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post #1 of 86 (permalink) Old 12-01-2011, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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It seems there is quite a split between the people who build their Forester for the street, and for back country. How many people are running a fairly aggressive bolt-on performance setup, and also take it off-roading. My dream would be to swap in as much STI and aftermarket goodness as I could, and also have a mild lift, winch, and snorkel.

I've searched through a few sites, and find very few fast Foresters that also go off-road. I'm not talking about competing with jeeps and auto-x capable. I want something that will be a blast to drive around town, keeps up with a modded WRX, and can get through some good ol' mud and medium trails.

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Lifting a car and making it go fast are often ill advised. If you want a serious, lifted Forester check out jack from EFI logics (out of bethel, ct) forester. Ill see if I can find some pictures of it when im home.

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there is a lot of information about lifting a forester in the Offroad section.

Offroad Fozzies - Subaru Forester Owners Forum

The EFI Logics forester can be found here :

EFI Logics Forester Project - New England Subaru Forums

Offroad or Speed side by side :)

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There is actually a member (mmowry) who has a 300+ hp modified XT, but is also lifted 2 inches with oversized BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires like myself. I've been wanting to add some power to mine for a while now, and when funds free up, it's on my list of things to do to the car. VF-something turbo with an up pipe, down pipe, exhaust, new intercooler and a good tune. Should get close to 300hp I'd hope. I also plan on lifting it 2 inches as well. Even a lifted XT driven hard around corners is ill advised, but it's not like adding a ton more power is a negative thing. Just can't take the corners fast, regardless of extra power or not.

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My ideal setup would be a '09+ FXT with DCCD 6spd with the 4.444 conversion from Rallispec, Cusco RS 2way LSD in the rear, specB gears 1-6. The engine a lightly built one. with say maybe a billet 20G turbo... if not that size a simple TD04L. hahaha
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For true Off-Road Duty, you want and need Torque....
Most Turbo Cars have great top end, but poor bottom end Torque....
Therefore it is hard to make the 2 worlds come together with grace....

I have built a Few Old Skool Subi Turbo's into Good Wheeling rigs

But I had to change gearing in them to make it Happy....

And they were never Super Speed Demons Like an STi or WRX...

If you are ok with say top speed of 80-90mph and ok Off -Road, You could Build an Ok WRX wheeler...Or Forester Turbo Wheeler...

I am Going to put an Older Hi-Lo range 5 speed Gear box into an 06 XT Turbo Forester for a Guy in Canada Sometime in January....He is Needing the Low range capability for Off-Road Duty getting down Rough Logging roads to Go Climbing and Biking.....First gear in the Turbo AWD Box is too tall.....And he either has to Haul Butt or feather the clutch and Smoke the Thing.....

I am installing an LSD unit in the Front diff to add to the Viscous LSD he has in the Rear diff....I'll post some Pics of the install if I can remember to take them.... Car is also getting a 2" Lift kit installed....He will have the Best of both worlds then....
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Thanks for all the info so far, and I'm still in the dreaming stage right now. If anybody wants to trade for an M3 I know someone who would be willing to work out a deal

My biggest issue is that I would miss the driving feel too much. I don't want the tires or lift to kill that for me. I met a guy with a Forester during an auto-x event and was amazed. Looked like a slightly modifed one, but sounded like a built Subby. The whole reason for the Forester though would be for the size and off-road trips, so I would go the opposite route as he did as far as suspension. Everything else, I'm in love. Ultimate sleeper for every season.
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Yeah! Take pics pls :) i would love to get a hi-lo range gearbox into my 2004 XT too, there are plenty evailable, and pretty cheap... but i have fear for the poweroutput my car has ;)

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Yes us Aussies can get pretty hardcore
162kW (220hp) at the wheels and 240kW (320hp) from the engine.
Locked centre diff, lsd's front and rear! Plus all the road stuff like big swaybars, strut braces and all the rest. Really the best of both worlds

Need I say more??!!!





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Then theres the H6 Foz with an EZ30 behind a 5 speed manual with 60% reduced low range!!!


Theres some good old Aussie meat and pie work thrown in to get the where these machines are :P


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Take your pic of hardcore Subaru awesomeness

These more offroad orientated but still better road cars than 'real 4x4s'





Enjoy the Subaru P0rn. haha
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Taza.....

Are you guys in Aussie able to buy a Forester Correct Snorkel Kit...? Or are you adapting something over to work....?

If you are Adapting something over, can you tell me what it is off of..?

And if A direct kit, how much and where...?

Thanks, John.
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Sure John, they are modified from Safari Snorkels. A brand in Aus, not sure if they are world wide or not.

Most guys seem to use these as they fit the best and look great. This is one on the H6 Forester. This Safari snorkel is for a mitsubiti pajero 1990 model. It almost fits the A-Pillar of the forester. Both 1st and 2nd generation except it has to be slightly bent. Not an issue for a plastic welder though just to bend it slightly


The one on the STI Foz is a Toyota Landcruiser Safari snorkel. Not sure what year though.

I know other people have done differently but there at writeups done by people, some of which on here about how they did it, what they researched and all the relevent info. If you do abit of google'ing.

Hope this helps

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bluefox is making a snorkel! just ask him ;)

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