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Unread 26th October 2018, 07:50 PM
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Default Equiping an Off-Road Tribeca

I recently purchased a Tribeca to set up as a dedicated off-road camper. The Forester simply wasn't long enough inside for comfortable sleeping.

Three hours north of Toronto is Sudbury. And north of Sudbury is a lot of wildreness... Road trips exploring Ontario and Quebec north of Thunder Bay/Sudbury/Val d'Or/Saguenay. Vacation adventures in Canada.
I'll soon add the tallest tires that will fit, but with a narrow tread. Then a roof basket, if it will fit under the garage door. Sleep-in. Water. A large 12V cooler. A 12V kettle. Cooking equipment. Lights. Skid pad. Gas and brake line wraps. That's to start

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G'day & Welcome aboard TT!

Are you adding an auxiliary battery?

You'll get lots of good ideas from the existing forum topics.
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You'll get lots of good ideas from the existing forum topics.

I do not think he will because the Tribeca is different in many ways. Including the practically complete absence of aftermarket support. There is a Primitive 1/8 front aluminum plate (or used to be). That's about all that comes to mind.


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...so...

1/ What exactly is that wilderness like? I think that I have taken a Tribeca about as far as anyone--and that is not very far, lol. Or rather, it was quite far but the terrain was not gnarly. The TB is hopeless beyond the smallest of rocks and ditches. There is literally nothing that can be done with the angles or the rocker panel clearance.

2/ On the positive side, I have done some real mud, not as in "mudding," but as in actual getting places on 30-45 mile roads in the midst of monsoon season or when the snow melts. The Tribeca never skipped a beat, but, again, we are talking reasonable amounts of mud (max up to rocker panel on one side), not mud for the sake of mud.

3/ No larger tires will fit without a lift. There are a couple guys on the B9 forum who made custom spacers on their own. I have no idea how high you can go before messing it enough to not be possible to align properly.

4/Now, this is where it gets ugly. In my experience, the Tribecas, with TC off, do surprisingly well in mud and sand, irrespective of tires. However, the VDC of both our Tribecas is programmed differently from the one I had on the Outback. That's all I can tell--as well as that the TB's worked way worse than the Outback. Unless you have really grippy tires, the TB can fail the mildest of washed out climbs (or would need to carry too much momentum).

All in all, you have some thinking to do. The TB has a lot of positives, but they all end once you hit an actual 4wd HC trail. In my experience, it can handle stuff that is only 4x4 (beach) or only high clearance. But it is really more of a dirt road/beach mobile than an actual 4x4 equivalent. A Forester would play the latter role a great deal better.


EDIT: also, the TB, as any other Subaru, sags a lot when loaded, making it even more vulnerable. I am not sure what stiffer springs are available.
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@MiddleAgeSubie

I was really thinking more about Recovery gear etc e.g. https://offroadsubarus.com/forumdisplay.php?f=34

There was very little after-market support when I got my Foz and look at it now!
Home made skid plate; adapted snorkel; was prototype for rear drawers; prototype for rear jerry and wheel carriers (for the then "new" SubaXtreme); self-made pseudo centre diff lock; lots of different suspension mods; breathers for the transmission and diff; fog light breathers; rear view camera; etc etc. There's still a lot can be done without specific industry support if you have the necessary skills.
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There's still a lot can be done without specific industry support if you have the necessary skills.

Sure, but there will never be any support for a vehicle that even Subaru tries to forget ever existed. I like the TB we have just fine, but there is no point in creating illusions.


Now, if the OP is into DIY at that level, more power to them.
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We all know that Canadians are resourceful people!
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"We all know that Canadians are resourceful people! "
Indeed, after all they are Australians with American accents...........
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Default Tribeca Failure

Well, at time of pickup/delivery purchase of the 2014 Tribeca, I discovered that it lacked Nav (despite being a Limited).
And a few other options that apparently do not come with the Limited unless it also has the Premier Package.
So I withdrew from the purchase. I'll keep looking.
In the mean time, I will take a dirt-road venture next week from Sudbury up Road 84 to the town of Shining Tree.
Enter it in Google Maps and then zoom in on Satellite view.
I'll be doing it in my all-terrain AWD 2014 bi-turbo 445hp 4.4L BMW 550i.
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