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Gain in clearance has been extremely valuable, especially with all the water bars here, otherwise I would have been scraping my front bumper all the time.
Yeah there are a few setups that i've seen where people have installed a nudge bar and then cut away all the bump underneath.
And the subaxtreme outback bullbar looks pretty bulky, but works well:

Shipping is no issue with subaxtreme as they have a freight warehouse in America so it is cheap.
Props to chris on the Subarus Offroad facebook page for this one, here is an overlay he did of the approach angle for an XV(crosstrek), very similar to the outback.

And here is the forester
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i guess this makes the most sense

i dont really know anything about recovery, since most people call it a "tow hook" i figured it worked well...
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Wow, Almostunseen,

That is a great post, very helpful, thanks!
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I think we need a thread for this
yeah if u need anymore info email subaxtreme, they are very helpful and knowledgeable.
I believe the US distributor for them is in Hutchinson, Minnesota and the name of the distributor is Ashwill Industries.
It is a very easy install for anyone that has installed a bullbar before, they even have youtube tutorials on how to fit them. Includes a template to cut the bumper, mounting bar for the bullbar, everything you need.

The reason I went for the subaxtreme is they are quality products, I drive past their place every few weeks so I got to see how they made them, pick it up, speak to the owner, great operation they run.
Also because I drive in rural areas a lot, so roadkill is a big issue, every vehicle we have has a bullbar so the subaru wasn't going to be an exception! The nudgebars just don't cut it as most of them offer zero to very little side protection. The subaxtreme nudge bars are very thick and will easily protect your radiator etc.
Also because of the ground clearance. I could have done the chop and fab method, but this leaves your CV's, axle, all of that very exposed. If a kangaroo gets in there, it's gonna cost me.

Here are some pics of DIY jobs where a nudgebar is used as a base, then most of the bumper is removed. All of these pics are from the "Subarus Offroad"(credit to the posters) facebook page, which I recommend you check out.
None of them are new outbacks but can give you an idea.




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Ha-ha, those are some pics!

I have no use for off-road looks. In fact, I want my car to look as any other. I just want the capability...

Hence the allure of height adjustable suspension and Subaxtreme front bumper replacement w/o the rest of the bull bar.
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well at least my daughter finds lots of ways to use my "tow hook"
rope pullinghttps://www.facebook.com/video.php?v...76&pnref=story

walking on leashhttps://www.facebook.com/video.php?v...10&pnref=story
shaking handshttps://www.facebook.com/video.php?v...e=3&permPage=1
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All, you would want a recovery strap that was rated to break (BS) before the D-ring shackle and before the tow bolt and or tow bolt port broke? That way if BS was reached, you would only have a strap snapping around instead of a strap flinging the D-ring through the air. This makes sense, right? So why doesn’t Subaru rate the tow bolt or tow bot port’s WLL or BS?

I’ve bought a recovery strap with an 8165kg (18,000lbs or 9tons) BS, and am trying to find a D-ring bolt that will give me this strength (with a bit of safety margin), but am having difficulties. Most D-rings I can find state “weight rating” I assume this is a WLL…. Sound right? Seems 4.75tons (9500lbs or 4309kg) is a typical high rating for D-rings, which translates to an estimated BS of 8618kg (19000lbs). So I think I will return the strap and get a weaker one. Maybe with a BS of 15000lbs (6804kg). Thoughts?
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Gidday Platzer, and welcome to the ORS forum.

Maximum BS for a Subaru snatch strap should be around 5,000 Kgs ... Otherwise you risk deforming your car.

The recovery bolt is part of the vehicle's structure, and can therefore be assumed to be safely designed for its purpose, and with rated BS and WLL accordingly.
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The recovery bolt is part of the vehicle's structure, and can therefore be assumed to be safely designed for its purpose
and this would worry me in a difficult recovery situation......I would guess that it's more a "tow" hook rather than a "recovery" hook; meant for a moderate tow or pulling a disabled car up on a flat bed I would assume? Does anyone know what load can be expected of a tow hook?
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^ Our SH OM specifically mentions use of it for recovering a bogged vehicle from mud or snow.

It is a very fine pitch thread on a very thick bolt.
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