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Wawa Skittletits

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Sometime last year I found this thread, and I said your build was so good I was probably going to get a Subie instead of a 4Runner. Sure enough, I ended up accepting a new position that has a 2 hour (round trip) commute, and going with a gas-guzzling 4Runner just was not an option lol. I ended up with a 2015 OB, and am just now getting around to starting some mods. I can't say thank you enough for this thread! I've been quietly following along, but I'll probably be bombarding you w/ questions in the near future. Please keep the posts coming!
Congrats and good luck with your Subaru! Feel free to send me a PM with any questions you have!
 

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Yeah I ordered armor at the same time as the original lift. If you’re planning on going with Primitive for armor I’d recommend saving up for all of it and buy it together. Mine as well take advantage of the discount.
Having gone with the Primitive plates and the LP bumper, would you do that again or stick with LP for both?
 

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Having gone with the Primitive plates and the LP bumper, would you do that again or stick with LP for both?
I would. I prefer to remove a smaller plate for oil changes vs one large plate the size of two. The Primitive plate does have to be trimmed slightly to work with the LP bumper guard but its a simple job.
 
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Ahh hate to see this thread come to an end. I've had a good time reading through it the past few days doing research on getting a OB. Just bought a new to me 2019 3.6, ordered some 245/65/17 KO2s with the LP1s. Hope this tread can come back and give some more motivation!
 

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Next up was some great parts from our friends to the north and LP Aventure. First up is a brush guard that's a lot sturdier than most people would imagine. One of the weak points of the Outback off-road is its long nose. The brush guard doesn't help that but I'm not ready to go custom bumper yet so some protection is in order.

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Some support plates/sliders for the rear.

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EVAP canister bypass to help avoid problems if the water gets deeper than planned. This places the vent high above the rear wheel behind the wheel well liner.

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Speaking of wheels it's time for some AT tread.

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Yokohama Geolander G015 wrapped around super light yet super strong Enkei RPF1's. So here's how the car looks today. Still have plenty of plans and will update the thread as I go.
 

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WaWa Skittletits, great thread. Thanks for sharing your mods. Your Subaru looks terrific. I have a 2017 that I bought new. The warranty is over so its time to make some mods and pursue a bucket list item doing the Trans America Trail. My thinking is start with tires, skid plate, and brush guard. Then do the lift. I've never considered a lift over two inches. Did going higher create install problems such as brake lines? Did going higher cause any problems with suspension linkage? Thanks. Dennis
 

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Thank you @dennisblass! Tires and armor will go a long way towards making your car a lot more capable. I’m compelled to mention the only ‘brush guard’ that I consider worth it is the LP bumper guard. Sadly it’s a pricey bugger but mine put in more work than any other protection piece on the car. It’s not even close and as a result completely worth it.

There’s a lot of false information out there when it comes to lifting, at the very least, the 5th gen. Lifting beyond 2” being one of them. I had no real issues with anything but lifting above 2” requires additional purchases like camber bolts up front and camber arms for the rear. The wheel fitment starts to get goofy due to the radius of the LCA so I was running 25mm front and 15mm rear spacers with 45 offset 17x8 to keep things flush. Over the course of 60k miles I prematurely replaced the left front axle and just replaced the right front when I removed the lift springs. It had been a little chatty when making all the way to lock and in the throttle right hand turns. If it weren’t for the struts coming out I’d still be driving on them worry free. I can say with extreme confidence that my affinity for drifting in snow is what shortened their life. 100%

The TAT is a great bucket lister! Doing to in a Subaru will be a lot cheaper, more quiet, and all around more comfortable than with any of the more traditional off/soft road vehicles you’d find. It’s capabilities require a learning curve to get the most out of it because the intrusive electrical nannies can actual create problems. The learning curve is how to avoid putting yourself in those situations and dealing with them when you can’t avoid them.

Once again welcome Dennis! I look forward to seeing your adventures.
 
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Apologies @DrockinWV, I totally missed your post. Yes the car has been on it’s way back towards stock-ish for a little while now. After punting the deer I was forced to endure a lot of headaches because of an awful body shop and it really soured the car to me. It took 18 months to get it back to how it should be but at the same time I’ve also outgrown it a bit while also approaching a mileage milestone. Time to move on so most of the mods have been removed. Congrats and good luck with yours! I’m not going anywhere so I’ll always be available if you ever have any questions!