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Hey guys, looking for feedback from those that have lifted 1.5+” and have some miles on it. How’s it ride? Squeaks? Vibrations? Would you do it again?

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I have a 2" lift from LP Aventure with zero issues. I would do it again in a heartbeat! My lifted Ascent Touring gets WAY more attention than my '16 STI Limited ever got.


 

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I have a 2" lift from LP Aventure with zero issues. I would do it again in a heartbeat! My lifted Ascent Touring gets WAY more attention than my '16 STI Limited ever got.


Love the look of your lifted Ascent. What wheel and tires do you have? 265s?

Did you lose gas mileage with these tires?

Any change in acceleration?
 

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Love the look of your lifted Ascent. What wheel and tires do you have? 265s?

Did you lose gas mileage with these tires?

Any change in acceleration?

Thanks!

I went with the Black Rhino Mozambique series wheel in gloss black with milled accents and Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires in 265/60R18

Can't answer your other questions because I ordered the vehicle, gave my dealership the list of parts I wanted installed as part of a collaboration project, and they did the work immediately upon them receiving the vehicle. I never drove it prior so I can't compare. I didn't take official delivery until the entire project was completed, so I've never known it to be any other way.

The lift kit definitely makes the vehicle feel planted with no floating sensation others have complained about and it corners like it's on rails! Not quite like my STI, but still feels great.
 

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I have a 2" lift from LP Aventure with zero issues. I would do it again in a heartbeat! My lifted Ascent Touring gets WAY more attention than my '16 STI Limited ever got.


Thanks, was gonna do a spring lift(even though I said I wasn’t ?), but it doesn’t have all the alignment spacers, etc

Then you hear about the wobbles on some Foresters ? had me a little nervous.
 

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Thanks, was gonna do a spring lift(even though I said I wasn’t ?), but it doesn’t have all the alignment spacers, etc

Then you hear about the wobbles on some Foresters ? had me a little nervous.

From what I've read here, the wobbles are caused by the driveshaft when you lift the vehicle. That can be taken care of with the harder CVT mount bushing offered by CKE here on the forum.

It appears you also should consider the harder sway bar bushings.

Here's a good video showing how the OEM CVT mount on a lifted Forester is inadequate and allows a wobble. The replacement mount being harder, eliminates the wobble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0TBsYkhVZI
 

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Thanks!

I went with the Black Rhino Mozambique series wheel in gloss black with milled accents and Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires in 265/60R18

Can't answer your other questions because I ordered the vehicle, gave my dealership the list of parts I wanted installed as part of a collaboration project, and they did the work immediately upon them receiving the vehicle. I never drove it prior so I can't compare. I didn't take official delivery until the entire project was completed, so I've never known it to be any other way.

The lift kit definitely makes the vehicle feel planted with no floating sensation others have complained about and it corners like it's on rails! Not quite like my STI, but still feels great.
Please give us an idea of what your gas mileage city vs freeway. Some folks are reporting a 5 mpg hit with 265 beefy all-terrain tires.
 

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Thanks!

I went with the Black Rhino Mozambique series wheel in gloss black with milled accents and Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires in 265/60R18

Can't answer your other questions because I ordered the vehicle, gave my dealership the list of parts I wanted installed as part of a collaboration project, and they did the work immediately upon them receiving the vehicle. I never drove it prior so I can't compare. I didn't take official delivery until the entire project was completed, so I've never known it to be any other way.

The lift kit definitely makes the vehicle feel planted with no floating sensation others have complained about and it corners like it's on rails! Not quite like my STI, but still feels great.
With regard to the tire and wheels, could you have gone with a larger tire size?
 

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Please give us an idea of what your gas mileage city vs freeway. Some folks are reporting a 5 mpg hit with 265 beefy all-terrain tires.
I am the worst person to ask about gas mileage seeing as I've never paid any attention to it nor made a purchasing decision based on it, and I've had a LOT of vehicles in my lifetime. My 2003 Mercury Marauder got 220 miles out of a tank of premium and I didn't care. Went through rear tires about every 7 to 10k, too. My 2016 STI Limited was on fumes by 275 miles on the trip odometer. I'm getting WELL above that with my Ascent, so I consider it a win. I'm probably 90% city and 10% highway each day and don't even start thinking about gas until I get to 350 miles on the trip odometer.
 

