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#1 NateW

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 10:41 AM

As some of you already know, I sold my gray pickup and bought a Forester.

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With BFG all terrains coming in the near future, I decided I wanted to lift the front a bit, to level it out. It's going to be roughly an inch to get it very close to level.

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Not wanting to spend $150-$300 on a lift kit, with some inside sources I was able to find some material.

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After some digging I found a layout for the holes needed on the Subaru Outback Forums that work for my car:

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I spent some time yesterday boring the center hole in each one

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I'll be working on these more throughout the week and keep this thread updated as I progress.

Edited by NateW, 05 September 2015 - 08:41 AM.


#2 Harvester of Sorrow

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 07:08 AM

I loved my 2000 Forester.  I just sold it this spring and kind of regret it.  The car is/was an absolute beast in the snow and is probably the best vehicle I have ever driven in the snow.  I had planned on lifting it as well and building a winch front bumper for it.  I bought it in 2008 and the thing was rock solid.

Head gaskets and rear wheel bearings are the only real problems with the vintage of Forester that you have.

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 09:00 AM

I have seen a lot of diff issues as well. Service those things.  They are easy to work on. So even if you do have problems you should have it covered.

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Posted 05 September 2015 - 08:34 AM

View PostTryan100, on 04 September 2015 - 09:00 AM, said:

I have seen a lot of diff issues as well. Service those things.  They are easy to work on. So even if you do have problems you should have it covered.

So far the only problem I've noticed is the tires currently on it, they aren't balanced correctly or something and shake at freeway speeds. I've checked everything else I think it could be (axle boots, steering, wheel bearings), and I'm 99% sure it's the tires. I'm upgrading to BFG all terrains this month so that should fix the problem. I love it otherwise, fun to drive, good gas mileage, lots of room. I

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 07:48 PM

I second the head gaskets.  Also, the CV  on what ever side the exhaust runs under (passenger I believe, its been a few years)gets cooked fairly often, learned the hard way the the Chinese replacements create nothing but further problems.   Pretty great cars all in all.  Definitely fun in the snow.

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#6 NateW

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 02:59 PM

Got them faced, bored, and drilled. Decided to make them a little thicker at 1.25"

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Added a little signature (I know I suck with the accuracy)

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They should be installed next weekend when the tires hopefully get here. :D

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 03:28 PM

Got them done and installed last night. So far I'm very happy with the results, there is very little rub with the bigger tires, only when the steering is cranked it rubs the plastic skid plate mount and sometimes the mudflap, it drives nice and doesn't shake on the freeway anymore.

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The block sits ontop of the cap, giving it this look on the top of the tower (installed on passenger side only)
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Both installed
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Not a very big difference, but enough for me to notice
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New tires: 215/75r15 BFG All Terrain KO2's.
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Posted 24 September 2015 - 03:51 PM

Cool

#9 ChevyJoe

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 05:20 PM

I like it

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 07:35 PM

Sti swap next?

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 07:43 PM

View PostTryan100, on 24 September 2015 - 07:35 PM, said:

Sti swap next?

I wish!

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 11:51 AM

Got some mudflaps for my birthday, installed and the car washed so I thought I'd take some pictures.

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Had to make a special bracket for the rear, as they were too skinny.
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Posted 29 March 2017 - 03:50 AM

After a long time away, finally got something to add to this thing. Recently moved to CO for work, and decided to add a little more protection to the Foz.

Primitive Racing 3/16" aluminum skid plate

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Took a trip up to RMNP last weekend to see some sights;

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