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Thread: Wagonofdoom - 2015 Outback build

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    Default Wagonofdoom - 2015 Outback build

    This is to chronicle the build of the (what I venture anyways) first offroad oriented outback. Take it for what you will, but that’s what I am categorizing it in. It is meant to basically go anywhere a jeep/fj/4runner whatever will go, and be self sufficient. By the end of this there will be drawers for camping supplies, hot water pressurized shower, and a whole host of other things to make this an amazing "overlanding" vehicle.


    First off, a little guide for you. All the images are hosted on my flickr. If I do some reorganizing and jazz, some images may disappear, just give me a heads up, and I will fix the links to make sure they show alright. Next, if you have any questions, concerns, elaborations, suggestions, feel free to interject. There is always another/better way to do it and I am open to the help. Eventually this will be an actual webpage (just gotta do it) with details, pictures, video etc etc. Chime in and lets make it fun!
    So, why an outback? I have owned a decently built JK 4dr (2.5" lit, 33s, skids, onboard air, rock sliders etc etc etc) and loved offroading. It was quite fun. The ride sucked, MPG (ok, doesn’t really matter to me, but it may to others) really sucked iwth 33s not regeared and loaded down, and it was noisy, temperatures were weird inside because of the top and a host of other things. I wanted something better. When i was in Saudi Arabia, i had a chance to work on a friend's outback and take it out quite a bit. He wanted a fun desert camping car. I outfitted it with about 3" of lift, all adjustable control arms, some custom bits and bobs and it was awesome. It was a tank that went through anything. But not only that, it was comfy, quiet, and just worked. I wanted it. Fast forward to a year later, I am back in the USA. I make a line to the Subaru Dealer and test drive the forester and the outback. I settled on the outback, mainly because of ride quality and was on my merry way.




    Make sure you check out the new WWW.OFFROADSUBARU.COM
    I am working with other Subaru lovers to build a repository of Trip reports, reviews, products we use, our modification lists with links to everything we have, How to articles and other things. If you would like to be a contributor, own a Subaru (or would even like to do some product reviews of what you use) drop me a message!


    Running Tally of Parts and cost:
    Car: 27,800
    Yakima Load warrior rack - 120.00 Craigslist
    Yakima Load Warrior Extension - 139.00 Amazon
    SOLD
    Cooper Discoverer A/T3 245/65-17 5ea. - 850.00 Town Fair Tire (local shop price matched Discount Tire price)
    Midland CB radio 1001z - 41.18 Amazon
    K30 mag antenna - 26.62 Amazon
    Replaced
    SWR Meter - 15.95 Amazon
    Jumper cable for WR Meter - 12.95 Amazon
    Torklift hitch - 264.00 Torklift
    Curt Wiring harness - 25.50 - amazon
    Masterbuilt HFTB HITCH-HAUL Folding Receiver Bar - 25.00 Amazon (daily lightning deal)
    Curt Manufacturing 31006 Spare Tire Mount - 78.00 Amazon
    3 bolts to mount wheel - 13.00 Lowes
    Smittybilt 29312B Receiver Hitch D-Ring - 30.98 Amazon
    2 of Titan Wheel Accessories t150-545-545-12125-2 (2) 1.50" inch (38mm) - 99.90 (4 total spacer) Amazon
    2 of WARN 85340 0.875" - 1.125" Universal Swivel Light Mounts - 26.49 x2 - Amazon
    TMSŪ 2 X 18w 1260lm Cree Spot Led - 52.00 Amazon (3 units)
    StowAway Hitch Tightener - 21.95 Amazon
    Superwinch 1145230 Terra 45 4500lbs synthetic rope - 301.99 Amazon
    4 2015 Legacy wheels (one is currently spare, eventually will be main wheels) - 250.00 Craigslist
    Anderson Design 2" Lift kit with subframe spacers - 550 (hes on facebook)
    Front Skid Plate 2013+ Outback
    Add Oil Holes Extra $20, Thickness : 3/16" - $288.00 primitive
    Add Fumoto Valve $29.00
    3/16" Rear Differential Cover - $110.00 primitive
    14mm Camber Bolts - 1 $19.00 primitve
    2015+ Outback/Legacy 3/16" Mid-Armor - 1 $135.00 primitive
    ARB 2000 awning $258.30
    FourTrex Mount $93.10
    Awning Room $156.60
    Trailhead deflators $53.96
    ARB tree strap 10' $35.00
    ARB snatch block 7000 $83.77
    Black MaxTrax $289.00
    Mounting Pins for Maxtrax $26.96
    3/4" ARB Red Pin shackles (Qty 3) $31.59
    synthetic rope shackle 26.00 - (all above from southeast overland. picking up items from an offroad event this weekend)
    Steel for winch mount and other items - as of 5/12/15 $118.00
    replaced
    Wood for drawers and drawer slides, hardware - 120 - Lowes
    Air Horns - 160 - amazon daily deal
    Husky Floor mats - 80.00 amazon
    30" led bar - 200 - side tracked offroad
    frontrunner floorboard water tank and hose kit - 200.00 - frontrunner
    camp chef triton shower - 126 - amazon
    water filter - 8.00 - amazon
    water pump - 58.00 - amazon
    Edgestar Fridge/freezer - 300.00
    parts to build the slider for freezer - 68.00
    shower tent - 89.99 amazon
    first aid kit - 100.00 amazon
    tablet/phone holder 28.00 amazon
    one gallon propane tank 53.00 amazon
    codipro double swivel shackle- 100.00
    Custom made and designed roof rack - 1300
    Custom winch center bumper - 700
    both made by Costa Fabrications also found here
    outback by Flsimages, on Flickr
    Last edited by freshlikesushi; 09-03-2015 at 11:12 AM.

