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View Poll Results: Top Scoob 033 ... Round One !!!
Vegablade 1 10.00%
PlasticFoamMan 3 30.00%
Blue Fox 2 20.00%
Big_Country 0 0%
E.J. 0 0%
i5racer 0 0%
mod maniac 0 0%
wagoneggy 2 20.00%
subaru0276 2 20.00%
JavaBot 0 0%
machine1 0 0%
Eriksport 0 0%
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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Join Date: Jan 2002
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Location: Puget Sound
76 C30 Dually

Default Top Scoob 033, We Don't Need No Sway Bars

It's time for Top Scoob to hit the trails, rock piles, and mud pits! from Old School, Hatch Patrol, and New Age, we're looking for only the most hardcore lifted Subarus out there. If your car isn't worried about getting a little dented or dirty then step off the road and enter Top Scoob 033, We Don't Need No Sway Bars!

Read the rules below, compose and post your entry below, and good luck as we begin the journey to find out which Scoob has truly crossed the Rubicon and conquered Gaul...damn getting my terminology messed up...but you know what I mean!


Here's everything you need to know to get you and your Subaru on the road to becoming the next Top Scoob.

It’s easy to enter your car, all you need is a Subaru, a camera, a place to host pictures, a user account here on NASIOC.com, and the ability to type a sentence or two…

The Rules are as follows...
  • Please limit your entry post to only FIVE pictures of your car, whatever you feel best shows off your hard work. Once the voting begins you are free to add more pictures with new post. Feel free to post away for as long as you remain in the running.
  • A written description of your ride, the more detailed the better. We’re talking about more than just a mod list, we want you to share the story behind your Scoob. Tell us why and how you bought it, what inspires you to modify it, and what all you’ve done to it and why. Most important is to tell us what you do with your car...race, show, cruise, polish with a diaper, whatever.
    Think of it as your own magazine feature, the better you sell your car to the masses the better the chances of your Subaru becoming a Top Scoob.

  • You're more then welcome to start a campaign thread in your Regional Forum however the General, Off Topic, and Gallery forums are off limits to threads requesting votes. If you already have a thread about your car in the Gallery feel free to bump away. If you don't have a build thread consider starting one!
  • TRASH TALKING is not welcome in this contest. If you need to tear down another competitor to improve your own or a friend's chances please remember this is only a contest intended to be fun for all Subaru enthusiasts.
How it works
  • This is a contest, open to all Nasioc members that own a Subaru.
  • You must be the current owner of the car, no third party entries allowed. If you have a question about your car's eligibility please just ask.
  • When it's time to enter you can do by responding to Top Scoob thread in either Nasioc's Official News, Articles, and Polls Forum, the Member's Car Gallery or check for one of the Top Scoob LOCALS ONLY rounds in NASIOC's regional or international forums. Any themes or restrictions on entries will be clearly described before the contest begins. For example: GC Only, or Wagons Only, or STi, ect. ect. there's a new theme every time.
  • Please only one entry per person.
Voting and Eliminations
  • There are three rounds of voting, Round One = 8 days, Round Two = 8 days, Final Round = 10 days
  • After the First Round only the Top Ten cars move on.
  • After the Second Round only the Top Three move on.
  • The Top Three cars will go head to head to head in a final poll to select who has the next Top Scoob.
  • Votes are automatically reset to zero at the start of each round.
  • In case of a tied vote for the last transfer spot in the first two rounds, the entrants involved will compete in a 24-hour Run Off vote.
    If there is a tied vote for first place in the final round, a 72-hour Run Off vote will decide the winner.

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Old 09-04-2013, 01:25 AM   #2
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 289586
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: WA
85 GL Wagon
Herb Green


1985 GL Wagon 4WD

EA-82 With Weber 32/36
5-Speed Dual Range
6" JAW Lift
235/75/15 Maxxis Bighorns on Allied Daytona Wheels
6-Lug Conversion
Welded Rear Diff
Yakima Load Warrior with Extension
6" Old School KC Daylighters
Custom Front Tube Bumper with Winch Plate (No Winch Yet)
24" LED light bar
Dual 10" Electric Pusher Fans
Custom Wire Harness for Accessories
Dual 4" Rear LED Bars
CB Radio
JVC Stereo
Rear Cut Accord Springs
Lots of other small stuff.

