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I've just bought myself a 2006 Forester 2.0L tiptronic and installed a JVC KW-M750BT head unit into it. The head unit comes with wiring to connect to oem steering wheel controls and was wondering if anyone knows if I could link it into the steering wheel controls that are meant for the gearbox?
My great end plan would be to wire it in a way that when the gear lever is in drive and the buttons don't normally do anything that they would control audio volume but then when put into tiptronic it only works for gears.
I'm half figuring I could do this via a normally closed relay, there must be a sense wire to know when it's put into tiptronic, I had a bit of a delve around but could only find the up gear/down gear wires.
Anyway, any thoughts on if it's possible, if it's been done before, how it should be wired, if I explained it badly, or if I'm on my own and I just report back when I f*** it up/make it would be great!
I live in Nelson, take a tandem trailer with a 6.2m aluminium hardtop boat (total about 2 tonnes) to Havelock perhaps 5 times / year (it's 80km of winding, hilly road). I swap cars with my brother and use his 3.6l Commodore VE for boat towing (we share a family bach and boat) as my 1995 Legacy 250T would not have been up to the job. However my Legacy got a death sentence at the WOF last week (RIP ) so I'm in the market for a replacement. It would make sense to get a car that can tow the boat.
I would like to get a 4th Gen Outback 3.0R (2004 - 2007 or so) and have spent some time trying to work out if it would be up the task of towing 2 tonnes. I've found plenty of information in this forum (thanks!) and elsewhere on towing with 3.0 Outbacks, but nothing definitive.
- Tow rating for this car would be 1800kg braked (750kg unbraked).
- Some suggest an additional trans oil cooler would be needed (some suggest it would be difficult to fit).
I've read a few lists of good towing vehicles on horse float / boating sites and nobody has mentioned any Subaru for towing, not even once. They usually mention the standard big SUVs and also Falcon/Commodore etc. My gutfeel is that 2 tonnes is a little too much for an Outback based on kerb weight etc and the transmission / drivetrain would be worked a bit harder than it should be.
So what does everyone think? My guess is if I said Hilux / Commodore everyone would say "yes", if I said 2.5 Legacy everyone would say "no' but if I said 3.0 Outback it's probably in that slightly worrying ground in between.
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