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I have been a member on here for a few years and have yet to officially document my build on here..my apologies. Here is a complete list of my modifications thus far. A full list is available on my website here: FozRoamer Mods list

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Offroad rear bumper fabrication work by Leadfoot Offroad. Designed in collaboration with myself and Leadfoot Offroad.

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Woohoo finally! Love seeing Foresters used for adventure. We have to hit the desert sometime!
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By the way, have you tried recovering from the rear tow point? I've read that the rear point is a bit weak and that a tow hitch is advisable, but if the rear point is okay for recovery that could save me some money and time.
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Such a cool build! Inspiring me to add a few things to mine. You sure that tire size is correct though? That would be like a 30.5" diameter and over 10" wide tire.
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Very nice, ready for the Apocolypse!
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Nice! Nearly went to Death Valley last month, but couldn't get enough time off.

How do you like the truck tent? I've got the older straight-sided Cabelas truck/suv tent but it won't last forever.

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That's an epic setup you have there. I think these rally-expedition inspired subies could usher-in a new era of Forester mods.

I see you are carrying a hi-lift jack. I have considered getting one, but I wasn't sure if it would be able to effectively reach the jack points. Certainly the front and rear bumpers can't be used to lift with a hi-lift jack. How are you using it?

Are you carrying a full-sized spare? I assume it is kept inside the subie-beast?
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Such a cool build! Inspiring me to add a few things to mine. You sure that tire size is correct though? That would be like a 30.5" diameter and over 10" wide tire.
oops! fixed..thanks @SuBooneru
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Nice! Nearly went to Death Valley last month, but couldn't get enough time off.

How do you like the truck tent? I've got the older straight-sided Cabelas truck/suv tent but it won't last forever.
It has worked for us for a few years but I am eventually going to upgrade to an offroad trailer/teardrop soon. The good thing about the tent is that I can stand up in it (Im 6'2) and the rainfly has really good coverage. A lot of these larger casual camper style tents have horrible rainflys. I come from a backpacking background so I have been pretty impressed by the quality so far.
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That's an epic setup you have there. I think these rally-expedition inspired subies could usher-in a new era of Forester mods.

I see you are carrying a hi-lift jack. I have considered getting one, but I wasn't sure if it would be able to effectively reach the jack points. Certainly the front and rear bumpers can't be used to lift with a hi-lift jack. How are you using it?

Are you carrying a full-sized spare? I assume it is kept inside the subie-beast?
Yeah I agree and the official coined term is "overlanding". The basis behind overlanding is any kind of long distance travel plus modifications that allow you to camp and subsist off grid for extended periods of time. This is becoming a very popular lifestyle I believe really originating first in Australia.

Edit: Ahh sorry--Yes I am carrying a full sized spare. It fits in the rear cargo area where the original spare mini tire fit. You just have to flip over the washer and toss the plastic divider thing..

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By the way, have you tried recovering from the rear tow point? I've read that the rear point is a bit weak and that a tow hitch is advisable, but if the rear point is okay for recovery that could save me some money and time.
Its fine, I have used it many times.

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