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RALLITEK ADJUSTABLE TRAILING ARM BRACKET

New to the product catalog at RalliTEK is the addition of a cutting edge trailing arm bracket for the older (2008 and older) rear strut cars. When you lift these cars, the rear tire moves forward in the wheel opening due to the swing of the trailing arm. One popular solution is to space the trailing arm down the same amount as the lift height to correct it. This works well but you only have one position for the trailing arm to bolt to. We developed this bracket to fit multiple cars and the result is 6 different positions to choose from so you can fine tune your rear tire placement in the wheel opening. During development, we found that there are 4 different trailing arm brackets available between the WRX/STi, Legacy, Legacy Outback, Impreza and Forester so it made sense to make one bracket that fit all of the cars.

The different mounting holes are for OEM height, 1” lifted height and 2” lifted height and then the different spacing is for the WRX/STi, Legacy, first generation Forester and Legacy Outback and the second gen Forester uses the other set of holes. Below is the guide to choosing which hole to start with, if you would like to fine tune the position, you can try a different hole until you get the tire where you would like it.

For the construction of the bracket, we chose to use 3/16” A36 mild steel that is laser cut, bent on a CNC press brake, MIG welded and then powder coated for excellent corrosion resistance in a very nice looking blue/silver hammer tone finish. The factory brackets are made out of thin stamped steel so we increased the material thickness to make them withstand the dynamic forces of taking your car off road; our own R&D 2004 Forester XT has been jumped with these brackets and even though all 4 struts ended up bending, the trailing arm brackets survived!

We recommend these brackets to anyone with a lifted Subaru or even stock height Subaru that wants to go off road with confidence and knowing that your car will handle the terrain.

subaru lifted outback forester crosstrek offroad

Offroad Subaru Suspension Torque Values

One question that has come across the RalliTEK desk is, “Can you send me the torque specifications for the suspension after I install my lift?” The interest in this question has lead us to create a chart for torque specifications for your Subaru Outback (2010-2019), Crosstrek (2013-2019), Forester (2009-2019), WRX (2008-2019), Impreza (2008-2019) and even STI (2008-2019). The chart covers the front strut torque values, rear suspension torque values and the rear subframe torque values.

SUBARU SUSPENSION TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS
FRONT TORQUE (FT-LBS)
LOWER STRUT BOLT 116
UPPER STRUT NUT 40
TOP HAT NUTS 15
SWAY BAR ENDLINKS 34
REAR  
UPPER STRUT NUT 24
TOP HAT NUT 23
LOWER STRUT BOLT 89
CONTROL ARM BOLT – CHASSIS 89
CONTROL ARM BOLT – KNUCKLE 89
SWAYBAR ENDLINKS 34
TRAILING ARM BOLT – CHASSIS 67
TRAILING ARM BOLT – KNUCKLE 67
TOE ARM BOLT – CHASSIS 74
TOE ARM NUT – KNUCKLE 44
REAR SUBFRAME  
MAIN BOLTS (M14) 107
SUPPORT BOLTS (M10) 52

We do highly recommend that you torque the fasteners with the car on the ground and the suspension loaded; torqueing fasteners while the suspension has no weight on it can cause premature bushing wear and can also give false alignment specifications.

RalliTEK Steel Lift Kit Spacers

Hello everyone!

Brett from RalliTEK here with an update on our newest lift kits. With this new batch of releases, we’ve been focusing on the newer models in the Subaru realm. Here’s a list below of our new applications with the following features:

Applications:

Features:

  • 3/16” MIG Welded Steel Construction
  • Alignment Corrections Designed Into the Front Spacers
  • Hammered Blue Powdercoat
  • Multi-Link Spacers Included (except for 1″)
  • All Hardware Included

Unsure if you need spacers, springs or both? Read our article to find out for yourself!

Lift Spacers vs. Off-road Springs?

Lift Spacers vs. Off-road Springs?

Hello everyone, Brett from RalliTEK here again. When the question between choosing lift spacers and springs comes up (which is daily), I always begin by asking the following questions:

  • How do you plan to use the car?
  • Do you have future plans for the car?
  • Do you want to lift the car?
  • Do you tow/haul gear with the car?
  • What is your budget?

These are important questions to ask when deciding which method (if not both) you are going to need to accomplish the goals you have in mind. Some just want to remove vehicle sag, others want to tow, and some want the ground clearance.

So let me a explain a situation where spacers are ideal, where springs are ideal, and where both are ideal.

Here is an ideal situation to only use spacers. You need the clearance, you aren’t sagging, and you enjoy the OEM ride quality. This is usually the most ideal setup for light weight off-roading scenarios to tackle more complex terrain. The OEM springs are going to be softer than RalliTEK or King springs. This is for situations that need the most strut articulation to get over an obstacle and maintain grip (tires on the ground). A stiffer spring here can still work, but if you aren’t hauling a lot of gear or noticing any vehicle sag/instability, then it’s a cheaper and more effective option to stay with the OEM strut and simply use spacers to increase ground clearance.

Here’s an ideal situation to only use springs. Let’s say the back of your vehicle is sagging under load, and you only want to fix that. In this case, I would suggest to this individual to get a set of RalliTEK overload springs. A lift spacer kit on all 4 corners of the car will simply raise the car up, and you’ll see the same sag, only higher up! Now, you may ask, “Can I run just spacers in the rear to offset the sag?” Sure, but this isn’t ideal since the strut itself is still sagging meaning you’re likely that much closer to hitting the strut’s bump stop. This is where the overload spring with a higher spring rate is needed. It’s important to make note to check the health of your struts. You may need new struts and springs. RalliTEK strut assemblies are a great fix for this.

Here is an ideal situation to use both. You do everything! You load your vehicle down often, and see a lot of sagging in the rear. Even street stability seems wonky, and you want it improved. At the same time, you offroad and need the clearance to get to your next location with all of your gear. This is the most costly option, but it comes at the advantage of being able to do it all. Equipped with RalliTEK springs that are designed to improve street stability and handle heavier loads off-road, you’ll notice how the car feels stable in every situation. Even with the higher center of gravity after installing spacers.

Here’s a quick chart showcasing the benefits of each method.

Options (Front & Rear) Spacers Only Springs Only Both
Light Cargo X
Moderate Cargo X
Heavy Cargo X
Ground Clearance X
Increased Street Stability X
Comfort
Sag Prevention X
Estimated Cost $110-$589 $400-$440 $400-$1029

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