Picked it up after a friend told me about it. Bought it, towed it back to his house to admire my purchase. 2 spare tires, missing headlights, a rusted spot under the hood from a fire and a stuck on ebrake. Started with a 2" lift and removing all emissioins equipment, installed some 27" Wildcats and got to wheeling. Installed the Weber shortly after and Drove it daily until 2 years later it came time to go bigger, over a couple weeks we cut and drilled all the blocks and other required pieces. Got lots of good help from some great friends through the whole process. . Now that it has moved into Off-Road only duty I hope to mod it more!

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Old 09-04-2013, 09:16 AM   #3
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Join Date: Dec 2008
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Broston
2002 Nissan Frontier
buh bye WRX :(


Greetings, NASIOC! I'll throw mine into the running as well!!

Normally I've been driving a pretty low, street modified WRX, which I've been changing around over the past few years but last fall I decided to switch things up a bit... partly in response to my frustration with potholes but also that I love heading off the beaten path. I'm an avid hiker and mountaineer so getting around places I'm not meant to go makes it all that much sweeter to own a lifted, trail slaying, battle ready WRX. My recent travels to Iceland and the chance to see countless beautiful off road vehicles nothing the likes of we have here in the States swayed me to consider this as a permanent setup and finish a more extreme lift next year.

Although I travel often, I live in Boston and get stopped almost everywhere I go with people asking questions about the car. Sometimes frustrating but endearing

Right now the car is essentially a 4EAT stage 2 WRX on its way to an E85 setup. I'm pretty content with the power delivery, which is admittedly hindered by having 60lb wheels at each corner. I wanted a setup that was drop-in / drop-out for whenever I decided to switch back to race car mode and Forester suspension has thus far fit the bill pretty well. It's also a lot better suited now for towing, since being low was not exactly conducive to having a trailer behind the car. The most interesting stuff that has gone into the build....

- SG Forester suspension for going over rocks, Kartboy endlinks to easily disconnect sways, Sumo trailing arm spacers to do things right
- In order to be super sexy, I wrapped 27.5x9.5 TSL Radials around Speedline 2118s in 15x7, with an additional +25 of H&R hubcentric spacing all around
- FHI 4 Pot front calipers and H6 rear brackets with Racing Brake slotted rotors in the middle
- Rally Innovations Ultimate light bar and skid plate for smacking into rocks and Hella 500/1000s for blinding drivers
- Stage 2 tuned with a straightpipe to sound hard and a quieter Prodrive/Greddy combo for the ladies
- 4EAT transmission with four badass gears to go forward and one to go backwards, although I don't use that one
- Simota Carbon Intake for +5 horsepower
- Stickers for +25 horsepower
- All sorts of other look-cool parts to break on the trail and be JDM, yo!

Anyway, on to some pics!

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Old 09-04-2013, 09:30 PM   #4
Blue Fox
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Member#: 214491
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Durango, Colorado
2005 Forester XT


I'd like to enter mine if possible.......

- 2005 Forester XT - 5-speed Manual (no low range, makes it interesting at 12,000+ elevation on a hill)
- Stage II with Cobb Downpipe, stock TD04 turbo for quicker spool
- 215/70 R16 BFGoodrich All Terrain KO Tires
- Black Powdercoated Steel Wheels
- Sumo Parts 2" Stainless Steel Lift with trailing arm spacers
- Rola Vortex Roof Basket for spare tire and Rocky Mounts Bike Rack
- Rally Innovations front Lightbar with 2 - 2500 lumen CREE LED Spot Lamps (more on the way)

The car is daily driven reliably with over 160,000 miles on the clock, and takes long road trips frequently. No modifications have spoiled the excitement, handling or comfort of this car. I still throw it around in the corners, and bash it off road. I love it.

