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#1 exercion

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:47 PM

Not sure if this is the right forum to ask, but I am wondering about how the newer Outbacks do offroad? I have an elderly GL wagon which has the high/low range and a 5 speed, and it does very well crawling around the backcountry. I'd love to get a newer car, but am curious how the AWD models compare to the 4wds, also do they "crawl" well? Here in NV the trails can be tight and rocky, as well as steep, so being able to control one's speed through gearing helps. I know they have more power (what doesn't LOL) but is it available down in the lower RPMs?

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:00 PM

Not sure what you consider "new", but my 98 Outback does ok off road. Wish like all that it had a Low Range for the technical and or steep stuff but $$$ won't allow it yet, and I will NOT give up my 3rd pedal for the crawlability. Ground clearance is an issue, but a lift alleviates that issue. They are wider and cannot turn that tight so........ Would I give it up for something older, no as I like the comfort and space but, then again I do have older for the more "fun" runs. If you're going to be playing on back roads and mild stuff the AWD is fine but the light weight and Low Range make all the difference in the good stuff.
If you don't mind 2 pedals I'd say keep the older and grab a newer for fun and go from there, I have NOT tried an autocrapic but hear there are many things to do to them to make them great wheelers and they can crawl from what I've gathered. They are a lot bigger though so beware of that and they do have horrid overhangs (I still hit in some places in the back)

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:28 PM

The topic has been discussed and debated a lot. If you do a search in the forums you should see a lot of these opinions. The general consensus seems to be that the newer subarus are best for on road driving through rain/snow etc. with the AWD advantage. The old 4x4s are best for real off road conditions. That being said, there are plenty of modifications available for the newer generations to make them very trail worthy. I am in the process of lifting my Impreza for such reasons. There are some very formidable rigs out there that are of the newer generation. But for cheap and reliable wheeling - I'd go with the old 4x4s any day - Cheaper, simpler, easier to lift, dual range 4WD - they are tough to beat. Getting harder to find though.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:01 PM

my 03 outback 2.5" lift, bfg all terrain , 4eat , lsd in rear

I've wheeled the piss out of it ...

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I also have a gl hatch which will run circles around it..

I would get a 90's outback and lift it and swap an 5spd dual range in it.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:04 PM

Everyone says the new ones you need the automatic to crawl hills, the torque converter acts similar to low range at low rpm climbs.

I had a 4eat turbo, and it would crawl, the 5spd, not even close to the same.

Your newer era engine is much better at being power producing responsive, so it can compensate some, but nothing like the old D/R with hi and lo.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:36 PM

D/R front and rear axles seperate so you need 2 wheels to spin to get stuck,

AWD has a center diff so Just one wheel spin to get stuck

D/R has the lowest gear

Ive had both with 5 speed , no knowlege with auto

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:00 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate it. I guess I'll stick with what I have. It's interesting hearing about the newer cars, but since I will not own an auto transmission again, it sounds like for what I need to do, my elderly 88 wagon is it.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:01 PM

With the auto, you can add a switch to lock the center clutch packs. This pretty much makes it true 4wd, and doesn't burn out the clutch packs if you're slipping a lot.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:24 PM

With the auto, you can add a switch to lock the center clutch packs. This pretty much makes it true 4wd, and doesn't burn out the clutch packs if you're slipping a lot.


Do tell... Sounds like a worthwhile addition to my 2000 Outback. How do you do it?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:34 PM

Do tell... Sounds like a worthwhile addition to my 2000 Outback. How do you do it?


I'll link you to the post on rs25.com, because it's a great writeup.
http://www.rs25.com/...emada-lite.html

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 04:41 AM

in europe we have legacy with push button 4wd and low range the gear ratio is similar to 5sped d/r from ea82 and impreza with 1.6 liter engine has 5speed awd low range transmition that gear ratio is similar to ea82 d/r




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