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#1 starsea

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 08:24 PM

Hi, I've been driving Suzuki Sidekick 4X4s since 93 (93 & 97). Both were totaled. Wanted something with better gas milage and bought a 2003 Outback Wagon. I assume I can take it off the road for some more then mild but not quite wild adventure. Just how far can I go with a stock setup? Water depth, curb hopping, deep sand and shallow mud.

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 08:25 PM

Depends on how much plastic cladding you wanna break off.

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 08:54 PM

The plastic is already scratched up and looks like it has been scraped a few times so that isn't a real big thing to loose sleep over.

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 09:01 PM

Awesome, then your car can become pretty capable. There's a guy by the name Soobyclimbs on here who has a very well equiped outback wagon. There are a couple ways to increase your ground clearance, and even a guy whos running swampers on his outback.

Take a look around, feel free to use the search or just browse a few pages of this forum. There is alot to be learned.

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 09:12 PM

Yes a lot to learn, like having to put a fuse in a hole to switch to rear wheel drive only when using a doughnut. Glad an owners manual came with it. I've seen a lot of interesting stuff here so far. Lifting looks easier then the Suzuki. With it I just use a taller fatter tire. http://www.1010tires...eCalculator.asp showed me just how big I could go. And how much it would raise it.

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 10:07 PM

The fuse if Front wheel Drive, not rear.

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 10:29 PM

I'm the goofball thats put swampers on mine.

With the independent suspension the first thing thats gonna drag is either going to be the rear differential or the oil pan. So do something about that first. And yeah, I've cracked/banged/torn a lot of my plastic up. I made a huge crack just yesterday jacking the car up and not putting it in a designated jack point. So be careful or be ready to lose it.

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 12:09 AM

swampers, beefy skid plates and a push bar, maybe some custom rockers.

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 08:22 PM

and even a guy whos running swampers on his outback.


that's BruceyWV...good guy...

yeah, if you want stock clearance, i don't think that the 00-04 outbacks were the way to go. 96-99 or 05-06 have the mad clearance.

but yeah, you should be able to up the tire size which will give you more adventurous tire option, and maybe get some king springs to give you that extra 1.5" that everyone needs.



edit: oh, i see brucey already claimed the swampers.

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 08:25 PM

Yes a lot to learn, like having to put a fuse in a hole to switch to rear wheel drive only when using a doughnut. Glad an owners manual came with it. I've seen a lot of interesting stuff here so far. Lifting looks easier the the Suzuki. With it I just use a taller fatter tire. http://www.1010tires...eCalculator.asp showed me just how big I could go. And how much it would raise it.


THATS A GREAT SITE

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Posted 30 June 2006 - 08:47 PM

that's BruceyWV...good guy...
yeah, if you want stock clearance, i don't think that the 00-04 outbacks were the way to go. 96-99 or 05-06 have the mad clearance.


Doesn't the 00-04 OBW have 7.3 inch clearance?

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Posted 30 June 2006 - 11:35 PM

the 99 and before Outbacks had 7.3 inches of ground clearence
00-04 Had 7.3
05+ Has 8.4, and 8.7 for the turbo models.




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