See some video action of her on YouTube before the lift: http://www.youtube.com/user/bluefox4848

Here are a few of the most recent pictures from going over Black Bear Pass from HWY 550 that drops into Telluride, Colorado.......a couple weeks ago:

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Old 09-05-2013, 10:16 PM   #5
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Socorro, NM
01 GL & RS

Default '88 GL Hatch

1988 Subaru GL
6" SJR Lift Kit
33" x 12.5" Baja Claws (between the two, it sits a little over a foot taller than it did stock.
1995 EJ22 swap
A SJR adapter plate is used to connect the EA transmission to the EJ engine.
5 Speed Hi/Low 4x4 EA82 transmission
Welded rear diff
Weighs in right around 2,000lbs. (floats across mud pretty well)

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Old 09-06-2013, 01:10 PM   #6
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Join Date: Sep 2013
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Fema Region IV
1999 Forester


Hope this contest is open to new folks. I bought this '99 Foz to schlep our gear to cyclocross races. Didn't really have any intention of driving it offroad but a buddy with a built Taco took me out for an afternoon of forest service road cursing followed by a mod snowball. I've built it more for exploring and camping than for rock crawling.

'99 Forester L
1" Subtle Solutions lift blocks
Raised King Springs
Primitive Racing skidplate, rear diff plate
2" TA spacers
Locally fabricated front bumper
PIAA ion fogs
11 meter radio (CB that is)
CVT roof top tent

And very recently I added a snorkel because yolo...

This snorkel is actually for a Montero but fit pretty well after a little bending with a heat gun.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:50 AM   #7
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Join Date: Jan 2012
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Shoreline, WA
1998 Impreza L


I loved my Legacy but some dirtbag decided to drive on heroin and slammed into the back of her. We took it to the limit on forest roads, drove up the steepest ice covered hills in Seattle when everybody else was snowed in and daily driven as my trusty commuter. Nothing I could throw at her was too much but being parked on the side of the road on the wrong night sealed her fate.

I found a decent FXT to replace the Legacy and I loved that car until another DUI sent that one to the crusher. I had a lot of fun with her in the mountains and it was so hard to let her go so soon, we only knew each other 4 months, but the damage was too severe so save her. We were just a couple miles from home after plowing through snow covered logging trails when it happened but she made for a great donor car.

Braid wheels are on their 3rd Subaru now and in the works of transplanting the guts of the FXT into her sorry 200k shell. Taking things really slow with this one though, I think she might be "the one" so I don't want to screw anything up. I haven't taken her on any trails yet but there will be a lot of that in our future. I know with the FXT swap I will never be able to love another Subaru if this one gets taken from me like the last ones.

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Old 09-11-2013, 10:35 AM   #8
mod maniac
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Join Date: Nov 2011
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: mariposa ca.
2&4 fxt & fxt sti
Fullers Garage


still working on this one

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Old 10-08-2013, 12:43 AM   #9
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HA funny that I found this thread, just browsing pics of lifted GL's on google and saw a picture of my car. I don't really care if it's too late too enter, just wanna share my car with people that want to see something that they don't see every day.

I have a 6" SJR XT Strut lifted 2000 OBS.

190k on the 2.2
waiting for winter and money to do a EA D/R tranny swap

Things break a lot. It broke on the way to WCSS this year so thats why you didnt see me. I want to make it more reliable so I might lower it a tad, and go with a less intense wheel offset! thanks for looking! All I have are Iphone 3 pics, sorry!

the pooparu

used to look like this!

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Old 10-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #10
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Location: a sunny place in pa
02 wrxstg2alicious


forester xt struts and springs plus 1" blocks adjustable trailing arms...forester trailing arm brackets w 27" general grabbers on 16x7 +42 sti knockoff looking wheels.

