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Old 6th May 2018, 04:42 PM
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Hello, been lurking and reading for a few months. We bought a 14 Outback last summer. First Subaru, 2.5i limited. Been doing some exploring with the Outback over the last year while its completely stock...





To be honest I have been really impressed with the car even with continental touring tires on it.

So we have been talking about a lift and bigger tires, but my wife kept reminding me that its her daily driver and that we don't want to put the car into situations where it can be damaged or anything...Its her baby after all.

So we will probably buy another older subaru to play around with. Hopefully in 6 months or something. 2nd Gen Outback wagon seems to be our budget for a toy and the right size for our family.

We have a ton of mountain trails within a couple hours from home just begging to be explored.
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Old 6th May 2018, 05:37 PM
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Put a sump guard on it?
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Welcome to the forum!

As for your second subaru for offroading, I'd do some research about the EJ25D. It seems in the states that they had numerous problems that stem from the dodgy head gaskets that then lead to big end bearing failures.

Many convert the engine to an EJ22. A small drop in power but a huge leap in reliability

You could go a Legacy with the EJ22 then fit it with outback struts and a mild lift kit etc.

One thing you guys lack is the EJ dual range gearbox

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Old 6th May 2018, 11:01 PM
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Put a sump guard on it?
Havent on this one, still stock. I have a stop sign i could cut up for the future project car as a skid plate.

Havent scraped on anything yet which im surprised about. Unless you consider dragging in the sand scraping. I didnt much care for that.

For the 2nd gen OB im definately leaning towards an H6 motor but we will see what we find. I know foresters are maybe better suited for trails, we just like the wagon more. Not afraid to trim the bumpers and all that for more clearance.
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Old 7th May 2018, 02:16 AM
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If you haven't scraped yet, then consider staying at standard height. Lifting a car will make the car worse for no benefit.
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Old 7th May 2018, 02:33 AM
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It can be lifted and still daily driver no prob. Why buy another outback just for fun. Unless its some rly old first gen forester then maybe.
2nd gen outbacks rly comfy inside and with h6 you will have auto and vdc. So just lift it put at tires and cut at least front bumper as i did. Or remove it if its legal in your area.
Skid plate is must thing to make you feel more secure on tracks lift or no lift.
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If not scraping where they already go what will lifting the car achieve apart from wasting money, and as a double blow making the car worse on road? Spend the money on a sump guard is my suggestion , then just put the money into a nice trip.
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Old 7th May 2018, 04:14 AM
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Well lifting saves bumpers for starters as they now not catching and scratching on everything. My first trip with stock car and i allmost ripped off rear bumper , i knew i need lift , plus more ground clearance means you not gonna hang car. People spending money on more wortless stuff so at least this is not so bad thing to waste money onto. It gives look as well. Skid plate on non lifted car is good but with lifted you wont even touch skid plate on same tracks.
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Skid pan is a must in my opinion, just not worth the risk of ripping out your sump.
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