Subaru XT Forester

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 12:26
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Looking to upgrade my GT to an XT Forester. Has anyone had any experience towing anything substantial with this car. Lift kit and bigger tyres planned. Looking to haul a 1000kg+ camper up the beach and through the forest and I think I may be having myself on...even though they have 180kw power...

Anyone ever seen lifted turbo Foresters battling through the thick stuff?

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Reply By: Well 55 - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 12:30

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 12:30
Anything is possible as far as a lift goes. But a 1000kg+ is a big ask.

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Reply By: flappan - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 12:32

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 12:32
With no low range , you would be pushing it. Outright power will only get you so far.
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Reply By: IT Doctor - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 13:31

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 13:31
A mate of mine has the turbo 180kw engine fitted to his, we went down to Preston Beach and while he skimmed along at a phenominal speed when it came time to turn around in the soft stuff he got stuck. Clearance definately a problem, tyres and lift kit would be minimum. He stated that the Jap Turbo verisons have a lower first gear anyway and that is why they dont have dual range.

I am yet to be convinced.... I think if you are towing that weight then you definately need the gearing when the going gets tough. You cant skimm over the surface for ever.
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Follow Up By: flappan - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 14:44

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 14:44
"He stated that the Jap Turbo verisons have a lower first gear anyway and that is why they dont have dual range. "

I believe thats the case for the Auto , not sure on the manual. With an auto , to a degree, it can take the place of a dual range cause there is no clutch to worry about. that would work fine for the vehicle , but add a quite heavy trailer , and with the amount of power available , I can see you digging in, real quick. You would need the low range to give you all the power you want , but at a greatly reduced pace.
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Reply By: Member Colin - NSW Bungendore - Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 19:37

Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 19:37
The new XT really has too much power - completely unnecessary. Anyway - if you are thinking about doing any 'off road' driving, the only option is an auto gearbox - and I believe there is an optional auto gearbox cooler?
As far as towing 1000kg camper on the beach - I wouldn't - trailers are good as boat anchors and not to be towed behind cars!

An auto GT was a better car then the XT in my opinion - we have had one to a lot of places including the CSR - unstoppable on sand dunes. Not sure what the latest is in regard to lifting from SubaExtreme - We use 'nylon' spacers on top of the strut, under the strut tower. Get some higher profile A/T tyres as a start.

Good luck
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