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NateWW35

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Hello all, thanks again for having me. I've always loved forums, they're so full of information!

I was recommended to post up a build thread of my Forester, and while it's truly all bolt ons, I guess it can still be considered a "build".

2015 Forester 2.5i Premium w/CVT
- Nameless muffler delete (some friends say it sounds like a goat, hence the name , thought I'd throw that out there first)
- 2 inch Sumo Parts lift kit w/rear subframe kit
- Standard height King Springs
- 215/75r15 KO2's w/full-size spare
- (some pics may show my old tires -- 235/75r15 AT3W's)
- 15x7, +15mm Method MR502 VT-Specs
- Primitive Racing 3/16" aluminum engine, CVT, and diff skids
- Drawtite 75876 Class III hitch w/Smittybilt shackle adapter+shackle
- Yakima Timberline towers, round steel crossbars
- RhinoRack medium flat mesh rack
- Pope Overland Expedition Eldorado 2-person RTT
- Nagoya UT-72 stuck to the roof, ran behind the door gaskets to my Anytone 878UV radio
- Raingler cargo divider net
- LOTS of tools, spare parts, supplies, survival gear, etc in the trunk (I can definitely list if someone wants)








Any questions or want pictures of something specific, please feel free to ask! Thanks again!

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Love this build! My work vehicle is a 2004 XT with the STI conversion. They’ve been offering me a new vehicle for over a year now but I just can’t part with it!
 
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Thanks everyone!

A couple more pics of some random things I forgot in the original post:

Recently added some shackles to the front tie-down points to be used for recovery (per a recent Subaru-specific recovery training from an I4WDTA certified trainer who recommended bridling these two points vs using just the one OEM screw-in tow eye in the bumper).
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Recently got a tablet mount that bolts into one of the seat rail bolts, it's a bit wiggly on the trail, but it's understandable being that the tablet is quite heavy and the arm is 22" long (Also the puppy, Pepper, and my Girlfriend:IMG_3943.JPG

Just another pic of the car:
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Nice build!

Curious about your switch from Wildpeaks to KO2s. Was it due to size availability?
Thanks!

Yep! I wanted something as close to the stock 225/60/17's as possible, to get gearing back to stock, get a bit better power/fuel economy again, etc. These 215/75/15 KO2's are exactly the same circumference, slightly skinnier, and Only about 6lbs per corner heavier than stock.

While I absolutely LOVED the Wildpeaks, the smallest size available was 235/75/15, only slightly taller/wider than stock (roughly an inch both ways), and while I'm not sure that the gearing hit was THAT drastic, being that I'm at or slightly over GVWR when fully loaded, I need every bit of gearing I can get out of the poor thing.
 

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I figured it was something along those lines. I've considered having a 2nd set of wheels/tires with a shorter and lighter tire for long trips where I have zero need for an LT 33" tire.
 
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Nice build. I’ve come to appreciate Subie AWD and the thought that goes into most of my fellow Subie owner builds since buying my 2014 (now own a 2019) Crosstrek.
 
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This weekend we traveled north ~2 hours to Rustic, CO to explore some areas we haven't been before. Another lifted SJ Forester and I did SevenMile Rd and Swamp Creek Rd, which are just North of Rustic, or just South of the Red Feather Lakes area.

A few more pictures and a couple videos here:


SevenMile was very fun, slightly rocky, but we had minimal issues:
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