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Forester Off-Road Capability

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I am hopefully buying a 2004 Forester X in a week or so. I am curious; just what are these things capable of off-road? I have seen photos and videos on this forum of some pretty rough and messy terrain. I was just wondering if these can take some deep mud, rutted roads and bumps off road well or if you need to do a lot of mods and/or maintenance? I just want to make sure I don't go anywhere that will jeopardize the condition of the Forester.

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Capable of quite a bit. But don't bite off more than you can chew. When in doubt, don't. I see people taking their fozzies to the limit and getting stuck. Sand and mud are two very different beasts.

Check out some of the off-road fozzie vids and pics in the "off-road fozzies" section. Apropos. Surf and ye shall find. All of the vids are awesome.

My .02-- If you're doing any off-roading, you need two basic necessities-- good tires and front and rear skid plates. Okay, technically that's six things. That should hold you unless you plan on doing any boulder hopping. Happy trails.

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make sure to keep in mind that it is not a 4runner :)
still pretty good subaru awd :)
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Off-Roading A 2009 Subaru Forester on Vimeo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi5kfsbpnAE
Tons off off road forester videos on you tube

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That 2009 missed some of the most important things. Correct tires.

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While the Forester is quite capable off-road, I keep the following in mind: the Forester is based on a car frame, heavy duty 4x4s are based upon truck frames. This helps me quickly decide when I can drive and when I should park and walk.

+1000 on the skid plates.

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It depends how experienced you are driving offroad. Tires play a big part in how well it will do in any given condition. There are NOT many tires that fit the forester that will do all that well in mud. Also the front and rear overhangs are pretty large, so quick elevation changes can be a bit difficult.

They're great for service roads and the like, but not for any sort of hardcore offroad (at least not stock).

04xt/4eat, 16g, STI bits and bobs
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Off-Roading A 2009 Subaru Forester on Vimeo[/url]


Tons off off road forester videos on you tube
He's getting pretty nasty!
Maybe its time to try my hand.
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What kind of tires would be suggested for a 98 Forester on 16" wheels?
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These are what I'm running (225/70 15).

Yokohama Tires ? Geolandar A/T-S All Terrain On & Off Road

in 215/65R16 will fit.

You sure you got 16's?

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i have heard plenty of good things about those geolanders for reasonable off road use

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Just fitted a set of A/T-S GO12 Geolandars to mine. Very happy with them so far.

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Here is how just regular, balding OEM Geolanders (the ones that come with the car) perform off road. Rubbish really, but shows how capable the car still is, even with crap tires.....

(and yes, the fronts are VERY bald)


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Amazing what the stock G900s can do though they do work better with a little more tread on them. Reckon it's about time for a new set of tires!

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These are what I'm running (225/70 15).

Yokohama Tires ? Geolandar A/T-S All Terrain On & Off Road

in 215/65R16 will fit.

You sure you got 16's?
I didn't realise 225/70/15's would fit. This is great news.

Less than 123BHP/Even less lb.ft
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