SJ XT models have 18 inch wheels with 225/55/18.SH oem tire size is 225/55 17. and SJs all have 18" wheels iirc.
That's correct, the XT's get 18" wheels, NA's have 17" wheels.SH oem tire size is 225/55 17. and SJs all have 18" wheels iirc.
wait, maybe its only XTs with 18"?
also why people complain that their SHs are sloppy!All that being said the front damping rate is almost double from the SH to SJ, and why people complain why their SJs are so stiff.
when I search for a 2014 Forester (SJ) KYB shows me 339385 and 339386 for the front struts. Just curious about your part numbers for SJ? I'm putting SJ KYB's on my 2011 SHUpdate:
I installed the SJ rears kyb PN3410015 with king spring KSRS-56 on my SH. Im am happy to report that it rides great in the rear and seems to be better damped than expected, it feels significantly firmer and more confident in the rear. I think I would have not liked the kings on the normal SH rears based on my calibrated compressed by hand shock dyno. I did reuse the longer Closed-Cell foam bump stop from the SH over the shorter hard Rubber ones the kybs came with, I felt like the foams would give a more linear approach to bottom out over the rubbers.
A Very interesting development on the front, I messed up and ordered the wrong shock, I ordered 993484(SH11-13) and a 993485 (SJ), and yes the hand shock dyno would suggest the SJ are firmer than the SH11-13. Sure enough, at rest you can see that one of the shocks has a shorter shaft by about an inch in the pic. I started to pull on the 993485 shaft because before I figured out I had the wrong shock I though I got a defective shock, to my surprise i was able to pull the shaft out to the same length as the 993484 and then it would return back on its own. I did it a few times before it dawned on me there must an internal top out bump stop that would not have any impact on regular driving but might aid in some situations where the wheel droops fast(pothole maybe). But, basically they are the same and there is no reason you could not use an SJ front on a SH. Only other things of note, the spring perch look different but the king rest the same on them and I will need to double check the ABS tone line bracket it looks a bit different(same spot, just the SH09-10 use a bolt and both of these don't have a capture nut)
sorry did see this till now, yup those are the part numbers i used, and 3410015 in the rear. I have 3 months of daily driving on them and I could not be happier.when I search for a 2014 Forester (SJ) KYB shows me 339385 and 339386 for the front struts. Just curious about your part numbers for SJ? I'm putting SJ KYB's on my 2011 SH