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Old 02-23-2004, 09:11 AM   #1
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Question Where's the Spare?

Forgot to look both times I was at dealer. I assume it's a space-saver mioni-spare accessible though the bed, or it's under the bed acccessible from under the rear frame. What's the deal?

Also, is there any real difference between the five spoke and the six spoke wheels? I can't figure out which I like best - on a black Turbo...

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Old 02-23-2004, 11:54 AM   #2
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When I got mine, they explained that the Half width spare, full height tire is part of the crumple zone and it is avaiable under the bed. Subaru is known for using the spare tire as part of the crumple zone. In the '80's the spare tires were normally on top of the engine and in a colosion the tire would go into the firewall and the engine would fall out of the entione compartment.

I got the 6 spoke alloy wheels becasue I got the premium package. I think that they look great on the black. I was planning on getting the Mystic Blue and I think that the gunmetal grey 5 spoke wheels look best on that, oh and I did get the Black Turbo as well.

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Old 02-23-2004, 12:50 PM   #3
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On contrary, I got base Baja Turbo black, so gunmetal gray came with it. I actually like their lower profile looks (well, they don't shine). Brake dust is probably less visible, and I assume it is lighter than 6 (one less spoke) but that's my BS a$$essment. I think, though, Subaru forgot to paint the rear drum - it almost looks as if they painted the wheels while it is on the car. There is a spoke-shape unpainted area on my drum, rusted. It's like

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Old 02-23-2004, 02:01 PM   #4
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Thanks! I'm planning to remove the rack like you have done. Can I remove or install the end pieces and the crossbars easily? I want to carry them in the bed (getting a snuglid) and will figger a way to strap them to a bed wall or carry them in the cabin, and just put 'em on when I need 'em. Actually, since I'm also getting the bed net, I can probably roll 'em up in the net and hang 'em on a bed side.

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Old 02-23-2004, 02:07 PM   #5
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It's the same pieces as Forrester, so end pieces clumps to the railing with a bolt - super easy application compared to old Subarus. As crossbar is far shorter than the bed withds, fitting these bars may prove difficult, though. Removing it reduced wind noise significantly.
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Old 02-23-2004, 03:01 PM   #6
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Actually, since I'm also getting the bed net, I can probably roll 'em up in the net and hang 'em on a bed side.
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Do you mean the Subaru OEM($30) cargo net, John? If so, i'd recommend just getting a multipack of bungees from a local store.

I just keep a bungee multipak and blue tarp at hand anytime i need to secure something down in the bed.
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Old 02-24-2004, 10:06 AM   #7
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I haven't actually seen the bed cargo net, but I'm assuming it's optimized (in size and shape) to hold things in the bed. I already have a bunch of bungees, but they're all about 18-24" long, not long enough to grab onto both bedwalls. I'll probably wait until I test-drive both the 5MT and 4AT they're making up in the factory for me, and then check out the bed cargo net. At $26 (I'm paying invoice for ALL options, including the AT if I get it) it might be worth it. For once, I have the luxury of outfitting a car exactly as I want without regard to cost! Yeah, I'm a lucky guy!

Hatake: with the auto shift can you really hold it in first to 6800? I've never tried a sport shift before, and if I can actually hold the tranny in gear till exactly when I want to shift, then I may be able to get 95% of the accelleration of the 5MT. Whadaya think? As I posted earlier, I've already got sports car, so the Turbo doesn't have to do dual duty...but, with the Turbo, when I want to pass at 80 can I drop into 3rd and get some kick?

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Old 02-24-2004, 11:12 AM   #8
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Yes you can hold it up to 6800rpm in 1st with the sport shift. I have knoticed that I can get all the benifits that I was getting in my old 5mt as I do in my Baja T 4mt w/ sport shift. I have knoticed that sometimes if you are at hight RPM's it won't let you down shift, but it will let you up shift just fine. I am no led foot so I never took full advantage of the 5mt so the sportshift is not going to get put to the full test with me. but all I can say is, dam the car is fast. I am afrade to floor it because it is so responsive and fast.

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Old 02-24-2004, 11:59 AM   #9
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That is great news! I'm startin' to get psyched!

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Old 02-24-2004, 12:46 PM   #10
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I haven't actually seen the bed cargo net, but I'm assuming it's optimized (in size and shape) to hold things in the bed.
I bought it last spring thinking it would be worth it and found out the hard way. Yeah its only $30, or $26 in your case, but since mine has sat in my garage since and i don't foresee a case where it would be useful i just thought i'd pass on the tip.

Yes it does stretch to all bed hooks, but as far as what you can secure under it there's very little. I tried to use it for 5+ office-style storage boxes and the boxes were too high and i could only secure 2 of the hooks.
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Old 02-27-2004, 02:07 PM   #11
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I got the bet net packaged with my Baja and can also say, it's useless. Unless you use bungees with it. Anything over a foot high won't fit under it. The cables don't streach very much at all. I have a few bungee rings I used with it once. I think I'm going to get the Snuglid in Mach when I travel to Tampa.
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Old 02-27-2004, 02:12 PM   #12
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Guess I won't get the Bed Net then. Why Tampa? Call them at 1-866-768-4543 and order it. $949 plus $150 shipping from St. Louis. Remote entry is an extra $199 - I don't see the utility of remote control myself.

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Old 02-27-2004, 04:25 PM   #13
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Its for when you're being chased and have to grab your shotgun out of the bed REALLY quickly.
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Old 03-07-2004, 09:19 AM   #14
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There is a dealer out in Tampa and I really don't want to have to deal with shipping. I can inspect it on the spot and if there is something wrong just go with another. Someone else here ordered one and the transit company damaged it so he had to file a claim. I don't want to have to deal with that.
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Old 03-08-2004, 08:25 AM   #15
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I got the impression that you couldn't get them from a local dealer, only shipped from St. Louis. How much are they at a local dealer? Or mebbe you order it though a local dealer and the dealer pays the freight (and mebbe tacks on some margin to the freight and then sells it to you?
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