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Hey Fam! It has officially been a year since I joined the Subaru community with the purchase of my first Subaru which was a Sepia Bronze 2017 Forester XT with 11,500 miles. It was my unicorn and I've been so happy with it so far. Since I plan on doing A LOT with this vehicle being a soft roader/camper/hiker, I thought it was only appropriate to start a build thread! I also just made an Instagram which will consist of my adventure pics and videos but I wanted to focus on this thread first and foremost because people always have build questions and it'd be nice just to have it all in one spot complete with available links! I will continue to update this thread periodically with newly installed mods and pics as time goes on and look forward to sharing this journey with ya'll. With that being said I love this community and am so grateful to be a part of it! Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. Now let's build!

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Pics will be coming soon after I finalize the build list so stay tuned!
 

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Here's a couple teaser pics! Getting the whole interior sprayed next week with Lizard Skin ceramic coating to help with insulation and reduce acoustic noise. After that project is done it's off to the next phase which will be my custom built camping conversion with rear storage and pull out kitchen!

After the camping conversion the whole interior is getting redone because it's time to add the electronics which will be:
  • Diode Dynamics 42" front light bar
  • Diode Dynamics 30" rear light bar
  • Baja Designs rock lights x4
  • Diode Dynamics SS3 Sport fogs on side ditch mounts
  • Diode Dynamics RGBW underfoot lighting
  • Diode Dynamics 30" light bar behind grill
  • 2nd battery with digital converter
  • Custom switch panel
  • Rooftop solar panel
  • Hardwired Escort Max 360 radar
  • Front/rear dash cam
In addition to the electronics also expect to see the Prinsu Designs roof rack with 4 ridgeline handles, JDM door pillars, draw-tite hitch receiver, JDM black door levers, OLM dash mount, ADF rear window molle panels, and JDM black A/C vents. I may have forgot something since I have a lot of parts on order or just laying around waiting to be installed but for the most part the list is up to date and I will continue to keep ya'll posted. Hope everyone has a great weekend and thanks for tuning in!
 

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Nice build! Looking forward to more updates.
How did the horn install go? Plug and play? I need to swap my OE for something with authority.
 

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Thanks man!

Nice build! Looking forward to more updates.
How did the horn install go? Plug and play? I need to swap my OE for something with authority.
Thanks fam! The PIAA horn uses the same mounting brackets as the OEM horn so it's really easy and definitely worth it. This might be an unpopular opinion but after hearing the way hella horns sound I didn't think it was much different than the OEM horn. They definitely look cooler behind the grill no doubt but if you want a horn that'll really get someone's attention I'd recommended the superior bass horn. It's not a train horn but it does give off a more high end vibe than the "meep meep" from other aftermarket/OEM horns. Hope this helps. I'll be updating here more often as more parts go on before my trip so thanks for stopping by!
 

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great build! Very much looking forward to what you do with your build next.
What's your instagram?
 

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great build! Very much looking forward to what you do with your build next.
What's your instagram?
Thanks so much! Trying to get as much as done as possible before my big trip out West this year so we'll see how it goes! My Instagram is Woodsy_FXT. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you guys and thanks again for tuning in!
 

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Mod Update! Sometimes mistakes turn into blessings. I accidently spilled a gallon of washer fluid behind my drivers seat :poop: I remember seeing a product called LizardSkin on one of my favorite YouTube channels SolidWoodWorkz and wanted to give it a try since I planned on gutting the whole interior out so I could clean up the excess washer fluid that pooled underneath my driver seat. In turn this was probably the best thing I'm ever going to do to this car and I just can't get over it. My car went from clunky and noisy to super sturdy and quite! It makes me feel like I'm in my old BMW and it's wonderful. I ordered 2 buckets of just the ceramic insulation because I wasn't sure if I was going to have enough but in hindsight I would have ordered the kit with both the specific sound control bucket and the ceramic insulation bucket because I still have an unopened bucket of ceramic insulation left. No worries though because I plan on using that leftover bucket on the underside of the vehicle and the hood. So props to LizardSkin for creating such an amazing product. I can't recommend it enough!

Next project will be my custom camping conversion followed by the Prinsu roof rack and all my electronics such as light bars, rock lights, extra battery, cerwin vega sound system, extra battery, custom switch panel, etc. Thanks for those tuning in and I look forward to the next update!
 

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Wow, that is quite the gut job!

Had not heard of Lizard Skin, reading up on that now.
 

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Wow, that is quite the gut job!

Had not heard of Lizard Skin, reading up on that now.
It really was! The whole process took a few days because you have to wait between drying times but it was so worth it. The audible difference in my car is something else and I can only imagine how much better it would be if I went with the sound control spray + insulation instead of just the insulation spray. Cannot recommend it enough! I also forgot to mention in that post that we filled the hollow portions of the frame with expanding foam while we were in there which helped too. Thanks for tuning in man looking forward to updating this thread next with my custom camping conversion!
 
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