I've recently watched a few youtube videos about lifting. I see what you mean now about suspension lift vs. body lift in regards to performance, center of gravity effects, etc. I believe we'll dig deeper into the sprint lift kit and shoot for the added performance as you mentioned. That all makes more sense now. Thanks again for sharing all your mods. Such great stuff and like you said, never enough time!There is a lot of concern about drivetrain issues, rightfully so. I have not experienced any problems. Your package plans look good and hard to go wrong with a good lift kit and that wheel/tire package.
The three most reputable kits on the market which have their own strategies for addressing the geometry corrections are LP-Adventures, Primitive Racing and ReadyLift.
They are all good, but different. I have the Primitive kit installed. Here are the things to consider.
LP has a 2" spacer lift kit. It costs about $800 and provides great instructions and lots of pieces to address the geometry. No perfomance changes, just cosmetic and wheel clearance. Installation is doable at home with time and good tools.
Primitive has a 1.25" King spring lift kit. About $800. Instructions are not as good, but addresses the geomtry in a similar fashion to LP. They do not recommend adding spacers. This is the only kit with improved performance and if you want better susupension and overall better handling on/off road, this is the only option right now that I am aware of. Installation is much harder since you have to replace springs. I did this at home, but was unable to compress the King springs with a hand compressor. I had to have the local Subaru dealer do this for me. They charged $100 but I expect other shops to charge more. So, exlplore these options first.
ReadyLift is a 2" spacer Lift kit. About $300. Straight forward and can be done at home with good tools in much less time than the others. No perfomance changes, just cosmetic and wheel clearance. What you need to know about this kit is that this is the option that most Subaru dealers will install, because it is high quality with an installation price of about $1200. The other two kits will come with install price around $2000, so they are less likely to do those.
For me the decision was a no-brainer. I always want more performance, so I went with the Primitive kit.
Your future ideas sound great! I've been eyeballing the Primitive Racing King Spring lift kit as well as their aluminum skid plates (the 2 that go behind the front aluminum skid that Subaru makes) and will be keeping an eye out for those during Black Friday sales.Congrats on your latest Subie purchase. Glad to be of some help. Even with AEM intake, LeChute exhaust muffler and the monster roof rack and tire the car is still pretty quiet. Much quieter than my 09 Forester.
The best bang for the buck performance modz has been the AEM intake and STI strut tower brace. Best overall performance mod was the Primititve Racing King spring lift kit and wheel package.
I still have a few more things on my list. Now with a full size spare on the roof rack, I can move out the donut spare tire and use that space for the amps or maybe the CW subwoofer for some more punch. Not sure yet. I also want to add the Warn front bumper with lighting package and LP adventure rock sliders. Then I can add a hi-lift jack to the roof rack. Oh, I was also eying the ARB awning system with enclosure. So, many future upgrades and not enough time.