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Hi there, one of the main reasons I joined the forum was to ask about and discuss what people think about getting an aftermarket coilover or some other type of suspension modifications for the B9.

there was once an article from cobb tuning that stated they did some some work to the tribeca but they never got much interest and they scrapped the idea. They mated it with 20 inch wheels, and I think it was motor trend that did the article, but the writer felt that the overall performance was affected by the bigger tires.

I spoke with Tein usa today on the phone, the guy on the phone quickly stated that they do not make any aftermarket parts for the tribeca. They did have a coilover setup for the forrester (I think last model year before change) but the guy also said it is not something that they stock normally, it is something that they sell more overseas in the asian market. When I looked at the website, they have a section for test vehicles that they are looking for in the california area. I asked him how to get onto that list and he told me I could speak with the people at sales, email them and they would have it on file.

When you look around, there aren't many suv's on the market that beg to be thrown into a turn. I don't think that many of us flipped a coin over getting a porsche cayenne or the B9. I haven't had a chance to beat on the infiniti fx or an srt8 jeep, but I still like what you get from the subaru platform. From driving many passenger cars, I would put the stock suspension setups for the impreza and legacy line up against any other cars out there. In the past I put Tein coilovers on a wrx and never looked back.

If people are interested, I would like to see how many names we can get together of members and none members that would like to see if we can get a major suspension maker to look at our vehicles and see if they have something in there product lineup that can work, or if they will design something that will work.

If we can get that off the ground, great, if not we may have to look into other venues. The hard thing is, if we get someone (small company etc) to make a product, it could cost a fortune with all the new tooling, design, production etc. Also, unless the orders are going to be huge, it would almost have to be sold as off road use only, ie, they are not going to go through all of the hoops of the dot and lawsuits etc.

tell me what you think,
I am all ears

cb
 

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Yeah, stock dampers are crap... "klonk, klonk, klonk"

Maybe I would buy a set of used Tribeca shocks and trying to fit some Koni Sports to those stock shells.

I have only positive feedback of those modded Koni Shocks...
 

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I spoke to a Subaru specialist tuner a couple of days ago and he told me that BC makes coilovers for a Tribeca.

I will ask him to send me a link if he has one and then post it here.

I have friends with BC coilovers on WRX and Foresters and they will never look back!
 

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I bought set of KYB shocks

FRONT RH RIGHT 335054
FRONT LH LEFT 335055
REAR 341403

If Kyb`s are waste of money, then I modified those old OEM struts with Koni internals...
 

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The KYB are the stock components, that is why they are the only available replacement. If you want better performance the outback/legacy options should fit. My concern is the ride height.
 

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Monroe also makes replacement units but of course, they're nothing special.
The upper spring seat in the front is shared with Legacy, so strut assemblies for Legacy might fit and the ride height may be fine if Tribeca springs are kept. However, the springs may not fit and/or work right because the strut extended length and travel are different. In the rear, the shock attachment to the control arm does not interchange with Legacy models.
 

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I don't have Tribeca yet, but once I will experiment with couple of options.

Front from what i was able to gather online should be strait forward swap with legacy 05-09 not sure about later years yet.
So my goal at first will be to see if i can find a set of blown height adjustable coilovers that i can swap koni inserts into. Most likely soemthing for the outback as they sit a bit higher than legacy's
Maybe stock outback struts with threaded sleeve for spring preload + Koni?

Rear there are couple ways.
First is the simplest stock strut with an aftermarket 3" diam spring of slightly stiffer rate and shorter height.

Second is a bit more involved where i will get the lower control arm from last gen of legacy or impreza and weld the tab for stabilizer to it. This should allow for swap from clevis shock to eye shock mount. At that point possibilites will increase in strut and spring choices.

My goals will be to slightly lower it and maybe stiffen struts/springs by about 25% as it will be my DD
 

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I ordered the KYB replacements today as well for the 06. Was wanting the complete setup so i wouldnt have to use the old springs. So, will other models aftermarket springs work on my front as well?
 

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Just changed the struts/shocks on our 07 with KYB replacements the difference is unbelievable. Checked out the sway bar in the rear and I am very close to sure the outback swaybar will fit, has anyone tried one?

I seem to remember that legacy springs lifted the front slightly and lowered the back, so perhaps what is needed is a lowering spring for the front. I guess eventually if it is going to get done someone is going to have to be a guinea pig. If I was wanting a lower tribeca I would look for a set of adjustable coil overs for the legacy or outback and mod from there. The difference in the rear shock is just the mount that shouldn't be difficult to overcome.

There is always a custom airbag system as well...
 

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im running 05 outback xt springs in the front for that slight rake, its my DD so no need to go any lower for me at the moment, there are ways of customizing the suspension and if anyone has a specific goal you should post it.
By the way in rear we have a standard 3" spring there are lots of them available on summit and other aftermarket places, just choose your desired length and rate.
 

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yes to a point, since subaru never releases what stock rate is, you kinda have to guess.

also you have to factor in the average load of the car, for example if you are hauling max weight allowed and and sometimes more your stock springs will sag, the shock is not going to be dampening properly as well since the spring cannot compensate the load that its taking. But increasing the spring rate will compensate the load and shock will be able to handle dampening, once unloaded it might wear out faster but thats why i said average load. Most lowering springs are stiffer and people use them with stock shocks all the time, is it killing them prematurely-most likely, but does any one care?
 

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<...>Most lowering springs are stiffer and people use them with stock shocks all the time, is it killing them prematurely-most likely, but does any one care?
Probably not, so long as it's the shocks and not the riders getting killed prematurely.
 
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