2 inch lift on your 2nd generation Subaru Crosstrek?

Mundo4x4Casa

West slope, N. Ser. Nev.
#1
It's finally time for Jeanie and I, a pair of septuagenarians to downsize our all weather, all season, all road traveling vehicle. We've had a parade of 4WD's over the past 1.7 million miles that fit the bill for that time. The one currently in my cross hairs (is that a pun?) is a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. Why? Answer: small/ bulletproof drivetrain/ clearance/3000 pounds/ great miles per gallon of lower octane petrol/enough but NOT an abundance of horsepower. How can that last item be of any value? In the dim dark past, I've watched underpowered 4WD's stay on top of the terra by not digging in and not breaking traction simply because they did not have the power to do so. I'm reminded of the 1942 WWII Willys Jeep staying on top of the sand in N. Africa with those puny 600/16 tires at full pressure. While we will keep Jeanie's WK-2, and I'll keep my Cummins/Lance XTC and last generation XJ for work around the rancho, we need a small, light, two person rig for travel and some medium duty off-road characteristics, especially on snow and sand.
While looking at the newest Crosstrek, the dealer's 'show car' had a 2 inch suspension lift that looked very well thought out.
To the point: Does anyone in the Crossover camp have experience with the Subie 2 inch suspension lift?
jefe
 

Mundo4x4Casa

West slope, N. Ser. Nev.
#2
With no replies, it looks like we are in Terra Incognita for this idea. We still have a well prepped truck camper, the XTC, an XJ and WK-2, so that's not the goal, but need a small, trouble free AWD for touring and (not-real-fond-of-the-term), "overlanding" (not camping) in any season, over any sketchy path, come sand, rain or snow. I'm reminded of a famous ABC news reporter, upon retiring from the gig, who took his wife on a world tour about 1975 in his little MB, AWD car pulling a very small and sleek matching trailer completely around the globe, yes, through the middle East, Afghanistan, China, and Mongolia, and wrote a book of his travels. Being a recovering hard core rock crawler I was struck by his completely outside the box concept of traveling small; kind of like small food.
jefe
 
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I would definitely check with Subaru Lachute performance, most likely far from you (they are near me in Lachute, Québec. But they are the most knowledgeable people I know for subies and they do phenomenal work. Do know and might even build lift kits..
 
#5
if you haven't test driven one yet go check out all the Subaru models , my fiance was going to get a crosstrek for her dd but after test driving a forester it just felt like so much more of a solid comfortable vehicle, little more room and nearly the same mpg as the crosstrek she ended up with the forester .
 

rnArmy

Adventurer
#6
Here are two companies I know of that have lifts for 2019 Subaru Crosstreks. My wife has a 2017 Crosstrek and loves it. Maybe someday she'll let me lift it, but I doubt it'll be anytime soon. It would be nice to lift it just to make it easier for me to get in-and-out of it. I've got a lifted & locked 46 Willys 2A, lifted & locked 98 Jeep TJ, and a lifted 96 Ram 1500 4x4 so I can't complain.

https://lpaventure.com/collections/crosstrek/products/lp-aventure-lift-kit-subaru-crosstrek-2018

http://get-primitive.com/find/2019-Subaru-Crosstrek
 
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Here are two companies I know of that have lifts for 2019 Subaru Crosstreks. My wife has a 2017 Crosstrek and loves it. Maybe someday she'll let me lift it, but I doubt it'll be anytime soon. It would be nice to lift it just to make it easier for me to get in-and-out of it. I've got a lifted & locked 46 Willys 2A, lifted & locked 98 Jeep TJ, and a lifted 96 Ram 1500 4x4 so I can't complain.

https://lpaventure.com/collections/crosstrek/products/lp-aventure-lift-kit-subaru-crosstrek-2018

http://get-primitive.com/find/2019-Subaru-Crosstrek
LPaventure is Lachute performance. Can’t say enough good from them.
 

Mundo4x4Casa

West slope, N. Ser. Nev.
#9
on youtube describes a 1.5 inch lift by ADR that looks very good. There is a w-i-d-e variety of price and quality lift kits for subies. I joined a forum with the unlikely name of, Club CrossTrek. This could get interesting with a lift and a very small and light matching fiberglass trailer, more like a roof storage pod on wheels. There are a few somewhat interesting comparos on the internet between an old Jeep XJ and a new Xtrek and an in-depth explanation of the Xmode operation. This is still a whole new weird area for me. This is what we used to do:


jefe
 
#11
I own a 2018 Crosstrek and in my opinion it doesn't seem worth it to lift it. The point of the Crosstrek is to be a comfortable daily driver that gets excellent gas mileage and can still take you down a dirt track or handle snow. Lifting it does get you more clearance, but really doesn't gain you anymore off-road capability other than that. And the trade off is a hit to the mpg and driving characteristics. There is a guy on instagram who has decked out his Crosstrek with a 2 inch lift, slightly larger tires, and a host of other goodies and he gets 22 mpg. I am averaging 31 mpg stock. Likely with just a 2 inch lift you won't see that large of a hit to mpg but it will be substantial.

I bought my Crosstrek for really similar reasons to you, but if I start wanting to lift it and am having some clearance issues with the snow or trails I am on then I probably purchased the wrong car. You have a couple of other more capable vehicles at your disposal, so I would just keep the Crosstrek stock and use those other vehicles if you really think it is necessary for that trip. I love the look of the lifted Crosstrek's with rally wheels and larger tires but if I really wanted to do that I would sell it and buy myself a more capable vehicle like a Toyota truck or a Wangler. I have found X-mode to be quite handy in a couple of situations, specifically the hill descent feature.

More to the OP's question, yes LP Adventure is a great option but they seem to be on the pricier end. I have read great things about ADF, Subtle Solutions, and Subie Lift Oz as well.
 
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