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Old 25th June 2014, 02:34 AM
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Talking The Great Alaskan Tundra Humper *pic heavy*

Hello Gents and Ladies, I am Jeremiah. I live in Fairbanks, Alaska; i'm in college, aspiring to become an English teacher; and bought my foz two years ago. This is it's story:

I broke it really soon after buying it, about a month or two. I got the ol' beast stuck in the snow, and trying to tow it out did a fair deal of damage:



But that was no big deal, it drove quite alright after we shoveled it out. Then, in the spring time, a bit of hooning started the rear bumper's issue of wanting a divorce:


Summer of 2013 brought plastidip and rear wheel bearings sounding like they were trying to make butter out of gravel:



Also got a nice deep clean at the laser wash:


Of course some adventures:




The spring of 2014 brought blown headgaskets, which i replaced with the help of a local Subaru flipper and cylinder head specialist.

I also did a few mods for the local ice track like two switches in the handbrake to fully unlock the center diff when pulled, even with my 4wd lock switch on. Sadly, i have no videos of that hooning.

More adventures came this spring:



Navigator Kyle:



Continues below. I have a picture limit
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Old 25th June 2014, 02:35 AM
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The latest news is the lift. 2 inch subframe spacers and strut bottom lift:



Only the front is done so far. Should have it complete tomorrow. Then i am finally going to weld the rear frame section back together and redo the quarter panel. I also have some dark orange vinyl that i am going to try to wrap it with as well as weld together a roof rack, front skidplate, and cut up the front bumper. I modified the rear bumper, not sure how much i like it, but i will put up a picture soon enough. Need to weld up a new exhaust to tuck it up higher, and i have plans to relocate the charcoal canister to a better location as well.
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Old 25th June 2014, 02:52 AM
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Gidday Jeremiah

Beautiful, wonderful part of the World you live in there. I have a couple of mates from that area.

Love the photo of your Forester smelling the flowers ... .

Even though it looks as if that strut bottom lift will never break, the strut top might ... .

You might be far better off putting a strut top lift in. There are any number of patterns available for these.

I'm certainly no expert on this subject, but there are those here who are. They can tell you what the differences are, and why the strut top lift is a better solution. I can't.
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Old 25th June 2014, 06:04 AM
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Nice pics, esp the one in the deep snow drift

Make sure you get a wheel alignment after the lift
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Old 25th June 2014, 06:20 AM
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Howdy and Jeremiahs22!!!
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Old 25th June 2014, 07:42 AM
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great pics, especially the one in snow.
Was up your end of the world 2 years ago but not as inland as Fairbanks. the few subis I did see had a lot of rust damage from all that salt.
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Old 25th June 2014, 11:28 PM
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Enjoyed your post and especially the photos
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Welcome to the forum! Enjoy Alaska while you can--but don't overlook your studies!

We almost flew to Alaska a couple of summers ago. We usually "scout" before we truly go somewhere. Unfortunately, even with award tickets for the whole family, the numbers never looked right. The long-term plan calls for driving over in the slightly modified OB at the close of this decade. Fingers crossed!
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Old 26th June 2014, 12:48 AM
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No update today, had to order the bolts from Fastenal. Should be done next monday.

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Welcome to the forum! Enjoy Alaska while you can--but don't overlook your studies!

We almost flew to Alaska a couple of summers ago. We usually "scout" before we truly go somewhere. Unfortunately, even with award tickets for the whole family, the numbers never looked right. The long-term plan calls for driving over in the slightly modified OB at the close of this decade. Fingers crossed!
My family and I drove up from Laramie, Wyoming about 8 years ago, and talk about a beautiful drive! Just about the whole trip is awesome.

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Enjoyed your post and especially the photos
Thanks man! I recently got a Dslr so better pictures to come!

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great pics, especially the one in snow.
Was up your end of the world 2 years ago but not as inland as Fairbanks. the few subis I did see had a lot of rust damage from all that salt.
Thanks, and yeah in the coastal regions, they use alot of salt, but thankfully in Fairbanks, they just dump rocks. Paint chips and windshield cracks are a little better than rust imo.

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Thanks man!

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Nice pics, esp the one in the deep snow drift

Make sure you get a wheel alignment after the lift
Thank you, and i do plan on getting an alignment... If i can't get it pretty good myself. haha.

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Gidday Jeremiah

Beautiful, wonderful part of the World you live in there. I have a couple of mates from that area.

Love the photo of your Forester smelling the flowers ... .

Even though it looks as if that strut bottom lift will never break, the strut top might ... .

You might be far better off putting a strut top lift in. There are any number of patterns available for these.

I'm certainly no expert on this subject, but there are those here who are. They can tell you what the differences are, and why the strut top lift is a better solution. I can't.
It is indeed a beautiful place! I love it here.
I am intrigued as to why the strut bottom would cause the top hats to fail prematurely. I'm sticking with stock springs for better articulation, so i can't see more stress in the system, but i don't know a whole lot about the stresses. I just want to run 29's without wide offset wheels, and also wanted to test out the lesser used lift.
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Old 29th June 2014, 07:42 AM
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Nice Foz !

As for the lift, you might (will) have CV issues if you go too high...
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