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post #46 of 80 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Heres what it it looks like with no tools in the hatch and not parked on an incline. I have 07 springs and a set of KYB GR2's to put on when I get the strut lift and subframe locking bolts installed.
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looks awesome...i love it, i am only 2 hours away from getting my BFG's installed :)
mmory i got a question: you seem to know quite a bit about the XT. what would be a fairly low cost upgrade to make to my XT to increase performance? i got an 2004 , maybe an intake, down-pipe,or exaust, or injectors ??
thank you (i know this does not belong on this forum,sorry)
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The best bang for your buck will be an up pipe (which gets rid of the cat in the stock one) and a down pipe. Youd need a high flow catted DP since youre in Cali. Then a stage 2 retune and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Check here and Nasioc for used stuff. It can be obtained at a reasonable price if you keep your eyes open

Dont get alarmed that youre power seems to have dropped after you put the BFG's on its not drastic but its a noticable difference.These tires are 35lbs each which is a bit heavier than stock.

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I forgot to ask. Did you ever get anything as a referral bonus?

Oh and here's what the setup looks like on my foz. I have them off at the moment. A bit too much rubbing for my liking. I'm currently on the search for a used set of sg struts.

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No email, account credit or anything from tirerackbut thanks for trying.

The tires look good, how much lower is you SF suspension than an SG? Where are the rubbing issues?

I'll should have a set of rear SG struts/springs/top hats and front springs and tophats available in a couple wks if youre interested. The springs have 80,000 on them but the struts look to have been changed but when I dont know.

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Wow I can't believe they couldn't even send you a thank you letter at the least...


The rubbing occurs only in the rear. It's nearly impossible to drive on flat ground. I tried using 9mm wheel spacers but that wasn't enough. I'm afraid to use larger spacers because of wheel bearing issues.

I'm not sure of the exact difference between the SF and SG struts. I do know that the spring perch sits higher on the SG struts. I might be interested in your suspension, but I imagine shipping to Alaska would be insane. Thanks for the help though.
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Shipping moght be expensive. I got my rears at KYB outlet for $65 each with free shipping.

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I just checked out that KYB outlet, and amazingly the free shipping applies to Alaska too! Do you know if the KYBs would allow for a larger tire to fit? Or is it possible I could buy KYBs for the SG foresters and use SG tophats?
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Youd have to go with SG struts, springs and tophats I'D imagine since these are OEM replacement parts just 15% or so stiffer than stock.

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There is a tread by BAC25 about sagging SF suspension. Sagging....

The strut should not give you any difference in ride height. You better off getting a saggy butt spacer.
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Just ordered from tires-easy.com ($73/each). Shipping was $108 for 5 tires, but that's no biggie. Once I get them, they'll probably sit for a week or so until I can get my new springs/struts (and possibly lift), as well as have my wheels powder coated. My current alignment is off, and I don't want to go screwing up brand new tires.

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33lbs!! wow my 225 60 17 Geolandar A/T-s weighs 28lbs each. watch the mpgs..
I read that and kinda chuckled when I considered that the wheel/tire combo on my Dodge Cummins truck weigh 144 pounds each. Yeah they aren't stock size or load rating. Serious unsprung weight there. PITA to change lemme tell ya.
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Heres another confirmation of AT tires that will fit with very very little clearance or rubbing issues! Addressed here 215/70/16 BF Goodrich T/A



Got em for $83 a piece also!
Looks dang sharp, man. My next Foz will be black I think. I'm running the General Grabber AT2 tires but your pics make me wish I spent the $ and went with the BFGs. White letters are sharp also!
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finally done !!

ok my 215/70/16 are installed and fit like a glove(a tight glove though)
i had to do some good trimming in the front fenderwells , but my hacksaw took care of that. im going to loose the mudflaps aswell since they rub in the rear at full lock. i drove through San Francisco today and hit one of the hills to fast (50mph) and the rear tires sunk all in the fender well and gave out a loud rubbing grunt...haha
next i have to black out my rims..
will be installing my skid plates and on thursday we drive down to Palm Desert and a side trip to Glammis -Imperial Dunes off road park. will see how the Fozz is going to hold up in the desert.
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