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Old 07-18-2002, 12:44 AM   #26
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...and then there was my trip to the Mendocino National Forest:

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I went through some really rutted snow covered dirt roads that day.
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Old 07-18-2002, 04:36 AM   #27
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It's a rally car, not a SUV.

On dirt/gravel roads the car is awesome. Try watching a WRC event like Catalyuna or Kenya and you will see this car at its finest.
Breaking news: the WRX is NOT a rally car. The WRC car has nothing in common with the street WRX except for its appearance.
As for what is said in the manual, try reading a gun manual: "don't shoot at people".
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Old 07-18-2002, 11:14 AM   #28
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I traded in my 4X4 toyota hilux truck on a WRX. I did a lot of mud-bogging and off roading in Colorado with the Toy. It sure was fun for offroad but on-road sucked.
Well, I just got back from Colorado again, and drove the rex through the Swiss type switchback roads...that was good, but I even took it on a few easy JEEP trails. I took a picture of my WRX sitting there with only JEEPS and SUVS around it. Good publicity I guess. The Jeep people were nodding. However, let me remind our readers that I am an experienced 4-wheeler, and do not reccomend taking a WRX on a real Jeep road, the road I was on for the most part was a baby jeep road. However, the car did fine. I think the speed and handling outweigh ground clearance and an extra set of low gears anyday.

Pictures to come! Try seeing if Mustang, Porsche, Acura RSX or Prelude or Eclipse owners take their cars off road!!! Another WRX superiority to those wimpy cars.
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Old 07-18-2002, 11:16 AM   #29
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Yes, the WRX is still in perfect condition. The jeep road did nothing to it!
And I still laugh at the Audi drivers that get scared at me on the road. ....hehe what about off the road, baby!?
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Old 07-18-2002, 12:50 PM   #30
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oilpond, the OBS and outback both have specific suspension and tire setups to specifically make them suited for offroad. the WRX suspension is much stiffer and not suited to really uneven surfaces, the antisway bars are stiff and will not allow the wheels to travel independantly (good for the street to prevent body roll, bad for the wilderness) also tire choice is not ideal.. the outback versions have smaller rims and more tire (providing yet more suspension for those rocky roads) and more traction where the tire can flex more. The tread designs and compounds are different also. Net result : the obs is better suited for the offroad than the wrx, personally I wouldnt plan any long wilderness excursions in a wrx. Short distance, gravel roads, etc.. not a problem you'll just have a bumpier ride.
I guess it's all relative.
Coming from driving a VW Corrado that saw more dirt roads than 98% of the SUVs out there, I think the WRX's suspension is pretty plush. The Corrado was actually pretty fun on dirt ... until you hit washboard sections. The WRX laughs at washboard.
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Old 07-19-2002, 12:03 AM   #31
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Somebody had a video posted here a while ago of theri or a WRX going up Oldsmobile Hill in Glamis Sand Dunes and making it. I couldn't find it in a search unbfortunately.
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Old 07-19-2002, 02:57 AM   #32
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Old 07-19-2002, 07:08 AM   #33
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They must have taken it down or my server didn't like it. I couldn't get it to work.
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Old 07-19-2002, 01:51 PM   #34
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I couldn't find it either

I took my WRX with only about 3K miles to the NV desert and got it stuck in soft sand..I had to get towed about 6 feet.

Sport Compact car a few months ago got stuck in the mud in AZ so be careful all!
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Old 07-19-2002, 03:31 PM   #35
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You can always try scraficing a floor mat under the tire and see if it helps you out.

Or maybe I will start marketing Warn winch mounts for the front of Scoobies.
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Old 07-19-2002, 03:39 PM   #36
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the fact that subaru supplies a piece of crap plastic "skid plate" for right under the bottom of the engine?
Ugh, that thing isn't even a crap plastic skid plate. Take a look again, it's not under any part of the engine at all. I think it's only there to direct air flow.

I've got the Primitive 3/16" skid plate on mine, and it's so much better. At least it's for real!
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Old 07-19-2002, 04:06 PM   #37
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Or maybe I will start marketing Warn winch mounts for the front of Scoobies.
now that's funny...

can you make one for the 8274? and make it a quickmount/removeable one while you're at it???
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Old 07-19-2002, 05:16 PM   #38
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I was thinking maybe using the XD9000i Multi-Mount. Just have to put a receiver on the front. Maybe get one of those propeller things for the front when its not used.

Second option. Make the below hold the incredible but monsterous 8274. I believe some new heavy-duty springs would be in order.
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Old 07-19-2002, 06:04 PM   #39
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Damn shame what boredom can do to some.
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Old 07-23-2002, 10:10 AM   #40
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Old 07-23-2002, 03:34 PM   #41
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I've taken my RS off road several times too. If I really want to do something completely nuts, then I'll take the Brat. The dual range tranny is just what the doctor ordered. That low gear is priceless.
Ohhh Forest Roads!!! We need to do that again.
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Old 07-23-2002, 07:48 PM   #42
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Damn shame what boredom can do to some.
glad you didnt put the BLING BLING suspension pieces in there...
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Old 07-23-2002, 07:51 PM   #43
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Just cant see how my rs can hack ... I originally posted asking about the suspension on the rally cars.

Seems like our cars are too low?

I have stock suspension, and insted of lowering the car...Im thinking of RAISING it!

Too low.. any one have suggests?


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Old 07-23-2002, 08:10 PM   #44
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my car sure loves to go offroad...what's the point of a subaru if you don't rally it?

http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4291621883



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Old 07-23-2002, 10:24 PM   #45
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You need to steal the suspension setup off one of those Kenya rally cars. Those things sit up about 4" higher thatthe usual WRC car.
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Old 07-24-2002, 01:46 AM   #46
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I drive a 98RS but, it doesn't have enough clearance for sharp protruding rocks on off-road trails. It has plenty of clearance for snow though. I drive it carefully, but scrapes too often. Just watch out for your oil pan.
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Old 07-24-2002, 09:27 AM   #47
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I drive a 98RS but, it doesn't have enough clearance for sharp protruding rocks on off-road trails. It has plenty of clearance for snow though. I drive it carefully, but scrapes too often. Just watch out for your oil pan.
Time to get a skid plate.
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Old 07-24-2002, 09:56 AM   #48
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Time to get a skid plate.
You mean time to get an OBS

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Old 07-24-2002, 10:06 AM   #49
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You mean time to get an OBS
Maybe true too... but still time to get a skid plate.
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Old 07-24-2002, 11:22 AM   #50
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would OBS springs on a RS work? Anyone do this?


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