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Lifted Subaru Winch

So you have your RalliTEK lift and you installed a good set of All-Terrain tires on your Subaru and set out for your first off-road adventure. The car is doing great handling everything that you throw at it but you soon find the limit and wind up stuck. While you are digging yourself out, you keep thinking that there has to be a better way to get unstuck so you start researching when you get home and you come across winches. Many questions immediately enter your head, “which manufacturer do I select?”, “what size winch do I need?”, “once I do get my winch, how do I mount it to my Subaru?”

Just like with tires, there are a lot of brands of winches on the market so choosing which one to go with can be somewhat confusing. Price point is typically the number one deciding factor on which brand to choose but if you can afford a premium brand winch; WARN, Come-Up, etc., you really can’t go wrong. After price point, you will start looking at things like available winch capacity, warranty terms and even customer service reviews. Extensive testing procedures and component quality will increase the price of the winch but also remember that you get what you pay for.

You selected the brand you want to buy and you start looking at their product line and notice that there are winches for Jeeps and trucks and then winches for ATVs and UTVs, how do you select which style to go with? To properly size a winch for your Subaru, there is a simple calculation that you can do to determine the capacity that you will need; VEHICLE WEIGHT X 1.5 = WINCH CAPACITY. For a real world example, the RalliTEK Outback weighs right around 4,000 pounds. 4,000lb X 1.5 = 6,000lb meaning you will typically want to find a winch that is at least 6,000 pounds. That formula was developed to provide a winch heavy enough to recover the vehicle at the highest extreme without stalling the winch motor or applying unneeded stress to the internal components. In some cases, you can bend the rule a little bit but you don’t want to choose a winch with too little capacity.

The RalliTEK Outback is fitted with a WARN ProVantage 4500-SSD which translates to a 4,500 pound winch with synthetic rope and a shorter drum width than the standard ProVantage 4500. If you remember from the earlier calculation, you will notice that we are 1,500 pounds shy of the winch we should have installed. While this is true, we picked that winch because its small size made it easy to mount behind the factory bumper and knowing that we will rarely get the car stuck enough to need the 6,000 pound capacity. If we ever get the car stuck to the point of needing a larger capacity winch, we will use a snatch block and run the winch line back to the tow hook under the car. A snatch block is a pulley that is used at the winch anchor that doubles the capacity that the winch can pull essentially making it a 9,000 pound winch. The Subaru drivetrain also limits wheel spin so likely you will never find yourself needing the full 6,000 pound capacity winch that we calculated earlier.

I hope you found this blog informative but if you happen to have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by either email or phone!

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.

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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?