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RalliTEK 2019 Crosstrek

Hey everyone, most of you have probably seen our latest R&D project when it was unveiled at SEMA in Warn Industries’ booth. We purchased the car to collaborate with Warn on their latest product, a Semi-Hidden Winch mount for the 2018 and newer Crosstreks but we kept it under wraps until the show so I wanted to go over the build details.  Our initial plan was to have this car stand out enough to be noticed but keeping everything functional and transform it into an off-road machine. We installed our 2” Steel Top Hat Spacer lift kit, 1” Raised RalliTEK springs, Engine Skid Plate and Transmission Skid Plate, and our Ditch Light Brackets that were originally developed for the 2015-2018 Outbacks. Accessories from other vendors are Method MR701 wheels, 235/75-15 Kumho RoadVenture MT51 tires, Curt Roof Basket, TorkLift EcoHitch and VisionX LED lights for various places on the car. We are very proud of the final product and love every aspect of the car, here are some pictures of it on the trail where it is most at home:

When it was a fresh build, so clean!
We tried to drive on this stump to try the rock sliders out, ended up getting stuck and needed to winch
A little 3 wheel motion, the WARN AXON 55-S pulls this car around with ease
Sitting on the rock sliders, they worked perfectly!
On a photoshoot for Trails Magazine, looking good in the sand!
This Crosstrek does great in the snow too!

 

Thank you for reading, if you have any questions about this car or would like to know anything about it, we would love to hear from you! Give us a call, 503-619-0055, or shoot us an email to support@rallitek.com!

 

Scott

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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.

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

Still think you need some help? Shoot us a call! 503-619-0055