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Old 10-20-2013, 04:42 PM   #11
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Join Date: Aug 2007
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Illadelph
05 srp foresterX
rip 2.0i/2.5rs

Default Top Scoob 033, We Don't Need No Sway Bars

Bought this as a daily to go na from my 04 wrx. It was an R title w clean pass after new rear clip. Spent 2 years getting everything up to speed with sensors and beyond until I could finally do the suspension. Wanted to dial in camber so had to do some nice work to get it to sit right. After all was said and done the lifted city buggy was born! Was lowered on coils but swapped out forester suspension to hit the trails! Camber approx -1 rear, -1.5 front after lift alignment. Had to drill the rear frame for the forester top hats to fit and then we were off and running. The only thing this doesn't have is engine mods!! Lol

Front- wrx springs, forester struts, msi front camber plates, outback spacers.

Rear- forester springs and struts, domlager rear camber plates, drilled frame for forester/wrx top hats, eibach adjustable lateral links.

Exterior- RA Classic Rs flaps, 3m m3 spoiler cut for rear windshield, forester basket, hankook r202 rally tires were a sponsor set from Rallispec 09 xgames trial run, borla uel header back 3" exhaust, prodrive bugeye front lip fitted to bumper, jdm rear splash guards, sport grille, green powder coated Hellas, yellow fog film, euro mesh fog covers, amber corner blinkers, grillecraft lower front grille, 06 Sti diffuser.

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Old 10-22-2013, 12:19 PM   #12
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Join Date: Dec 2012
Chapter/Region: TXIC
2013 Forester XT
marine blue pearl


2013 Forester XT Touring

Only modifications...
Rally Armor mud flaps
Primitive Racing 3/16" Aluminum skidplate
Cooper Discoverer AT3 235/60R17 tires
Removed front sway bar, disconnected rear sway bar

I was looking for a replacement for my 2007 Civic coupe. I wanted something with 4 doors and a little bit of ground clearance. At first I was looking at the XV Crosstrek because of the fuel economy, but on the other side I was checking out the WRX because of the power. The WRX only came in a manual, the wife couldn't drive a manual. The XV was small and underpowered. I already spent five years in an underpowered Civic, I didn't feel like doing it for another five. I do some skiing, camping, and general outdoor activities. The XT was the perfect fit for me.

Absolutely no sway bars connected in these pictures:

DSC_0072 by Puzzles Photography, on Flickr

DSC_0086 by Puzzles Photography, on Flickr

DSC_0239 by Puzzles Photography, on Flickr

DSC_0458 by Puzzles Photography, on Flickr

DSC_0505 by Puzzles Photography, on Flickr

Our latest trail ride:

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Old 01-03-2014, 07:29 PM   #13
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Join Date: Apr 2001
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Vancouver, Washington, USA
02 Impreza WRX Wag
Silver, curb rash, mud


So I'm finding this thread waaaaaaaaaaay late in the game, but thought I'd join in the fun. Here's my story about Otto, the German named Japanese Import to join my American car fleet in 2004.

I have been AutoX'ing 1G Neons since early 1999 and done a few RallyX's in one of them in 03 prior to WRX ownership. While I love them as a front driver, they lack in all wheel drive fun (all but the Subaru swapped AWD Neon my friends and I built-but thats a different story for another time).

