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Cascadia

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Off-Road Ranger I

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Beaverton, OR, USA
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Betsy
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Blackie
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KI7VRZ
I currently own a lifted Subaru Outback 2.5i that I overland throughout the Pacific Northwest. Subarus can be capable for mild to moderate overlanding. When I first thought about overlanding my Outback, I put a lot of thought into what needs to be done. I used a combination of OEM, Suabru accessories, and aftermarket parts.

OEM/Subaru Accessories

Side body moldings
Remote Start
Wheel arch moldings
Hood deflector
Rain-guards
Back seat protectors

Aftermarket

Rallitek skid plates (Engine & Transmission)
Rallitek 1.5" Lift
Rallitek rocksliders
Rallitek rear overload springs (0.4")
Rallitek transmission mount
Rallitek adjustable control arms
Rallitek tie rods
Rallitek endlinks
Rallitek trailing arms
Ralliek rocksliders
Rally Innovations bar
Diode Dynamics light pods
Rally Armor mudflaps
Diode Dynamics fog lamp bulbs
Cooper Discoverers ATW3 4Ss (225/65/17)
iCW racing wheels
Blackvue front and rear dash cams
Yakima slimshady Awning
Thule basket
Weather tech mats
Switch pad for my pods
Ham radio and antenna
Surecall cell signal booster

For camping purposes, I sleep in my car. For this setup, I have the entire line from Luno Life which includes a car fan, air mattress, seat organizer, privacy screens that let’s air in but no bugs.

Here is the before (the day I drove her off the lot in 2013):

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To Now:

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My sleeping arrangements:
Of course, my favorite co-pilot wanted to come along.
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Great cars- just sold off our 2010 over 200 k on the clock- but she started life off in the Northeast…ugh
 
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Off-Road Ranger I

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Beaverton, OR, USA
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Betsy
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Blackie
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25508

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I like those graphics. Are they your design?
Thank you, ☺ The topographic portion was designed by a professional vinyl graphics designer who owns a company in Portland, OR. The mountain, stars, and trees were designed by a good friend of mine.

The graphics turn heads everywhere that the car goes.
 

Cascadia

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Betsy
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Blackie
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Currently this Outback has everything that Rallitek can offer for it but there is no telling what they will be developing next. While I am waiting, I am currently working on other things with it.

Communications

I have had my ham license for 3 years now. Recently I added a GMRS license as well as a couple of radios (handheld and mounted) in my Outback. I also added a handheld CB radio to the mix. Now I have a total of 4 types of radios: Ham (handheld & built in), CB, walkie-talkie, and GMRS.

Camping storage

During my last camping trip, I learned a few things and one of them deals with storage. I got more clever with it particularly with my first aid items. I got a bit of influence from Overland Bound and developed a Base camp first aid kit. I used a Pelican case for it and it is a pretty complete first aid kit other than the trauma aspects. I am also looking at other aspects for storage.

Next up:
Mounting recovery boards to my basket
Changing my head unit
Paint correction
Changing my light switches
 

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I did a Sony XAV AX 7000 head unit and I love it. OTRATTW switches are the way to go. Alsom I have been eyeballing the RalliTek rock sliders. How do you like them?

Love the build!

Edit: What trailing arms are you running? I have the rallitek rear lower control arms I did not know they also made trailing arms for our rigs?
 
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Off-Road Ranger I

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Betsy
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Blackie
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Thank you for the compliment on my build.

In terms of my head unit, I am finding that it is on the complex side since it is a Harman Kardon with Navigation so I need to install several harnesses to make things work.

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As for Rallitek rock sliders, I love them. They are on the spendy side but they have been well-worth it. They have several functions that I have found. One of them is to protect the cladding, which already has a decent sized dent from an incident before the rocksliders were installed. Also, they can serve as a step to get items out of the basket. They can withstand 325 pounds on them.
 

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I managed to retain my steering wheel controls and everything else. I would recommend Crutchfield to make sure you get everything you need. They were super helpful when I installed my head unit and subwoofer.
 

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To answer your question about my trailing arms, they are from Rallitek. This car pretty much has most if not all of their setup/products for this gen.

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I know that Clutchfield is knowledgeable but they do not have much in stock at the moment.
 

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Off-Road Ranger I

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It has been awhile since I updated this thread. My Outback has some goodies coming its way.

1)Orbis Overland rack wings
2)Orbis Overland Molle panels for the driver’s door and behind rear seats
3)brackets to mount my traction boards to the basket
4)has an appointment for paint correction
5)have all of the components to install my aftermarket radio; just need to find time to install it. The same goes for my GMRS unit and a means to switch out my light switches.

Right now, this is how it looks.

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