Sub frame spacer

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    Sub frame spacer

    My Crosstrek has been raised 1" via a strut spacer and with the addition of larger tyres, it is riding 50-60mm over stock.
    Front 760 to 800mm and Rear 750 to 805mm.

    The rear wheels are now off centred and just clearing the front of the inner guard.
    It has been suggested to add a sub frame spacer, to realign the rear wheels and strut.
    But I have heard it will reduce the rear clearance.

    Has anyone experienced this with a sub frame spacer ?
    I dont want the rear sitting any lower.

    Thanks.
    Brett (Australia)
    2013 Dark grey manual XV i-L
    Alpine KTP445/Kicker stereo upgrade
    Rear spoiler, 15% tint.
    Rear foglight, front LED lightbar.
    1" Subie Lift, 225/60r17 Geolandars.

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    Reduce the rear clearance over all? I doubt that. You're dropping the subframe to line up the rear suspension and drive axles. You should still have the same clearance that you have now.
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    Thanks. I just wasnt sure how it worked.
    Brett (Australia)
    2013 Dark grey manual XV i-L
    Alpine KTP445/Kicker stereo upgrade
    Rear spoiler, 15% tint.
    Rear foglight, front LED lightbar.
    1" Subie Lift, 225/60r17 Geolandars.

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    It won't reduce it by the full inch, but some as it brings down the rear differential and control arms.

    1" is generally fine without needing a spacer. And one reason why people go with the 1" as its let's work. If your going to do the rear subframe, might was well do the 2" lift as its the same amount of work.

    The rear wheels move in a rearward arc under compression, so they wont really move forward and hit the wheel wells on a 1" lift without the spacer. On a 2" lift with no spacer, it will rub on the wheel well static.

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    Here is my rear wheel clearance, or lack of. It rubs when I turn corners.

    Brett (Australia)
    2013 Dark grey manual XV i-L
    Alpine KTP445/Kicker stereo upgrade
    Rear spoiler, 15% tint.
    Rear foglight, front LED lightbar.
    1" Subie Lift, 225/60r17 Geolandars.

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    There's a gnats nastys of space there....

    Well on the plus side, a subframe spacer will help you out there. And they aren't terrible to install.

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    I have same issue with Mann 1" lift springs. What sub spacer kit y'all recommend?

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    I went with Anderson Design Fabrication. He has a few different kits available and they are well made and well priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DK_XV View Post
    I went with Anderson Design Fabrication. He has a few different kits available and they are well made and well priced.
    Thanks for the recommendation. I think I'm going to spring for their 1.5" multi-link spacer kit. Do their kits come with relatively dummy-proof install instructions? This will be a first for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scuds03 View Post
    I have same issue with Mann 1" lift springs. What sub spacer kit y'all recommend?
    Is this the norm with all the 1" lifts?

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