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Banjor's California Do-Everything Forester XT SJ
Forester XT Premium
Ice Metallic Silver
Purchased April 2017.
Hitch and roof rack installed fall 2017.
Exterior accessories installed 2017/2018.
Audio upgraded in spring 2019.
Full LED headlights and JDM bumper LEDs summer 2019.
Suspension and brake upgrades summer 2019.
Skid plates, bumper guard, rock sliders, and winch summer 2019.
2017 Subaru Forester XT Premium (Ice Metallic Silver). This is my 3rd Subaru, after a 2008 Outback base and a 1981 DL lifted wagon. I want my XT to do everything: drive like a sports car, carry things like a hauler, and take me on off-road wilderness adventures. To that end, I've done everything I can to improve the suspension, handling, brakes, cargo, protection, recovery, and interior comfort. The one thing I am not touching yet is the engine/emissions, since I don't want any warranty difficulties on the engine/drivetrain.


=== OEM/JDM Parts ===:
STI 19mm rear sway bar
New front struts installed with 1" lift springs
JDM engine cover
STI oil filler cap

=== Suspension ===:
STI flexible strut tower brace
STI flexible draw stiffeners front and rear
STI flexible support sub frame
Mann Engineering 1" lift springs
Mann Engineering suspension bushings
SuperPro sway bar mount braces
SuperPro heavy-duty sway bar end links

=== Brakes ===:
DBA T3 Club Spec slotted front rotors
Hawk HPS 5.0 brake pads
Mann Engineering stainless steel brake lines
1320 Performance brake master cylinder brace

=== Electrical ===:
Optima yellow top advanced gel battery
Priority Start heavy duty automatic battery cut-off

=== Engine ===:
Breeze turbo clamps ("The Danoz Fix")
=== JDM Parts ===:
All-black upper trim (JDM tS version)
Rear seat low-profile headrests (JDM)
Subaru JDM seat covers
DAMD SS-362RX leather steering wheel w/ red stitching
Carbon-look shift console cover
Leather multifuction display hood w/black stitching

=== OEM Parts ===:
STI pedal covers + matching footrest
STI shift knob
Autodimming mirror with compass and homelink

=== Other Parts ===: 3D all-weather floor liners
Chisky automatic window closer (from
Anderson Fabrication cargo window MOLLE rack (driver side)
3D Maxpider Soltect custom fit window sun shades
3-Section Trunk Organizer
=== Protection and Recovery ===:
LP Aventure big bumper guard
LP Aventure front skid plate
LP Aventure 3/16" diff protector
Primitive Racing mid-armor transmission skid plate
Primitive Racing under-door rock sliders
Rally Armor mudflaps
Primitive winch mount support (replaces front bumper beam)
WARN AXON 55-S 5500 pound winch w/ synthetic line

=== Cargo ===:
Curt 2" Class 3 trailer hitch (13144)
Apex low-profile steel roof cargo basket
RoofBag 15cu foot waterproof roof bag
Wilco Hitchgate Solo Hi-Lift jack and fuel can carrier

=== JDM Parts ===:
All-black tS-style front grille
JDM carbon-fiber side-mirrors with LED turn signal
Matte silver tS fog-light surrounds
tS-style red bumper pinstripe
Subaru JDM "Sport" 400/500Hz horns

=== OEM Parts ===:
Side window air deflectors
Moonroof air deflector (works great!)
Hood bug deflector (works OK)
Wheel arch molding (OEM)
Heated autodimming side mirrors with approach light
Subaru aero roof rack crossbars
=== OEM Audio+ 500Q System ===:
OEM Audio+ trunk-mounted subwoofer
OEM Audio+ 360W DSP amplifier (under passenger seat)
OEM Audio+ 1" silk dome tweeters in dash
OEM Audio+ Reference full-range single speakers front doors
OEM Audio+ Reference 2-way coaxial speakers rear doors
=== Sound Isolation ===:
80 mil sound deadener (mix of Vibro Solutions and Dynamat Xtreme)
1/4" closed-cell foam on door panels, rear gate, and cargo trim
BoomMat rear speaker enclosures
=== OEM/JDM ===:
Full LED headlamps from Touring model
JDM vertical bumper LEDs
Morimoto XB yellow LED fog lights
=== Other ===:
LED interior lights (Diode Dynamics Stage 2)
Rear reflector LED brake/sequential turn signal (SubiSpeed)
High-output reverse LEDs (
Mann Engineering cat-back exhaust
Wheel and Tire
Method MR501 Rally 17x7" wheels
Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S 235/60-17 tires (full-size spare on hitch)
Wilco Hitchgate Solo swinging hitch mounted spare tire carrier
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Do you have any photos of what your methods look like? I just got mine and hate them on stock 17 tires.