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    I was at Harbor Freight and noticed they had a Black Friday deal on a set of off road lights, so I pick up a pair. LINK

    I already had two more sets of mounts like the set I used to mount my license plate. Took me a few to play around with different mount points. Fortunately, the front plastic comes off easily so I had a lot of room to work.



    The lights have additional LEDs on the side so I had to swap left and right since I mounted them upside-down.




    What made this install easy was the car originally had fog lights before I cut them off the front. I used the fog lights wiring to provide power for the new lights. Overall, I like the look!

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    Craig, how often do you take your new ride off road?
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    I haven't had a chance yet. Over the last year, I have noticed that hard braking tends to make my Crosstrek steer a little squirrely. I had the alignment double checked and all looks good. I suspect my 2" ReadiLift may have contributed to the problem. After taking a long look at the lower control arms (LCA) up front, I realize the rear mount is nothing but a flexible piece of rubber. I can see how a hard brake can cause the rear part of the LCA to flex inward. A good piece of evidence the my front wheels rub in a turn only when braking. The weird feeling during the hard brake is also reminiscent of having too much toe out.

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    I found several articles where people have used the LCAs from an STI on their Forrester. One benefit is the STI LCA relocates the wheel a little bit forward to increase the caster.
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    OK Craig, enough of the pretty pictures. LETS GET IT DIRTY!!!!!! Have a few small runs planned before Moab so lets go.
    2006 H3 Adventure, D44 SAS with RCV's and SOA.

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    I had been looking around for a roof rack that sat close to the roof. I did not want the typical basket on the cross rails. I eventually settled in a Prinsu.

    Installation took most of the day. Hard part is pulling out interior parts to get access to the fasteners for the factory rails.


    The existing holes needed to be drilled out a bit to allow the plus-nuts to fit. I made sure to goop them a lot with sealant to prevent future leaks.


    Fitment was not precise. I kept everything loose until all the fasteners were started, then slowly cranked them down. I really like the end result!




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    HiLift and awning mounted!






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    Quote Originally Posted by cbetts View Post
    HiLift and awning mounted!







    Your baaad ass Sub go prepared or go home man... that's the badest Subaru I've EVER seen DUDE


    God did build all the mountains for Hummers

    H3 3.5 2006, manual transmission adventure pac with 4.1 Low gear, UPC, PCM of NC tune + Power chip, 2,5" lift front and 1.5" rear, Bilsteins 5100 with extended Bumpstops, 315/75R15 Cooper STT Pro , snorkel under hood.

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    The man in brown dropped these off today!


    Getting closer to some wheeling!
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    Please help an uninformed non-Subaru-literate person..... These are.... rear control arms? What do they add? Flex?
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    These are front LCAs. The factory model uses a flexible rubber puck for one of the joints. Here is an good picture:


    I am finding Subarus are like Lego and many parts are interchangeable. This is because many models use the Global Platform (Crosstrek, Outback, Forrester, Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, WRX). The WRX LCA needed to be more rigid to withstand the abuse of track driving so it was designed with aluminum and replaced the rubber puck with a ball joint. The WRX model also moves the front wheels forward, giving me a little more clearance in the wheel well and also a gain of one degree in caster. I should get better handling on the highway too!
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    New LCAs are installed!

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    What a difference it made! Turns feel more solid. Braking is no longer squirrely. Still needs a real alignment done. I had some excessive toe-out after the work and cranked in each tie rod the same amount until it looked okay. Good enough to get me through the week.
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    Last Chance Canyon?
    2006 H3 Adventure, D44 SAS with RCV's and SOA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rascole View Post
    Last Chance Canyon?
    Thinking about it! Depends on who else is available to get me out of jams. Maybe Cleghorn or Gorman first. I have a few things on my plate at work that need to be cleared up first.

    I am one huge step closer though!
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    Cleghorn should be a cake walk but a shake down run is always good.
    2006 H3 Adventure, D44 SAS with RCV's and SOA.


 

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