1. Post #1
    Jester.'s Avatar
    October 2009
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    I have a 1999 Subaru Forester, with 275k on it. I have no money invested into it. I know it needs a windshield, brakes all round, front calipers, exhaust and a tiny bit of body work (Rear Quarters). I`m asking Facepunch to see what you guys think. I can either fix it and try to get money out of it or should i have fun with it and modify it and drive it round the yard and on the trails? Asking you guys on your opinions on the Subaru. I am a Subaru Owner (1998 Legacy Outback 5 speed 2.5L) and love it. Also Subaru General.

    My Wagon and the Forester in question

  2. Post #2
    Can i have a tital Dav0r?
    Dylan_94's Avatar
    August 2005
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    Make it in to your own personal rally car.
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  3. Post #3
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    June 2005
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    fix it then break it in a rally then fix it again

    subaru master race reppin
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    SilverDragon619's Avatar
    December 2009
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    make into a rally car

  5. Post #5
    Frohman2's Avatar
    October 2007
    236 Posts
    Rally car project.

  6. Post #6
    I've been here since 2005 and I had to pay $10 for a title.
    BlackDeath292's Avatar
    February 2005
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    You guys do know that the forester is the one on the left, right? You know, the one with the big "FORESTER" on the brush guard..

    Edited:

    Unless you really want to turn an SUV in to a rally car..
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  7. Post #7
    Invest for extreme Jungle trailing, add some snorkel so you can drive across a flooded road like a baws.

    Like this guy,
    A similar Subaru by the way.

  8. Post #8
    Can i have a tital Dav0r?
    Dylan_94's Avatar
    August 2005
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    You guys do know that the forester is the one on the left, right? You know, the one with the big "FORESTER" on the brush guard..

    Edited:

    Unless you really want to turn an SUV in to a rally car..
    The forester is hardly a 'big' 'suv'.

  9. Post #9
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    June 2009
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    It's big for a rally car.
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  10. Post #10
    I HAVE A ROTARY BECAUSE ITS GODDAMN AWESOME!
    justin1992's Avatar
    April 2007
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    Fairly big as well

    Edited:

    Sure, maybe not as big as the forester, but a couple extra inches isn't going to make or break a well-made rally car.

    Edited:

    And from the looks of the picture, the one on the right is pretty much the same size as the one on the left, so idk where you guys are coming from there, either.

  11. Post #11
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    June 2007
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    Fairly big as well

    Edited:

    Sure, maybe not as big as the forester, but a couple extra inches isn't going to make or break a well-made rally car.

    Edited:

    And from the looks of the picture, the one on the right is pretty much the same size as the one on the left, so idk where you guys are coming from there, either.
    I think the size difference between a forester and a WRX could easily "break" the forester.

  12. Post #12
    I HAVE A ROTARY BECAUSE ITS GODDAMN AWESOME!
    justin1992's Avatar
    April 2007
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    It can't be THAT much bigger, can it? I've never seen a forester in person, but WRX's aren't exactly small.

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  14. Post #14
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    October 2008
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    edberg's right. The Forester and Impreza share the same chassis. The only difference is the body, struts, and trailing arms. Even the interior is the same if I remember right.
    I would personally take a Forester over an Impreza as a rally car. I have problems with bottoming out in my Impreza, the Forester has a few more inches of ground clearance so it wouldn't be as big of a problem.
    Plus, it has better weight distribution.

  15. Post #15
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    Size comparison, look at the Taurus beside it.


    Just because it's on the same Chassis doesn't mean it's the same size.

    Mitsubishi Endeavor and Galant were on the same chassis.



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  16. Post #16
    I HAVE A ROTARY BECAUSE ITS GODDAMN AWESOME!
    justin1992's Avatar
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    But on a rally car, everything is going to be stripped except for the most basic body panels, so other than being taller and maybe a bit longer i don't think it would make too much of a difference. If you honestly think it's going to then make it into a goddamn trophy/baja truck or something, don't know why it has to turn into an argument.

