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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.

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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.