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Hey all, I have been reading the forums for the past ages for advice and guidance in purchasing and running my 07 XT forester. so firstly, thank you all!

The starting point
The XT is maunal and has had the ECU remapped by the previous owner, as well as the gearbox from a diesel fitted to deal with the extra power and torque.

aside from that she is standard, still awesome, but standard.

Now - the plan:cool:

I want to take it into the bush. I do not plan to tackle the really hairy stuff and I will be going most places with a mate who drives a Nissan Navara with all the off road goodies. So for the really technical stuff we will most likely park up the forester and take his truck. What I want though is something that can deal with most off road tracks. Most of the off road stuff will be high speed dirt roads (outback tracks).

Mods

I'm starting with some AT tyres. I am going to grab some 16 inch steal rims (OEM) and some Geolander AT tyres (215,65,16 - I think). The 17s will stay at home all snuggled up in the shed to save the ATs when not out bush. I'm looking at $500 for 5 steal rims and then about $1100 for the 5 tyres.

Next is a bash plate. I have been quoted about $350 for that. Though I am thinking of making my own.

Next some roof racks and a basket for the swag, fire wood and other essentials (already got the 12v fridge in the boot for the beer!)

Finally, I am wanting an LSD centre diff. This is where i might need some guidance. From my reading on the topic my car does not have any sort of LSD in the middle or rear. But then i spoke to a guy from the subaru wreckers here in Adelaide and he thought I would have in the middle and the rear (viscous LSD). Can anyone provide me with a solid answer on this. Or am i going to have to jack the beast up and spin the wheels. and if i have to do this, how do i check the centre one. Bit hard to lift all 4 off the ground.

If i do look to swap the centre diff, I am looking at the phantom grip one. any feedback?

Finally, maybe a bit of a lift. but this will be further down the track.

I am really looking for some advice and feedback here. I am totally open to suggestions and critiques. Give me a lancer and I know all the tricks and tips but i'm a bit lost when it comes to the forester as yet. but i'm learning!
 

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I know here in the states, the XT's got rear LSD's, though they aren't really great for off road stuff (for all I care, it's an open diff IMO). Do you have dual range on that manual?
 

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Nope, its just got the high range. would be nice to have the low range as well but alas, we can not have everything.

This is something that is tripping me up with the diffs, all the different XTs in different countries seem to be different. Though the feedback that the standard ones are not great for off-roading leads me to think maybe the phantom grip one might be a good alternative anyway. It needs its 6 month check up soon, i might just ask them there, get the definitive answer on my XT.

Also, I may be being dumb here, but why have a LSD in the back but not in the middle? I can see more control during a slide, but in my experience the forester will understeer first unless deliberately provoked into oversteer?
 

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Hey Doug - perhaps ask your questions also at offroadsubarus.com; it's Aussie based and lots of play with diffs & gearboxes.
 
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