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Traded my 2012 WRX hatch in for this and am really happy with my decision. It has definitely gone above and beyond my expectations as far as looks in person, performance (both on and off pavement), the cvt transmission, and overall refinement. It's capabilities in the off pavement rough stuff and or snow have allowed me to get to some really amazing landscapes and primitive campsites, in comfort with relative ease and peace of mind. Really has been the perfect vehicle for my outdoor adventure based lifestyle and hasn't let me down yet. Check out the rest of the thread to see how my ride has progressed with more pics of it in action and the places it's taken us. Here is an updated mod list, some of my favorite shots and a video edit of it in our elements:

Hankook Dynapro ATM RF10 tires 235/65 R17
Drag DR-31 black Wheels 17" x 8" +35 offset
Subtle Solutions 1.375" Spacer Lift
Primitive Racing 32mm rear subframe spacer alignment kit
Primitive Racing Aluminum front Skid plate with oil access cutout
Fumoto Oil drain plug 108-N
SSD Front bumper Light Bar
28" Generic Cree LED bar IP68 waterproof rating
Diode Dynamics full interior LED upgrades
Diode Dynamics Cargo area flexible LED strip
Rage Powersport Stingray Low profile roof cargo basket (On for daily driving)
Thule Force Cargo Bin (Size Large, On sometimes for trips when more space needed)
Yakima Spare Tire roof rack mount (Deleted) Now Spare is stowed in modified/raised rear cargo area
Nameless Performance Axle back Exhaust
Subaru OEM Rain guards
Subaru OEM rear seat guard
Subaru OEM mud flaps

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I am not a fan of the new rims, myself. I think the stock ones looked a lot better, but to each their own :) I like the XT in white, I just wish the front end was the same as the N/A's.
 

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what are the specs on the wheels? they look SOOOO much better than stock! Wow, really like the look!
Thanks! They're Enkei M52's 18" x 8" +45 offset with the stock tires. They weigh around 22.3 lbs. Wanted to get the Enkei PF01's that are like 17.6 lbs. each, but couldn't swing the price increase.

I am not a fan of the new rims, myself. I think the stock ones looked a lot better, but to each their own :) I like the XT in white, I just wish the front end was the same as the N/A's.
Yeah I hear you. I actually really like the stock wheels too. As a machinist I can definitely appreciate the more complex machined design and the two tone color on them is pretty cool. I'm actually going to use them for my winter tires.

I really like the XT front end over the N/A's myself though. I think it just adds a much more aggressive and sporty look to the car that isn't too over the top and still fits in with the overall design and the rest of the body lines.
 

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Great ride man! Mine has the exact same color but Canadian version (CND2.0 XT limited=USDM Touring)... can't wait for mine to arrive. :)
 

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Sweet, you bought it in Napa! That's where I got my 04 XT too, back when they were still under different ownership. Were they pretty easy to deal with?
 

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I'm looking for one in the same color. The white just balances better with the black rims and bumper. How do you feel about needing the optional side moldings? (In case I order one like yours)
 

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Looks very! nice, wheels too.

For my eyes, the car looks more 'rounded' than in many of the other photos I have seen on the web. I wonder if its something to do with the colour white? I guess its just an optical illusion (or my eyes).

Interesting about the wheels. I seem to remember that the stock wheels size is 18x7 with +48 offset. Do I correctly understand then that because 18x8 is wider the offset has to be less to draw the wheel back towards the car so that the outside of the tyre doesn't rub against the wheel arch?
 

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Nice pick I test drove the 2014 xt touring and it really is a nice car and the interior is much nicer. I have to ask what is the screen inside that shows the suspension and wheels? I think the car has really nice handling and actually handles better then any other forester in stock trim imo and also has nice bottom end torque. The only thing I don't like is the cvt as a matter of fact if it came in a manual or a 5eat I would pick one up tomorrow.
 

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I'm looking for one in the same color. The white just balances better with the black rims and bumper. How do you feel about needing the optional side moldings? (In case I order one like yours)
I know you didn't ask me, but I'll chime in anyway :p I think they're a good thing to have, especially if you live in the city or suburbia. Here's a side-shot of the 2.5i I ordered with the moldings:
 

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Very nice XT you have there!
I'll buy those XT wheels from you if you decide on another setup for winter...:icon_razz:
 

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I got the exact same color XT w Eyesight and I got it from Napa too. If yours is without the Eyesight then you're the reason I had to go for the eyesight :).

I got mine from Erika at invoice. Is that what they gave you as well or better?

They say they're not able to order the side moldings and wheel arch moldings yet so am still waiting for them :(
 

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Nice rim dude, you should also get rid of the stock tire, with the 18*8 rims, there are a lot of choice!!
Yeah the stock tire's look kind of funny on there being so narrow, but I can't afford to get new tires right now so I guess I'll just have to wear the stockers out.

I got the exact same color XT w Eyesight and I got it from Napa too. If yours is without the Eyesight then you're the reason I had to go for the eyesight :).

I got mine from Erika at invoice. Is that what they gave you as well or better?

They say they're not able to order the side moldings and wheel arch moldings yet so am still waiting for them :(
Haha yeah I got the one without eyesight actually, sorry! You actually got a better deal than me though. I was impatient so ended up paying a few hundred over invoice.

I'm interested to see what the wheel arch moldings look like when they do get them. Might have to get some. I was trying to get the side window deflector things, but the dealer said they couldn't get those yet either.
 

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Here's some photos I took of the new ride on it's first camping/offroad trip. Actually took it through some pretty deep stream crossings, some snow, and steep muddy rutted hills and it did amazing (didn't get any pics of the sketchy stuff sorry).

Really impressed with it and the X-mode function though. Also I was surprised how nice the suspension felt offroad, since it feels pretty stiff and sporty on road compared to most SUV'ish vehicles I've driven. I did have some bigger snow tires on it, which I'm sure helped a bit. The thicker softer tread definitely made for a really smooth ride on the rough roads. Much better than I was expecting coming from a WRX.



























 
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