Depending on the driver, the Forester can perform very well in soft sand. Reduce tire pressure to about 22psi. Get a portable air pump to air the tires back up to street pressure before driving on pavement. Also have your own appropriate safe recovery gear (at a minimum: shovel, snatch strap, d-shackles, tree saver/weight distributing strap).How does it do in soft sand. Do you reduce the tire pressure?
Why would one need more leverage on a shifter?I installed a Torque Solution Billet 3" Shifter Extension. I love it, raises the shifter up to perfect level with where my arm is on the armrest. Also makes shifting feel a lot more positive since you know have more leverage on the shifter.
Happens in Florida as well.If you live in the pacific northwest and have a car that is outdoors 24/7, you may be familiar with this one: Annual moss-scrub down