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allied armament: in or out?!?


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#1 soobadood

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 08:53 PM

:grin: hey folks, just looking at the board the past few days (after a time away from the board), and i have noticed that the last time allied posted anything for sale/under developement has been quite awhile. although i saw the 300 hp wagon, iand its cool,but is this the direction that they are going? in fact the last time i saw a post was when i bought a set of the "closeout" wheels. kick rump roast deal!! :burnout:

:dead: also, any thoughts/plans/dates for this years wcss? just curious what the word on the street is.

#2 Subarutex

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 12:55 AM

They decided that they'd rather MAKE money selling guns than lose money selling lift kits for a small market niche vehicle like the subaru.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 01:50 PM

They decided that they'd rather MAKE money selling guns than lose money selling lift kits for a small market niche vehicle like the subaru.



they should consider updating their website, or at least make a notation there. j.m.o (just my opinion). i'm not sure how they would LOOSE money selling subaru stuff(especially what the cost of raw tubing/sheet is. the kit is basicly tube sections w/ very little to no welding except on a couple of parts, versus the cost of a lift kit and that they are known by almost every suby nut. plus any design &/or r & d has WELL been paid for by now), but whatever. i have tried at least 3 times to get a set of paper instructions from them(at the prompting & belittlement of a few members for needing them) for several months for a lift kit that i got from a friends car. i just want to make sure i had everything, but no help, no response, and more important, no instructions!! i bought a set of wheels from them and asked for the instructions 3 times during that conversation, but when the wheels showed up, you guessed it, no instructions.
i've been a member here for at least 5 years under a couple of different usernames and the site/people/enthusiasim seems to have gone down. alot of the postings are very old, not updated, and it seems that the most active folks are scott in b'ham and his posse. even the "founders" have moved on to toyotas, or other 4x4's. i've even recently owned a samurai, i drive a 94 ranger 4x4 daily, and still have a suby. it is not my go-to 4x4 anymore, but it still gets lots of looks and questions from people when i drive it. i think that off-roading suby's ROCKS, but until the limitations of the SUSPENSION(putting in a 2.0 or bigger motor is pointless w/out MORE articulation)are dealt with, they will be religated to just being a mid level trail rig. for me, thats all i expect from it, nothing more. my sammy has a stock 1.3 litre and handles anything i throw its way, but it FLEXES like a mother f*cker, which is what the most basic of off-roading principals are based on, keeping ALL FOUR wheels on the terrain.
i guess like anything in life, things change, and i guess i'm longing for the days gone by. flashback to 1993. i remember when there was only one guy in seattle (maurcel,he used to work at aarons auto wrecking WAYYYY back in the day), who owned a brat that he had cut out the fenders and slapped a set of t.s.l's on it. do you remember him, eric, ken? then rob at arrons and later still at superior, started in on his hatch. he still has it, its sitting behind the shop on 3 flat, ruined new t.s.l's. oh, those were the days!! i even bought my first set of pugs from ken(damn, you lived far away).
i'm not trying to flame here, just expressing my opinion on the state of things according to my observations on this board and out there on the trails. my next rig will be a suzuki sidekick. stock they will put almost any suby(modified or not) to shame, and the aftermarket support is amazingly huge. plus, relatively new(90& up) 'kicks are a dime a dozen, so it makes them an affordable, modern, fun to wheel rig. i like to drive the underdog rig, but i just cant see doing too much of that anymore in a suby. maybey i'm just getting old, is 41 old now? i heard that 40 is the new 30, so if anyone knows, pass it on!!

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:29 PM

If it makes you feel any better. My dad is not old to me and he's going to be 68 this year.

I too remember the old talks and suck on here, though I didn't post up much at all, still in high school and not driving when I join on the original board, pre-.net days. The love is still here, just amy people have gone other ways in there lives. Its almost sad. But there are plenty of young people on here, including me at 24 who are keeping the subie ways alive. I'll be building an off roader later this year, when I get the Brat ej swap done and debugged.

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 12:03 AM

What's up man?

Never met Maurcel. I know Rob and he still hasn't been on a run with us. Seems like a fitting death to die behind the shop.

Things in life are cyclical. But they also change and morph into bigger and better things. Besides, there is always the show to go to.(News and announcements soon)

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 10:18 AM

yeah, things change. it was VERY hard to try and get rob out of his "burien bubble". god knows i tried. like pullin' freakin' teeth!! i agree, a fitting death indeed. i'll see you at the next show. i didnt make the last one though, i was in colorado. i guess the only constant IS change.

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Posted 08 April 2007 - 12:15 PM

Things definitely change, when we first started in this business people didn't want to give us a chance and we constantly got slammed by the old schoolers because we were a new company. It just seems we were a flash in the pan for the subaru market, but Albie Smith my business partner and employee still chugs on. He won't stop with the Subaru stuff and someday we will bring something back to the market.

Its amazing how large our little company has become in 2 yrs. We went from a 1000 square feet of shop and 2 employees to 8 employees and 5000 square foot of shop space and are still growing. We'll see what the future brings.




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