Forester SJ XT Enthusiasts

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  1. JuStaWRX
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    JuStaWRX Well-Known Member

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    I've had no issues with it yet on the '14 FXT, however it did happen once on my 04 WRX. The only big issue I had with the FXT was the seat upholstery cracking (photos in my thread). SoA replaced it on a "goodwill" contingency, and haven't had issue with it since.
     
  2. Clem
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    Standing water?!?! Geez!! I'm also glad they replaced the tail light, no questions asked.
     
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  3. Clem
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    Gearing up for my first "long" distance journey in the Forester. Slapped on some Blizzak DM-V2s (225/55 18) and cargo box. Ready for about 3.5-4k miles in the next 3 weeks. Lots of pictures to follow.

    Decided to run my Work Seeker CXs for another season. I would love to swap them for some Work Emotion D9Rs in 19x9.5 +38, but the finacials are telling me to wait. Going to have my Summer setup powder-coated matte black and use the OEM tires for the summer until they are worn. Hoping 2018 I can switch my Summer setup, but we'll see.

    My Spring-time list has started:

    Isolate and fix numerous rattles within the cabin.

    Replace front Harmon Kardon speakers (still undecided, but will probably go with Polk).

    Install sound dampening in the front passenger/driver doors.

    Install 10" sub (most likely in tire well).

    Slam it!! (Spring time)

    Most likely do some fender modifications.

    Maybe some front accents lights in the bumper.

    Replace exhaust hangers and correct my skewed Nameless CBE.
     
  4. Cartman08
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    09 XT owner here so hopefully you don't kick me out of your club lol, but I was wondering if anyone had a jdm "F" emblem lying around.
     
  5. clajiness
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    Which box did you put on your XT? Is it still the stock height? I ask because I'm interested in getting a box for mine, but my garage door is about 7' tall, and I know it'll be tight.
     
  6. Clem
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    I bought the box from a friend. I think its a Yakima Sport something... its pretty bulky compared to the more streamlined boxes out there. I'm lowered to about a 2 finger gap all around and when I put the box on in the garage, I realized it was too tall to make it out of the garage, so I had to take it off and back out of the garage before reinstalling it.

    I also have the Thule Crossroad Railing installed. Maybe with a lower profile setup and box you could have clearance. I haven't yet measured my
    clearance, but I need to do so before I leave.

    https://imgur.com/a/nwO8i
     
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  7. Clem
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    Get outta here!!!!! I did have some, but they ended up on my home stereo speakers.
     
  8. Cartman08
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    Fine - I'll start a better SH club! :) They would look better on my car then your speakers...lol

    Subtle solutions have them but for a whopping $170! There was one on eBay a couple weeks ago for $70 - should've pounced on it:(
     
  9. TMF
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    I pulled a trailer for the first time in the FXT, and I installed the Rally Innovations rally light bar (replaced the SSD bar that I had before). The Rally Innovations bar is way more stable, and it didn't require removing the bumper for install (only the grille). There was a little be of trimming on the stock skid plate and side plastic trays, but nothing bad. I'm liking it overall, but still need to get my Hella's re-installed.

    As far as towing, the FXT did great! The empty trailer is 850lbs and I only had a couch in it, so probably under 950 lbs total.

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    I'm not sure what you're planning on hauling in the cargo box, but you might want to consider one of these:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb-capacity-deluxe-cargo-carrier-66983.html

    They have them on sale occasionally for $40, and you can use a 20% off coupon, so it comes down to $32. I just picked one up this weekend at that price (the sale ended on Sunday unfortunately). When I need to carry stuff in it, I plan on using a large rubbermaid tote (for protection and easy cleaning) and strapping it down. I'm also hoping that I have enough clearance from the bumper to haul a set of tires on it (to save my interior a bit).
     
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    Oh yea, and I went to the Audi Club's Ice Driving event on Saturday...I'll upload a video eventually. It was absolutely awesome, and they are having several more.
     
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    I'm just going to be hauling snowboards and snowboard gear.... keep all that wet ish out of the back.
     
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    1st leg of my road trip to Denver is complete. Traveled ~600 miles.

    According to my MFD, I was averaging 20.4 MPG, traveling 90% of the time at ~80 MPH using the adaptive cruise control. Tires were inflated to 40 PSI, one other occupant, running 91 octane (no stations along they way had 93, which I normally run) and ~150 LBS of gear and a roof box. Weather conditions were good... 50°F and slighlty windy.

    On the return trip I plan on logging actual data to figure out true MPG.
     
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    Nice! And your MPG actually makes me feel a bit better (although I wasn't worried). With snow tires, ski rack, and going about 75 MPH on the highway, I can't get more than 22-23 MPG's. I think the ski rack takes away 2-4 MPG's, esp at higher speeds.

    Also, I've found that the MFD MPG display always reads 1-2 MPG's too high compared to calculating the mileage using distance driven and gallons added. My past Subaru's have been off by the same...damn you Subaru for false MPG optimist-ism!

    In other news, I got my Hella's mounted on the new Rally Innovations bar. Next, I'm planning on adding an LED light bar on the underside of the bar. I may eventually move the Hella's underneath (although that will screw up the beam pattern) and/or remove them and/or get smaller LED pods for the top side of the bar....because right now the Hella's are blocking a fair amount of the intake for the intercooler ducting :rolleyes:

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