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From what I've read here, the wobbles are caused by the driveshaft when you lift the vehicle. That can be taken care of with the harder CVT mount bushing offered by CKE here on the forum.

It appears you also should consider the harder sway bar bushings.

Here's a good video showing how the OEM CVT mount on a lifted Forester is inadequate and allows a wobble. The replacement mount being harder, eliminates the wobble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0TBsYkhVZI
Yep I can help out with both.
 

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I just bought a 2020 Ascent and have been driving it for a few weeks. Totally love it. I see some great ideas here and will be speaking with a dealer approved shop in SoCal next week regarding a lift kit, wheels, and tires. Seems the 2" lift kit from LP Adventures gets the most airtime and I think this shop will recommend it. The vehicle warranty will remain, which is good, but is there another approach? Thinking 2" is the max I would like to go and maybe 1" to 1.5" might be more realistic for me. Or, am I splitting hairs here?

Most of my driving is City/highway driving as this is my work/family vehicle. We do hit the trails 4 to 6 times a year, and in winter we are in the snow almost every weekend. Any honest thoughts on how drastic a 2" lift is for a 48 year old dad appreciated. Thanks
 

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Please give us an idea of what your gas mileage city vs freeway. Some folks are reporting a 5 mpg hit with 265 beefy all-terrain tires.
I went to the 255/55R18 Nitto Ridge Grappler tires. I saw a 1mpg hit. But boy oh boy do they grip in the muddy stuff!

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2020 Limited. Only issues I have in general, worse gallons \ mile, and the road noise is super loud. But together they are well worth the looks I get.
 

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I just bought a 2020 Ascent and have been driving it for a few weeks. Totally love it. I see some great ideas here and will be speaking with a dealer approved shop in SoCal next week regarding a lift kit, wheels, and tires. Seems the 2" lift kit from LP Adventures gets the most airtime and I think this shop will recommend it. The vehicle warranty will remain, which is good, but is there another approach? Thinking 2" is the max I would like to go and maybe 1" to 1.5" might be more realistic for me. Or, am I splitting hairs here?

Most of my driving is City/highway driving as this is my work/family vehicle. We do hit the trails 4 to 6 times a year, and in winter we are in the snow almost every weekend. Any honest thoughts on how drastic a 2" lift is for a 48 year old dad appreciated. Thanks
Hi! Totally new here and don’t even have an Ascent yet... but hoping to by the end of the month! Question for you: my local Portland Subie dealer is telling me any lifting I do will void the warranty. How is your warranty still good? Sometimes I wonder if I just get told bad info cuz I’m female. I’d rather NOT lift and if it means messing up the warranty, but obviously I’d rather lift it than not!
 

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Hi! Totally new here and don’t even have an Ascent yet... but hoping to by the end of the month! Question for you: my local Portland Subie dealer is telling me any lifting I do will void the warranty. How is your warranty still good? Sometimes I wonder if I just get told bad info cuz I’m female. I’d rather NOT lift and if it means messing up the warranty, but obviously I’d rather lift it than not!
No lift will void any warranty. BUT, they may deny warranty claims for any component that could have been affected by installing a lift (such as but definitely not limited to CV joints, hub bearings, etc).
 

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Well, I thought the guy was a bit fishy and went into a different Subaru dealer on my way home today. They actually have a whole slew of brand new Ascents, Outbacks, and Foresters already lifted with nice chunky tires and I asked the sales guy there about the warranty and he said they’re all completely covered just like normal. Guess I know what location WON’T be earning my business! Grrrrr
 

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I'd still be careful. Someone posted up a bulletin from SOA to their dealers warning them about installing lift kits and that any problems it caused would not be warrantied. The dealers that sell the cars with the lift kits installed, or are willing to install the lift kits, are basically warranting the kits themselves. They charge a hefty premium to do the install so you're basically paying for an insurance policy through them. But dealers being what they are, I'm not sure I'd trust them to actually follow through if push comes to shove.

Well, I thought the guy was a bit fishy and went into a different Subaru dealer on my way home today. They actually have a whole slew of brand new Ascents, Outbacks, and Foresters already lifted with nice chunky tires and I asked the sales guy there about the warranty and he said they’re all completely covered just like normal. Guess I know what location WON’T be earning my business! Grrrrr
 
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