Originally Posted by kev m
Well, some internet searching seems to suggest you can't reliably use the Outback specs even in the appropriate years either.
2004 Outback Towing Capacities
4-cyl - 2000 lbs
6-cyl - 2400 lbs
2005 appears to be the redesign
4-cyl - 2700 lbs
6-cyl - 3000 lbs
Meanwhile the 03-06 Baja based on that Outback/Legacy chassis through 04 is listed as 2400 lbs even with the 4-cyl.
My scientific conclusion is that Subaru NA pulls these numbers out of their lawyer's asses
As for my experience, I was towing with a 2000 lbs capacity trailer which was overloaded to the point of wheels rubbing on the fenders so that had to be at least 2200-2400 lbs of stone, on top of a couple hundred pounds of trailer. Baja handled it no problem from a stop, turn, go standpoint AS LONG AS it wasn't a start from a dead stop up a steep hill, then the clutch complained.
why cant you use those numbers, they are printed in the owners manual and uh yeah thats what i said, no matter the engine the max subaru says you can haul with that year span of frame be it outback or baja is 2400lbs. and farther to the point its 2000 max for the NAs and 2400 for the h6 and turbo, 2400 is only with a NA with trailer brakes.
like i said before there is a factor of safety engineered into everything but if thats what the engineers and lawyers say is the limit and someone decides to haul over that then the liablity falls on that person. subaru will say "we told you so".
to the op: i say do the swap it should be fun and make for a quick baja.