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Well, I have finally started doing some modifications, which means I get to start a journal!

Thank you for looking and following along. Feel free to ask any questions!

First things done when I purchased were:

Iowa State front license plate


Tinted front windows and moonroof


Took a couple months, but now I have started making some light off-roading mods:

Smittybilt D-ring recovery point, only in place when needed.


Daystar rubber D-ring isolator, to prevent damage to paint.


Rokblokz mudflaps with grey stickers



I also have some 225/55R18 Yokohoma Geolandar A-T/S tires on the way, along with a full-size spare tire. I will post pictures once they are mounted, hopefully in a few days.

Edit: New tires installed and full size-spare added to replace the donut. Update here!





Edit: Offroading update added here.



Edit: Hail damage on hood and roof. Update found here.



Edit: Primitive Racing triple armor kit installed here!



Edit: Offroading - Round 2: Here!



Edit: OKSubies Talimena Cruise: Here!


Edit: Offroading - round 3: Here!


Edit: Hail damage, again: Here!


Rally Innovations bar and RamboWill LED bar installed Here!


Edit: Offroading - round 4: Here!


Edit: Offroading - round 5: Here!


Edit: Lift kit and new wheels and tires installed Here!



Edit: Sundog Trails Offroading - June 2016 Here!


Edit: Sundog Trails Offroading - March 2017 Here!
 

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Thanks!

I waited until now because I had only done the front plate and window tint until today. :biggrin:

Also worth noting I got a 3" x 30' Smittybilt recovery strap (30,000 lb capacity) and a portable air compressor for my full-size spare tire.
 

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Looks really nice...except the Iowa State tag (sorry I'm a KU fan). Good basketball game last night :)
 

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Nice tints. What percent tints did you go with? They look like they match the factory tints on the rear.
 

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Looks really nice...except the Iowa State tag (sorry I'm a KU fan). Good basketball game last night :)
Thanks! Sadly I couldn't watch the game last night as I don't have ESPN U, but it sounded fairly competitive. We have been struggling lately after our 14-0 start. Hopefully we get to have a rematch in primetime during march madness!

Nice tints. What percent tints did you go with? They look like they match the factory tints on the rear.
I am not exactly sure what the tint % is. I just went to a local shop (Alta Mere in OKC) and asked them to match the factory tint. I believe it might be as low as 17%, but some others have said 30% is a good match, so I don't know exactly.
 

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I am not exactly sure what the tint % is. I just went to a local shop (Alta Mere in OKC) and asked them to match the factory tint. I believe it might be as low as 17%, but some others have said 30% is a good match, so I don't know exactly.
Thanks for the info. Guess I'll have to skip this mod :icon_frown: Tints on front windows are illegal in NJ. I've gotten away with 50% tints but did that on my cars that didn't come with factory tints.

Anyway, they look great and match the tints on the rear.
 

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Nice start man! So did you confirm that a full size spare will fit?
It will fit, use of the storage compartment/tray may be compromised. I do not have the tires yet, but I am hoping that by partially deflating the spare will allow me to still use the tray while keeping the spare under the floor.

I will post updates with details on all that when I get the tires... possibly tomorrow, maybe not until next week.
 

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Tires!

Got my new tires installed today.

Geolandar A/T-S in 225/55/R18, which is the stock XT size. I went with the stock size and stayed with the stock rims because I like how they look. Also wanted to save some money where I could.

Also purchased a 225/60/R17 tire and a 17" rim to have a full-size spare.

Wanted an AT tire for my off-road adventures along with my daily commute to the oilfields. When it gets wet and muddy, these tires will fair much better than the highway tires I had stock. The old tires also made me slightly uncomfortable in the rain, even got squirmy braking on the highway because of the lack of grip.

I will update again after I get some more time on the tires and wash it up later this week.


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Old vs. New

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Spare comparison (donut vs full-size)

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Partially deflated my spare tire to get it to fit in the rear compartment.

Replaced the donut spare with a 225/60/R17 Yokohoma Geolandar A/T-S.

I used this rim: Wheel Details - Discount Tire

Here is the fitment in the spare tire compartment.

I packed an air compressor, tow strap (3"x30', 30k pound rating), original jack, D-Ring/clevis on the left. There is also a bag with ratchet straps in it (Subaru bag at top)

I had to deflate the spare tire to get the back floor to fit level. This is why I carry the portable air compressor.

Note: The foam tray that was on top of the donut does not fit.


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Rear floor fits flat

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Test fitting the spare tire on the


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Stock tire size/rim on left, spare tire installed on car on right. Very close in size, which is perfect!

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What portable air compressor you get? And how you like it? I had a cheap one, and it wasn't even worth the amount I paid for it.
Amazon.com: Viair 00073 70P Heavy Duty Portable Compressor: Automotive

Viair Heavy Duty. I have only tested it out, but it seems to work well. Fairly quiet for its compact size.

Rated up to 100 psi, so it should work well. :icon_biggrin:

Wow, so much better with a full size spare. Thanks for posting the details with pics. I gotta add this to my to-do list.
No problem. I am glad it fit... was starting to worry it would not after sticking it in without deflating.

After deflating the tire quite a bit, it fit perfectly. Even got the screw in to secure it to the floor.
 

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