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    smorris preps an Outback for cross-country exploring

    This is not a WRX. Stop now if you're not curious about what I'm doing...

    Now that I've sold the WRX Wagon, I've got a new project. Youngest daughter is graduating high school in a couple of weeks, and in the fall we will be taking her to Seattle for college. Heading out (from Ohio) will be a straight through Interstate trip. Coming back will be exploring as many out of the way places as we can find for anywhere from two weeks to two months.

    Like the Bugeye WRX, I've had this Outback since new, although I've made very few modifications to it proir to the last month or so. This isn’t going to be an off-road build thread. I’m not putting together a rig for day trips rock crawling or weekends in the desert. My vehicle is just plain not fit for these type of excursions nor do I have any interest in doing so. I am putting together a vehicle that will be comfortable for hours of Interstate travel at a time, and then capable of going on forest roads, gravel, dirt, and mild trails wherever we happen to find them. With that in mind, you will see as many comfort and convenience modifications as capability mods. I’m building a softroader.

    Starting Point:
    2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited (turbocharged) with 34k miles as of May 2015
    - Obsidian Black Pearl
    - 5 Speed Manual Transmission

    Factory/Dealer Installed Options:
    - Auto-Dimming Mirror/Compass w/Homelink
    - Floor Mats
    - Winter Floor Mats
    - Rear Cargo Net
    - Rear Cargo Tray

    - Dash Cubby GPS Mounting Plate
    - Rear Dome/Reading Light
    - WeatherTech DigitalFit Floor Liners (front only)
    - LED Interior lighting conversion
    - Sportster 5 Sirius Satellite Radio
    - Garmin nuvi 2798LMT GPS
    - TapTurn Signal Module
    - LED Cargo Area Lighting
    - LED Liftgate Flood Lights

    Cosmetic/Convenience Mods:
    - Liftgate completely debadged
    - Smoked 3rd Brake Light and Back-Up Lights
    - Hella Supertone Horn Kit
    - LED Backup and License Bulbs
    - Redline Tuning QuickLIFT Elite Hood Strut

    - 2" Class III Receiver Hitch

    Softroading Specific Mods:
    - RallyArmor UR Mud Flap Set (black/gray)
    - ARB Touring 2500 Awning
    - Primitive Racing Skid Plate
    - 2011 Forester XT wheels for all-terrain tires

    Cargo and Storage:
    Two configurations on different sets of crossbars. Swap back and forth in about 30 minutes. There are brackets for the awning on both setups;
    Configuration A:
    - Subaru Heavy Duty Cargo Basket (Same as Yakima LoadWarrior) on OEM crossbars
    - Yakima LoadWarrior 18" basket extension
    - FourTreks Modular ARB awning mount
    Configuration B:
    - Thule 450 Crossroad set w/58" crossbars
    - (2) Yakima Fork Lift bicycle racks
    - (2) Thule Hull-a-Port Folding Kayak Mounts
    - RhinoRack Foxwing awning mount

    Possible/Future Plans:
    - Light Brackets for Yakima Basket (Waiting to Install)
    - Fog Lamps/Driving Lamps OR LED Combination Light Bar
    - Yokohama 225-60-17 Geolander A/T-S Tires
    - 3/4" Strut Spacers (Waiting to Install)
    - 2004 Outback Heavy Duty Rear Struts (Waiting to Install)
    - Portable Air Compressor
    - Fridge/Freezer
    - Sleeping Platform
    - Onboard water storage
    - Brackets for Jerry cans
    - Interior Storage (where back seat currently is)

    (Crappy phone photo through a window screen)

    2011 Forester XT wheels I bought to mount the AT tires on. Tread was better than my OEM tread, so I'm using them now, and will get AT tires in the fall.

    Siruis radio and Garmin GPS (with temporary wiring)

    Updates to be posted as they occur.

    5/16/15 Clarified rack configurations
    Last edited by smorris; 05-17-2015 at 05:32 PM.

    Steve - Avon, Ohio, USA - Moderator - Fun Drives and North Central States
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    2008 Outback 2.5XT Ltd __2002 WRX Wagon (sold) __ 1958 MGA Roadster __ 2008 smart Cabrio __ and a few scooters...

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    This is very cool, I like it
    My Build Thread - "Scrappy Doo" 2013 Subaru WRX Hatch

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