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Overland Build Thread

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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Titus Canyon Death Valley, CA

Hanaupah Canton Offroad Trail Death Valley, CA

Mt Whitney Subaru Forester

List of Modifications:

Leadfoot Offroad Custom rear offroad bumper
Leadfoot Offroad Custom Front Bumper and Winch Mount
Scout Equipment Overland Kitchen


Underbody Protection

Rally Innovations Aluminum Main Skid Plate
Primitive 4EAT auto-trans aluminum skid plate


Suspension and Lift

Anderson Design and Fabrication 4″ lift
King Springs front and rear (Standard Height) (Adds .5″ lift)
KYB Excel-G/GR-2 Struts

Tires/Wheels
BF Goodrich T/A KO2 235/70r16
Sparco Terra 16″ Wheels in Grey (+35 Offset)
Unique 83 Matte Black Wheel (Spare) with Painted Finish (16×6.5″/5x100mm)
ISC Wheel Spacers 25MM

Auxillary Lights
GG Lighting 30″ G3d LED lightbar
GG Lighting Amber G3D LED Pods (front-two)
GG Lighting G3D Flush Mount LED Pods (rear-two)
LeadFoot Pillar Lights Mount (Two)

Engine and Performance
MagnaFlow Single Exhaust Conversion
Mishimoto Radiator (All Aluminum)
Hayden Automotive Transmission Cooler 677 (Plate and Fin)

Camp
ARB Fridge Freezer- 50 Quart
ARB Insulated Cavas Bag cover for 50q Fridge
ARB Fridge Freezer Tie Down System
Oztent Rv-5 Tent
OzTent Deluxe Peaked Side Panels
OzTent Deluxe Front Panel
Rhino-Rack Sunseeker Awning
Rhino-Rack Side Wall Awning
Mr. Heater Little Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater
REI Comfort Cots
Therm-A-Rest Neo Air Dream Mattress
Sierra Designs DriDown Backcountry Bed 800-Fill 3 Season Sleeping Bag
Cleanwaste GO anywhere Complete Toilet System
Partner Steel 16″ Dual Burner Stove
LPS Mountaineering Leisure Chair
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Table (28″ x 28″) (Two)
Cleanwaste GO anywhere Complete Toilet System
Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace Large
Nemo Equipment HelioPressure Shower – Capacity 2.9 gal/11L
Superbright LED Lanterns
FrontRunner Plastic Water Jerry Can w/ Tap

Recovery
Factor55 ProLink
Smittybuilt 98495 XRC Synthetic Rope Winch – 9500lb
Factor 55 Fairlead 1.0
Factor 55 Hitchlink 2.0
JeepNeeds D-Ring Adapter for Hi Lift Jack
JeepNeeds SAM for Hi Lift Jack
Hi-Lift Jack 48″ Hi-Lift Black Cast and Steel Jack
Hi-Lift Jack LM-100 Lift-Mate
Hi-Lift Jack ORB Off-Road Base
Hi-Lift Jack HK-B Black Handle-Keeper
Hi-Lift Jack TM-700 1″-2″ Adjustable Tube Mount
TRED4x4 1100 Off-Road Recovery Device – (42″) Red
Leadfoot Offroad Custom TREDs 1100 Mount for Rear Tire
Tred 1100 mounting kit (Two)
Smittybilt CC220 2″ x 20′ Recovery Strap – 20,000 lb Capacity
Black Rat 4.7 Ton D-Ring Shackels – Red (2 Front Bumper 2 Rear Bumper)
Camco Wheel Chock – Pack of 2
Daystar Red D-Ring Islolator
Teraflex Air Deflator
TEKTON Digital Tire Gauge, 100 PSI
Harbor Freight recovery shovel
Wavian Authentic NATO Jerry Fuel Can
Blue Ridge Overland Gear Tool Bag


Power (Solar, Battery, Etc.)
National Luna Portable Power Pack
VmaxTanks AGM Deep Cycle Battery 60ah (Auxiliary Battery)
Renogy 100w Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase
Schumacher 1200 Peak Amp Instant Portable Power Source
ALLPOWERS 18V 14W Solar Panel Charger
Optima Batteries 8040-218 D35 YellowTop Dual Purpose Battery
RoadPro 12V 12′ Extension Cord


Communications and Audio
Cobra 75WXST 40-Channel CB Radio
Firestick 3ft Firefly CB Antenna
Firestick Adjustable CB Hood Mount
Firestick SS-3H Heavy Duty Stainless Antenna Spring
Kenwood DDX9702S Stereo Receiver
Esky EC170-08 Rear Backup Camera

Cargo
Leadfoot Offroad Custom Roof Rack System
Yakima Skybox 16 Carbonite Cargo Box
Yakima FrontLoader Rooftop Bike Rack
Trasharoo Spare Tire Bag (Green)
Plano 68 Quart Tote
TooluxeŽ 36-Inch x 60-Inch Cargo Net with 16 Adjustable Hooks | Stretches to 60-Inch x 90-Inch

Misc Modifications
WeatherTech Trim-to-Fit AVM Front and Rear Universal Mats (Tan)
Genuine 2009-2012 Subaru Forester Sport Mesh Grille

Maps and Informative Reading Material
California Road and Recreation Atlas
Washington Road and Recreation Atlas
Oregon Road and Recreation Atlas
California Desert Byways: 68 of California’s Best Backcountry Drives
California Coastal Byways


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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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