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Hey guys, I'm new to the Subi community and just recently bought an 05 Forester. She's bone stock and has 138k miles. Wanting to build a rally-sport type vehicle for overlanding/trail running. What would y'all recommend parts wise for this car. Also where the heck can I find Amber fog lights and brush guards? I'm wanting to build something similar to a combination of these to vehicles.
Wheel Automotive parking light Tire Automotive side marker light Vehicle
Wheel Automotive parking light Automotive side marker light Tire Car

^ 2 builds I'm basing from
Wheel Tire Automotive side marker light Automotive parking light Car

^ my Forester aka Suzie
 

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G'day & Welcome @Suzi.the.Subi-05

Skid plate; tires and yes 21565R16 is a good fit - I recently installed Geolander GO15 and impressed so far (I had BFG ATs for many years). Minimum recovery gear to start, 2 x rated D shackles, snatch strap, pump (ViAir is great); fist aid kit.
Roof cargo storage or root top tent.
 

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Ok will look into all of that. Thank you!! I'm trying to budget my build so as of rn I'm trying to find some cheaper parts that are still work the quality.
 

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ATF cooler was my first mod from stock.
Tires from stock 60 profile to 65 in Geolandar G015 was second.
Am now working on an aluminum skid plate. DIY sump guard / bash plate
Welcome!
For the ATF cooler, do you still use the one on the radiator, or is this a standalone one? Also what cooler did you use?

Ok will look into all of that. Thank you!! I'm trying to budget my build so as of rn I'm trying to find some cheaper parts that are still work the quality.
If you want to get a little crazy with the bumper, Ford ranger bumpers from 96 and up fit, you might need to fabricate the brackets though.
 
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I plumbed in a standalone 6 pass tube cooler purchased ffom CarQuest at ~$40, double-clamping the hose ends. Hose for ATF is getting expensive. Go to a NAPA store for it, as a suggestion.
 
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