So in mid 04 a close friend bought an 05 STI new, and took me for a ride. I was hooked, but since I already had 2 little cars that didnt have a whole lot of space, I knew I wanted a wagon. Test drove a few used ones and a new one once and knew this was the car for me. Did some online shopping, and found a silver 02 on autotrader.com in a small town where an old friend lived, who also had a silver 02. Emailed him, only to find out that it was NOT his car, but that his was for sale for the same price and less miles. So in July 04 I picked the car up and its been a blast ever since. I got the stock springs off the 05 STI friend's car, which lasted a year or so until my stock struts were done. Then I picked up some AGX/Prokits from Primitive, which really worked well. A skidplate was a must since RallyX'ing a lowered car can be detrimental to oil pans. I went through 2 sets of studless snows by driving to and from events, and in snow/ice only. Other than that the car lived on 5 spoke gold RS wheels like many of us think is the only way to go. Then in 09 the AGX's were all but dead, and we were threatened with "the worst winter in over ten years" (which by the way, never happened)...but I digress-figured it was time for a change. Picked up some 05 FXT takeoffs, bolted them on, bought some adjustable rear trailing arms to recenter the rear wheels only to have the heim joints go out in the first 1000 miles-cut those off and welded on the stock rubber bushed joint (that was a trick without melting the rubber). Now the car rode so cushy that I've often wondered why I didnt raise the car sooner. I'm still running the rule breaking Cusco swaybars, but its ok-I love to three wheel (interestingly enough, its often the front inside tire that lifts in hard cornering). Car still ran 13.9@97 lifted on snows, averaged 22mpg mixed aggressive driving, and was a total sore thumb at car events. Then last year those tires were finally dead, so I thought I'd upsize finally. Landed a set of GoodYear studless snows (which were only sold in Canada I later found out) at a junkyard with nubs still on them, offered $200 and they let me have them (215/65/16). So now I'm about 11.5" off the ground at the lowest point, and the car eats potholes for lunch without hurting my L4/L5 herniated discs post surgery.

...or at least it did until the WCSS15 Mudpit this year. After 4 or 5 runs of over a minute or two each, Otto developed an engine knock. Fearing rod bearing failure I did what any sane person would do-and I ran across the mud one last time, and parked in camp. Loaded up my gear the next morning and drove the ~45 miles home. Then out to a friend's house to pressure wash the bottom, and then back home so thats now ~55/60 miles since the mudpit. The knock never got worse, nor did it go away...so until my budget allows, Otto is sadly parked. Planning a 2.5 or 2.3 hybrid build later this year into next year. This has been the roughest fall/winter since buying him in 04.

Over the years, Otto has been great at towing my Sandrail to the beach, hauling quads to the trails, even moved my dad's 22' cabin cruiser around the driveway once. I've hauled many interesting items on the roof including but not limited to a Miata's hard top, 17' canoe, 15' row boat, and lumber. First Japanese car to ever come into my family, and the only one who will be staying until there isnt enough car to put back together if bad things happen.


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Old 06-01-2015, 10:06 PM   #14
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Join Date: Jan 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Puget Sound
76 C30 Dually


First off sorry to everyone who entered expecting to have a contest. Unfortunately I've been dealing with some heavy family issues the last year and a half and my involvement in the Subaru community has dropped to about zero. You guys deserved better then to be an afterthought for almost two years and for that I'm sorry.

That said things have finally settled down and I'm more or less back to a regular schedule. I thankfully now have the time and energy to throw myself back into things. Hell, I just installed a new exhaust system on the WRX so you know, things are happening?

So I'll go ahead and ask those who have entered so far if they're still interested in having this round of Top Scoob? I'm going to go ahead and kick off the voting with the cars entered and if anyone who doesn't want to take part just let me know.

So without any further delay.....voting begins!

Yeah, its actually happening.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:09 PM   #15
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Location: Puget Sound
76 C30 Dually


Polls are open?

Yeah, polls are open!

Feels good to be back!
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Old 06-02-2015, 11:13 AM   #16
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Chapter/Region: International
Location: French Harbour Roatán Honduras
1985 EA82 Wagon
Bright Radioactive Yellow



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Old 06-02-2015, 02:49 PM   #17
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Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Sterling Heights, MI
2002 Impreza WRX w/
V9 Spec-C EJ207


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Old 06-09-2015, 02:00 PM   #18
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Member#: 210933
Join Date: May 2009
Chapter/Region: SWIC
Location: Phoenix, AZ
2004 Impreza STi
Platinum Silver Metallic


Voted...poll doesn't show on iOS app.

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Old 06-12-2015, 09:30 AM   #19
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Join Date: Aug 2007
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Illadelph
05 srp foresterX
rip 2.0i/2.5rs


updated post, can't vote for some reason... poll closed w 10 votes? wth?
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Old 07-23-2015, 12:14 PM   #20
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Location: Illadelph
05 srp foresterX
rip 2.0i/2.5rs


You should reopen this and get more than 10 total votes going!!
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