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Old 16th November 2015, 05:36 PM
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Hi this is the Fridge...

Being white and square I couldn't think of a better name.
It is the new family wagon so we can all get out an enjoy the outdoors.
Have put it to good use since we have had it, and have had three enjoyable weekends out since getting it on the road.




Picture taken somewhere in the Connondale range

Still is in need of a paint / front grill but it's good enough for now.
So far mods discussed after our last adventure are:

Bash plate for the sump
Minor lift

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Old 16th November 2015, 08:21 PM
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Looks awesome! Good to see another Forester out in the bush doing what it does best!! Yes a Sump Guard is a must for piece of mind! Have a chat to Nachaluva for a Lift Kit - I will be getting one for my Foz in the new year
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Old 16th November 2015, 09:45 PM
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You will have a lot of fun in the SG.

You need one of these:
http://qldbullbars.com.au/portfolio/...ter-0702-0605/

the QLD Bullbar is easy to fit and cheaper than a Subaxtreme bar. It will increase your approach angle as well as give frontal protection.

I have two SGs both fitted with them. Sally at QLD Bullbars is most helpful.

When you fit a lift kit you might as well fit KYB struts and King springs on all corners. This will give you an extra 30mm of lift and the butt wont sag.
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Old 16th November 2015, 09:57 PM
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Don`t forget the QLD Subaru Car club.
www.subaclub.com
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Old 16th November 2015, 10:47 PM
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That is a good looking fromt bar havachat! I haven't seen one before! Good to see that there is another option available other than SubaXtreme for that model Forester!

And thanks ateday! I forgot to give the Subaru 4WD Club of Queensland a plug!! A great bunch of people with a real passion for Subarus who enjoy getting out and about in them!
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Old 16th November 2015, 11:45 PM
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Haha, OC.

I always refer to ours as "a fridge on wheels" or "white goods cars".

I saw a relatively new Toyota / Nissan a while ago. One of the new box like ones. On the back window it had a sticker "You have just been passed by a toaster" ...

The 'two box' design is very hard to beat for practicality IMNSHO ...
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Old 17th November 2015, 07:21 AM
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Thanks guys, may look a bar at some stage. Have already filled up the fog light holes with mud going though here




Quite surprised when we made it out the other side on three wheels

And plenty of three wheeling down the valley to get there





Picts for the sake of picts






Thanks for the link to the subaclub, will have to get in touch and go on a run. I'm thinking of taking the Vitara as most have a requirement for a lift / at's ...
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Old 17th November 2015, 07:31 AM
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Get yourself a second set of rims and put 65 series ATS on them for off-roading.
Enjoy
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Old 17th November 2015, 07:58 AM
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It's a good idea, but thinking of just a single set of at's in 65 series.
I would rather just get in and drive rather than swap tires for the weekend as it is a daily for my partner.

I have 'road' and bigger mud tires for our Vitara and unless it's been wet or a silly run where clearance is required, the mud tires don't have much of a advantage in the dirt.

I'll have a look through the forum, but does any one even do a full mud tire in a 215/65 r16? That may be worth a second set of rims
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Old 17th November 2015, 05:09 PM
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I recently put a set of Bridgestone 697`s on and reckon they are ok. Not noisy and good, with reduced pressures, on sand. Having said that not much mud in SA this time of year but they have an impressive looking tread.
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