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    I'm looking forward to following your build; nice stuff so far.
    Your camera work is repeatedly impressive, even without fancy effects.

    On subaruforester.org forums, a member known as "High_Desert_Silver" recently got a winch mount for his 2014 Forester with the help of Primitive Racing. He posted some photos of mount being mocked up; just in case, if you want a second opinion.

    Btw - the video doesn't work for me.

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    Yeah primitive i hard as hell to deal with. i gave up a they cant give me a solid answer if they want to do it. so ill do it myself.

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    Loving the build, and the direction you are going with it.
    For the record, there are LOTS of Outbacks built for off-road. Yours, however, is the first 2015 I have seen that is being built as an overlander. Possibly the first 2015 for off-road.

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    obviously. i already built a 2009,.....the first 2015 for sure

    It all started with tire. Everyone has to have tires right? Decided on a 245/65-17 Cooper A/T3 mainly because of all the crazy awesome reviews i read about them. Im happy with them

    Untitled by Flsimages, on Flickr
    white letters out baby!

    So what do you do when you get new tires? You go offroading. This was at about 900 miles i believe?
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    first project was to pull the bumper and core support, check if i can figure out how to mount a whinch

    XT013017 by Flsimages, on Flickr
    XT013037 by Flsimages, on Flickr
    i figured it out. ill show you when i do it

    So that actually brings us to today, current times
    Stuff is starting to show up in the mail

    rear recovery point:
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    Top is the stationary rear tire carrier, bottom is the unit i have to make work with it
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    wheel spacers!!!


    I went ahead and put together the rear tire carrier. I started with what you saw above and got to work
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    cut off the part that would slide into the hitch
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    and make it nice and smooth
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    slide into the area the rear rack would normally go.

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    make some holes and throw it in
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    Ill be covering the pin in maybe a rubber hose to snug it up?

    used a wheel spacer to set up the studs
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    bolted it down to position all the bolts in the slots

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    lay down some ugly welds (dont have gas yet :/)

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    and its done

    waiting on my torklift hitch and i can put it on
    Last edited by freshlikesushi; 06-23-2015 at 02:41 AM.

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    I'll be watching - looking forward to your progress. Had a wrx wagon for 10 years that I regret selling now, that car was a blast. Looking at replacements, and this is on the list.

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    So, supposedly coming in today:
    Terra 45 winch with synthetic line (yes, it will be enough, remember, I don't wheel alone, and its for self recovery)
    Lift kit
    Hitch (maybe, big maybe)
    and a few other goodies. More to be added after work, hopefully
    2017 Sprinter 144" wheel base 4x4
    Dometic - Flarespace - Trail Kitchens - Blue Ridge Overland Gear - OK4Wd
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    teaser
    rear with lift, front without
    XT013069 by Flsimages, on Flickr
    2017 Sprinter 144" wheel base 4x4
    Dometic - Flarespace - Trail Kitchens - Blue Ridge Overland Gear - OK4Wd
    Check out the Vlogs!
    IG: SprincentVanGo

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    I have always had a soft spot for wagons of all types ,diggin your build .

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    Great thread, thanks for posting! I also got a 2015 and was dreaming of doing the things you're actually putting into action. I had already started an Amazon list and put many of those items in my wishlist (where they will likely stay )

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