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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

Rallitek Adjustable Trailing Arm Brackets

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.

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

RalliTEK vs. King Springs

The distinction between RalliTEK and King has appeared to be sitting on a fine line for quite some time so the purpose of this article is to help separate the two based on their design, quality and support. With this knowledge, we hope the community will be able to make a decision between the two that will best fit their goals, intentions and lifestyle.

Before designing its first sets of springs, RalliTEK’s staff examined King’s products thoroughly. It was reported that King springs were not designed for daily commuters and off-road adventurers but instead catered towards rally inspired enthusiasts who needed a stiff enough spring rate to absorb massive potholes and heavy impacts at high speeds. Thus, in order to develop a spring better suited for the overland (off-road) demographic that RalliTEK aims for, RalliTEK designed a spring with a spring rate between King and OEM. Stiff enough for towing and street stability, but soft enough for off-road flexibility. A spring with a healthy spring rate which maintains the longevity of OEM and aftermarket struts, like KYB, without premature blowouts of dampening seals.

RalliTEK’s purpose for their springs as a result is to provide an everyday solution for individuals who commute daily with their vehicle but also enjoy adventures up to the mountain or country trail for winter sports or summer shenanigans. Springs that would not only solve relevant issues but also improve the vehicle’s ability to perform in different climates around North America.

RalliTEK springs are also designed, built, tested and supported in the USA (specifically Portland, Oregon). RalliTEK offers guarantees of satisfaction, manufacture warranty and faster customer support than other off-road spring brands on the market. Each spring made by RalliTEK is tailored for the vehicle it was designed for. RalliTEK has moved to include a zinc primer coat to their powder coating process to ensure maximum corrosion resistance in all environments.

Do not be mistaken though, RalliTEK appreciates the King brand (which is why RalliTEK offers them online), and often suggests them to customers who would benefit. However, RalliTEK will point customers who have King related issues or questions to King themselves in Australia since RalliTEK is simply a retailer and King will know their product better than anyone else.

TLDR

RalliTEK

  • Designed for off-road, street, and towing.
  • Stiffer than OEM, but softer than King.
  • Safe on OEM and KYB strut seals.
  • Built, tested, and supported in the USA.
  • Guarantees and manufacture warranties.
  • Custom designed springs per vehicle.

King

  • Designed for high speed rally racing.
  • Stiffer than OEM and RalliTEK.
  • A little stiff for OEM and KYB strut seals.
  • Built, tested, and supported in AUS.
  • Unknown guarantees and warranties
  • One spring fits many design style.