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Unread 29th August 2017, 08:09 AM
Rambler Rambler is offline
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Location: Castlemaine, VIC
Year: 2006
Model: Forester X
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Default Thinking about buying this modified L series. Thoughts?

I'm considering this as a project car to work on. After putting my Forester off the road for a few months I'm a little hesitant to work on it anymore.

It already has dual batteries, LSD, lift, rear wheel carrier, as well as lots of character. That hood would have to go though. Back of my mind is telling me it's a good candidate for an EJ conversion.

I've seen lots of cleaner lower KM cars (online, haven't checked any out in person yet) but I like this one for its character and the fact that it's been loved and modded.

I definitely have the space for it, and I have some mechanical skills, not a lot of knowledge/experience but I'm good with internet guides. I only have basic tools but I'm willing to invest.

Thoughts? Too much for a beginner to work on? Find a cleaner car with a working EA and start with that? EJ conversion a big headache to register and not worth it except on a very clean car? Or go for it and find out?

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Unread 30th August 2017, 08:05 PM
Venom Venom is offline
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Check it out. Look for rust in the body. If the rust is just in the doors then they can be replaced, but the tailgate might be hard or expensive to find being a touring wagon. If all the mods look professionally done then yeah stick an EJ in it and away you go. You could probably talk him down too.

You may have trouble getting it roadworthy with the lift kit and the dual fuel tank.
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Unread 31st August 2017, 05:49 AM
ateday ateday is offline
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Location: Happy Valley (not the loony bin)
Year: 2002
Model: MY03 Forester
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Looks interesting indeed.
At least the CV joints and boots are easy to replace in this model.
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