
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