  17. Post #17
    FordLord's Avatar
    October 2008
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    Size comparison, look at the Taurus beside it.


    Just because it's on the same Chassis doesn't mean it's the same size.

    Mitsubishi Endeavor and Galant were on the same chassis.



    Do some research before you waste my internet doing it for you.

    Specs on first gen Forester:
    Length - 175.2"
    Width - 68.3"
    Height - 65.0"
    Wheelbase - 99.4"
    Weight - 1430kg

    Specs on first gen Impreza:
    Length - 172.2"
    Width - 67.1"
    Height - 56.3" (for OBS, 55.5" for regular. Difference is tire size, and with rally you would go with the larger size)
    Wheelbase - 99.2"
    Weight - 1220kg

    The difference in length is most likely due to the bumpers, height because of ground clearance and maybe taller body, and wheelbase because of the different trailing arms.
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  18. Post #18
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    Ldesu's Avatar
    March 2008
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    The Forester works fine for rallying if you mod it for that

    End of discussion
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  19. Post #19
    FordLord's Avatar
    October 2008
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    The Forester works fine for rallying if you mod it for that

    End of discussion
    It doesn't need to be modded to do it. It should be fine as it is.
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  20. Post #20
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    Ldesu's Avatar
    March 2008
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    It doesn't need to be modded to do it. It should be fine as it is.
    Not really modded but you know, the extra lights and the right tires ect

  21. Post #21
    Dennab
    December 2009
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    Not really modded but you know, the extra lights and the right tires ect
    Needs more lights they add 100hp.
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    June 2009
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    Do some research before you waste my internet doing it for you.




    The difference in length is most likely due to the bumpers, height because of ground clearance and maybe taller body, and wheelbase because of the different trailing arms.
    I never said it was bigger, I said it doesn't have to be the same size if it's based on the same chassis.
    If you read properly, you would have noticed that.

    Rated you dumb for bad reading.

  23. Post #23
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    Ldesu's Avatar
    March 2008
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    Needs more lights they add 100hp.
    No, but more lights for when it gets dark and you drive fast and need to see clearly where you go

  24. Post #24
    Dennab
    December 2009
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    No, but more lights for when it gets dark and you drive fast and need to see clearly where you go
    Well yeah but the real reason you want them is to add horsepower. Remember, if your car looks cool it goes really fast.

    It's all explained by this equation:
    S = V(C + HP)

    where
    S = speed
    C = coolness
    HP = stock horsepower
    V = vtec coefficient
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  25. Post #25
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    Needs more lights they add 100hp.
    Only the Hella ones though, and no, you arent allowed to take the covers off

  26. Post #26
    Jester.'s Avatar
    October 2009
    453 Posts
    I have decided to turn it into a trail car. I will try to update as things get done. Lots of lights, maybe add some height, custom exhaust(It's rotten) I'm up in Canada so i'm sure to get some good use of it in the snow. Subaru master race.

  27. Post #27
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    edberg's right. The Forester and Impreza share the same chassis. The only difference is the body, struts, and trailing arms. Even the interior is the same if I remember right.
    I would personally take a Forester over an Impreza as a rally car. I have problems with bottoming out in my Impreza, the Forester has a few more inches of ground clearance so it wouldn't be as big of a problem.
    Plus, it has better weight distribution.
    i don't think they do but they are still all really similar, even the baja is a modified legacy

    Edited:

    if you ever see a lowered forester you'll notice how small it really is, i think most of it is in the lift

  28. Post #28
    Jester.'s Avatar
    October 2009
    453 Posts
    Mild update, I have junked the Forester as we found out the undercarriage was rotten out. I have gutted the driveline, suspension and wiring harness for a project i am working on. I want to run the motor using the ECU and still have the motor fuel injected but I only want the engine managed by the ECU and nothing else. Also I might grab some pictures of what's left of the forester as it is only 3 ft tall and sitting in a scrap bin right now. The snow is piling up here in Canada and my Outback loves it, controlled sliding and other snow fun is amazing.