Car reviews - Subaru - Liberty - B4 sedan
15 Apr 2002
THE B4 has borrowed from the Impreza WRX STi and Subaru's World Rally Championship (WRC) program for its suspension set-up, with lightweight Bilstein inverted MacPherson struts specified for the front end. Subaru claims inverted struts provide a higher bending rigidity due to a larger damping tube diameter, as well as affording superior damping characteristics with less damping fade as a result of increased piston size. The front suspension also features cast aluminium lower L-arms and offset coil springs. Rear suspension is an independent, multi-link arrangement - trailing arms and dual transverse links - with coil spring/gas damper units and a rubber mounted anti-roll bar. Development of damping, spring and stabiliser rates and settings for the B4 was undertaken in Japan before being fine tuned at the famous Nurburgring race track in Germany.
Did you know?The front suspension cross-member on the B4 incorporates a new "performance rod" which Subaru claims has improved lateral stiffness by a massive 500 per cent and longitudinal stiffness by 50 per cent
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