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Old 28th July 2017, 01:29 AM
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Howdy all

Recently purchased my first Forester - 2016 Ts.



A great car. Took it to the snow (Selwyn) first week of July and had a great time. Even go myself stuck in Eucumbene which required a tow from a nice couple who were staying at the nearby caravan park.



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Mates are planning a fishing/camping trip to Hawks Nest in the near future so I though it wise to invest in some XBull recovery tracks and 15m 5.4T snatch straps + 3.2T bow shackles from JustStraps.

Looking at new set of 17s wrapped in Geolanders as a spare set as I would only use them half a dozen times a year. I think getting a new set of tires for the stock STI 19s would be easy or economical. This car would be a daily and only go on sand and fire trails on the odd weekend. Plus I dont really want to damage the STI rims if I can get a cheap set oof 17s.

Im also thinking of installing very bright LEDs into the fog lights and also these daytime running lights (but a brighter version) instead of light bars. They would only be used when beach driving at night or on fire trails. Just to keep the car looking stock. I'd have to find a set that is much brighter though - maybe something like these.



Ill get a stage 2 tune and a quiet exhaust eventually - maybe Invidia q300?

Just for a bit of performance and the rumble plus fuel efficiency etc etc.

I really want to get a lift kit but I cant justify the cost vs the amount of times Ill be going anywhere that extreme. I'm more of a camper/fisherman so unless it has a nice trout lake or is on the beach I wont be going there. But I do like the look of nobby tires on rally style rims on a fozzy.

Regarding beach driving on 19s I've been told that 18psi is the lowest I can deflate to? running 245/45R19 stock Turanzas.

I know i can turn off the TCS but do I need to pull the fuse?

Any sand driving advise would be good.

Thanks all

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Old 28th July 2017, 04:13 AM
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Make sure you get a good sump guard. I know Invidia are all the rage. A mate put one on his car, only for his cat to block. I like Hi-Tech myself, and will soon be installing a system on my car. Only lift a car if you need to. 19's off road are no good so going to 17's is a good idea.
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Old 28th July 2017, 04:44 AM
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Old 1st August 2017, 11:52 PM
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Make sure you get a good sump guard. I know Invidia are all the rage. A mate put one on his car, only for his cat to block. I like Hi-Tech myself, and will soon be installing a system on my car. Only lift a car if you need to. 19's off road are no good so going to 17's is a good idea.
Yeah that's on the shopping list too. Even if the car spends most its time on road and sand it would be a good investment.

Only reason I mentioned an Invidia is it seems to be the 'mainstream' for quiet exhaust. I dont want anything obnoxiously loud and droney but I do want be able to hear the rumble.

This will be a full turbo back exhaust.

Sorta torn between 2 lifestyles here. I love the outdoors but I also like a decently quick car.

Do I lower it and make it look sporty or do I raise it and put knobbies and make it look tough? Both look good to me.

Oh why are we so cursed with such a predicament..!?

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Old 2nd August 2017, 12:53 AM
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I have one of each. One for outdoors, one for competition. Smiles all round!
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Old 5th August 2017, 02:00 AM
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Lift it!!!!!
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Old 29th October 2017, 09:07 PM
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Lift it!!!!!
That's a very tempting suggestion!

So its been about 4-5 months since I purchased this car and apart from the snow trip in July I haven't taken her out anywhere "adventurous".

Went fishing in Hawks Nest but left her at home as I felt she wasn't ready for sand driving. Luckily I did too as the entrance to the beach so extremely soft. Even the Triton I was riding in struggled a bit to get through.

At this stage, I've lined up a set of 17" BRZ rims so I'm thinking Geolander G015 maybe in 235/65R17 (but any other suggestions welcomed).

At this stage mainly used for sand and occasional dirt road when camping.

I think the problem is I need more friends that do more camping and fishing.
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I think the problem is I need more friends that do more camping and fishing.
Don't we all
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Howdy IronHide,
Nice ride,
what's it like inside?


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Only lift a car if you need to.
Dang. I wonder if Nachaluva does refunds. Alternatively I must try and figure out a way to justify having it.
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Went fishing in Hawks Nest but left her at home as I felt she wasn't ready for sand driving. Luckily I did too as the entrance to the beach so extremely soft. Even the Triton I was riding in struggled a bit to get through.
I think that the Forester would've been through the soft sand easily...better than the Triton !
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