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post #1 of 157 (permalink) Old 06-04-2008, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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The off-road mod list

Hi All,

after reading the thread on Kevin's awesome off-road Forester and having recently purchased one that I'm intending to spend a bit of time in the dirt with I thought it might be a good idea to compile a list of the off-road mods that are avaiable for our cars, and the best order to do them in, so that those of us who are looking to kit out our cars for the dirt know where to start! I don't pretend to know a lot on the subject, so I'll start off with a few but it would be great if the more knowledgeable amongst you could add to it, and let me know if I'e got them in the right order! I've listed the mod, with it's ease of installation and approximate cost (in Aussie $) in brackets.

1: Alloy sump guard (easy DIY bolt-on, $350)
2: Transmission cooler (for autos only) (advanced DIY or minor workshop install, $150)
3: breather extensions for gearbox/diff (DIY, cheap)
4: All-terrain tyres (wide price range)
5: Centre diff lock and fan cut-of switches (intermediate DIY, <$10)
6: Strut lift ($500-$800?, int. workshop install)
7: Spring lift ($300, minor workshop install)
8: spotlights
9: Front bar ($2300)
10: Rear bar ($3500)
11: Off-road rims
10: Snorkel

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5: Centre diff lock
I'm interesseted by that, have you got informations?


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Really good idea, very keen to follow this thread. Top work!

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I'm interesseted by that, have you got informations?
Only what other forummers have posted here
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I'd recommend quick disconnects for the rear sway bar as well. They really let your suspension articulate better, but with no increase in on-road body roll. I made my own for like $15US:

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...onnects-30614/
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DOHC, there's no difference in on-road body roll - really? How is that possible when that's the sway bar's sole purpose, keeping the car level?

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Don't forget a list for recovery gear.
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DOHC, there's no difference in on-road body roll - really? How is that possible when that's the sway bar's sole purpose, keeping the car level?
Because you reconnect them for the road!

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Don't forget a list for recovery gear.
I was only going to stick to mods, accessories deserve a thread all of their own!

But recovery gear should definitely be high on everyone's list, I was fortunate enough to inherit a full set from my in-laws as soon as we got our Foz!

Cheers for making the thread a sticky guys, was hoping that might happen but thought it might be a bit cheeky to ask.
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Ok , thanks, So it's just for 4EAT transmission. not for me


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Don't forget a list for recovery gear.
Oh christ. That's gonna be a long one.

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^^ Yeah... but if you dont have one, you WILL get stuck.
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Are cast or folded(?) sump guards in vogue this month?


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re recovery gear, I'd say a snatch strap, rated d-shackles and a shovel are a good place to start- thats what I've got anyway.
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