GreenEggsAndCam

SH Forester offroad questions

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Hey team,

Looking at selling my Legacy this year and moving on to an SH Fozzy, with the intention of doing an overland sort of build (mild lift, A/T tyres, roof tent etc.) to get out and about and do some exploring and a few trails.

I've recently moved to Auckland and due to having to deal with traffic now I'll be leaning towards getting an automatic XS, purely for the comfort factor. 

Basically what I want to know is, has anyone with experience taking an N/A Forester offroad noticed a difference in capability compared to an XT? Outright speed isn't as much of an issue as I'll be getting a bike as well for when I need to scratch that itch, more concerned about getting places. 

It'll be my first dive into the Forester world as well, is there anything in particular to look at when buying other than the standard Subie things?

 

Cheeers for any help!!

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3 hours ago, GreenEggsAndCam said:

Hey team,

Looking at selling my Legacy this year and moving on to an SH Fozzy, with the intention of doing an overland sort of build (mild lift, A/T tyres, roof tent etc.) to get out and about and do some exploring and a few trails.

I've recently moved to Auckland and due to having to deal with traffic now I'll be leaning towards getting an automatic XS, purely for the comfort factor. 

Basically what I want to know is, has anyone with experience taking an N/A Forester offroad noticed a difference in capability compared to an XT? Outright speed isn't as much of an issue as I'll be getting a bike as well for when I need to scratch that itch, more concerned about getting places. 

It'll be my first dive into the Forester world as well, is there anything in particular to look at when buying other than the standard Subie things?

 

Cheeers for any help!!

 

Hey mate I have an old 99 SF forester that I do a bit of off-roading in mines an NA Manual, I chose the manual as it had the hi/lo ratio

 

Id have to say its VERY impressive off road only thing that limits mine is its not lifted at all so ground clearance is sometimes an issue

 

Occasionally I find a bit more power would be great especially on some steep muddy/rocky slopes

 

In some ways an auto might actually be better off road as well as the hi/lo range isn't actually very low... 

 

if your going for an auto SH series i would probably get the XT just for that extra power..

 

Hope this helps

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I was wondering about the hi/lo box, was looking at the base model SH because of it but coming out of a Spec B legacy I don't want to lose the creature comforts I've gotten used to... It's the classic toss up between getting something cheaper to thrash the living s*** out of or something that's actually presentable and able to do longer trips comfortably! As it'll be my only car I'm leaning towards the latter though. 

 Now you say that, there's a VERY nice XT that's just popped up on TM, maybe it's a sign...

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Get an Outback XT and lift it like Gotasuby’s one, gives you the nicer facelift Legacy interior with some form of offroad ability.

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On 11/01/2020 at 1:22 PM, Andy_Mac said:

Get an Outback XT and lift it like Gotasuby’s one, gives you the nicer facelift Legacy interior with some form of offroad ability.

Much as I love the Legacy platform - I still love my Spec B to bits - they're all I've owned for the past 6 years and I feel like it's time to change things up a little

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