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Rear suspension sagging

My Forester-100,000 miles plus is sagging at the NSR-dealer can't find an obvius problem. Tyre wear is uneven and there is a clonk from the NSR when it hits a pot hole. Any ideas?
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Welcome. Things that would help is model specs. Does your car have self leveling suspension on the rear?
And for myself, what is NSR?

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Elmy, NSR = near-side rear (meaning: back wheel on the side nearest the kerb).

Richard, what year and spec is your car? Does it have self levelling suspension? That is a common cause of sag.

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NSR translates to the Left Rear for RH drive and the Right Rear for LH drive.

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It is Right hand drive so it's the left rear
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it's standard UK spec, 1998 and yes it does have self levelling.
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Hi my suby lost LH rear self levelling shocks twice - the got a leak or something - this causes a clonk on full compression and the self levelling drops to keep the car level....very irritating and expensive if not under warranty!
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Replace them with kyb gas struts and new standard springs. problem solved.

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go with non SLS struts

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go with non SLS struts
And springs to match you know

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ah yes yes indeed.

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Thanks again

Thanks for your replies. It does seem that the self levelling is the problem. I assume that the springs are different for non Sl suspension and thus if I go to normal struts then I will need to change both. Would like to know more about the gas struts.

Thanks for the help!
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If you have an SF 97-02 you can use kyb struts with these numbers:
Front right: 334189
Front left: 334190
Rear right: 334191
Rear left: 334192

Yes you need to change your springs if you go to gas struts like the Kybs.
You need springs from a forester model without the sls system. If it's anything like here they don't exist. Only on 2.5L import models.
Like the ones from the US.
You can try get those or go for springs from a company called mad. Don't know the price tho. Or you can do like me and buy them from Australia from King springs. CHeapest I found was 150 AUD per pair. But it will cost you around 200 AUD in shipping with by air.

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