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Unread 14th February 2011, 08:06 AM
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Default The H6 Forester that SKT Built...

Well, I bought it, and I have to say that what SKT has done is truly inspired.

It’s a freaking rocket on the bitumen, and it has an enormous amount of grunt offroad.

Engine transplant thread is here:

http://www.ausubaru.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16564

Here’s a little log of bring it home, and it’s first offroad trip once home.

Jan 29th I flew to Coolangatta. Scott picked me up at the airport and we went for a drive. It didn’t take long for me to be convinced that I should buy this. Sure, it had a couple of issues, for example some worn out bushes in the front end, and a cooling issue, but I could tell that this was a VERY serious vehicle.

Brought it home via Lismore and Casino and then to Tamworth for the night. Next day was Tamworth to Narrandera. Narrandera to Melbourne on the Minday was relatively easy after all of that.

Saw some amazing country in the process. Didn’t have time for many snaps, but here are a few…

Some of the country just into NSW after casino…



Took a detour via the outer solar system…



Actually, that virtual solar system drive from siding spring observatory is a good idea. That pic was taken in Gilgandra.

While on the space bent, couldn’t resist a couple of pics with the Parkes Radio Telescope…





It was 38 degrees Celsius when those shots were taken, and it didn’t get cooler for hours. Unsurprisingly, the vehicle got a bit hot just south of Forbes.




A bit further south past West Wyalong, and there was still water around from December. Ridiculously flat country with paddocks turned to lakes…



So, when I got home, I went straight to the mechanic and got an aircon service. I also consulted about improving airflow to the radiator. I looked at pics of offroad bars on Outbacks on the Subaxtreme site, and also the bar on the latest Forester. Armed with that info I decided to cut some holes in the bulbar, and this is the result…





Gotta love the grille mesh from supacheap auto!

So, I then set up the GPS on the dash with some adhesive Velcro…



and connected the ECU to the laptop to monitor engine performance and temperatures.



(BTW: I think I might have resolved the “cooling issues”!)

... part two to follow

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Unread 14th February 2011, 08:11 AM
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Part two...

Yesterday I headed off to Lerdederg Gorge for the afternoon.

I overtook a land cruiser on the way and, and when I stopped for lunch the cruiser drove past, turned around and stopped next to the subie. He was dead keen to know all about it. His missus reckoned that they had seen it drive through a river in Queensland, and I wouldn’t be surprised. Should have seen the blokes face when I popped the bonnet and told him that I had overtaken him in 4th gear!

Anyway, so taken with the H6 was the cruiser driver (John) that we did a bit of exploring together. First stop was Margarets Corner, which some forum members will remember. (Tony, Tannin & Subaruby for starters…)

Recent rain had sent much debris through…



Here’s a pic of the subie with the cruiser: which has the better departure angle? Hmm?



On the climb out of there I used 4th gear low range at times. Bloody hell that vehicle has some grunt!

We then headed to O’Briens crossing, which was heavily hit by storms leading to a lot of damage. Concrete ripped out of ground, fireplaces washed downstream.





Even a 4 tonne block of concrete got washed away…








And just to rub it in, here’s another pic that shows how superior the subie is to the cruiser…



Then off to tackle blue gum track, Ratcliffe tk and No 1 Firebreak. I thought this would be nasty after all the rain, and I was right.

About to head down Ratcliffe from Blue Gum…



Part way down Ratcliffe…



It got rough from there, and I would not have taken my red subie down there. I had been there before, but it was truly **** this time.

At the bottom of No 1 Firebreak Tk (heading north) it was rough as guts. Very big boulders and a very narrow passage past them. A non- lifted subie would not have made it across creek, and from there it really turned to ****.







I tried to climb up and out, but with one front wheel in the air, and the two back wheels spinning, it was just too steep and slippery. I had several goes at it, but decided that it was better to turn around.

I reversed back to the creek, and carried out a 7 or 9 point turn in VERY rocky terrain. This could not have been done it a cruiser. I could have winched up and out, but was alone and not too keen on pulling trees out of the still soft ground.

Copped a few hits underbody, but no big deal. ****ing impressed with this vehicle.

So, a final shot of my first bush dirt as owner of the H6.



Today, it became a Victorian again. It is now registered in Victoria and making preparations for a Nullarbor trip in March.

Scott: the H6 is in good hands.
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Unread 14th February 2011, 09:20 AM
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VERY nice. And I'm jealous that I didn't get to come out in the lerderderg!

Awesome machine - I've seen what the H6 can do in a liberty so can only imagine what it can do in the foz.

Keen to see it in action personally!

Cheers

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Unread 14th February 2011, 10:17 AM
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congrats on your new pride and joy
that foz has been around!
wasn't that long ago I saw it parked just up the street from me in Perth
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Great christening of your new baby!

Of course you realise that you are the adoptive-father!
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freakin awesome! glad that subie will be sticking around the forum
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Looks like a heap of fun. Its really an amazing car. I so want to do the same to mine

Does it have LSD's of any sort or still the same standard open diffs?
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Great buy you got there it's a weapon all right here is a video of it when Scott came out with us

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Great report Djulpan & congrats on getting your new Forry.
Looks like you gave it a top work out with your 1st trip in it.
I'm sure SKT will be happy & pleased that its in good hands.

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Awesome Djulpan!!!

But hey, I think it's time to change your avatar.
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