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1" Lift Kit questions

I'm wanting to put on a 1" lift kit on my 2012 Forester. It seems like a lot of folks on here are either using the Anderson Design Fab kit or the Subtle Solutions lift kit. Does anyone recommend one over the other? Also can someone explain to me (I have very little knowledge of this kind of thing) what the benefits of a saggy butt spacer and trailing arm are? Are those required in order to do the lift or is it a preference thing? I plan on putting the Yokohama Geolander AT/S wheels on there as well. If someone could tell me all the things I NEED to complete the 1" lift that would be great. I apologize if this topic has been discussed, but I rely heavily on the knowledge of those on this forum. Thanks for the replies!

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@Anderson Design & Fab is a vendor here now, so he will chime in with more technical info.


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Hey man! I recommend ADF ;) haha for a couple reasons, $100 cheaper, cnc machined HDPE (for our 1" spacer) with nuts embedded in the spacer so maximum boding on the spacer to the top hat.

Now for the rear trailing arm/multi-link spacers, with 1" there not required but they do help center the rear wheels in the wheel well. A saggy bum spacer help with sagging in the rear, if you were to load it down or you like to have the rear a hair higher than the front. Personally i think it evens out the look over all of the car.

All of what you need are the 1" spacers (the 3/8" extra if you want the rear higher). What i would recommend is installing the 1" spacers and see how you like the rear wheel. If you want them more centered than we can make 1" alignment spacer for the rear tires which will clean that up.

Let me know if you have any more questions!

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Thank you very much for the fast reply. From your website it looks it will run me $150 for the 1" spacer kit and $30 for the 3/8" saggy butt spacers? What is the easiest way to order?
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Correct! So 180 for the full set up with the 3/8". If send me an email through my web site and i can get your order together! Send you an invoice on paypal and when its payed ill mail it out to you!

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Let me know if you have any questions during your install. Just put my on last week with the help of Mr. ADF himself via text lol. Learn some tricks that made it all pretty easy if you need any help!
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Let me know if you have any questions during your install. Just put my on last week with the help of Mr. ADF himself via text lol. Learn some tricks that made it all pretty easy if you need any help!
What tires are you using?
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What tires are you using?
Hes running 225/65/17's KO2's mean looking tires!!!

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What tires are you using?
Yea, 225/65/17's. They are of tight but worth it. Had to cut a little off the front wheel well. Just a slight trim.


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I'm selling my Subtle kit if you're interested. 1 3/8" spacers front and rear as well as the 1.5" rear sub kit. All hardware included.
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Hey sleezy you still running that 1” lift? I’m trying to decide what tires and wheels to run or if I should do a 1.5” lift instead. I really want to just do a 1” if I can but I’m not sure 🏻
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I have the ADF 1" (front) / 1.375" (rear) lift. Because that kit doesn't include components to re-center the rear wheels (which will move forward a bit in the wheel well because of the lift) it limits your tire size somewhat. I am running 215/75R15 on wheels with +15 offset. I did a bit of trimmming/hammering in the rear wheel well to give them a little more breathing room.

I believe most of the 1.5" (and up) kits include spacers to recenter the rear wheel, which would potentially allow a larger tire.

Note that the other significant factor in tire size is clearing the spring perch, which none of the strut-top spacer lifts alter in any way...the spring perch will remain the same distance from the hub regardless of lift amount. I have seen a lot of guys who have the 2" lift running 235/75R15, but almost invariably running low-offset wheels which push the tires out a bit.

Personally, I would recommend getting a kit which includes some kind of provision for recentering the wheels if you can. 1" is a very subtle lift...it still more or less looks stock, especially with slightly larger-than-OEM tires. The extra half-inch won't turn it into a turn it into a towering monster by any means... 8^)
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Hmm alright thanks for that info, I was aware of the spring perch issue that’s why I was planning on doing something like 215mm wide actually to give it a lot of breathing room I was more concerned about sidewall and giving it more of an offroad/aggressive stance.
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As far as the lift goes though, I was thinking of only the 1” just because I didn’t think it would make much of a difference in the size tire that you can fit. I’ll probably do the 1.5” like you said just so everything will be lined up right if you really think the 1” will throw it off that much.
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